Coronavirus Safety Best Practices

Coronavirus Safety Best Practices

PDCA members could be our best resource to determine what is working on the jobsite and in the office to combat the potential spread of the COVID 19 virus.

Please take the time to list your Coronavirus Safety Best Practices and post them to this blog.  We are hoping this will serve as a resource for all PDCA members.

This blog is intended to provide PDCA members an opportunity to share their thoughts with their fellow members and is NOT intended to provide legal advice or serve as a fiinal source.  In all cases where safety is involved employers must use their best efforts to provide for the safety and health of their employees.

Thank you for your interest and support.  Please contact the PDCA office if you need any assistance.


'Working Platforms' Update Delivered to Piling Industry

Jobsite Safety a Key Driver in Ongoing Efforts of ADSC/DFI/PDCA Working Group

Orange Park, FL (October 7, 2020): The third installment of the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series featured a two-hour, virtual program that provided a comprehensive report on the ongoing efforts of the ADSC/DFI/PDCA Working Group, which in 2019, formalized efforts to pursue industry-wide safety guidelines for utilization of working platforms on deep foundations jobsites.

More than 100 deep foundations professionals registered for the October 7th program entitled Working Platforms Update in which 
Peggy Hagerty Duffy, P.E., D.GE (pictured, lower left) of Hagerty Engineering and Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC) and Terry Holman, PhD, P.E. (pictured, upper right) of Geosyntec Consultants detailed the Working Group's efforts to-date. Following that program was the Working Platforms Panel Discussion.  Hagerty Duffy and Holman served as panelists, along with Jim DeWaele of Keller Group (lower right). Gerald Verbeek of Allnamics U.S.A. (upper left) moderated the discussion in which the panel fielded questions from attendees. Those who attended the full program have earned 2-hours Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Please watch for detailed coverage of the Working Platforms Update installment of the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series in an upcoming PileDriver magazine. Also, The PDCA Store will soon be offering a download of the full program, free to PDCA members and for purchase by non-members.

The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series continues on November 4th with a program on construction law; the Series concludes on December 2nd with a presentation on updates to the International Building Code. All programs are FREE to PDCA members and offered to non-members at a nominal cost. The successful five-part, virtual series replaces the 2020 PDCA Annual Conference which was to be a live event in May; this change was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters (pictured below, left) and Manager of Events and Education Kathy Harper (pictured below, right) bring you the programs originating in the PDCA offices and delivered through the Zoom platform.


Virtual DICEP 2020, an "excellent opportunity"

Annual pdca event, Delivered as Webinar, a success in virtual format

October 2, 2020: September was a busy month when PDCA offered several virtual education opportunities, including the annual Design & Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP), known this year as Virtual DICEP 2020.

The program was delivered over the course of two weeks; the first segment provided attendees a thorough examination on Steel Sheet Pile, featuring presentations from David Chapman P.E. of Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman, Inc. and Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse. This took place on September 16th and 17th from 3:00 5:00 PM EDT each day.

The next week, Virtual DICEP 2020 focused on Wave Equation. This too was delivered over two days, for two hours each day on September 23rd and 24th. Ryan Allin, P.E. of Pile Dynamics, Inc. gave a background on the subject matter and hosted workshops on specific components.

Nearly 90 professionals from North America and Europe attended Virtual DICEP 2020, including Jennifer Brandt, P.E. (pictured) of Peirce Engineering, Inc. in Phoenixville, PA. Ms. Brandt said; "PDCA's Virtual DICEP program was an excellent opportunity to stay connected with other PDCA professionals and reinforce my knowledge of Steel Sheet Piling and the Wave Equation.  The presenters were engaging, and the presentations were very informative.  I look forward to the next PDCA Virtual opportunity."

Thank you to our sponsors for Virtual DICEP 2020 which include; Pile Dynamics, Inc., Lester, Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc., and Service Steel Warehouse.

PDCA is pleased to announce that DICEP returns in 2021; it is expected to be a live event scheduled for September 15-17 in New Orleans, LA. Please watch your inbox for new details as they become available, or visit

Skeet Shoot/Chapter Meeting - PDCA of the Gulf Coast

PDCA of the Gulf Coast Presents
4th quarter meeting/2020 Skeet Shoot

A reminder from the PDCA of the Gulf Coast: it is time to get registered for the 4th Quarter Chapter Meeting, which this year is combined with the 2020 Skeet Shoot event. The deadline to register is October 16, 2020.

