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.
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.
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 piledrivers.org.
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
See the following event flier for more information and RSVP instructions.
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 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).
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.
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
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.]
- September 18th Pacific Northwest Region, 11:00 A.M. (PDT)
- September 25th Capitol Region (Greater D.C. Metro), 1:00 P.M. (EDT)
- October 1st Greater Texas, 1:00 P.M. (CDT)
- October 8th Midwest Region, 1:00 P.M. (CDT)
- October 15th New England Region, 1:00 P.M. (EDT)
- October 22nd Lake Erie Region (MI, OH and Western PA) 1:00 P.M. (EDT)
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.
The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series continues on October 7th which will feature a presentation on Working Platforms.
- Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
- 'Working Platforms' Update Delivered to Piling Industry
- Virtual DICEP 2020, an "excellent opportunity"
- Skeet Shoot/Chapter Meeting - PDCA of the Gulf Coast
- A Pile of News - October 2020
- PileDriver Magazine Legal: 30+ Years in Construction Law
- PileDriver Magazine: PDCA Past Presidents in the Round
- PileDriver Magazine: 25 Years of PDCA
- Virtual Outreach: Launching the PDCA Regional Roundtable Series
- NCCCO Discusses Certification for Pile Driving Rig Operators