In an effort to provide the NUCA national membership expanded educational opportunities, the NUCA staff have put together a series of industry webinars.

Webinars are scheduled to be presented to NUCA members each month on the first Wednesday. The webinar topics have been chosen from current industry issues that face our members on a daily basis. Other topics are speci´Čücally targeted to help our many NUCA Chapters across the country improve their operations.

Upcoming Webinars:

November 4, 2020, 2:00PM ET

2020 Election Analysis
NUCA Government Relations Team

The 2020 federal elections have proven to be one of the most contentious and important elections in decades. Strong opinions on candidates may lead to changes in Congress and the White House, but what will these changes specifically mean to the American utility contractor and our associate members?

Join NUCA's government affairs team on our November Wednesday Webinar to hear their expert analysis of the previous day's election results. We may not know the results of some races for days or weeks, but our team of Washington-based professionals will discuss what we know the morning after, and what we believe the results could deliver for our infrastructure-focused industry in 2021. Don't miss it!

December 2, 2020, 2:00PM ET
Sponsored by National Trench Safety. Details TBA.


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Unlock a Smarter Worksite Today

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Make the most of your equipment fleet—rented and owned—by leveraging cloud-based worksite management tools.  Whether you manage construction projects or industrial sites, the right software can deliver increased value to your projects and make life easier for your utility construction business. Join United Rental’s digital expert on NUCA’s October 7th Webinar Wednesday and learn how this NUCA National Partner is changing the way work gets done on projects big and small. UR’s Greg Gentner can show you how to use your assets better and cut your annual rental costs by a third.

UR’s Greg Gentner has been in the construction industry for over 20 years with a wide range of sales, operations, and executive experience.  He ran an underground telecommunications firm, leading teams throughout the full development of projects.  Joining United Rentals as a sales executive, he provided expertise and consultation working on some of the largest projects throughout Maryland and Washington DC. Greg will show you how to use your assets better and cut your annual rental costs by a third.

What Small Changes Can You Make at Your Jobsite That Reap Big Rewards?

Sponsored by
Making small changes at your jobsite can reap big rewards in terms of results and profits. Proper analysis of the job at hand, can help you determine what size machines, how many and the right configuration to ensure you get the job done quickly.
  • Downsizing just one size class can save you significant owning and operating costs. Learn why rightsizing your equipment for the job is so important.
  • Decreasing idle time from 35% to 30%,  can save up to 6% over a one-year period. Learn how to help your operators reduce idle time to increase profit.
  • Before you mobilize for a job, understand which machines in your fleet will most efficiently get the job done and why. Maximize your fleet across all of your jobs.
We’ll discuss how taking a holistic view of your fleet and jobsites, should determine what size machines you use. We’ll also look at how many machines and which configurations will give you the most productivity from your fleet. Learn how to utilize the most important data points from your telematics system to understand true owning and operating costs, on a per hour/yard basis over your extended ownership period.

Presented by Matt Beinlich,
Director of Business Solutions Group, Komatsu America Corp. 

Distracted Driving: Changing Employee Behavior

Presented by NUCA
National Partner Lytx

If it seems like you’re spending more time and resources than you’d like dealing with the aftermath of workplace incidents, you’re not alone. From distracted driving to collisions, many fleet owners struggle with how to prevent these situations from occurring in the first place.

To keep employees and business safe, fleet owners need to be able to address the root causes of driver distractions and collisions. But run-of-the-mill dash cams won’t help you get ahead of risk. In an upcoming free webinar, NUCA National Partner Lytx will review the latest advancements in fleet technology—including in-cab video triggers and audio alerts—that are designed help to deter and prevent risky behaviors.

Del Lisk
Vice President of Safety Services for Lytx
Lytx’s resident safety guru and long-time DriveCam Academy host.

Lisa Gonzalez
Senior Manager, Product Marketing
An accomplished leader and passionate member of Lytx's marketing team.

Preparing for the Next Phase: Critical Considerations for the Construction Industry.

Presented by NUCA member HUB International.

Returning to work in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis presents contractors with unprecedented workplace and employee relations challenges. Join our HUB Risk Services team who will review the following return work considerations and challenges:
  • Health and Safety of Employees – Recently the EEOC has issued expanded guidance regarding an employer’s ability to pre-screen employees and candidates for COVID-19 – we will review the new rules along with other employee relations concerns including harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace – We will provide employers with best practices to manage the safety of the employees in the workplace addressing items such as construction plan guidance, social distancing, alternative scheduling, disinfecting and cleaning, contractor management and physical workspace considerations.
In addition to this robust content, we will share tools and resources that you may adopt for use in your business. We look forward to sharing this vital return to work information with you.

