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.

 

PDCA Pursues Member Growth, Expanded Resources in '21

Gourgues, Moore Enact Ceremonial Gavel Exchange During Virtual Strategic Planning Meeting

Board of Directors participates in annual exercise through web conference

The annual Strategic Planning Meeting of the PDCA Executive Committee and Board was conducted through the Zoom platform over the course of two days in January 2021.

The organizational leadership set an ambitious agenda to pursue over the next twelve months which included new member development, expanded educational offerings (live, virtual, archived), and continued strengthening of the standing committees. President Kevin Gourgues (pictured, left) conducted the business of the assembly which included participating Board members from throughout the United States who attended virtually.

In addition to the regular business of the Board, the leadership addressed the results of a comprehensive Member survey which was conducted in the fall of 2020, discussed standing committee priorities and directed staff on carrying out portions of the member growth and expanded resources agenda.

The virtual platform enabled attendees to convene in small group sessions for brainstorming and other exercises. It also accommodated formal votes by the Board during the business portion of event. While consensus of PDCA is that a live meeting is preferable, ongoing health concerns necessitated that the event be held remotely. Participants indicated that the time spent was productive in advancing organizational obligations and goals.

As is customary during the annual PDCA Strategic Planning Meeting, Past President Jason Moore ceremoniously passed the gavel to President Kevin Gourgues. Vice President Brian Heck (pictured below) was in attendance as well. The three PDCA Executive Committee members participated in the event from the PDCA offices in Orange Park, Florida where the web conference originated.

DOWNLOAD: Working Platforms Recommended Practices Guide

(Pictured, L-R: Peggy Hagerty-Duffy of ADSC, Theresa Engler of DFI, Frank Peters of PDCA)

Working Platforms - Recommended Industry Practices

A collaboration of deep foundations industry partnters ADSC, DFI and PDCA

The industry-wide Working Platforms Working Group (WPWG), a collaboration of ADSC, Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), and the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), announces that the newly published Recommended Industry Practices for Safe Working Platforms for Construction Equipment guide is now available. This document is the product of several years of work and input from individuals and companies representing all facets of the foundation construction arena, including safety specialists, contractors, engineers, and equipment manufacturers and suppliers. The purpose of the document is to present an administrative procedure to institutionalize a straightforward method that ensures safe Working Platforms are in place for foundation construction equipment. This document also serves as a suggested framework by which allocation of responsibility can be communicated and determined long before work is performed on the job site.

PDCA extends its sincerest appreciation to the Working Platforms Working Group for their dedication, time, and effort, to produce this essential document. Their efforts will help make the deep foundation industry a safer place to work.

We also thank our partners, ADSC and DFI, for the significant contributions and support. It is genuinely appreciated.

PDCA members can download this vital publication from The PDCA Store free of charge. Click here to visit The PDCA Store, or click the image on your screen that depicts the guide book Please contact the PDCA office if you need any assistance logging into the website.

 

A Pile of News - January 2021

A Pile of News: January 2021
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA
From the Association & Chapters
Happy New Year from PDCA! As 2021 begins, new leadership is seated, several events (live and virtual) are scheduled and PDCA members make news; you can read it all here. Thank you for supporting PDCA. If you aren't already a member, join PDCA today!
 
Meet the president: He won't compete on horseback (more in this link), but Kevin Gourgues is firmly in the figurative saddle and "takes the PDCA reins" this month. The veteran foundation construction professional and president at Patriot Deep Foundations in Port Allen, LA succeeds Jason Moore at the association's helm. A top priority in 2021, he says, is to "give PDCA membership what it wants."
 
Others serving on the 2021 PDCA Executive Committee: vice president Brian Heck of Cincinnati; secretary Kustaa Mansfield of Seattle; treasurer Scott Webster of Harrisburg, NC; and past president Jason Moore of Charleston, SC. The Board of Directors includes Harold Baur of New Orleans; Greg Canivan of Mount Pleasant, SC; Buck Darling of Tonawanda, NY; Jim Dempsey of Branford, CT; Diane Fischer of Cleveland; Mike Juneau of Baton Rouge; Doug Keller of Cincinnati; Bruce Langan of Brielle, NJ; and Emmett Waggenspack of Baton Rouge. Meet 2021 leadership here.
 
