64 On Solid GroundProfessor Magued Iskander is a well-known authority in the analysis, design and construction of deep foundations. His geotechnical research informs our use of driven piling as well as our understanding of soil structure interaction.
Project Spotlights
88 American Airlines Hangar 2 Precision Piles
94 GROUP Deep Foundations Completes Largest Project to Date The team is proud of its impressive record on this project, completed with zero recordable incidents
Member Profiles
73 REV Drill

81 Atlantic Metrocast

85 Engineering Partners International

99 Ground Improvement Using Timber PilesOutside-the-box thinking proved successful in the construction of a South Carolina hotel
103 Making WaySkyline Steel is proving to be an effective supplier for the expanding PortMiami
PDCA Committees
105PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee: Navigating the MinefieldFlow down clauses and pass-through claims for unforeseen conditions

PDCA Trailblazers
109 Bill Crossman, Atlantic Metrocast
PDCA Young Guns
111 Kena Yoke, Island Piling Inc.
8 President's Message
11 Executive Director's Message 
17 PDCA Upcoming Events
18 201819 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
23 PDCA Membership Benefits 
27 Article Submission Guidelines
29 New PDCA Members
31 Did You Know?
33 PDCA News
39 PDCA Chapters
43 DICEP 2018 Full conference brochure
59 Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Program
63 PDCA Wrap-Up GeoCoalition Meeting

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Getting Better by Working Together!

I hope this edition of PileDriver finds you and your firm well and shows how we are moving the association and industry forward by working together.
The featured articles on some high-profile marine and bridge projects highlight the skills of our member firms and demonstrate the benefits of driven piles as a viable and economical deep foundation solution. 
Please review the information about our upcoming Design and Installation of Cost Effective Piles (DICEP) conference to be held in Baltimore, Md., in September 2018. We have assembled a great slate of speakers focused on the future of America's infrastructure renewal and the role of driven pile products in these projects. Your attendance and participation in the lectures, presentations, display booths and networking events helps spread the benefits of driven piles as a viable and economical deep foundation solution and support of excavation system, and drives new membership. I've always found this to be a great event to get to know more members and openly share ideas and experiences that can help solve the problems we all see on our jobs every day. It's through the camaraderie and free exchange of ideas and experiences we find common ground to advance our cause and interests and be better tomorrow than we were today. Please consider attending and refer to our website,, for additional registration information.
The Membership Committee has been busy supporting chapter reorganization events in Florida, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic regions to revitalize our local presence. The participation and interest at the events so far has been amazing and energizing. The Florida and Texas chapters will be offering sessions in October and November focused on contractual risk, unforeseen conditions and claim avoidance. Please keep your eye out for the next event in your area and bring someone new along to share the value you find in these PDCA experiences.
Scott Callaway, our vice president, Steve Hall, our executive director and I attended the GeoCoalition meeting in June 2018 with The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC), the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG), Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), the Geo-Institute of ASCE (GI), the United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER) and the Canadian Geotechnical Society. The purpose of this meeting was to identify and collaborate on common issues impacting the geo-construction industry. The common topics being addressed by the partner organizations were:
Contractual risk assessment and allocation PDCA, GBA and DFI have been working together through events like the IFCEE panel discussion on geotechnical risks to raise awareness in the industry of how attempts are being made to allocate risk unfairly on a variety of project types and through a variety of contract delivery methods. Our Contracts and Risk Committee has been at the forefront of these efforts.
Recruiting the next generation of geo-professionals and craft employees ADSC's new campaign, "Six Figures, No Suits," aims to recruit high school, trade school and college students into the foundation construction industry. PDCA, ADSC, AEG, ASCE and DFI have agreed to collaborate on this effort through coordinated messaging and outreach efforts. 
The need for increased infrastructure funding All of the participating organizations agreed to support ASCE's "Infrastructure Report Card" effort and issue a combined statement of support to the United States Congress. In the coming months, the PDCA Communications Committee will be rolling out a new newsletter format that will help better communicate current events stories and legislative actions at the state and federal levels that impact our industry. Your outreach to your local representatives will be needed to help advance this effort. Please get involved!
Licensure AEG, GBA and ASCE GI have been tracking and combating efforts to dilute the importance of licensing professional engineers and geologists within various states around the country. If you hear of such legislative efforts within your communities, please reach out to your local representative and reiterate the importance of professional licensure and the role it has in maintaining public safety and advancing the engineering profession.

By partnering with other like-minded industry associations, we can actively promote the need for infrastructure investment and other common goals. Joining with other industry organizations at events like this helps to raise the awareness of these issues and enhance PDCA's impact in the design and construction industry. 
Our momentum and influence as an organization is growing and it doesn't happen without dedicated members like you. We are off to a great start and we are moving forward in 2018. Thank you for your continued support and participation, and I hope to see you at DICEP in Baltimore in September. 