The skeet shoot and meeting will take place at Bridgeview Gun Club in Port Allen, LA.  Members who choose not to participate in the skeet shoot are encouraged to come for lunch while we conduct the meeting.  Below is a list of event times of interest:
  • Skeet Shoot Registration               8:00 AM
  • Skeet Shoot Start Time                  9:00 AM
  • Lunch / Awards                                 11:30 AM
  • Meeting to Begin                             12:30 PM
  • Meeting End                                      2:30 PM
This venue will allow us to meet and conduct our quarterly meeting requirements in a safe, outdoor environment.  Hand sanitizer and face masks will be provided and made available to all visitors.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

See the following event flier for more information and RSVP instructions.


A Pile of News - October 2020

A Pile of News: October 2020
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA
From the Association & Chapters
Be sure to read the latest PileDriver magazine commemorating the 25th anniversary of PDCA! Bring your ideas to the team that develops our publications; consider joining the PDCA Communications Committee, which meets next on Oct. 9. Contact PDCA for more information.
PDCA pays you a virtual visit in the Regional Roundtable Series. The FREE, informational programs are scheduled in U.S. localities not presently served by a PDCA chapter. Each one-hour event, delivered through the Zoom platform, is designed for PDCA members and non-members. Remaining events:
*The Regional Roundtable Series updates Member Benefits. (Not a PDCA Member? JOIN TODAY.)
The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series resumes next week, and on the first Wednesdays of November and December. Registration is FREE to PDCA members; non-members can attend for $100 per session (ask about applying the registration fee to PDCA membership). Each program is delivered through Zoom and includes Professional Development Hours (PDH) credit. Click the program(s) below for registration; all times Eastern.
Deep Foundations Dynamic Testing & Analysis (DFDTA) is scheduled as a live event coming Nov. 1113 in Orlando, FL. It is held in partnership with Pile Dynamics, Inc. Early bird rates available until Oct. 16.
Palace intrigue: A serial contributor to A Pile of News is PDCA board member Buck Darling of Herbert F. Darling, Inc. in Buffalo, NY. This publication encourages your news "tips," however the content is largely built on items gleaned from your web and social sites. Curiously, Buck's company has neither. This begs the question, why is he so quick to share news about other PDCA he deflecting our attention? Hmmmm.
Foundation Constructors Inc., you are this month's winner! Send an email to before the end of October to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:  
  • Golder started 60 years ago in a small apartment and today is a global engineering brand.
  • Holland LP of Crete, IL marks 85 years serving the rail industry.
Governmental relations:
Boh Bros. Construction of New Orleans, The Great Lakes Construction Company of Hinckley, OH and Vortex Marine Construction of Antioch, CA are among signatories of a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for stabilization in the multiemployer pension system.
Nucor Tubular Products hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia for a tour of its Chicago facility.
ECS Limited's south region manager Benjamin Temple was part of a delegation making a special delivery from ACEC-SC PAC to South Carolina State Senator Scott Talley.
Atlas Foundation Company of Osseo, MN earns "Veteran Owned Business" status due to newly elevated, majority owner Pete Moeller's service in the U.S. Marine Corps.
GZA GeoEnvironmental of Boston is among winning collaborators in a Project of the Year Award for the Encore Boston Harbor Project. The luxury hotel has a foundation that includes pre-stressed concrete piles on a remediated, redeveloped Mystic River location, once home to Monsanto.
Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC of Columbia, SC shares "Best in Class" Award for work on the Gateway Interchange project in Greenville, SC.
APC Construction of Algiers, LA awarded USACE contract to build a floodwall in New Orleans.
Boh Bros. Construction is set to begin a major initiative of the Louisiana DOTD; they received the "notice to proceed" on improvements at the I-10 and I-12 interchange in Baton Rouge.
Cajun Industries recently completed a bridge repair on an active, elevated rail line in Biloxi, MS.
Cape Romain Contractors of Charleston, SC is cleared to begin construction on the Folly Beach Pier Replacement in November; the project is expected to take 28 months.
Corman Kokosing is pictured on the job for an improvement at I-64 near the Richmond, VA airport in the American Cranes & Transport publication (see page 10...nod to Buck Darling).
Massman Construction completed a sheet pile dock at the Port of Little Rock in Arkansas; they continue performing infrastructure and site improvements on the project funded by a USDOT TIGER Grant.