Upcoming events:  
During PDCA 2020 Virtual Committee Day on Dec. 10, two new committee chairs debuted. Rich Anderson of Equipment Corporation of America is the new chair of the Membership Committee while Jason Moore of Palmetto Pile Driving now leads the Communications Committee.
 
READ: Click for the digital edition of PileDriver magazine Issue #6 of 2020

2021 AWARDS: Click here to get the entry form for the 2021 Project of the Year Awards.
  • The 2021 deadline for submissions to PDCA's Project of the Year Awards program is May 7.
Chapter news:
Investing in the future: The PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter awards three scholarships to California students pursuing higher education in construction-related disciplines. Meet the 2020 winners.
 
Always a shucking good time: The annual PDCA of South Carolina Chapter Oyster Roast, traditionally in January, is moving and tentatively set for March 26 at Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston.
Asap Installations LLC you are this month's winner! Send an email to
marian@piledrivers.org before the end of January to claim your prize!
People on the Move
The monthly round-up:
  • Mike Roberts promoted to director of pile driving technologies at Equipment Corporation of America; the new position places the Pile Master products director over all pile driving products, sales, training and support for ECA and ECA Canada.
  • Shinnosuke Moribe named president at Giken, Akio Kitamura becomes executive chairman.
  • Nicolas Tremblay named sales manager at Junttan subsidiary Canadian Pile Driving Equipment.
  • Dave Sumoski elevates to chief operating officer at Nucor.
  • Kirt Jackson rejoins Cajun Industries as deep foundations estimating manager.
  • Jim Lauer returns to McCarthy as a VP in the Southwest Region.
  • Austin J. Shanfelter elected new board chair of Orion Marine Group parent company.
  • Brent McIntosh named president at Powell Foundations in Ontario.
  • Brenda Novoa, M.SCE, P.E. at Premier Geotech and Testing, earns Mississippi license.
  • Kent Kading, P.E. new national director of EHS Services at TRC Companies Inc.
  • Melisse James, Jonathan Knudson, Payton Mann, Andrew Rebeiz, Nicholas Paz, Yifredew Teklu, Matt Maler, Blake Fowler, the newest P.E.s at Universal Engineering Sciences.
 
Congratulations!
  • Jeff Clyde retires after 38 years as president of Sunroc parent, Clyde Companies.
  • John Eustis, P.E. retires as chairman of the board after 42 years at Eustis Engineering.
  • Jerry Byrne spent 40 years at Universal Engineering Sciences, retires as sr. geotechnical manager.
 
Recognitions:
Quotable: "None of us magically figured out how to be an effective _________ (insert your profession here) all by ourselves. Behind every great person is usually a great partner, and almost certainly a couple or more great mentors." Pat Kilma, president of Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. in a public letter.
 
In sympathy:
J.S. "Jack" Braun provided soil testing services from his Minneapolis home following graduation from University of Minnesota in 1957. That led to his founding of Braun Intertec Corporation, which now serves nine states in the central U.S. The company announces his recent passing.
News from PDCA Companies
Projects:
American Pile and Foundation, LLC drives 4,200 LF timber piles as well as steel at the Green Field-Pier Village Phase III near Long Branch, NJ.
 
Altas Foundation installed a sheet pile wall at Sturgeon Lake, one of Minnesota's ten thousand.
 
Balfour Beatty crews are deep in Midtown Atlanta dirt founding the future 14th & Spring tower.
 
Corman Kokosing wins role in largest-ever ($454 million) infrastructure project in Alexandria, VA.
 
Foundation Constructors Inc. to install 240' deep steel piles for the new Mission Rock mixed use complex in San Francisco.
 
Great Lakes Construction Company has begun building the Westerly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station in northeast Ohio (from ENR).
 
