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Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)
www.cga-dirt.com

How many damages occur each year?
What are the primary causes of damages and near misses?
Are these events increasing or decreasing – and why?
Are some educational campaigns more effective than others?

These are some of the many questions that the CGA is working to answer through the collection of data on a national level.  Being able to answer these questions remains a necessary step in ensuring the safety and protection of people and the infrastructure.

In November 2003, the CGA launched DIRT (www.cga-dirt.com) - a secure web application for the collection and reporting of underground damage information.  DIRT allows users to submit damage and near miss reports; browse files submitted by the user’s organization; administer role-based company and user information; edit personal profiles; change/retrieve password; and submit feedback and questions. 

Since launching DIRT, the number of records submitted has steadily increased each year with almost 63% of estimated damages being submitted into DIRT for 2008.  As more companies voluntarily submit data, we are better able to report back to the industry on the state of damage prevention throughout North America.

Purpose of Data Collection
The primary purpose in collecting underground facility damage data is to analyze data, to learn why events occur, and how actions by industry can prevent them in the future; thereby, ensuring the safety and protection of people and the infrastructure.   Data collection will allow the CGA to identify root causes, perform trend analysis, and help educate all stakeholders so that damages can be reduced through effective practices and procedures.  

The CGA's purpose is to reduce underground facility damage, which threatens the public's safety and costs billions of dollars each year. In order to better understand where, how and why these damages are occurring, we require accurate and comprehensive data from all stakeholders. The data will be analyzed and our findings will be issued via comprehensive reports.   The data will NOT be used for enforcement purposes or to try and determine damage liability. The individual identities of parties involved with records submitted will be kept confidential.

In order to fully understand the complex issues surrounding underground facility damage on a national scale, thorough analysis of a large volume of statistical data is required.  Although numerous agencies of various types and sizes have tracked similar data elements, there has been no prior coordinated analysis that represents all of the stakeholder groups. 

Getting Started

  1. Review the "DIRT Documents" posted to gain knowledge of the development of DIRT and the submission process. 
  2. Click on "DIRT Q&A" to review specific user questions addressed by the Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee.
  3. Review the Registration Overview and visit www.cga-dirt.com to begin the process. 
  4. Begin submitting data. 

DIRT Reports
DIRT Report - Released 09.30.14
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2013, Volume 10."

DIRT Report for 2012 - Released 09/10/2013
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2012, Volume IX."

DIRT Gas Distribution Facilities Report
Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Gas Distribution Facilities Report for calendar year 2011.

DIRT Report - Released 091312
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2011, Volume VIII."

DIRT Report - Released 101211
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2010, Volume VII."

DIRT Report - Released 073010
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2009, Volume VI."

DIRT Report - Released 082509
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2008, Volume V."

DIRT Report - Released 120808
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2007, Volume IV."

DIRT Report - Released 032008
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2006, Volume III."

DIRT Report - Released 122006
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2005, Volume II, Released December 5, 2006."

DIRT Report - Released 120505
Damage Information Reporting Tool "Analysis & Recommendations for Calendar Year 2004, Volume I, Released December 5, 2005."


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