PDCA 23rd Annual International Conference & Expo

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

 

committee meetings

  • Committee meetings will be held in the Conference Suites in the Camelback Building in the rooms and times below.

Lantana

1:00 - 1:50 PM  Safety & Environment Committee

2:00 - 2:50 PM  Associate Member Council

3:00 - 3:50 PM  Communications Committee

Mesquite

1:00 - 1:50 PM  Chapters Committee

2:00 - 2:50 PM  Technical Committee

3:00 - 3:50 PM  Market Development Committee

Noble

1:00 - 1:50 PM  Education Committee

2:00 - 2:50 PM  Sheet Pile Committee

3:00 - 3:50 PM  Contracts & Risks Committee

Board of directors

4:00 - 6:00 PM

  • PDCA Board of Directors Meeting - Ocotilla A
7:00 PM
  • PDCA Board of Directors, Past Presidents, Committee Chairs (Spouse/Guests) Reception & Dinner - Golf Island Green

thursday - may 7, 2020


PDCA Golf Tournament


6:30 - 8:00 AM
  • Registration & Breakfast - Marketplace Cafe Terrace
  • Includes access to the Driving Range

8:00 AM
  • Golf Tournament: Shotgun Start - Arizona Grand Golf Course
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Preconference Short Course - Sheet Piling & Wave Equation


Faculty:
  • David R. Chapman, P.E., President, Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman, Inc.
  • Gerry McShane, Director Piling, Service Steel Warehouse
  • Ryan Allin, P.E., Senior Engineer, Pile Dynamics, Inc.

Agenda:

7:00 - 8:00 AM
  • Registration & Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 AM
  • Course Introductions

8:15 - 9:00 AM
  • Steel Sheet Piles: Best Construction Practices
    • Gerry McShane
    • Objectives:
      • Develop understanding of the changes in steel sheet pile design andhow they align with continous equipment innovation to improve economics and constructability onsite.
      • Site examples will look at problems that have occured and how they could easily have been prevented through better understanding of constuctability.
9:00 - 9:45 AM
  • Supervision and Inspection of Steel Sheet Piling Installation
    • David R. Chapman
    • Objectives:
      • Have familiarity with the basic components of sheet pile and soldier beam earth retention systems
      • Describe what a field engineer for the contractor or the ispection firm should observe, how to plan the work and what safety precautions are needed for a successful project.
9:45 - 10:15 AM
  • Break

10:15 - 11:00 AM
  • Ensuring the Durability of Sheet Piling Structures
    • ​​​​​​​Gerry McShane
    • Objectives:
      • ​​​​​​​Understand the factors that contribute to corrosion occuring ands the rate it develops. Various steps to control or inhibit corrosion will be outlined.
      • A comparison will be made between the breakdown of steel and concrete over time. An example will be provided showing the various options open to the designer to inhibit or improve steel durability along with their associated costs.
11:00 - 11:45 AM
  • Detailed Design Procedures for Earth Retaining Structures
    • ​​​​​​​David R. Chapman
11:45 - 12:00 PM
  • Discussion / Q & A

12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Lunch

1:00 - 1:15 PM
  • Wave Equation Workshop Overview / Introduction
    • ​​​​​​​Course Objectives:
      • ​​​​​​​Describe the hammer soil model used in GRLWEAP
      • Prepare the input and selct options for GRLWAEP analysis
      • Interpret GRLWEAP results (bearing graph, inspector chart, drivability anaylsis)
1:15 - 2:45 PM
  • Wave Equation Background
    • ​​​​​​​Ryan Allin
2:45 - 3:00 PM
  • Break 

3:00 - 3:45 PM
  • Wave Equation Workshop: Bearing Graph, Inspection Chart
    • ​​​​​​​Ryan Allin
3:45 - 5:00 PM
  • Wave Equation Workshop: Drivability
    • ​​​​​​​Ryan Allin
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Opening Reception - canyon ballroom east (exhibit hall)


5:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Opening Reception

friday - may 8, 2020


Registration and breakfast

7:00 - 8:00 AM

  • Conference Registration - Canyon Ballroom
  • Breakfast - Canyon Ballroom

Welcome and Opening Remarks


8:00 - 8:15 AM
  • Welcome
  • Opening Remarks
  • Pledge of Allegience

General session & keynote presentations - Canyon Ballroom West


8:15 - 9:00 AM       
  • General Session - PDCA Updates to Attendees
    • President's Report
    • State of the Association
    • Executive Committee Report
    • Committee Chairs' Report
9:00 - 10:00 AM      
  • Beyond the Millennial Mindset: What You Need to Know About Gen Z
    • Lisa Ryan, CSP, Chief Strategist, Grategy, LLC
    • Outline: With four active generations in the worksplace, it's important to realize that people are wired differently simply based on the year the were born. When you understand how each generation thinks, their relationship to the workplace, and where they place their priorities, it makes life easlier for everyone.
10:00 - 11:00 AM     
  • Exhibit Hall Open & Morning Break - Canyon Ballroom East
 

