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.


A Pile of News - August 2021

A Pile of News: August 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers that comprise the PDCA
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent Aug. 2, 2021
From the Association & Chapters
Industry Events:
  • Important, FREE event TOMORROW: The 2021 PDCA Education Webinar Series #5 entitled Pile Driving Vibrations Monitoring and Analysis by subject matter expert Cathy Aimone-Martin is available to the entire piling industry at no cost. Don't miss this important PDCA program that will enhance quality, safety and responsibility on your pile driving projects.

Chapter and Regional Events:
Watch your mailboxes in August!
The 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Program winners will be revealed in the next PileDriver magazine, circulating in digital/print format later this month. Access your copy and read in-depth about the projects that moved our judge's panel. Hint, hint it's not too early to start thinking about your submissions for the 2022 program; entry is free for PDCA members!
GeoQuip Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to before the end of August to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & Expansions:
On the Job:
Baker GCI completes a 10,000 pile installation for Diamond Green Diesel in Port Arthur, TX, then breaks for lunch before embarking on subsequent project phases congrats guys!

Cajun Industries delivers on two Mississippi contracts awarded in 2020: crews drove 550 linear feet of steel sheet pile at NASA's rocket testing facility in Hancock County. Then at Enviva's operations at the Port of Pascagoula, they put in 450 linear feet of steel sheets.

Clark and McCarthy, through a JV, complete the 1.1 million square foot William Beaumont Army Medical Center for the U.S. DOD to serve the Fort Bliss, TX military community.

Corman Kokosing uses a GeoQuip vibro to extract 30" x 160' pipes from waters off Weems, VA.

Manson completes the Pier 8 replacement at Naval Base San Diego. The USS John P. Murtha became the first ship to berth at the pier during a ceremony involving construction teams and Navy brass.

McMullen & Pitz Construction fired up their MKT D30 from Mississippi Valley Equipment to drive 300 H-pile from Triad Metals under careful consultation from American Engineering Testing; the new foundation will facilitate a private shipyard expansion in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Palmetto Pile Driving is in Huger, SC installing its PSC pile which contains Essve Tech tubing. The contractor is using an ICE, Inc. hydraulic hammer, and ECS Limited is providing geotechnical and CMT services for the project. The work is expanding Kloeckner Corporation's local branch.

Parker Marine will soon drive pile on the campus of The Citadel for the Capers Hall replacement project; Soil Consultants, Inc. provides deep foundations analyses.

PRECO-MSE installed the pilings for the new Lac-Des-Fees condo complex outside Montreal.

R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors works on deadlines, perhaps none stricter than those imposed by a bride-to-be's mother. Their crews drove 10/35 foot, timber piles, then added framing and decking to finish a Point Pleasant, N.J. dock in time for a July wedding.

R.L. Wadsworth Construction adds wildlife crossings, other attributes to southwest Colorado's Highway 160, part of an $11.3M public initiative designed to reduce automobile-wildlife collisions.

The Great Lakes Construction Company is finishing a bridge rehabilitation in Warren County, Ohio, a $7.3M ODOT project on U.S. 22/Ohio 3 northeast of Cincinnati. 

DuroTerra helps grow e-commerce sector as a supplier in new construction of distribution facilities; a 2021 ENR "Outlook" says warehousing is surging to accommodate needs of web-based retailers.

ECA shows the Pile Master 36-3000 air hammering sheets for the South Coast Rail Project, an MBTA initiative designed to bring back one-seat commuter rail between Boston and southeastern Massachusetts.

Giken's team appears on the Long Island job site for new sheet pile installation at the Gowanus Canal. 

ICE, Inc. equipment is spotted driving steel sheets for a pump station improvement in Warren, OH.

L.B. Foster wins $7M materials subcontract for new lock at USACE complex Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Junttan sends a PM16 to DC to drive 60' piles for the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge; the bridge is expected to open in late '21 to an estimated 75K+ daily travelers between Maryland the Capitol City.

GeoEngineers participated in Nashville discussion on mitigating earthquake risks. Tennessee-DOT, local consultants attended. The New Madrid Seismic Zone impacts Music City and much of the Midwest.