Braun Intertec Corporation was tapped by NASA engineers to perform ground penetrating radar services to advance a project related to an aspirational visit to the moon by 2024.
Dewberry of Fairfax, VA lands contracts for public infrastructure projects through the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the Lake Dam Road Bridge Replacement in Raleigh, NC.
DuroTerra, Haley & Aldrich team up on the Hood Park development in this iconic Boston location.
Eustis Engineering recently completed a flood protection project in Jean Lafitte, LA.
Fugro wins a five-year contract (IDIQ) with the USACE St. Louis District for nationwide surveying and mapping services to support government owned property.
GeoQuip, Inc. supplied the hammers which are presently on-site for the high-profile Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project in coastal Virginia.
International project: Golder's team Down Under joins Sydney drivers celebrating what is described as the largest and most complex multi-disciplinary transport infrastructure project in Australia.
Giving back:
Ardaman & Associates of Orlando donates engineering services to the "Hero Homes" program, an initiative of Florida homebuilders that gives proceeds of a new home sale to local first responders.
Company Wrench, Ltd. sponsored the Community Giving Golf Scramble serving southern Ohio.
GROUP Industries, Eustis Engineering and Patriot Construction & Industrial all contributed to damage mitigation efforts in Louisiana following the late-August Category 4 Hurricane Laura.
Look Who Made the News!
ENR Mid-Atlantic published a story on the construction of a new wastewater pumping station in Wilmington, DE; Peirce Engineering designed the shoring, which was built with sheet and H-piles from Nucor Skyline, all driven into place with an International Construction Equipment (ICE) hammer.
The Florida Times-Union goes in-depth with Garrett Harrison, the project manager from Hal Jones Contractor in Jacksonville, FL, who leads the construction on the new pier at Jacksonville Beach. Find out how local surfers and a beach-going mom glued to her cell phone have impacted progress.
The Troy Record serving upstate New York, was at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new seawall. CD Perry & Sons Inc. was general contractor on the "largest infrastructure project ever" in their hometown. Dignitaries from U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer through city leadership participated in the event.
St. Charles covers the ribbon cutting for a new pump station in Louisiana; a slew of dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, attended; Thibodaux-based Sealevel Construction is credited in the DoTD project. Elsewhere, St., writes about Sealevel pile driving for the Bayou Chene flood control project.
The Post and Courier serving Charleston, SC, noted from a January news release that local contractor Jason Moore of Palmetto Pile Driving elevated to PDCA President in 2020.
WCSH 6 & WLBZ 2 TV reports on construction of an underground storage tank in Portland, ME; H.B. Fleming is installing two cofferdams to increase capacity and improve water quality.
#NYSEFloorTalk is a video series of the New York Stock Exchange which interviews leading companies in the exchange. Watch Gerdau CFO Harley Scardoelli discuss sustainability.
What Do You Do? Podcast features a discussion with Parker Meeks who became president of Infrastructure for TRC Companies in 2018 at 37 years old.
The History Channel program "Lost Gold of WWII" features Gerard Moulzolf of AET, Inc. who provides a demonstration of a petrography device.
Dewberry CEO Don Stone pens an essay on leadership skills he gained through military service, reflects on his recent induction into The Citadel Academy of Engineers
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Chris Normand elevates to vice president, Deep Foundations at Cajun Industries in Baton Rouge; also, Rusty DeBarge is introduced as the director of projects
  • Amanda Luong promoted to manager at Powell Foundations, Inc.'s sister company in Ontario
  • Dr. Jussara Tanesi joins American Engineering Testing as a principal engineer in St. Paul, MN
  • Mary Canino is the newest transportation group member at Braun Intertec in Minneapolis
  • Jay Harper, former official with FEMA and Dept. of Homeland Security, named VP at Dewberry
  • John Hill joins ECS Limited as senior engineer in Virginia, William Gaspar named office manager in Fredericksburg, VA. In Florida, Leslie Lawson becomes new marketing manager.
  • Jason Hertz, Caleb Welsh and Justin Smith P.E. are new additions to GeoStructures, Inc.
  • Mary Scarbrough joins S&ME, Inc. as chief human resources officer based in Raleigh, NC
  • Jeff Davis is new national director of federal services in Terracon's Orange County, CA office
  • Radha Swaminathan joins board of directors at TRC Companies, Inc.
  • Angelo Malicsi named instructional designer at Universal Engineering Sciences, Orlando
  • Matt Caskey, P.E. is the new, Memphis-based director of sales for DuroTerra of Boston
  • Gerrit van den Bos named manager of operations at PVE Equipment USA in Jacksonville, FL
Our sympathies:
PDCA sends its deepest sympathies to the surviving family and dearest friends and colleagues of the late Doug Wakefield, who spent more than 40 years with Cape Romain Contractors in Charleston, SC.
Field Notes Back in Class Edition
Civics: The newest installation on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is a Clark Construction-built monument honoring distinguished WWII general and two-term American President Dwight Eisenhower. More Civics: Holes, Inc. of Houston provides an important P.S.A. in advance of November's elections.
Geography: In just one week following ESC Steel LLC on social media, we learned our way around the globe. Among the several international locations to which they shipped product were Australia, Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, Mexico and the Philippines (cool bridge, btw).
Law: Ingenuity wins! Foundation Constructors, Inc. of Oakley, CA is cleared in federal court, which upheld a lower court's decision that a pile "end plate" in question is not protected by plaintiff's patent.
History: D.W. Kozera, Inc. of Baltimore is on the job in central PA and notes several historical events that have taken place near the newly installed test-piles they're evaluating.
Literature: Imagine fishing Bristol Bay off Alaska's coast, the hemisphere's most productive waters for Pacific salmon. It's easy to immerse yourself in that scenario; but see how the story might end if you are a civil constructor, like the founders of PND Engineers. To celebrate 40 years in business, the firm published their story in book format. [Read On a Fishing Boat at Sea].
Earth science or study hall, we weren't sure: The September Zoom events from GeoEngineers mark six years in a row that the firm hosted free study sessions to aspiring PEs in advance of the PE exam; firm professionals provided attendees an interactive review of the test's geotechnical section.
Music Quotable: "It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it's the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time." David Allan Coe said it and The Metaphorical Mullet shared it on social media. Regarding the latter, we will "never even call him by his name." 😉
Thanks for reading 2020's 10th installment of A Pile of News; please keep sending and posting your company announcements. And don't forget to include #PDCADriven on your social media, you might be randomly selected to win PDCA merchandise from The PDCA Store.
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PileDriver Magazine Legal: 30+ Years in Construction Law

