Gulf Coast Presents Free Engineering Seminar October 24th

The Pile Driving Contractors Association of the Gulf Coast has announced that it will be conducting the "PDCA Engineers Conference" on October 24, 2019 at Parc 73 in Prairieville, LA. The day-long event begins READ MORE


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(Charleston, SC):  The nomination process is now open as the PDCA South Carolina Chapter works to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors for the calendar year 2020. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Chapter President John King to learn how to obtain a seat on this voluntary, yet critical leadership position within the local pile driving industry. All 65 attendees at the Chapter's 3rd Quarter Dinner Meeting were made aware of the openings and asked to consider an elevated level of participation. 

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A Pile of News - August 2019


A Pile of News August 2019

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Houston, we have a BIG problem Think It, Sink It, Reef It Contractor wins high-stakes game of Jenga
Important announcements from PDCA: Congrats to awardees at the 22nd Annual PDCA Conference. Read the News Release that lists Project of the Year and other winners; it also introduces The PDCA Store, now available with branded PDCA merchandise, PDCA-produced educational materials, and other PDCA products. If you are interested in presenting at or attending DICEP 2019, November 56 in Cleveland, click here. PDCA launches a New Member Campaign this month please encourage your non-member colleagues and associates to enroll online. PDCA of South Carolina hosts its quarterly dinner meeting on August 6th, the Gulf Coast Chapter hosts its dinner meeting August 22nd. Full event list here.
Where's the smoky back room? If everything is bigger in Texas, just imagine the size of the potholes on Oates Road, the main route to Lodge Lumber in Houston. Company VP J.W. Lodge is not sitting idly; he testified about the problem before the City Council twice and has now launched a media blitz to expose what many consider municipal ineptitude. Mr. Lodge has appeared on local news and talk shows and was recently featured in a Channel 2 investigation, which concludes that the pothole-riddled road he navigates to work is the most egregious in the city. Let's hope the "squeaky wheel gets the grease"...or at least a little gravel! Watch news segment.
It was a Convoy to the Capital: Not without significant grassroots opposition, the Oregon Legislature has passed a measure aimed at reducing diesel emissions from medium heavy-duty trucks. Although, PDCA does not offer a political position, some of our Oregon members say that the law will negatively impact businesses that rely on equipment powered by diesel engines. Got hammers? See the news story.
All hands on deck: Florida frequently makes headlines for harmful algae and other waterway hazards. Two separate efforts from Florida PDCA members address growing concerns of unhealthy waters around the peninsula. Naples-based Island Piling volunteers in a regional effort to clean coastal waters by installing mini reefs. Owner Kena Yoke said it is "critical that marine contractors give back to the community" in this regard. More from the News-Press. Simultaneously in Northeast Florida, Gate Precast donated significant amounts of precast concrete to Think It, Sink It, Reef It (TISIRI), a non-profit leading an artificial reef installation project in that region. See a video from TISIRI
Can we parachute in? The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight flies Illinois Veterans of U.S. wars to Washington, D.C., for a day trip to view the national monuments. Participating in the program this year was Darin Werts of MKT Manufacturing who joined his dad, Don, a Vietnam Vet. PDCA salutes you Mr. Werts! Photo.
Acquisitions, Transitions, Elevations and Recognitions...
Valard Construction in Calgary, AB, becomes the operating name for sister company Northstar Sharp's.
Aldridge Electric announces new co-CEOs, Steve Aldridge and Alex Aldridge, who take the helm at the family business. Ontario-based Samuel, Son & Co., Limited names Colin Osborne president and CEO. Robert Tabb is the new VP and CFO and Austin Shanfelter is interim COO at Orion Marine Group. Mary Emily Slate becomes executive vice president at Nucor. MotoCut Ltd. names Sami Palo area sales director. Heather Kugler of Mason Construction in Texas graduated Leadership Beaumont. After 40 years with Houston-based Lodge Lumber, Joe B. Housson has retired and Eric Green is the new operations manager; also, Andrew Harris and Cory Hartman have joined the sales team. Congratulations to Sally Soper on retirement after 40 years with Link-Belt Cranes in Kentucky; Carmen Dessenko becomes the service parts supervisor. The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Brian Royak from L.B. Foster as Sailor of the Quarter and presented him a USCG Achievement Medal. Kiewit names Mike Johnson senior VP and adds Army veteran of two deployments Chris Hart to its Offshore Services Unit. Ron Smith retires from Hal Jones Contractor, Herman Edge named new field engineer. ECA promotes five in North America: Gordian Ulrich, Anthony Sciortino, Chris McCune, Peter Kassaris and Trey Carver.