Governmental Relations:
  • Massman Construction and team broke ground for Kansas City's new Buck O'Neil Bridge; spotted were Gov. Michael Parson, Sen. Roy Blunt, Rep. Sam Graves, K.C. Mayor Quinton Lucas
  • ECS Limited staff in N.C. office, with Matthew Fogleman's leadership, participate in a first industry legislative event for the Asheville region

Giving Back:
Eustis Engineering is celebrating 75 years in business, congratulations! The New Orleans-based engineer is the third oldest, continually operating geotechnical firm in the U.S. 
  • Of note, Polly Eustis turned 103 last month. Wife of the firm's late founder, J. Bres Eustis, Polly continues to be the supportive presence for the firm that she has been since day one
People on the Move
  • Stefanie Becker elevated to VP of integrated design + deliver at McCarthy in San Francisco
  • Troy Theriot, named president of Patriot Construction & Industrial Marine Group
  • Jordana Paier, Michael Nibert join ECS Limited-Texas, Alex Wills joins the firm in Asheville, NC while Michael Goldman is new to operations in Southeast
  • Patrick Thurmond, P.E., Lars Erickson, P.E., James Williams, P.E. promoted at Eustis Engineering
  • Bill Chambers named Senior Engineer, to staff new Hawaii office for GRL Engineers
  • Jill Guthrie is new staff geophysicist in Chattanooga offices of S&ME, Inc.

  • Ahhhh (Part 1) Jill Harris, publisher of PileDriver magazine welcomed Baby Sam into the world on July 13 (pic). You might recall in March, we noted that an "influential pile driving industry professional" was expecting in July. Congratulations to Jill, dad and big brother!!!
  • Ahhhh (Part 2) Construction demands long hours of field and office teams. In a social media post for his 20th wedding anniversary, Roly Acosta of Caldwell Marine salutes his wife's critical support; a good reminder spouses/significant others provide an important foundation.
Notes from the Field
Conspiracy theories run rampant these days, so... we direct your attention to a strange coincidence. Through online time stamping, we note that Mike Wysockey and a group from Thatcher Foundations attended a Chicago Cubs home game on July 28. Not 24 hours later, the Loveable Losers (a Cubs nickname) trade team living legend Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees. What did the Indiana interlopers do?

Because football ramps up in August We thought you should know that standout, freshman running back Paul Reynolds from the 1951 Notre Dame football team (an eventual NFL draftee), accumulated an impressive 539 all-purpose yards. He later became a silent partner in PND Engineers' 1979 founding.

Suns out, guns out In an awkward and heavy lift, Foundation Constructors found the "smarts" and the "muscles" to complete a piling job that enabled fortification of a massive storage tank for an energy sector client. The team literally moved the existing tank to complete the pile driving. 

Is it the S.S. Minnow? Poseidon Dredge & Marine performed mangrove rehabilitation on Florida's east coast, and salvaged an abandoned boat in the process. Perhaps "Ginger," the only living cast member from Gilligan's Island, could give it a positive ID?

It was like a "Touch a Truck" event but kids weren't invited. Manson hosted its corporate staff in Seattle to "tour" SCANDIA, their premier pile driving rig in the region. It garnered great participation, but we hope someone sends us the photo of Tax Manager Craig Leonard playing operator in cab.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T to all the crane operators out there. Tadano circulates dramatic imagery of the Demag AC 160-5 atop a concrete dam in the mountains of Switzerland.

Move over Vader and Rocky PDCA Membership Committee chair Rich Anderson along with Northeast Chapter secretary Steve Sigmund, apparently constitute "full force" for ECA in Philly; now you know!

Step aside Mickey  Disney owns Marvel Comics, but legally can't yet use its products at Disney parks; but a PDCA member did what the entertainment giant couldn't do and brought Captain America to Orlando. Joey Holmes of GeoQuip dekked out a PileCo D100 like the Marvel good guy.
Media Hits!
Construction Equipment Guide quotes George Harms of leading New Jersey contractor George Harms Construction Company in a story recognizing the 50-year career of his valued supplier and friend.

Piling Canada carries a fascinating story on what Toronto's Mayor John Tory calls "one of the largest waterfront revitalization projects in the world," and "most significant infrastructure project in Toronto's history." Read about the innovative work that Keller performs in the Canadian city.

Nebraska Today (UNL) covers groundbreaking for a new hall for engineering Huskers. Privately funded Kiewit Hall is part of a $97M expansion of the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska.

Peninsula Daily News notes Legacy Contracting's role in a massive dredging project at Coastal Washington's Port Angeles Terminal 3 pier.

