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Ground Disturbance for Supervisors

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This online  GD 11 course is designed for supervisors who do the following jobs : planners, managers, supervisors, and employees who are or will be required to develop, plan, and implement any kind of ground disturbance. Upon successful completion of this supervisory course you should be able to identify and define ground disturbance. You should be able to describe the hazards of ground disturbance, decide what permits and agreements will be required, and describe how to locate and identify underground facilities In addition, you shouldbe able to describe regulations associated with ground disturbance, describe the responsibilities for owners and ground disturbers, and describe safety requirements.


This Ground Disturbance for course contains the same course content as a classroom delivered Ground Disturbance 201 course. The classroom version has been approved as meeting the content and delivery requirements of the “Ground Disturbance 201 Safety Training Standard” of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council.


This is designed for people conducting Supervisory work.


Module 1 – Definition of Ground Disturbance and underground facility, Words, and Terms

  • Defining ground disturbance
  • Common words and terms related to ground disturbance


Module 2 – Regulations and Responsibilities for each party

  • Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
  • Penalties for contravention of regulations
  • Responsibilities of each party involved in a ground disturbance


Module 3 – Approvals, Permits, and Agreements common to Ground Disturbances

  • Approvals common to ground disturbance
  • Various types of ground disturbance permits
  • Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
  • Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required


Module 4 – Ground Disturbance Planning and regulatory requirements

  • Soil types, cutbacks, and sloping according to Alberta and Saskatchewan regulations
  • Reclamation process
  • Techniques that can be used to minimize environmental impacts


Module 5 – Common Stages of Ground Disturbance

  • Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
  • Procedures for marking underground facilities
  • Exposure process for underground facilities
  • Backfill responsibilities


Module 6 – Underground Facility Contact and How to avoid it

  • Historical damage to underground facilities
  • Common causes of contacts with underground facilities
  • Potential consequences of contacting underground facilities
  • Strategies for preventing contact
  • How to prepare for a contact
  • What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE COURSE DURATION: 3 hours is the approximate time frame for successful completion


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE TEST: A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants can repeat twice if the pass mark is not achieved. Other supplemental information  necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.Testing is  conducted throughout this online Ground Disturbance For Supervisors program. It is designed to reinforce the information presented.


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: A recognized  certificate of completion in many of the digging communities  will be available for download and printing. The certificate is  for  a 3 year period  from the  completion date indicated on the certificate once you have successfully done the program.



This  course was created us to allow playback on many internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities. This  includes Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone. It also includes  most other smart phones and tablets. This includes  those with Android and Windows operating systems.