The 2019 S&P Global Platts Metals Awards recognizes Nucor with the Steel Industry Leadership Award and the company's CEO John Ferriola as CEO of the Year. See the full list. Additional note from Nucor Skyline: You are invited to participate in a free webinar examining Steel Solutions for Storm Protection to be held August 8th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Geostructures, Inc. of Purcellville, VA, earns the Gold in Construction Trade Contractor award from Virginia's Chesapeake Region Safety Council and recognition from The National Safety Council. The company was also a Project of the Year award winner from PDCA.
C.D. Perry, LLC from Troy, NY, wins a 2019 Project of the Year award from PDCA.
Great Lakes Construction Company in Ohio won Best Overall Safety Program by Business and Legal Resources (BLR) and employee William Hocevar earned the Lifetime Achievement in Safety Award. 
The City of Rogers, MN, and the Rogers Lions Club honored Veit & Company, Inc. with the 2019 Rogers Community Spirit Award, recognizing the company as a significant local employer and a generous community partner. Check out the photos here.
Cajun Industries, LLC took a 2019 PDCA Project of the Year award back to Baton Rouge.
Utah's Sunroc Corporation introduced a new logo this summer and was named Business of the Year by Dixie State University in recognition of its consistent financial support, thought leadership and employment opportunities for DSU grads.
Another prestigious award in Utah, Best of State 2019 for Heavy Construction goes to Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction. The company also takes home a PDCA Project of the Year award.
Anchorage-based PND Engineers, Inc. earns a PDCA Project of the Year award for 2019.
CZM relocates to Georgia, brings 75 new jobs to Bryan County. More from WTOC-TV Savannah.   
The Chicago Tribune features a story on the flourishing "Field of Dreams" on the city's south side, made possible in part through 4,000 hours of donated labor from McHugh Construction.  
Ron Zornes of Canal Barge Company discussed with Accuweather how sustained high waters along the Mississippi River are impacting the marine industry and the broader economy.
Coastal Bridge helps clear a stranded barge from a Louisiana backyard. Baton Rouge TV 2 On Your Side reports on the bizarre eyesore that has obstructed one woman's river views since last August. 
Dustin Troutman of Pennsylvania-based Creative Pultrusions is featured in Composites Manufacturing Magazine and speaks to pultrusion products specific to the Infrastructure market segment.  
The Austin American-Statesman reports on the latest addition to the Texas city's skyline; a Balfour Beatty project team collaborated in the development of the new "Jenga Tower," now the tallest residential building West of Mississippi River. 
New Jersey radio staion 102.3 WSUS-FM  serving the Lafayette area helped find an adoptive family for a stray kitten that was rescued near Sparwick Contracting, Inc. They even named the spunky kitten Sparwick!
Shaping our communities
LG Barcus and Sons, Inc. sponsored PULL for Young Life Kaw Valley, a sporting clay shooting event that raises money for Christian-based youth programs in the Kansas City area.
In collaboration with Loma Linde University Health in Southern California, McCarthy has helped develop a safe and kid-friendly virtual reality therapy program for the region's only pediatric hospital. More.
Kiewit has donated a learning facility to Huntington Beach, CA. Wetlands Conservancy in conjunction with its work on modernizing the nearby municipal natural gas power plants. Read more.
The Urban Village at 2+U in Seattle, an office development by Skanska, will be home to The Studio, the city's first free public art space, which will offer free arts and cultural programming. Read more. 
Samuel, Son & Co. VP and treasurer Rob Stanley raised more than $14K for prostate cancer awareness as he participated in the annual Grand River Ride for Dad motorcycle tour of southern Ontario. Photo.
New Jersey-based Hoffman Equipment donated an excavator to an Eagle Scout who raised money to purchase materials and build a walkway and patio for his parish Our Lady of Consolation. See photo.
Sports Can someone call Kent Tekulve?
The PDCA Annual Conference featured a golf tournament. Ten foursomes participated in the "shamble" style competition at the Tranquillo Golf Course on the property of the Orlando Four Seasons Resort at Disney. Tournament and contest winners were: Closest to the Pin: Cary Hazard, Darren Werts; Longest Drive: Hunter Arrighi, Jonathan Carroll; First Place Team: Scott Webster, Hunter Arrighi, Rich Anderson, Mike Elliott; Second Place Team: Brian Land, Brian Rogers, Dennis Gleason, Steven Mathers, Tom Connor; Third Place Team: Scott Callaway, Karl Higgins, Doug Keller, Brian Heck; Women Golf Awards: Inger Darling, Tina Peters. Photo of several winners.
Thanks to Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. in State College, PA, a nearby Little League is able to expand its ballpark facilities using donated engineering, design and other site prep. More.
For every strikeout thrown by a Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher this season, Koppers Inc. is donating $100 to a local charity. In July, all donations went to JDRF International.
Edgen Murray apparently employs a versatile array of athletes; the company put forth a rodeo team in the Calgary Stampede and participated in a charitable Dodgeball Tournament in Clarksburg, WV.
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs gripped Middle America in June as the historic baseball town, St. Louis, traded its Cardinal red for Blues blue. The unlikely 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues established a ubiquitous presence in the Gateway City; Alpha Pipe Company joined the fun by hosting "Blues Day."
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2019 Project of the Year Award Winners