KTVI FOX 2 shows construction footage of a McCarthy joint venture on National Geospatial Intelligence Agency near St. Louis. Also, Playmakers Talk Show hosts company Pres. Joe Jouvenal.

Offshore Energy News writes on an innovation by a Dutch tidal energy company; the story includes prominent photography of apparatus with a PVE Equipment hammer in full display.

The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast airs an insightful discussion with Dr. Kathryn Petek of Shannon & Wilson about Large Diameter Foundations.

i4 Business Magazine has a cover story on the "explosive growth" of Universal Engineering Sciences, reportedly the fastest growing U.S. firm. [Editor's note each month in the Acquisitions & Expansions section of this publication, we list at least one new "pick-up" by UES, this month there are two.] 

Plenty of big headlines these days; a pending switch to the SEC for Texas and Oklahoma, ongoing Infrastructure negotiations on Capitol Hill, the McCormick seasonings recall, the #FreeBritney movement, and all things COVID among them. But we defer you to other news sources for complete coverage. Safe driving in August, we'll send you another Pile on Sept. 7!
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South Carolina Chapter Gathers for "Night at the Joe"


The Pile Driving Contractors Association of South Carolina Chapter hosted a 'Night at the Joe,' a social outing for Chapter members and friends to watch minor league baseball at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park where the host the Charleston RiverDogs (Tampa Bay affiliate) held off a spirted challenge by the Columbia Fireflies (Kansas City affiliate) with a final score of 4-3.

The family affair delivered
 an evening of fun, fellowship, and a little shop talk for all attendees. Prior to the first pitch, the group indulged in a ballpark picnic at Doby's Deck (upper deck behind third base) then settled in to their designated block in Section 208 (just below Doby's Deck). 

Thanks to all members and friends who attended 'Night at the Joe;' the PDCA-SC reconvenes for a business and dinner meeting on August 12th at Charleston's Town and Country Inn & Suites.



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Legal Event: PDCA Member Law Firm, Experts Examine Construction Pricing

Navigating the Post-Pandemic Era of Rapidly Escalating Construction Prices

A Virtual Panel Discussion on Trends, Tips and Best Practices with Attorneys and Industry Experts

You are invited to join PDCA Member law firm Jimerson Birr of Jacksonville, FL for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT. This event will be a lively, virtual panel discussion with industry leaders on the hot button issue of the rapid escalation of construction material and labor prices that many are experiencing across the industry in an ongoing post-pandemic economic recovery.

In addition to three attorneys from Jimerson Birr's construction industry team, guest panelists Carson McCall, VP at Perry-McCall Construction, David Sheffield, CFO at Coastal Construction Products and Brent Zimmerman, General Counsel at Miller Electric Co. will share insights, implications, trends, and best practices from the unique perspectives of general contractors, trade subcontractors, and material suppliers alongside the three senior construction attorneys. The presenting attorneys are PileDriver magazine Contributing Legal Author and firm Partner Ryan Maloney (pictured), named-Partner James O. "Joby" Birr and Partner Austin Calhoun.

Key issues that will be covered include:

  • Industry trends and where things may be headed related to construction material and labor prices
  • Tips on ways to plan and prepare for escalating prices in the current volatile market environment
  • Ways to try to hedge and protect yourself in bids and contract negotiations
  • What to do if prices materially escalate mid-stream during the course of a project
This is a FREE event to professionals in the construction industry; PDCA proudly shares this invitation with its membership and thanks Affiliated Services (Law Firm) Member Jimerson Birr for making this important discussion available.


Update: August Webinar on 'Vibrations' now FREE to industry

No charge to attend!!

The 2021 PDCA Education Webinar Series #5 coming August 3rd features an important presentation entitled Pile Driving Vibrations - Monitoring and Analysis by subject matter expert Dr. Catherine Aimone-Martin. This program is now accessible to everyone in the pile driving industry, including non-PDCA members, at no cost.

"Many PDCA members believe that maximizing attendance at this event is important because there is significant interest from professionals at the USAC and other government agencies who normally do not have resources available for association related activity," noted PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters. "Further, the content that this program will deliver is critical for pile drivers to ensure ongoing driven pile foundations are installed through quality, safe and responsible construction practices; as the non-profit, pile driving industry representative, PDCA intends put the industry first and association matters second." 