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There is a Lot 
Happening at PDCA

On behalf of PDCA, I want to thank all of you who made the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) 2018 such a tremendous success. The IFCEE Partners (PDCA, ADSC, GI of ASCE, DFI) planned on 2,750 attendees when 2018 planning began back in May 2016. Thanks to the collective participation of all associations the final for IFCEE 2018 participation was 3,383 633 attendees over the initial projection.
Any event the size of IFCEE requires planning, coordination, execution and, equally important, a post event review, so we can evaluate our performance in meeting the expectations of those attending the event. Internally, PDCA has already conducted our "lessons learned" and submitted those findings to the ADSC, who acts as the managing partner for the event. In recent discussions with ADSC, the partners will be meeting soon to discuss the 2018 event and begin preparing for 2021. In moving forward, all partners in 2018 will use the lessons learned from 2018 to ensure 2021 continues to provide a quality experience for all attendees. I hope you will join us for another IFCEE in 2021.
PDCA Updates
As PDCA continues to move into the second half of 2018, we are challenging ourselves to make a difference by making changes, updates and creating new opportunities all intended to better serve the PDCA membership, promote our industry and intensify the visibility, marketability and benefits of driven piles.
PDCA is developing a new, more robust website. The new site will provide greater resources for our members and guests, making it easier to find desired information, while providing additional functionality and metrics that will allow PDCA to measure performance, progress and quality of services.
During the PDCA 2018 strategic planning session, the Board of Directors identified "Raising awareness of the need to renew infrastructure," as a key strategy. The difficulty for PDCA to accomplish this strategy is immense, but given the number of members in PDCA, not impossible. How then do we accomplish this while also addressing other federal and state issues that impact our business and industry? By using a software service solution that includes news and policy analysis and tools for legislative tracking, grassroots advocacy and advocate and donor acquisition. The program will also report on the people and politics of Capitol Hill. Through this process and utilization of "key words," PDCA can acquire information about pending legislation and issues impacting our industry, get the word out to our members and then you can respond with feedback and the potential of influencing Congress.
PDCA also requested support from the members of the GeoCoalition during our recent meeting in Utah, June 2022. The idea was favorably received, with suggestions on how the group could move forward, including the newest GeoCoalition member, the Canadian Geotechnical Society.
PDCA is working with the newly formed Contracts and Risk Committee to present two seminars one in October and one in November. The October 18 seminar will be in Jacksonville, Fla., and the November 8 seminar will be in Houston, Texas. The seminars will present three different topics during the half-day program: Recovering for Unforeseen Conditions, Key Legal Considerations When Performing Work Under a Design-Build Construction Contract and Understanding the Differences and Similarities Between Driven Pile and Drilled Cast-In-Place. Alex Filotti (Underpinning and Foundation Skanska) and Rick Kalson (Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff) will present the first two topics and Karl Higgins (ESC Mid-Atlantic, LLC) will present the third. The seminars will be preceded by a luncheon program to discuss the importance of the two chapters in Florida and Texas and how PDCA members can support chapter efforts, get involved in their growth and long-term sustainability and provide suggestions for future events and activities. PDCA invites all PDCA members, specifically those from the Florida and Texas areas to join us for these programs.
PDCA, NCCCO and Sun Piledriving Equipment will be hosting a Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) at Sun Piledriving Equipment's property in Frankford, Del., on August 20. The program is designed to qualify examiners for the Dedicated Pile Driver practical exam portion of this certification program. Any company utilizing a dedicated pile driving rig should be aware of the requirements to have your operators certified by November 2018, according to the latest by OSHA. By certifying the individuals who attended the PEAP, PDCA now has a pool of individuals qualified to help you certify your operators. If you need more information on how to certify your operators, contact PDCA or NCCCO to identify qualified examiners who can arrange to provide the certification written exam and practical test.
PDCA will also conduct the final Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis course for 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The program will present a one-day seminar on Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis on October 3 and a two-day workshop on High Strain Dynamic Foundation Testing on October 45. Individuals can register for one or both courses. PDCA will also offer the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test, a 90-minute, multiple-choice exam that will cover the theory of wave mechanics, case method (PDA) equations, data quality assessment, data interpretation and basic CAPWAP analysis. The Proficiency test will be given on Friday, October 5. Registration for this program is now open on the PDCA website,
Two additional developments at PDCA that will have a significant impact are the opening of a new position, titled director, PDCA/Chapter Liaison and Membership Development. The role and responsibility of this position will be to establish and maintain a positive and dynamic relationship with all PDCA chapters, while providing support in multiple areas. The director will also be responsible for acting as the staff liaison to the PDCA Membership Committee. In this capacity, the director will develop and implement strategies, policies and procedures for advancing PDCA's membership acquisition.
PDCA is also in the process of interviewing individuals to become the new PDCA executive director. As the current executive director for the PDCA, I am reaching that "golden age" and planning my retirement. Obviously, this requires an extensive search by the PDCA Executive Committee to find the right person to lead PDCA into the future. PDCA has hired a search firm to coordinate the search, receive applications and resumes, narrow the list down to an acceptable number of qualified applicants and present this list to the Executive Committee. Those candidates will be interviewed to create a short list of three. The Executive Committee will conduct face-to-face interviews in Baltimore, Md., prior to the DICEP conference, make their recommendations to the Board of Directors and move forward with an offer for employment.
I would be remiss if I did not mention one of the PDCA's most accomplished conferences, which is coming up on September 1920, in Baltimore, Md. PDCA's 19th Annual Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. This traditional PDCA program is designed primarily for engineers, but certainly is relevant to anyone in the deep foundation or earth retention industry. This year, the PDCA Education Committee has assembled a fantastic line-up of presenters, including keynotes from Casey Dinges, senior managing director, ASCE and Silas Nichols, P.E., principal, geotechnical bridge engineer, FHWA. Additionally, there will be 10 general session presentations on a variety of interesting topics. For engineers requiring PDHs, up to 12 will be available for attending the entire day-and-a-half program. You can find out more about this conference by visiting the event website, 

