Publications

Browse this section for additional information on damage prevention, responsible digging and our organization.

Click on the title of any publication to download a copy.

All publications are in PDF form and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

Business Rules Alignment Group (BRAG) Document
This document recommends standardized business rules for the provision and use of notification services in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

2015 Year in Review
AOC processed over 420,000 locate requests in 2015 and notified our members of a ground disturbance in the vicinity of their underground infrastructure over 1.8 million times. To view our full report, download the Year in Review pdf.

CCGA Best Practices
Harmonized best practices developed by stakeholders across Canada. This document serves as an educational guide to promote damage prevention. 

The Damage Prevention Process in Alberta
Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations of the Stakeholders in the Prevention of Damage to Buried Facilities. Formerly published as "Call Before You Dig - Guidelines for Safe Excavations in Alberta". These guidelines will be of assistance to anyone planning to excavate or disturb the ground in Alberta.

Placing an Emergency Locate Request 
Includes a definition of the types of work considered to be an emergency.

Pipeline and Utility Locators in Alberta 
There are several contract locators in Alberta who can perform secondary utility locates for a fee. A list of some of these locators can be found here.

Damages to Buried Facilities
A look at of some of the reasons why damages to buried utilities occur, and some ideas about proactive damage prevention.

Canadian Common Ground Alliance DIRT Report
The Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) captures data following reports of damage to buried facilities from excavation activities.

Who's Responsible? 
Paper originally developed for Alberta Construction Safety Association