Peters continued; "The reality is that vibrations in pile driving are a fact. However, vibrations resulting from the installation of a driven pile-based foundation are often misunderstood and even misquoted. PDCA works aggressively on behalf of its members to ensure that this important issue is widely, accurately and thoroughly communicated throughout the pile driving industry. The August 3rd webinar is an excellent opportunity for everyone to gain a better understanding of this issue."

Please plan to attend this important presentation on vibrations in which are a component of a driven pile-based foundation installation. This is a webinar that everyone in the pile driving industry should attend. Follow the links below for full session details and to register today; also, you are encouraged to share this invitation to any colleagues that you think can benefit from this presentation.

The program will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT.



It's a Boy! Meet the newest member of the PDCA Community

You might recall reading in the March edition of 'A Pile of News,' a teaser alert when we noted that "one influential pile driving industry professional is expecting." For those who guessed Jill Harris, the Publisher of PileDriver magazine, you are correct!

Jill, Dad and brother Arlo welcomed Baby Sam into the world on his due date of July 13th.

One would expect that a newborn and his family would be settling in their house that's just slightly more 'full' than it was mere weeks ago. But in the case of this Winnipeg family, they are busy showing their home as they prepare to move into a new residence.

Please join PDCA in sending a hearty congratulations to Jill and her very handsome, new baby boy!

Webinar on Pile Driving Vibrations Aug. 3; Register Today

PDCA Past President and current president of Herbert F. Darling Inc., Buck Darling (pictured, left) has offered insightful perspectives to pile driving contractors throughout his years of involvement in PDCA. He recently indicated that the PDCA 2021 Education Webinar Series installment slated for August 3rd from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT featuring Dr. Cathy Aimone-Martin (pictured, right) will be an enlightening program, certain to provide valuable perspectives on a key consideration in pile driving - vibrations. 

"Catherine was a featured speaker for the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) at the recently held International Foundation Construction and Equipment Exposition (IFCEE) conference held in Dallas, Texas," stated Darling. "Her knowledge of not only the technical aspects of vibration and vibration control, but the effects they have on the pile driving industry and its practitioners (mostly undeserved) is unparalleled. She has the education and academic experience to back up a career in industry and consulting on one of the most vexing problems perceived with the pile driving industry, to go along with her overall expertise in geology and mining! Her presentation is not to be missed."

Dr. Martin's August 3rd presentation is entitled Pile Driving Vibrations - Monitoring and Analysis and will review and discuss the following:
  • Best practices used to monitor and manage ground and structure vibrations during pile driving
  • The origins and justifications of vibration limits found in many pile driving project specifications

  • Use of seismographs to develop a site vibration attenuation model

  • Projects where claims of structure damage were circumvented or easily refuted based on sound measured data

Click here to reserve your spot in this webinar.

The program on pile driving vibrations featuring Dr. Martin is brought to you by valued PDCA sponsors Hammer & Steel, Inc. and Northwestern Mutual - Patrick A. Di Cerbo.

PDCA 2021 Education Webinar Series events offer attendees up to 2.0 hours of Professional Development Hours. Forthcoming virtual programs from PDCA are scheduled for the first Tuesdays in October and December. We hope you can join us!

PileDriver magazine - Issue #3 2021

July 6, 2021:  The latest issue of PileDriver magazine is now available, click on the image to be directed to the digital version - PDCA members and subscribers are receiving hard copies in their mailboxes at the time of this writing.

In this issue of PileDriver, PDCA provides a photographic review of its week at the International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo, which took place in Dallas in May. Relive the first in-person industry event since March 2020 by flipping through the pages.

PDCA is also excited to highlight two of its innovative engineering affiliate members Smart Structures and RACE Coastal Engineering. Learn more about these two amazing companies and the work they do in the driven pile market.
This edition of PileDriver magazine also highlights the reason behind PDCA's "A Driven Pile is a Tested Pile" slogan the quality assurance and quality control of driven pile applications.

Inside the pages of the latest PileDriver, you can read more on QA/QC in the industry through these and many more articles:                  
1. "Lessons for Young Engineers"A few words of advice for engineers just beginning their careers, such as reviewing their work through their company's QA/QC processes

2. "Faster, Better, Safer: Today's Safety QC Challenge" - A checklist for a safety program that inspires compliance.

3. "QA/QC of Steel Piling"Ric Anderson, P.E., S.E. with Nucor Skyline highlights the advancements in technology that have improved the versatility of steel construction.

Posted in PileDriver Magazine.