30+ Years in Construction Law


Where did the time go and what does it teach us about the future?

by James Dash, Carlson Dash, LLC
Chicago, Milwaukee, Pleasant Praire
Originally published in PileDriver magazine, Issue #4 2020, Volume 17, No. 4

[Excerpt] A useful saying that I learned long ago is that: (i) good judgment comes from experience; and (ii) experience comes from bad judgment.

When the PDCA asked me to write a piece about what progress has been made in the last quarter-century plus, it reminded me why it is useful to look at the past: while circumstances change, human behavior is a relative constant, so history experience over a longer period of time is often predictive of the future.  You've probably heard variations of the phrase "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (attributed originally to philosopher George Santayana).  Truer words were never spoken.  

I find it hard to believe that I have represented parties in all areas of the construction space for over 30 years now, but perhaps I can relate some of my experience to help the reader make a more informed, and perhaps a better, decision on a matter of importance to him/her. 

Read the full article.

PileDriver Magazine: PDCA Past Presidents in the Round

PileDriver Magazine Exclusive:

Issue 4 2020, Volume 17, No. 4

PDCA's Past Presidents

A roundtable discussion with PDCA's former leaders about the industry, the association and more

[Excerpt] The Pile Driving Contractors Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020.

John C. Maxwell once said, "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way." This sentiment rings especially true for the executive leadership of PDCA - all contractors, PDCA's presidents work in the trenches of the driven pile industry, recognizing challenges and helping to establish solutions to move forward. 

PDCA invited several past presidents to discuss their experiences leading the association, how they think the industry has changed over the last quarter-century and what they believe PDCA needs to do in the future in order to remain valuable and increasingly beneficial to its members and the driven pile industry at large. [READ full story here.]

Read this insightful discussion with many key players in PDCA's 25-year history in PileDriver magazine, Issue #4, 2020. It includes perspectives from Dave Chapman of Blakeslee, Arpaia & Chapman, Inc. (pictured above, left) who served two separate terms as president and Scott Callaway of Cajun Industries, Inc. (pictured above, right) who led the organization in 2019. Other past presidents who provide input in the wide-ranging discussion include Skip Gardella of Norwalk Marine, Inc. (pictured below, left) who was the first PDCA president; also Buck Darling of Herbert F. Darling, Inc., Rusty Signor of TX Pile, LLC., and Mike Justason, presently at McMaster University (pictured below, right).



PileDriver Magazine: 25 Years of PDCA

PileDriver magazine:
Celebrating 25 Years of PDCA!
The Anniversary Edition

For 25 years, the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) has been the leading organization dedicated exclusively to the representation and advancement of the driven pile in deep foundations construction. Make sure to browse this issue of PileDriver magazine which chronicles the organization's history dating back to its formative years in 1994-95. 