2019 Project of the Year Award Winners

The PDCA Project of the Year Awards program is one of PDCA's most prestigious initiatives. Open to any driven pile project completed by a PDCA member, the awards are dedicated to acknowledging the ingenuity, hard work and commitment that goes into each driven pile project, and recognized excellence in construction projects completed by PDCA members. All PDCA members - whether a contractor, associate or engineering affiliate - are eligible to submit their projects for consideration.

Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction wins the 2019 Project of the Year Award in the Contractor (Land, Greater than $5 Million) Category

PND Engineers, Inc. wins the 2019 Project of the Year Award in the Associate/Engineering Category

Cajun Industries, LLC wins the 2019 Project of the Year Award in the Contractor (Land, $2 Million - $5 Million) Category

Geostructures, Inc. wins the 2019 Project of the Year Award in the Contractor (Land, $500,000 - $2 Million) Category

CD Perry, LLC wins the 2019 Project of the Year Award in the Contractor (Land, Less than $500,000) Category

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners in the 2019 PDCA Awards program. You will find additional information, including detailed project articles on all 2019 Project of the Year winners in Edition 4 of PileDriver magazine which becomes available in late August. Don't forget, those projects you are completing now could eventually compete for 2020 Project of the Year Awards; submission details will become available later this year.

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Congratulations to our 2019 PDCA Award Winners!

Orlando, FL (July 11, 2019): The PDCA Annual Conference featured the annual Awards Reception and Dinner as part of a Latin, Carnival-inspired celebration. The following PDCA members were recognized for the significant contributions they have made to the organization over the past year. Congratulations to all the winners!

Committee Chair of the Year

Presented to the PDCA Committee Chair for outstanding dedication and commitment to the PDCA & exemplary leadership.

The 2019 Committee Chair of the Year is Pollyanna Cunningham of International Construction Equipment (ICE).

Associate Member of the Year

Presented to the Associate Member of PDCA who has demonstrated a consistent contribution of time, resource and expertise to a specific and critical function of the organization.

The 2019 Associate Member of the Year is Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse.

John T. Parker, Jr. Industry Ambassador Award

Presented to a PDCA member who shares the late John Parker's passion for pile driving.  Recipients are selected by a collaboration of PDCA leadership and a representative from PDCA of South Carolina Chapter.

The 2019 John T. Parker, Jr. Industry Ambassador is John King of Piledrivers, Inc.

Professional Engineers Service Award

Presented an engineer who has made a significant contribution to the PDCA, the driven pile industry and the engineering profession from the Geotechnical, Civil or Structural engineering disciplines.  

The 2019 Professional Engineers Service Awardee isScott Webster of GRL Engineers.

Presidential Award for Distinguished Service

Pays tribute to an individual who has made long-term and significant contributions to the PDCA and the pile driving industry through effective leadership, support and participation. The PDCA President selects this honoree who has demonstrated valuable personal and professional service to PDCA.

The 2019 Presidential Award for Distinguished Service was presented to Stevan A. Hall, retired Executive Director, PDCA.

