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The Cross Bore Safety Association is a community of industry professional that have joined together to address all aspects of utility cross bores for protection against loss of life, injury and property damage.

Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction, 88 pagesLeading Practices Cover Page

Course - Using the Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction

Review Course Outline and REGISTER for Course: Using the Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction

Course Instructors:

Mr. Mark Bruce, President, Cross Bore Safety Association
Mr. Mike Kemper, Executive Vice President, Mears Group
Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam, Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University - Schools of Engineering

The Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction was finalized in 2019 with includes recommendations from representatives of utility owners, pipeline installers, inspection service providers, regulators and manufacturers. A strong focus is offered on cross bores of sewers and gas distribution and with recommendations useful for all types of utilities. The target stakeholder includes project managers for utilities, installers and inspection providers with recommendations for improvement of regulatory rate support, revision of regulatory safety regulations and Call Before You Dig legislation. The goal of the document is to achieve faster and more efficient risk reduction from existing cross bores and minimize the creation of new cross bores using leading practices. Municipal ordinance revision recommendations and sewer system operators can contribute to the effort with resulting improvement for the public and cooperation recommendations which can lower sewer operation costs due to required inspections of their sewer systems. Risk modeling, QAQC and the use of GIS data structures are included throughout the recommendations. In short the document includes details for operations as well as improvements across all stakeholders, flow charts, examples of project documentation and descriptive graphics. References included are extensive and offer a path for further expanding the user’s knowledge base of cross bores risk reduction.

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Mission Statement of CBSA

Membership chart"The purpose of the Cross Bore Safety Association is to bring persons and organizations together to create comprehensive high quality standards, guidelines, best practices, means and methods, courses, training, instructional materials and other related resources for the education and training of owners, insCross Boretallers, regulators, users, inspectors, maintainers and others who can benefit from such so as to minimize the risk for injury, loss of life and property damage from utility cross bores in an effective and efficient manner.”

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Definition of a Utility Cross  Bore
Cross bores are defined as an intersection of an existing underground utility or underground structure by a second utility resulting in direct contact between the transactions of the utilities that compromises the integrity of either utility or underground structure.

New-ExplosionCBSA completed the Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction, working with key industry associations, agencies and leaders, in December 2019. The 88 page Leading Practices, 32 chapters, 23 figures, 33 references and 12 examples.