A Pile of News - July 2021

A Pile of News: July 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers that comprise the PDCA
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent July 1, 2021 (Happy Canada Day!)
From the Association & Chapters
Industry Events:
  •  The 2021 PDCA Education Webinar Series resumes July 7 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT. Register now for An Integrated Computational and Experimental Study of Driven Pile Set-Up in Soft Clay by Brent Guthrie of Cajun Industries, Chad Held of Eustis Engineering and Utilizing Soil Setup in the Chicago Metro Area by Travis Coleman, Elvis Ishimwe of GRL Engineers, Inc.
  • DICEP (Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles) conference returns as LIVE in 2021; it happens in New Orleans, Sept. 1517 registration is open.
  • PDCA was a cooperating organization at DFI SuperPile '21 in Philly who was spotted [PHOTOS]?

Chapter and Regional Events:
  • PDCA of South Carolina Chapter hosts baseball night on July 29 starting at 6:00 PM EDT. For $10/person (member or not), join the fun with a social hour (burgers and dogs provided) followed by a game between the Charleston RiverDogs who host the Columbia Fireflies a matchup between the Rays and Royals affiliates.
  • PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter holds Q3 meeting on Aug. 19 at L'Auberge Casino, Baton Rouge
  • PDCA Northeast Chapter hosted an annual clay shoot in Pennsylvania; coverage and [PHOTOS]
  • PDCA's Northeast Florida Chapter Initiative Lunch, Aug. 10, 11:30 AM1:30 PM EDT at World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine 
  • PDCA's The Houston Social, Sept. 23, 5:307:30 PM CDT at True Anomaly in Houston, TX

The 2022 PDCA Membership Directory goes to production this fall; you have until Sept. 15 to access your online PDCA account and make any service, contact or personnel adjustments or updates to your company listing from the 2021 publication. Please review your listing ASAP.

PileDriver magazine, Issue #3 2021 is now available; an IFCEE recap is within. Click for the e-mag.
  • Reader note, this issue carries a theme of QA/QC for driven pile applications and plenty of new and insightful content. See timely, related social media from Nathan Price, QA manager at ECS Limited.

Welcome New and Returning Members [JOIN PDCA TODAY]:
Contractors: Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, Trevcon Construction Company
Associates: Bauer Equipment America, DFI Piling, Dunham Price Concrete, OTTO Fabricators, LLC, PACO Ventures, Platinum Grover Int.
Engineering Affiliates: ESP Associates, GEOKON
Labor Organizations: Stovall Foundation Systems
Affiliated Services: USI Insurance, FMI Corp., Shields Mott
Retired: Robert Lowe

Foundation Constructors Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to before the end of July to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & Expansions:
On the Job:
APC Construction will contribute to a massive redevelopment of Florida's Space Coast (east-central on the peninsula) to design/build facilities for the U.S. Space Force.

The ASAP Group drives H-pile for a temporary shoring system in an I-295 project in Jacksonville, FL.

Baker GCI to provide civil services for new Nutrien Ammonia Converter and Exchanger in Geismar, LA.

Coastal Contractors, Inc. is completing the rehabilitation of 70-year-old Huey P. Long Bridge on behalf of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.

EWS Consulting spent the past year ensuring quality workmanship and contract compliance for construction of a new mega-yacht marina in the Bahamas. Owner Wayne Waters says visits during COVID were a challenge, but not insurmountable. The facility opens this summer.

H.B. Fleming is in Acton, MA (hometown of Steve Carell or "Michael Scott" to fans of The Office). They're installing pipe in Nagog Pond for a new drinking water system.

Innovative Piering installs 16-inch diameter piles to become moorings for an aeration system at a Boston, KY distillery; as they quote on social media, "It's like toothpicks in a cake."

Linde-Griffith constructs the foundation for an addition to an existing warehouse in Jersey City, NJ; their Junttan PM23 is onsite to drive 170 PDA-tested piles (16 x 500 wall PP, by 50' length).

Logan Marine performs piling replacement at Southport Ferry Terminal [video] near Wilmington, NC; it's one of several NC DOT-operated ferry facilities.

Manson uses PVE Equipment, drives 24" pile for Blount Island Terminal Wharf Rehab in Jacksonville, FL.

McCarthy beat the deadline to finish the Port Freeport levee wall stabilization in Texas.

Norwalk Marine places 4K timber piles for a solar farm at a private, Massachusetts cranberry bog.