There is plenty of nostalgia if that is your pleasure. You will sit in with several of PDCA's Past Presidents who reflect on industry developments and share ideas for continued progress in pile driving. Also, review the contents of a recently unearthed time capsule depicting PDCA's earliest days, including some of the organization names that were considered, logos that printed on letterhead, advertisements that ran in various publications and more.

If you are seeking technical content, new and compelling analyses are available, too. Some of the unique and thought provoking material you will find includes "A Comparison of Factors Affecting the Static Axial Resistance of Drilled and Driven Piles" by Dan Brown, P.E., D.GE., M.ASCE of Dan Brown and Associates on Page 60. Also, you can read "A Legacy of Innovation in Testing" by Ryan Allin, P.E., of Pile Dynamics, Inc. on Page 56. And don't miss "Driving Technology With the Latest Structural Retaining Wall Systems," submitted by the PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Committee on Page 100. There is plenty more shared knowledge available in this issue, so take your copy to your favorite reading spot and enjoy.

Finally, several PDCA members share their own business experiences and evolutions from the past 25 years. Chris Kinley of Foundation Constructors provides a 'look under the hood' at how his California contracting company has pivoted safety operations this year to meet the demands necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Dash of the Carlson Dash law firm in Chicago shares unique perspectives on Construction Law and some of the major developments that have happened since 1995.

The digital edition is available here; if you are a subscriber of the print edition, it should be reaching your mailbox soon. Thank you for your interest in PDCA and please never hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas about this, or any issue of PileDriver magazine. And if you want to submit content for future magazines, we want to hear from you as well. We appreciate your support of PDCA.

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Virtual Outreach: Launching the PDCA Regional Roundtable Series

Pile Driving Industry Offered Market-Specific Resources
Through PDCA Regional Roundtable Series

Orange Park, FL (September 2, 2020):  In the absence of live programming for much of 2020, PDCA continues to develop and offer members and the global pile driving industry, opportunities for participation through virtual events; these are designed to facilitate industry engagement, education and professional development.

The PDCA Regional Roundtable Series begins September 18, 2020, making available industry engagement for the regional pile driving community in six different U.S. markets. Each of the six events will be a virtual program offered to PDCA members and non-members for FREE through the Zoom platform (pictured, right). During these one-hour events, PDCA will provide the attendees with the following material:

  • An update to membership on Association activities that close out 2020
    • Annual Conference Webinar Series
    • Deep Foundations Dynamic Testing & Analysis
    • 2021 Membership Directory deadline (September 30th)
    • PDCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors elections
  • An update on the value and benefit of establishing a local Chapter (each of the six events is in a region that has a sizable pile driving industry and could sustain an active PDCA Chapter)
  • An invitation to non-member, webinar participants to join PDCA; this will include a Q&A for those who want to learn about specific Association functions
Each of the six sessions is scheduled for one-hour and is FREE to attend. If you are an active PDCA member, we hope you can drop by the virtual event. If you are not currently a member, but have interest in learning more about PDCA, we encourage you to attend as well.

The schedule for The PDCA Regional Roundtable Series follows; please note, all events are listed with start times in the local time zone. [Please click the event below, for which you wish to register.]
Limited sponsrships are available for each of the events in The PDCA Regional Roundtable Series. Please contact PDCA at (904) 215-4771 or for more information.

NCCCO Discusses Certification for Pile Driving Rig Operators

A 'Deep Dive' Into the Crane Operator Certification Process

Orange Park, FL (September 3, 2020): The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series continued on Wednesday, September 2nd. During the second installment of the five part series which runs through December, Ms. Toya Brown (pictured) of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) delivered a presentation detailing the process and benefits a participant can expect while pursuing the OSHA-required, Dedicated Pile Driver Operator certification. 

According to Ms. Brown, an individual who intends to pursue certification must be at least 18 years of age, he/she must comply with NCCCO's substance abuse policy and Code of Ethics, and he/she must pass both a written and practical exam. 

Among the many benefits to an individual or organization that successfully completes the rigorous, NCCCO training and examination include:

  • Reduced risk of loss
  • Fewer accidents
  • More consistent training 
  • Expanded job opportunities for those who work in and around load handling equipment.
To learn more about the NCCCO Dedicated Pile Driver Operator Certification Program, please visit NCCCO's webpage which provides further information and resources. Also, please check back with The PDCA Store which will soon be providing a recorded video of Ms. Brown's September 2nd presentation.

The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series continues on October 7th which will feature a presentation on Working Platforms.