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Ground Disturbance for Supervisors

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We have designed  this online program for the following people : 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 elearning 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 should be able to read the  regulations associated with ground disturbance, describe the responsibilities for owners and ground disturbers, and understand basic safety requirements.


This online Ground Disturbance for Supervisors course contains the same course content as a classroom delivered Ground Disturbance 201 course, which 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 – Ground Disturbance Definition, Words, and Terms

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


Module 2 – Various Regulations and Responsibilities

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


Module 3 – Agreements , Approvals, and Permits

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


Module 4 –  Planning

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


Module 5 – Stages of Ground Disturbances

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


Module 6 – Underground Facility Contact and emergency planning

  • Historical  background about 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: Approximately 3 hours is the  time frame for completion


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE TEST: Testing  throughout this online Ground Disturbance  e course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A grade of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. All Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved. Extra  Supplemental materials necessary to complete this course can be accessed online by reading the instructions.


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon successful course marks, a certificate of completion recognized in many industries will be available for download and printing. The certificate is  for  a 3 year period  from the  completion date indicated on the certificate.



This online 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, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.