LTU’s Construction Safety Research Center offers MISS DIG training  

SOUTHFIELD—The Construction Safety Research Center at Lawrence Technological University will host a two-week training session from MISS DIG 811.

The MISS DIG 811 special pilot certification program, called “Maintain the Marks: Theory of Locating,” will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 19-22 and June 26-29, on LTU’s campus in Southfield.

MISS DIG 811 is a free service to homeowners, excavators, and municipalities. The service is available by calling 811 or (800) 482-7171 on any phone, or by visiting MISS DIG 811 has received over 26 million locate requests resulting in nearly 277 million transmissions since its founding in 1970.

“Part of the mission of the LTU Construction Safety Research Center is continuing education to those in the construction industry, and this program is a perfect example of this mission,” said Ahmed Al-Bayati, CSRC director and assistant professor of civil and architectural engineering.

The workshop includes instructions on electromagnetic theory, proper use of underground pipe locators, and their real-world application. Employers and employees who want to understand underground utility locator responsibilities, how to recognize most buried utilities, and how to protect employees from occupational hazards on construction sites, are invited to attend.

Upon completing the course, students will receive a MISS DIG 811 Safe Excavation Practices Certification; A MISS DIG 811 approved MtM: Theory of Locating Certification; and continuing education credits in drinking water, wastewater, and pre-licensure of residential builder and residential maintenance licenses.

The cost of the training is $750.

For more information, contact Al-Bayati at

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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