Company History

2003

Founded in 2003 as Underground Focus Events, we are dedicated to the core values of innovation, integrity, customer focus and giving back. Created to fill a real need in the underground utility industry – we are a trusted source for damage prevention and public awareness expertise and solutions for the utility and excavation industry. The company’s first event, Underground Focus Live!, was an outdoor tradeshow dedicated to raising awareness for damage prevention.

2004

The company first displayed its commitment to innovation the very next year by adding the Underground Focus Academy event which combined outdoor demonstrations with classroom education.

2005

The company changed its name to Infrastructure Resources, LLC and again brought innovative change to the landscape with its first print publication, Excavation Safety Guide. This resource guide is designed to help excavators navigate safely through the excavation process from pre-planning to job completion and keeps important industry resources at a contractor’s fingertips day-in and day-out while excavating onsite.

2006

The Conference was rebranded to create a link to our annual Excavation Safety Guide. The education sessions were dramatically increased to provide more educational content.

2007

811 is implemented as a national call before you dig number.

2009

The Excavation Safety University product line is launched to provide the industry with multimedia training options including videos, live webinars and onsite workshops. Subject matter experts within the industry provide their knowledge and expertise to create quality training materials designed to promote damage prevention and excavation safety.

2010

Company CEO, Scott Landes, once again displays his visionary prowess with the release of the first Damage Prevention Professional magazine, a publication dedicated to expanding the industry’s knowledge on damage prevention and public awareness on protecting the buried infrastructure with thought-provoking articles and features written by industry professionals.

2013

Infrastructure Resources brings its industry knowledge and event-planning expertise to market by producing the CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium for the Canadian Common Ground Alliance.

The Excavation Safety Conference & Expo releases an updated logo as it continues its mission to be the most important event in the damage prevention industry. 

2014

Locator Safety Awareness Week is created in cooperation with Nulca to provide an opportunity for the industry to thank our boots-on-the-ground locate heroes and let them know their contributions to safe worksites and communities are appreciated and valued.

2015

The Pipeline Ag Safety Alliance, a coalition of pipeline companies committed to effectively communicating safety measures to farmers and ranchers, is formed to work in tandem with the National Association of County Agricultural Agents to help educate the agricultural community on safe digging practices.

2018

Damage Prevention Professional rebrands as dp-PRO. That same year, Excavation Safety University became part of the content offered in dp-PRO, continuing its mission to offer the best information and safety practices.

2021

Infrastructure Resources, LLC once again realigns the Excavation Safety Conference & Expo to the needs of the industry by rebranding the event to Global Excavation Safety Conference and focusing on the increasingly global reach of this premier industry event. It continues to provide all the exceptional education and amazing networking opportunities you have come to expect, but this change allows us to better represent all the people and organizations, both domestic and international, who participate in this premier industry event.