H.B. Fleming, Inc. drives aggregates with a vibro, all part of construction on the new Health Sciences Simulation Center at the University of New Hampshire.
 
Innovative Piering LLC lifted the structure, then installed diversified pile types for stabilization of the Shadeland Station building in Indianapolis.
 
Pacific Pile & Marine improves a southeastern Alaska hydroelectric installation, increases region's hydro storage capacity; Congressional action prompted this project.
 
Sunroc among the contractors participating in construction of the Red Cliffs Temple in St. George, UT.
 
Terracon provides vibration monitoring, other services for the $1.2 billion I-74 Mississippi River Bridge infrastructure project connecting Iowa and Illinois in the Quad Cities.
 
American Piledriving Equipment (APE) shows its "Super Kong" vibro drive 129 feet long piles for a floating bridge near Seattle; crews work in the shadows of UW's Husky Stadium.
 
Flexicore of Texas produced a 134' x 30" prestressed concrete piling and more for Boh Bros. to install at the new VMH Ship Dock #2 in Houston.

Giving back:  
Recognitions:  
Acquisitions & expansions:  
Governmental relations:
Nucor Sheet & Tubular Products president Giff Daughtridge was asked by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR) to join other American and Mexican businesses at a November meeting on trade relations
 
Sunroc sent a delegation, er...crew, to the Idaho State Capitol to make a delivery.
Look Who Made the News!
The Advocate provides detailed coverage on the forthcoming I-10 widening project in Baton Rouge; Kiewit and Boh Bros. formed the joint venture, which was selected to perform Phase I.

The Akron Beacon Journal details how Great Lakes Construction Company enabled a "strange," local tradition to persevere in a write-up about area holiday events.

ENR explains how Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. has successfully transitioned from manual crane data-collection to incorporating a new high-tech solution.

American Cranes & Transport magazine highlights an innovative solution that Engineered Rigging executed for the contractor on the Cline Avenue Bridge Project in East Chicago, IN.

Tunnel Business names The Moles Class of 2020; reppin' PDCA companies are Jason Hardell of George Harms Construction, Charles Huynh of Keller and Paul Madsen of Kiewit.

GEOSTRATA publishes The Pipeline to Diversity and Inclusion in the Geoprofessions, co-authored by Veronica De Frietas, P.E. of Universal Engineering Sciences and Laura Register, P.E. of Terracon.
Notes from the Field
It's the economy, stupid: The chief economist with ARTBA projects a 5.5% reduction in the U.S. transportation construction market in 2021, following a better-than-expected 2020. Read a perspective on COVID's impact on construction.
 
Then there's this: State DOT's to get $10B in emergency aid from COVID-19 relief legislation.
 
"Business has only two functions marketing and innovation:" Several PDCA members unveiled upgraded websites in 2020. Modern marketing material like fresh websites and accompanying social media can be crucial to success in an increasingly virtual, COVID-conscious world. Here are links to PDCA member websites which received a little remodeling in 2020 (email us if you launched a new website we can help announce.) 

A Pile of Science?: While a much-anticipated, first-ever website at H.F. Darling, Inc. did not drop in 2020, proprietor Buck Darling continues to demonstrate e-communication savvy as a vital "tipster" to this e-publication. He sends an ENR story that analyzes a driven pile foundation in unique ground conditions at a structure near the North Pole. No pun intended, but COVID has since put the construction on ice.
 
Longevity: Keller celebrated a SIGNIFICANT anniversary in 2020. After 160 years in business, you certainly deserve a commemorative YouTube video. Congrats!
 
Bet their founders thought we'd be teleporting by now: Several PDCA members reach notable milestones in 2021; among anniversaries this year are Piling, Inc. a Texas City, TX contractor which reaches 90 years in business. Timber supplier Mason Forest Products of Hattiesburg, MS turns the big 4-0. And Ontario engineering firm EXP marks 115 years serving a civil clientele. Congratulations to all!
 