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A Pile of News - July 2019

A Pile of News July 2019

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA. 
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA

It's not Batman, it's the "BRRT" Now to accessorize those safety vests Were platform shoes acceptable workplace footwear on day one?

Welcome to July, it's hot outside and many of you are making your way to Orlando where it's only getting hotter; in fact it will be muy Caliente (that's the band we have secured to entertain us on Thursday night at the conference). Onsite registration for the 22nd Annual PDCA Annual Conference at the Four Seasons Walt Disney World Resort opens Wed., July 10. We hope to see you there.
Looking ahead, two deadlines in July to mention: West Coast students interested in applying for a scholarship from PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter, you have until July 19 to complete and submit this application. If you would like to present at DICEP 2019 (Nov. 46), abstracts are due to PDCA by July 22 submit here.
Congrats to the PDCA Northeast Chapter, which hosted 72 shooters at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays on June 14 for the 5th Annual Clay Shoot. The event raised money for the Scholarship Fund. See photos.
The glove's gonna fit:  What's going on in the deep foundations community, you ask? Lots of headlines to share, so fasten your safety belts. Speaking of safety, SKANSKA USA has changed the game. Inspired by a 17.6% increase of women in construction trades in just a year, the New York City construction giant took the initiative to test market and inspire production of a new line of safety vests and gloves designed exclusively to fit their female employees. An interested PPE leader sees a growing demand in this space and is preparing to make the female workwear lines available across the industry. See story.
Freaky fast: It's unclear if they've issued special new uniforms, but ECS Limited has established a unique new service. Called the Bird Rapid Response Team, the small but highly specialized consulting unit is equipped with the expertise to deliver migratory bird evaluations almost as fast as Jimmy Johns delivers subs. The BRRT, as it has been dubbed, will assist ECS clients on super structure projects, infrastructure developments and utility installations. Imperative in today's professional environment, the BRRT offers transferrable skills; they can apply their evaluations to turtles and marine mammals as well. Read more.
Raise a glass; no, raise a 40:  Carter was President, disco was on the radio, the Steelers were a dynasty and the first Millennial wasn't even born. 1979 was the year GEOKON opened its doors and started blazing a revolutionary trail. Happy 40th anniversary to the New Hampshire-based firm that has become a world leader in vibrating wire technology and other instrumentation innovations. See story.
Acquisitions, transitions, elevations and recognitions...
Infrastructure & Industrial Constructors USA (i+iconUSA) is acquired by Shikim & Binui, read the release. 
Midwestern powerhouse geotech firm Terracon grows its presence in the Southeast, read more.
CIANBRO gains 500 employees and expands its East Coast service area with the A/Z acquisition.
Personnel changes: hired at Intertec are John Focht, PE, in Dallas and Sean Kim, PE, in Houston. Dewberry opens a Roanoke, Va. office; hires Bahman Behzadi and Brad Ewing into its Orlando office. New to ECS are Jenna Jordan and Greg Simmons while Brandon Quinn and Brian Wyatt earn promotions. GTA, Inc. promotes Donny Sousa in the NJ office and names Shep Winckler to the Maryland office. The new Tolunay-Wong Engineers Branch Manager in Geismar, La. is Jonathan Honeycutt. Board certified construction attorney and PileDriver magazine legal contributor Ryan Maloney joins Jacksonville, Fla. law firm Jimmerson Birr. Congratulations to Scott Okelberry, recently named president of Sunroc Corp. in Utah.
During a May ceremony in New York, president and CEO Richard S. Weeks of longtime PDCA member-company Weeks Marine was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame. See story.
The Chesapeake Region Safety Council honored Corman Kokosing with the "2019 Award of Excellence."
McCarthy's South Texas office earned distinction from the Houston Business Journal as the 2019 Healthiest Employer for a Large Company. A healthy team is a productive team!
Shaping our communities
While most of us consider it a vacation paradise, the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company does significant work from its island home. In addition to the many new developments it leads, the contractor was recognized for preserving one of the state's most prized architectural landmarks. Read article.  
If summer travel takes you to Utah, visit the Timpanogos Cave, a popular National Monument. Check out the refurbished Visitor's Center, recently completed by Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction. More.
Congratulations to GeoEngineers for collaborating on the design for the Caminada Headlands Beach and Dune Restoration project near Grand Island, La. Their efforts earned a national award. Read more.
Thanks to deep foundations staff time and heavy equipment donated by Cajun Industries, Louisiana's capital city is home to a new monument erected to honor the Louisiana National Guard. Read more. 
North Dakota's S&B Drilling also gives back; the company donated materials and labor for the new Freedom Monument in Williston's Riverview Cemetery.
AET, Inc. has honored founder and former CEO Terry Swor by funding an ACEC Minnesota scholarship in his name. The now retired professional geologist was on hand to award its first recipient. See story.
We even have sports...
Fans attending baseball games at Rogers High School in Minnesota will now follow the action with assistance from a brand-new scoreboard. Veit & Company made the purchase possible with a generous donation to the Dugout Booster Club which supports the hometown Royals. More. 
Twenty-nine hours of running!? Cianbro staffers ran in the American Odyssey Race, which treks from Gettysburg, Pa. to Washington, D.C. Their efforts support cancer patients and wounded veterans. Read more.
Thanks for joining us for this installment of A Pile of News; until next month, we wish you a safe and happy Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4) and MLB All Star Game (July 9).
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Year of Participation