Orion continues seven-day workweeks in a multi-faceted overhaul at the Port of New Orleans; it includes installation of precast and fender piles. Rising waters and COVID have not slowed the progress!

Piling, Inc. has completed construction on a new tank for Air Products in Texas City. The job involved installation of 1,200 pcs., 16" x 85' concrete pilings driven with their Pileco hammer.

PRECO-MSE is driving 22 HP piles for a retaining wall at Montreal's Saint Jacques Street tunnel project. The job presents challenges with space constraints, road traffic and pile maneuverability.

Powell Foundations completes 16-mile creek project for Verdi Alliance in Milton, ON.

Sealevel Construction wins the contract for $30M Airport Connector Road and Bridge Project in Galliano, LA; final product will cross Bayou Lafourche.

ESC Steel installs steel sheets into cemented sands and calcarenite at Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.

GeoQuip, Inc. equipment installs vinyl sheets at the Savannah Convention Center.

ICE International Construction Equipment has a 66C/800 package pulling tressel pile on the High Rise Bridge project in Chesapeake, VA. Elsewhere, its equipment was spotted on job site where Nucor sheets were utilized for the "world's largest travel lift" in Bayonne, NJ.

JD Fields provided the sheet pile for a curtain wall as part of the Great Falls South Carolina Hydo-Dam decommissioning, which they proudly note was done on schedule and under budget.

ECS Limited provided construction testing for the expansion of the St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Baltimore which, when done, will facilitate a 100% increase in children it can serve.

Fugro earns contract renewal from Atlantic Shores for two years more work off New Jersey coast.

Haley & Aldrich wins funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for specialized research.

Governmental Relations:
Giving Back:
Junttan reaches 45 years in business. Once a small contractor, it has evolved into a global piling specialist and leader. To mark the anniversary, the company has launched a blog sharing stories and notable developments over four decades; piling professionals are invited to engage.
People on the Move
  • Dalton Hoffman, former intern, graduates UArk in C.E., hired full-time at Atlas Foundation
  • Justin Pescosolido, P.E. is new North Carolina-based sales engineer for GeoStructures, Inc.
  • Evan Gerrets joins Canal Barge Company as a new project manager
  • John Konwick in Pittsburgh is the new northeast sales manager for CZM Foundation Equipment
  • Dominic Osei Agyepong, Robert Follett join ECS Limited in Virginia and Pennsylvania, respectively; Isacc Cespedes promoted in Orlando
  • Stan Sadkowski, P.E. named principal at GeoEngineers in Boston; Scott Anderson, P.E. appointed to same role in Kansas City
  • Randy Daub, P.E. named manager at Geo-Technology Associates' Ohio office
  • Joel Bilodeau, PH moves to GZA GeoEnvironmental as senior consultant
  • Shawn Fiore to succeed Larry Smith as president/CEO at Haley & Aldrich in Burlington, MA, also Nick Machairas, Ph.D., noted for AI in geotech work, joins the firm in Boston
  • Gerhard Livingston, intern at S&ME, graduates Clemson, joins the Columbia, SC geotech group
  • Edward A. Bernard succeeds retiring Bill Brickey as Terracon director of facilities services

In Memoriam:
  • Sergio Gutierrez, a retired pile driver for many years at Piling, Inc., passed in June. His employer Randy Dietel spoke fondly of his former employee, whom he called '"loyal, dependable and highly competent." Notably, Randy helped Sergio gain U.S. citizenship early in his tenure.
  • Bruno Perez of Junttan passed unexpectedly in May; friends and colleagues mourn his loss
Notes from the Field
All the rowdy friends were there, did Hank Jr. stop by? According to photos, morale is high at Aggregate Technologies, which hosted a company pig roast on the beach to kick off the South Texas summer.

Uh oh! Maybe you were late for the beach party, or any obligation you had in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia or the Carolinas the other day? You can blame Morris-Shea for snarling the traffic... sorry guys, your social media made this too easy 😉!

Did they once compete against alum Ellen DeGeneres? A geotechnical exploration job on the University of New Orleans campus brought nostalgic feelings at Eustis Engineering, which employs numerous UNO grads. The work was adjacent to a campus site considered the hub for engineering students who participate in the annual ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition.