True quote not fake news: "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks (one could substitute "piles") others have thrown at him." David Brinkley
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Meet Kevin Gourgues, the 2021 PDCA President

New President Gourgues Prioritizes Member Input, Participation for 2021

Orange Park, FL (December 31, 2020): When asked his vision for PDCA in the New Year, deep foundations veteran Kevin Gourgues (pictured, right), who begins a one-year term as President of the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), definitively states that he will "give members a voice on what they want PDCA to accomplish." He adds "it's also important to increase PDCA membership, continue providing educational outreach and grow our library of technical resources."


With 25 years of diversified foundation construction experience under his belt, Mr. Gourgues currently serves as President of the Deep Foundations Group for Patriot Construction & Industrial, LLC (Patriot), a division he co-founded in 2018.

Prior to his 2018 election to the PDCA Board of Directors, Gourgues served both on the Board and as President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of PDCA. Summarizing his years of involvement in the specialty trade association, Kevin enthusiastically states, "PDCA has afforded me a voice in the pile driving industry but has also helped me develop new relationships and friendships with other contractors, vendors, and engineers all around North America."

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Gourgues holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology focused on Construction Management. Today, he resides in the Baton Rouge suburb of Plaquemine with his "beautiful wife of 18 years, Kelly" and teenage sons Brady and Benjamin.
Outside his professional career, Kevin's passion is being outdoors with his sons. "Hunting, fishing, and watching my boys compete in cattle sorting (horseback riding) ...however I just watch the cattle sorting, I am too old for horseback competition!"


Mr. Gourgues formally receives the presidential gavel on January 14th at a virtual rendition of PDCA's annual Strategic Planning Meeting of the Board of Directors. Anticipating that event, he says "so many intelligent people serve in PDCA leadership and dedicate endless hours of their time for the betterment of our industry. I understand and respect their commitment and thank each of them. I am sincerely honored to have been chosen as President of PDCA and I hope to serve each member to the best of my ability."






(PHOTO): Joining Kevin Gourgues in PDCA leadership for 2021 are Vice President Brian Heck (pictured, middle), Past President Jason Moore (right), Treasurer Scott Webster and Secretary Kustaa Mansfield.










Become a PDCA Member for 2021



As a new year begins, make the resolution to support, promote and advocate for the driven pile as an effective and viable method of deep foundation construction and ground retention; after all, it has proven itself for literally centuries through safely and reliably supporting structures from ancient to modern times. As a member of PDCA, you strengthen the collective voice of hundreds of industry professionals throughout North America and the world who work tirelessly to maintain the driven pile's superiority as a deep foundation solution.

Membership in PDCA comes with a growing list of benefits. services and opportunities, including:

  • Annual Conferences
  • Educational Programs
  • Trade Shows
  • Project of the Year Awards program
  • Connectivity between public sector, private owners
  • Committee and industry leadership opportunities
  • Safety discussions and resources
  • Industry networking
  • PileDriver magazine
  • Annual Membership Directory
  • Monthly e-Newsletter 'A Pile of News'
  • Free and reduced rate advertising
  • Industry and business marketing
  • Constant Contact Partner Program (New!)
  • Virtual Programming (New!)
  • Up to Five (5) Names Listed from One (1) Contractor, Associate Membership (New!)
  • and MANY more resources available
By virtue of your PDCA membership, you join a large and committed community of like-minded, industry professionals who collectively contribute to advocating and advancing the driven pile in deep foundation construction.

PDCA members are a diverse group which includes contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and geotechnical engineers. They install and support pilings made of timber, concrete and steel as well as sheeting and many aggregates. Membership options reflect the various disciplines. To review PDCA membership categories, dues rates and additional benefits, CLICK HERE to be redirected to our our Join PDCA page; your 2021 Membership Application awaits you! Thank you in advance for your support of PDCA.



 

PileDriver Magazine: Harry Robbins, A Career Story

Harry Robbins - Making a Difference for the Driven Pile Industry

By Mark Halsall

Few people have had as big an impact on the Pile Driving Contractors Association as Harry Robbins. During his long and storied career in pile driving, Robbins has played a vital role in the success of PDCA as it's grown into a thriving national organization and was the driving force behind  the establishment of its first local chapter in 2003.