At this midway point during my term as PDCA president, it is always good to reflect on the past in preparation for the second half of this adventure. This has been a busy first half of the year both difficult and exciting.
We welcomed Frank Peters into our group of pile driving enthusiasts and said good-bye to our longtime friend, Steve Hall, as he moved into retirement. Our committees and chairs are running double-time to stay on top of everything that PDCA has on the go: conferences, educational programing, new building codes all while getting to know an almost completely new PDCA office team. Our board is committed to fully engaging and taking an active role in the daily actions of PDCA.
For me, personally, I chose to get involved with and learn about the Education Committee as a board liaison. In this transitional year, with many new PDCA team members, there was some concern about the tremendous amount of work placed on the shoulders of the Education Committee to plan and execute a successful annual conference. However, the committee and the PDCA staff washed away that fear within the first couple of meetings. I am very impressed with the Education Committee's dedication to tirelessly prepare for our conference. This team has created outstanding educational programming and speaker schedules for all PDCA members to enjoy at the PDCA 22nd Annual International Conference and Expo this July in Orlando, Fla., at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.
Other PDCA officers and directors are also actively engaged. For example, Jason Moore, PDCA vice-president, is focusing on PDCA membership. Moore, along with the PDCA secretary on the board, Karl Higgins, and Matt Bisbee, PDCA's director of member services in the national office, are actively promoting PDCA to prospective members while benchmarking our current membership.
As much as I want to make this message about accolades to these committee members, there is something weighing heavily on my mind. I have learned over the past few months that we absolutely need more members to become involved on our committees. I have personally called and spoken to members of the Education Committee, asking them to re-commit and re-engage. If you are a member of a PDCA committee, I ask you to please re-commit to your committee and be an active member. Your committee needs your energy, your suggestions and your ideas to create outstanding programs for today and tomorrow.
Getting involved is your first step to becoming part of the action and ideas. We need members not only paying dues, but also becoming part of the transformation of our deep foundation industry as our committees make it safer and more technologically savvy, in order to surpass other deep foundation methods and trends. However, you have to be involved walk the talk to have a real influence.
Please consider "walking the talk" with me and joining one of our committees or recommitting to the committee you are already a member of. With your engagement, you can positively influence our driven pile industry.

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Edition 3, 2019.