Pile Driving History Part 1 Opal gray becomes a camo when trying to identify it from a distance on a foggy waterway, or so that was the conclusion made by Manson Construction leadership in 1967. As they were building a terminal for the Port of Seattle, they couldn't see their equipment from afar. That prompted the adoption and implementation of the red and white brand.

Pile Driving History Part 2 Massman Construction led a 1966 joint venture that included Kiewit for construction of the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 14 on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma; to date, it provides the region commerce, hydropower and recreation. Crews installed sheet pile cofferdams for job site safety. Upon completion, a 1970 ribbon cutting attracted former president Lyndon Johnson.

Space Race 2021 Perhaps a pile hammer designed for the cosmic grade of the The Red Planet is in development because any future building on Mars would need to start with a foundation. Check out recent work at S&ME involving interplanetary innovations.

PDCA proudly represents an increasingly diverse member-base. We were humbled to catch a Facebook post from new member Black River Solar, which gives IFCEE '21 a positive endorsement thanks, guys!
Media Hits!
GBCA News spotlights American Pile and Foundation LLC in Philadelphia region. publishes photos of APC Construction building a permanent floodwall for an $8.9M New Orleans project near the local HQ for the USACE. Job site pics show installation of sheet and H-piles to raise a nearby levee segment. To date, the overdue project has been delayed by high water.

Building Design + Construction quotes Tim Berry, SVP at Balfour Beatty US in a story about the company commitment and impressive record in hiring veterans and awarding them subcontracts.

American Journal of Transportation quotes Frederick Paup of Manson Construction in coverage of a significant agreement between the USACE and the dredging industry prioritizing safety.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch captures video of a community improvement effort that attracted numerous volunteers. Among them was McCarthy Construction, which donated equipment and personnel.

Construction Equipment Guide details a massive project nearly 10 years underway in North Carolina; identified as a "key subcontractor," R.E. Burns & Sons Co. is noted for building the sound walls and box culverts for the I-40 & I-77 Interchange in Statesville, NC, 40 miles north of Charlotte.

News Radio WTAM Cleveland reports on opening of Wendy Park Bridge, a federal initiative with a $16.45M price tag; The Great Lakes Construction Company among construction contributors.

Piling Canada profiles Kassie Davidson of ECA, the company's first female service technician. She brings an amazing story of perseverance, inspiring to all.
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Spotted at SuperPile; PDCA Members attend DFI event (PHOTOS)

Philadelphia, PA (June 25, 2021): As a Cooperating Organization, PDCA participated in SuperPile '21, a three-day conference on the latest innovations in piling methods and techniques. The annual event hosted by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and partner organization The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) carried the theme The Spirit of Innovation at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown from June 23-25.

A virtual component accompanied the live event which featured technical seminars, industry committee meetings, an exhibition area, a Women in Deep Foundations program and nightly receptions. Several PDCA members attended and exhibited at SuperPile '21. See photos from various functions that took place during the event.

Technical Program Chair Justine Lentini, PE of Keller with Tom Heller ,Chuck Davis of Liebherr
Tom Connor of Consolidated Pipe, Ben Tanglao, Ryan Ayers of Hammer & Steel

Driven Pile Committee Chair Pollyanna Cunningham of ICE (screen), with Ryan Allin of PDI 

Peirce Engineering's John Peirce, Jennifer Brandt, John Peirce III

'Lucky' Nagarajan of Giken enjoys a reception with industry colleagues and friends

Dennis Russell, David Mueller, Brian Heck, Mike Abruzzo of Richard Goettle, Inc.

Mike Songer, Kelli Smith, Allwyn McDowall of JD Fields Company, Inc.

CZM Foundation Equipment recent hire John Konwick

Takefumi Takuma dons his custom hat from The PDCA Store, with Shin Kubo of Giken

PDCA members on site who attended the DFI Driven Pile Committee meeting

Women in Deep Foundations present 'Philly Fued'

More contestants in WiDF's 'Philly Fued

Brendan Fitzpatrick of DuroTerra, Duane Bentz of Morris-Shea visit with Sarah of the PA-DOT

Reddy Vantari and Hanan Assfoura of Nucor Skyline represent the steel manufacturer.

Several PDCA members either presented or moderated various technical sessions during SuperPile '21. Among them were the following:

Takefumi Takuma of Giken presents during Driven Pile Session

Alex Ryberg of GRL Engineers presents during Driven Pile Session.

Jennifer Peirce, John Peirce of Peirce Engineering moderate Design and Data Challenges

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