Gold Shovel Standard will host its spring conference meetings from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on April 10th at the Lost Pines Resort and Spa, located at 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Cedar Creek, TX.

The agenda includes the following:

Gold Shovel Standard Board of Directors Meeting (Private) 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Advisory Board Meeting (Private) 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

  • Session #1: Pre-Excavation Standardized Metrics Committee Findings
  • Session #2: Excavation Standardized Metrics Committee Findings

Keynote Speaker Luncheon 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Olympian and Safety Spokesperson Cliff Meidl

Gold Shovel Standard 2018 Plan Presentation 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gold Shovel Standard Board of Directors and Rick Galyean

Pre-Excavation & Excavation Metrics Committees Presentations 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Breakouts Sessions: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Session #3: Excavator Technology Roadmap
  • Session #4 Involving Municipalities via GSS Communities

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. In particular, stakeholders interested in the pilot programs of standardized metrics for excavators, or the progress of metrics for pre-excavation (locate-and-mark sequence) should participate in these open committee meetings.

To attend the Gold Shovel Standard April Meeting, click here to register.

Lost Pines is offering a special rate for Gold Shovel Standard attendees. To register for a room the night of April 9, click here



Representatives of Gold Shovel Standard will be participating in the following events. If you are planning on attending one of these events, be sure to say hello, or, email Dave Mauerman and we will schedule a time to sit down with you!

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MISSDIG811 Annual ConferenceMarch 15-16, Saginaw, MI. For more details, click here:

Pipeline Opportunities Conference, April 3, Houston, TX. For more details, click here:

AGA & DCA Utility Contractor Workshop, April 11-13, Chicago, IL. For more details, click here:

INGAA Spring Meeting, April 11-13 Lost Pines, TX. For more details, click here:

SGA Management Conference, April 18-20, Tampa, FL. For more details, click here:

Western Energy Operations Conference, April 24-27, Phoenix, AZ. For more details, click here:

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