Commitment and Engagement are Foundational to Organization Success

From an early age, we all understand that certain things are meant to go together. Salt and pepper, baseball and bat, nut and bolt, pen and paper, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, knowledge and power. This list could go on and on. We can agree that separating certain items is just not acceptable or productive in the long run.
Membership in a trade organization such as the Pile Driving Contractors Association has some of these same characteristics. There are certain things about association membership that just go together and shouldn't be taken apart, ever.
It is very easy to join PDCA. Simply complete the membership application and pay the appropriate dues. However, is that all there is to it? Once the dues are paid, does the obligation stop? Hardly. It is at this point that the responsibility of association membership begins. Each individual must lean in and determine their part to help make the organization work, prosper, grow and succeed.
We can make the same strong comparison here about commitment and engagement regarding association membership. Commitment is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, an activity, an idea. The word also elicits a sense of responsibility, obligation, duty, a tie or charge, or a burden. A company has a commitment to quality, safety and service to its customers. There is nothing passive in this word. It requires a decision, evokes action and demands results.
Engagement is the action that is required by commitment. It is an arrangement to do something, to be involved, to follow through with what has been promised.
We want to encourage all PDCA members to make a commitment and become engaged in the activities provided by the organization. Through this active process members will be informed, fulfilled, satisfied and encouraged. The organization will be supported, move from one level to the next, made relevant and remain current. This is the water and sunshine that will allow PDCA to grow and become strong. It produces the success that is altogether necessary for PDCA to represent the driven pile industry.
Each year PDCA schedules, plans and organizes events and activities for the benefit of its membership. These are purposeful and meaningful, and intended to help members expand their knowledge and influence. Only when members take advantage of these important opportunities will they realize the value of each event.
The PDCA 22nd Annual International Conference and Expo is a great example of an event that is scheduled primarily to benefit members. It is something that every member should consider attending as often as possible. The immediate benefits are real, and the extended experience is, well, priceless.
An event like the PDCA annual conference does not happen by accident. There are many people working behind the scenes planning this year's event. PDCA members who serve on the Board of Directors, the Education Committee, the Sheet Pile Committee, the Communications Committee and the Associate Member Council are diligently expending time and resources to put together a meaningful and exciting conference. Their efforts are to be lauded, commended and each member should make the opportunity to express appreciation for their work. These PDCA members' efforts are considerable and they are working solely to provide the best experience possible.
Education is a key part in everything that PDCA works hard to produce and the annual conference is no exception. A Pile Driving Inspection pre-conference short course is scheduled along with a "Driven Pile Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Engineers, Contractors and Inspectors" program. The information provided in the pre-conference short course will be significant and is worthy of your consideration. This is only the beginning.
The Annual Conference will present three separate tracks over two days to provide participants with information on various facets of the pile driving industry.
Track One will kick off the sessions early on the first full day of the annual conference with "Legislation and Advocacy in Pile Driving: Are you at the Table or on the Menu?" This thought provoking and informative presentation will challenge members to consider their part in a process that literally could affect every aspect of their business.
Additional Track One sessions will include presentations on "Operator Training: This is How We Approach It," "Working Platforms/Safety/Best Management Practices" and "Workforce Development and Industry Issues." These programs will bring members up-to-date with the latest activity related to jobsite performance.
The first day afternoon sessions will present programs starting with a keynote on "Geotechnical Design & Construction: Why This Relationship is Important." Additional presentations will include "An Engineer's Role in Mitigating Risk on Pile Driving Projects: An Operational and Legal Perspective," followed by "Current Guidelines and Code Issues Impacting Driven Pile Practice" and concluding with "Pile Foundations Work on Design/Build Projects: Opportunities and Challenges."
The second day of the conference will present Track Three, starting with the keynote presentation on "Sheet Piling Past, Present and Future," followed by "A 2,700-Foot Quarry Wall Becomes an Engineering Challenge for Pioneers," project spotlights featuring the Project of the Year award winners and a presentation on the "Pile Driving on the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project."
Considering the scope of the education programming, this would be enough to attend the annual conference but there is more.
All PDCA standing committees as well as the Board of Directors will meet during the annual conference. This is a significant opportunity for these individuals to connect on a personal level for the important work they are performing on behalf of the organization throughout the year.
If you are a golfer, don't miss the golf outing at the Four Seasons Disney World Resort course. The shotgun event will be held at the Tranquilo Golf Club, walking distance from the hotel. This course is built through a preserve and is simply beautiful. It is also a private course and is kept in pristine condition. Your registration fee for the golf outing will help provide resources for the PDCA Education fund.
The opening reception to officially kick-off the annual conference is a time to connect with your PDCA friends. This informal event will be held in the Exhibit Hall area and will provide attendees an opportunity to get a sneak peek of material and information provided by our PDCA industry partners. We encourage all members to take the time to visit each exhibit to take full advantage of the services provided.
An awards luncheon will be held the first day of the annual conference to highlight efforts by industry leaders, acknowledge companies for their project efforts and provide members an opportunity to relax and connect.
A highlight of the annual conference is the Annual Awards Reception and Dinner that will be held the evening of the first day. You do not want to miss this dinner!
Everything mentioned here has been planned to work together and should not be separated. Did I mention the Disney Magic Kingdom, theme parks, fireworks and characters? All of that magic is close by the conference and can be part of your 2019 ExPEERience! The only question is will you commit and engage? I hope the answer is yes and I look forward to seeing you at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort for a magical and successful event.
The annual conference and more
This edition of PileDriver magazine is designated as our annual conference edition, and you may be reading a copy that you found in your delegate bag or picked up at the PileDriver booth. I hope you find some quality time to spend with the pages of this issue, as it exemplifies both the traditional roots of the driven pile industry while also highlighting the excitement of new technologies, construction methods and safety initiatives.
Firstly, I must offer a heartfelt and sincere PDCA congratulations on an outstanding milestone by one of our longstanding contractor members: Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman (BAC) is celebrating 175 years in business in 2019 yes, 175 years! BAC president, Dave Chapman, has served two separate terms as president of PDCA, and we are honored to include a feature-length article about the company to help celebrate such an extraordinary achievement. Please turn to page 98 of this magazine to read the article, and I encourage you to reach out to Dave with your commendations.
In reviewing the articles of a few of the other PDCA members profiled in this issue, the success and longevity of the driven pile industry becomes increasingly apparent. Consider Illinois-based James McHugh Construction Co., in business for 122 years as of 2019. Engineering firm Hardesty & Hanover has more than 130 years in business under their belt this year. Another engineering firm, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, is marking 109 years in business. Further, L.B. Foster Co. is celebrating a 50-year tenure by one of its employees, John Knapp. These are incredible achievements.
In terms of innovative construction techniques, turn back to the cover of this magazine. The project you see pictured there is the Pier55 project in New York City; PDCA contractor member Weeks Marine, Inc. describes the work as their most unique and challenging project to date. I won't spoil the details for you here, but turn to page 90 and read why the pile driving for Pier55 has been so fascinating.
Discussing safety, there is always room for our industry to improve. You may have read the joint statement from ADSC-IAFD, DFI and PDCA in 2018 regarding a consensus position on working platforms for pile driving and drilling rigs. While the working platform is such a critical safety component for any project we work on, there are no current guidelines in the U.S. pertaining to their construction and use, and in fact, much confusion surrounds platform use and specification. Turn to page 70 to read an in-depth overview about what working platforms are, the issues surrounding them and how the U.S. industry is learning from worldwide best practices to make meaningful change. At the end of the day, we all want to keep our workers and our equipment safe, and PDCA members can play a valuable role in changing our industry for the better as it relates to working platforms.
Lastly, even though this is the PDCA Annual Conference edition of PileDriver magazine, please don't forget about another important upcoming event: the Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP) conference, taking place Nov. 56 in Cleveland, Ohio. This event presents its attendees with the opportunity to connect with peers, collaborate on industry research and strengthen commitments to the driven pile profession. This year is the 20th time that PDCA has organized the DICEP conference; if you've never attended before or if it's been some time, mark your calendars and come to Cleveland. You can read more about DICEP on page 63; it's important that we see you there.
The content that I have highlighted for you here is just a fraction of what you'll read about in this issue of PileDriver. The PDCA Communications Committee works diligently throughout the year to carefully plan every issue of the magazine, discussing and researching articles that will prove valuable to our membership and industry at large. If you would like to join the Communications Committee or suggest an article, please contact our PDCA staff liaison to the committee, Matt Bisbee, at 904-215-4771 or by email to
I look forward to shaking your hand at the PDCA Annual Conference in Orlando.