Elective Sessions: Concurrent Sessions

11:15 - 12:15 PM     
  • Canyon Ballroom: Industry Shortcomings Panel Discussion
    • Gerald Verbeek - Moderator; Panel - TBD
    • Outline: Panel of industry experts to discuss shortcomings and issues experienced by members in their everyday businesses / organizations. Panel members will review the issues and discuss workarounds, solutions, and how the industry as a whole could move forward to produce positive results.
  • Mesquite Ballroom: Optimizing Deep Foundation Designs in Ephemeral Streams to Significantly Lower Costs
    • Naresh Samtani, PhD, P.E., D.GE, F. ASCE, President, NCS GeoResources, LLC
    • Outline: The duration of a flood event in an ephemeral stream is finite ranging from a few hours to a few days. However, for design of deep foundations, an assumption is typically made by geotechnical specialists that at the time of a flood event all stream bed geomaterials are saturated and fully-buoyant. This assumption leads to larger deep foundations because full-buoyancy can significantly reduce the geomaterial resistances to applied loads. Consequently, a large increase in foundation investigation and construction costs can occur. This presentation discusses a case study that included an evaluation of the infiltration of transient flood waters into unsaturated geomaterials within an ephemeral stream bed. The presented approach permits a rational geotechnical evaluation of deep foundations in ephemeral streams. Significant cost reductions can be realized as a result of the presented approach.
  • Noble Ballroom: Drugs in the Workplace 
    • Rick Kalson, Partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
 

project of the year luncheon - Kaibab & Lantana Ballrooms


12:15 - 2:00 PM
  • Project of the Year Awards Luncheon
 

Elective Sessions: Concurrent Sessions


2:00 - 3:00 PM         
  • Canyon Ballroom: Train Them and Retain Them Panel Discussion
    • Gerald Verbeek - Moderator
    • Panel:
      • Paul Addison, International Union of Operating Engineers
      • Dale Biggers, P.E., Vice President, Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC
      • Lisa Ryan, CSP, Grategy  LLC
    • Outline: Panel of experts to discuss benefits of training and investing in people, training opportunites, and solutions to workplace turnaround.
  • Mesquite Ballroom: Working Platforms Policy & Committee Update
    • Peggy Hagerty Duffy, P.E., D.GE, Hagerty Engineering, ADSC Technical Director
    • Outline: The joint PDCA, ADSC, and DFI Working Platforms Policy Committee will be discussed, as well as information on the policy, progress made, initiatives moving forward, and how you can be involved.
  • Noble Ballroom: Dedicated Pile Driving Certification Requirements
    • Toya Brown, NCCCO
3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Exhibit Hall Open & Afternoon Break - Canyon Ballroom East

4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Bidding and Cost Estimating from the Contractors Persepective Panel
    • Ryan Allin, P.E., Senior Engineer, Pile Dynamics, Inc. - Moderator
    • Panel:
      • Buck Darling, President, HF Darling, Inc.
      • TBD
    • Outline: The intent of this panel discussion is to provide a platform for contractors and engineers to discuss the importance of complete bid packages, inadequate information, and issues that can result from it. The panel will include experts from various points of view for a rounded discussion and solutions for moving forward with better understanding of what is needed.

annual awards reception and dinner


6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Annual Awards Reception - Sunset Patio
7:00 - 10:00 PM
  • Annual Awards Dinner - Kaibab & Lantana Ballrooms

** Speaker information and presentation order are subject to change.

saturday - may 9, 2020


registration and breakfast - Canyon ballroom east


7:30 - 9:00 AM
  • Breakfast with Exhibitors

general sessions - canyon Ballroom West


9:00 - 9:30 AM
  • General Session - PDCA & Member Discussion
    • Communication: Expectantions vs Reality
    • Moving Forward: 2022 and Beyond
    • Q&A
9:30 - 10:15 AM
  • Tilting Windmills: Don Quixote Meets the International Building Code 
    • Dale Biggers, P.E., Vice President, Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC
10:15 - 10:30 AM
  • Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Ethics Presentation - TBD
    • TBD
11:30 - 12:30 PM
  • Vibrations from Pile Driving: Are Current Limits Unnecessarily Low?
    • Dr. Catherine T. Aimone-Martin, President, Aimone-Martin Associates, LLC
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** Speaker information and presentation order are subject to change.