Robbins has also been about as strong a proponent of the driven pile that you'll ever see in the industry. Just ask Jason Moore, the vice president and general manager of Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston, S.C., who was mentored by Robbins. Click to read more in Issue #6, 2020 of PileDriver magazine.


 

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PileDriver Magazine: Gwen Sanders, P.E., A Career Story

Gwen Sanders, P.E., Eustis Engineering

First woman to serve as company president
By Jess Campbell

When we talk about equality in the workplace, conversations are often laden with stories of challenges overcome and ceilings broken through. Hardly ever do we hear stories where women are supported and nurtured throughout their careers without bias or backlash for being a woman in the first place.

Those stories are just as important to tell. Women who work in an inclusive environment have the kind of story other women need to hear in order to keep progressing in their own careers, knowing that equality is possible. 

Gwen Sanders, P.E., the first woman to be president of Eustis Engineering, a regional Gulf Coast firm headquartered in New Orleans, has that kind of story. Click to read more in Issue #5 2020,  PileDriver Magazine.

 

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PileDriver Magazine: Issue #6, 2020

Click the image (left) to read the digital edition of PileDriver magazine Issue #6 of 2020.

In this issue, we provide you information about new PDCA member benefits as well as how to get more involved in PDCA committees. Also, learn about efforts in progress to establish new PDCA Chapters.

Check out a preview of what PDCA will offer at IFCEE, coming to Dallas May 10-14, 2021.

We are excited to provide you an important and timely update on working platform guidance; safety is a priority issue for us all.

A couple names you may know; pile driving industry veterans Jay Boyd and Harry Robbins sit down with our writers to share perspectives on deep foundation construction.

Don't miss a fascinating project story from Boston that details contributions from DuroTerra.

We are pleased to provide guidance on construction law issues such as Addressing the Risk of Third Party Claims and Contract Terms in the COVID Era.

There is a new installment to our mental health series that helps you understand how to avoid the tragedy of suicide in construction.

And don't miss the business article that explores a growing trend of military veterans transitioning to construction careers.

As we do in every issue, we are proud to feature profiles of some of our members; of course without members, PDCA doesn't exist. This time, you will meet Ford Pile Foundation, Junttan USA, ESC Steel and Earth, Inc.

Click here to read Issue #6 of PileDriver. As we move to the new year, please contact us with any content ideas you have for future magazine editions.
 

Outgoing PDCA President Moore Takes New Role for 2021

New PDCA Communications Committee Chair Jason Moore  will lead PileDriver magazine development, Project of the Year Awards coordination, other external functions. Moore (pictured, far left) is shown with Past PDCA President Dave Chapman, former Communications Committee Chair Pollyanna Cunningham noted for her significant impact on the Association's public presence and current PDCA Treasurer Scott Webster.

Orange Park, FL (December 1, 2020): The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) announces a new Chairman to the Communications Committee; Jason Moore (right), who is the immediate Past President of PDCA, takes the helm of the standing committee that is responsible for overseeing the publication of PileDriver magazine six times each year and disseminating the annual Project of the Year awards program, among other organizational functions. These are important components of PDCA which enable deep foundation construction professionals from around the globe to engage in the organization and stay informed about the latest developments and trends in pile driving.

"At PDCA, we proudly advocate for the driven pile in all applications where it is effective," explained Moore. "Our product is manufactured in a controlled environment, installed with efficient equipment through a time tested process, and has inherent quality and integrity testing built into the cycle.  That is the message we as an Association work to communicate throughout the industry and I am excited to provide it amplification through Committee channels."

Since 2015, Moore has served as VP/General Manager at Palmetto Pile Driving in Charleston, SC. There, he oversees an active concrete pile manufacturing and installation operation with a strong and loyal regional footprint. Prior to his position at Palmetto, the longtime Low Country resident spent 14 years working in precast concrete. A 2001 graduate of The Citadel, he lives in Charleston with his wife and three children.


Jason Moore receives the gavel, assumes PDCA Presidency from Scott Callaway in early 2020