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PDCA 20192020 Officers and Directors

PDCA Officers
PresidentScott Callaway Cajun Industries, LLCBaton Rouge,
Vice PresidentJason Moore Palmetto Pile DrivingCharleston,
SecretaryKarl Higgins, P.E. ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLCChantilly,
TreasurerScott Webster, P.E. GRL Engineers, Inc.Charlotte,
Immediate Past PresidentLarry MooreGeoStructures, Inc.Purcellville,
Executive DirectorFrank T. PetersPile Driving Contractors AssociationOrange Park,
PDCA Directors 
Kustaa MansfieldPacific Pile and MarineSeattle,
Brian HeckRichard Goettle, Inc.Cincinnati,
Emmett WaggenspackCoastal Bridge Co., LLCBaton Rouge,
Doug KellerRichard Goettle, Inc.Cincinnati,
Jay BoydBalfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.Wilmington,
Erich KremerR. Kremer & Sons Marine ContractorsBrick,
Kevin GourguesPatriot Deep FoundationsBaton Rouge,
Rich AndersonEquipment Corp of AmericaAldan,
Rob BradenSkyline Steel Co.Springfield,
All Board of Directors members can be reached using their email addresses provided or contacting them through the PDCA office at 904-215-4771. Please feel free to reach out to any Officer or Director to express your appreciation for their service to PDCA or to discuss any issues or topics you may have regarding PDCA. They will be excited to hear from you.