Carrie Cherveny, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Client Solutions
Chief Compliance Officer, Employee Benefits Southeast
HUB International Southeast

Shannon Crawford, CSP
Sr. Risk Services Consultant
HUB International Mid-South

Rand Thomas
Commercial Insurance Advisor
HUB International Mid-South

Identifying and Reducing Social Engineering Attacks in the Construction Industry

Sponsored by NUCA National Partner CNA

Symantec data reveals that one out of every 39 construction industry email users gets targeted by phishing attacks. Overall, it is estimated that cybercrime damage cost businesses and individuals an astounding $1.5 trillion in 2018. Phishing, also known as "social engineering," is a cybercrime that can affect construction businesses of all sizes.  
Through email or malicious websites, the crime works by manipulating people by posing as a trustworthy organization. Attackers often take advantage of current events, such as the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, by baiting unsuspecting executives or managers with discounted or free offers of hard-to-find goods, or exploiting human nature and our desire to help others.
NUCA Diamond National Partner CNA's risk experts Paul Gouge and Terry Smith discussed identifying clues in recognizing social engineering email attacks, the clues that giveaway phone and text scams, and helped identify risk mitigation controls that your company can use to stop these costly crimes.

Increasing Jobsite Efficiencies - Sponsored by NUCA National Partner Caterpillar, Inc.

Scott "Knobby" Knoblauch
Global Sr. Market Professional -
GCI Applications
Caterpillar, Inc.

An efficient jobsite delivers maximum results and profits. And that positive result come from knowledge and experience. Caterpillar's equipment expert Scott Knoblauch discussed the recurring themes and everyday actions he has seen on 30 years of working on jobsites that can cause inefficiencies and loss in contractor profit.
Scott's lively 40-minute presentation looks at site equipment evaluations and what is needed for a job, possible equipment issues while being used for excavations, truck loading techniques, machine operations, and other processes that with attention and training can lead to greater jobsite efficiencies. Highlighting his experience through personal stories, Scott's advice goes across all equipment makes and addresses the common efficiency problems faced by all NUCA members on an active jobsite.

NUCA Roundtable: What Is Your Experience With The New Federal Business Loan Programs?

Open Discussion Roundtable
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Fighting this pandemic and working towards our national and state economic recovery efforts is also an information battle, with everyone seeking answers. With our mandate to get as much information about the COVID-19 emergency out to NUCA members, this discussion focused on members' stories and experiences during this emergency.
Members discussed crews practicing social distancing on a job sites, how essential business travel is being undertaken day-to-day for utility repair work, and experiences with applying for the several federal loan programs (all described on our Business Recovery webpage at nuca.com/recovery)

Legislative Update on Covid-19 Relief Legislation

Eben Wyman
Principal, Wyman Associates

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NUCA is committed to providing our members as much information as we have regarding the national response to today's coronavirus pandemic.
NUCA pushed to keep utility contractors front and center of the essential worker conversation. In this webinar, Eben Wyman and NUCA's government relations team provided updates on the information available and answered questions to the best of their ability about Congress' and the Administration's response to this fast moving public health and economic crisis.
Eben Wyman of E. Wyman & Associates represents NUCA's interests in Congress and the federal regulatory agencies across Washington. Eben delivers more than 30 years of experience to underground infrastructure policy discussions. From 2000 to 2012, Eben Wyman worked for NUCA on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters important to the membership.


Coronavirus: An Unforeseeable Circumstance

Shawn R. Farrell, Esq.
Cohen Segilas


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The national response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic flu has been overwhelming to the nation's businesses. Entire sections of the nation have been placed into quarantine in hopes of arresting its spread, keeping employees at home to save them from the risk of illness or worse. In the construction  industry, force majeure clauses in contracts allocate risks. These force majeure clauses usually come into play as a result of weather-related events, labor strikes, or natural disasters. With greater anxiety over the potential economic impact of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, force majeure provisions as well as notice and suspension rights are getting a second look. Shawn will discuss on this webinar what these clauses mean in contracts and what business owners can do with provisions relating to delay.
For more than 20 years, Shawn has represented general contractors, construction managers, owners/developers, subcontractors, design-builders, engineers, developers, and sureties in construction-related litigation.  Shawn routinely counsels his clients on all aspects of planning, initiating, and completing construction related projects. His areas of practice are construction, and labor & employment, and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Shawn is also the general counsel for NUCA of New Jersey, and a member of several construction associations.

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NUCA will be providing a monthly “Webinar Wednesday”. We encourage any NUCA member to submit topics that they feel should be considered for future webinars that would be of interest to the membership. Take advantage of the most current industry information available by participating in our newly created “Webinar Wednesdays.”

We are happy to offer webinars and informative technical calls free to our members. This library will be expanding - covering a wide range of topics. Check back frequently to see what's new. For more information on scheduled webinars please us at nuca@nuca.com