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May 2, 2024 Town Hall – Summary

For those who may have missed the ALP Town Hall held on May 2, 2024, we are providing this summary of the Q&A portion for your reference:
ALP Town Hall Q&A Summary

Program Overview

The Alternate Locate Provider (ALP) Program is a new option for how locates can be delivered in Alberta.  The ALP Program provides excavators with the option to hire an approved locator to complete locates on behalf of participating USP members. The goal of the ALP Program is for project owners to receive locates in line with their project requirements and provide certainty around project timing and costs. The Alternate Locate Service Provider (ALSP) works directly for the project owner on their timeline and can serve to reduce unnecessary downtime to improve project outcomes.

Alternative Locate Service Providers must be registered to participate in the ALP Program and are required to meet specific criteria defined by infrastructure owners, including specialized training, quality assurance audits, reporting, insurance, experience, and capabilities.

<Coming Soon – List of Registered Alternate Locate Service Providers>

An ALP locate request is submitted through Utility Safety Partners’ standard ticket creation process by selecting “YES” in the Alternate Locator Option field. Once submitted, the ticket requestor works directly with their selected ALSP to agree on payment and project execution to have locates completed for members participating in the ALP Program. Members who are not participating in the ALP Program will receive a copy of the ticket and will respond to the request following normal procedures.

For additional information, please refer to our FAQs or contact USP at [email protected]

Participating Members

  • ATCO ELECTRIC LTD.
  • ATCO GAS
  • ATCO PIPELINES
  • CALGARY, CITY OF
  • EDMONTON, CITY OF
  • ENMAX CORPORATION
  • EPCOR DISTRIBUTION & TRANSMISSION INC
  • EPCOR WATER SERVICES INC.
  • FORTISALBERTA
  • TELUS COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY*

*Telus participation in the Alternate Locate Provider program is in addition to the Telus only commercial private locate policy which requires commercial excavators to supply their own locator for their ground disturbance site. It is up to you to confirm with your locator what facilities they are authorized to locate. As always ensure you have received and understand the response for each utility owner on your locate request.

ALP Documents

General Information
Defined Program and Industry Terms

ALP Locate Request Process

 

Information for Project Owners and Excavators
Preparation Guide for ALP Project Owners (excavators)

 

Information for Locate Service Providers

ALSP Applicant Instructions

Preparation Guide for Prospective ALSPs

Assessment Fee Schedule

ALSP Assessment Request Form

ALSP Registration Assessment Checklist

 

Endorsed Training Providers
The following organizations are endorsed to provide Locator 101 training, which meets the Locating and Marking Standard required to become a registered ALSP:

To learn how to become an endorsed training provider of the ALP Locating and Marking course click here.