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Edition 3, 2019.

Membership benefits of PDCA and its local chapters

The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) is the only association globally that exclusively represents the driven pile industry.
PDCA offers the strength and experience of its more than two decades as an association representing the driven pile industry and provides a forum for members to promote driven piles in all cases where they are effective.
PDCA members include contractors, equipment and materials manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, academicians and end-users that take a dedicated and proactive approach to advancing the benefits of the driven pile, such as environmental benefits, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and rapid productivity.
PDCA membership gives contractors a larger voice in influencing and establishing procedures and standards for the installation of driven piles.
PDCA members meet and work directly with all public agencies to ensure our industry is equally represented in all deep foundations and earth retention design and construction specifications.
PDCA members share up-to-date and relevant industry information in the areas of equipment, technology, safety, business and more, so contractors can stay on the cutting edge of efficiency and productivity designed to increase their financial bottom line.
PDCA members work with other non-competitive groups on issues of mutual concern to the deep foundation industry.
The best way to gain value from your PDCA and chapter membership is simply to get involved. Ask any PDCA member how!
PDCA chapters and locations PDCA chapters conduct regular meetings to provide members a local forum to be able to network, while also featuring industry keynote speakers from the driven pile and deep foundations industry. Regionally, the chapters host and conduct technical seminars and conferences to educate contractors, engineers and others associated with the pile driving industry.
All PDCA members are encouraged to join a chapter. Find out more information about a chapter near you at
PDCA of the Northeast Chapter Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
 PDCA of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C.
PDCA of South Carolina Chapter
North Carolina and South Carolina
PDCA of Florida Chapter
PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi
PDCA of Texas Chapter
PDCA of the Pacific Coast Chapter
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada,New Mexico, Wyoming
PDCA of the Pacific Northwest Chapter
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia 
PDCA committees
PDCA encourages all members to participate on a committee of their choice.
Committee participation is voluntary; however, it is a great way to add value to your membership for those who choose to be actively involved. Joining and participating on a PDCA committee aligns you with like-minded industry individuals seeking to achieve common goals. Your industry and personal career will benefit.
Contact the PDCA office to find out more about how to join a committee. All interested PDCA members are invited to attend committee conference calls at any time to see if that committee is right for you.
PDCA committees include:
Associate Member Council
Contracts and Risk
Market Development
Safety and Environment
Steel Sheet Pile
PDCA members, especially those who serve on the PDCA Education Committee, have developed many educational programs aimed at ensuring the long-term sustainability and safety of the driven pile industry.
PDCA's current education programming includes:
PDCA Annual International Conference & Expo
Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles Conference (DICEP)
Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Workshop
Pile Load Test Options Course
Pile Driving Inspectors Course
Pile Driving Professionals Development Course
Steel Bearing Piles & Sheet Walls in Infrastructure
Engineers' Driven Pile Institute (EDPI)
Professors' Driven Pile Institute (PDPI)
International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo (IFCEE)
Portable training programs about piling equipment, testing and more
PileDriver is published six times annually and features PDCA member companies and project stories; industry articles related to technical, legal and safety issues; and other relevant topics dedicated to the pile driving industry. is PDCA's official website, containing a broad base of information about PDCA, its members, industry resources and other industry news.
The PDCA Pile of News e-newsletter is emailed monthly to PDCA's subscriber list to provide up-to-date information on PDCA's activities, events, seminars, workshops and member news.
The PDCA Membership Directory is an annual directory that includes contact information for all categories of PDCA members in good standing for the year.
The PDCA Wall Calendar is published annually in October and distributed with Issue 5 of PileDriver. The calendar includes important PDCA dates to keep on your schedule for the following year.

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Edition 3, 2019.