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Calendar of Events

PDCA 19th Annual Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles Conference Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 19 20, 2018
(More information on page 43)
Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Course Cleveland, Ohio
GRL Engineers, Inc./Pile Dynamics, Inc. HeadquartersOct. 3 5, 2018
PDCA of Florida Chapter Contracts and Risk Seminar Jacksonville, Fla.
Oct. 18, 2018
PDCA of South Carolina Chapter Dinner Meeting Charleston, S.C.
Town & Country Inn 2008 Savannah HighwayNov. 6, 2018
PDCA of Texas Chapter Contracts and Risk Seminar Houston, Texas
Nov. 8, 2018
PDCA of the Gulf Coast 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting Kenner, La.
Nov. 15, 2018

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201819 PDCA Officers, Directors, Committee Chairs & Members

PDCA Officers
PresidentLarry Moore, GeoStructures, Inc.Purcellville,
Vice PresidentScott Callaway, Cajun Deep Foundations, LLCBaton Rouge,
TreasurerBill Marczewski, BSM EngineeringPortland,
SecretaryPollyanna Cunningham, ICE® International Construction Equipment, Inc.Matthews,
Immediate Past PresidentDave Chapman, Blakeslee, Arpaia, ChapmanBranford,
Executive DirectorSteve Hall, PDCAOrange Park,
PDCA Directors
Doug Keller, Richard Goettle, Inc.Cincinnati,
Erich Kremer, R. Kremer & Son Marine ContractorsBrick,
Scott Webster, GRL Engineers, Inc.Charlotte,
Jason Moore, Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc.Charleston,
Jay Boyd, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.Wilmington,
Karl Higgins, ECS, LLCChantilly,
Rich Anderson, Equipment Corporation of AmericaAldan,
Rob Braden, Skyline Steel, LLCSpringfield,
Kevin Gourgues, Patriot Deep FoundationsBaton Rouge,
PDCA Chapter Representatives 
PDCA of Florida ChapterTim Dittmeier, Hammer &
PDCA of South Carolina ChapterJohn King, Pile Drivers,

PDCA of the Gulf Coast ChapterMichael Kelly, Gulf South Piling and
PDCA of the Northeast ChapterErich Kremer, R. Kremer & Son Marine
PDCA of the Pacific Coast ChapterDermot Fallon, Foundation Constructors,
PDCA of the Pacific Northwest ChapterBill Marczewski, BSM
For information about the PDCA of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the PDCA of Texas Chapter, contact the PDCA office at 904-215-4771.

Associate Member Council
Chair: Diane Fischer, Pile Dynamics, Inc.Phone:
Co-Chair: James Buttles, Corpac SteelPhone:
Members: Chris Ragan (Atlas Tube)David Maedgen (Gerdau)Errynne Bell (Skyline Steel)Fernao de Oliveira Cesar (Gerdau)J.W. Lodge (Lodge Lumber)Karl Higgins (ECS, LLC)Marilyn Poindexter (Atlas Tube)Phil Wright (L.B. Foster)Pollyanna Cunningham (ICE®)Rob Likins (Equipment Corporation of America)Stephanie Conklin (R.W. Conklin Steel)Steve Whitty (Specialty Piling Systems)Takefumi Takuma (Giken America)T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Chapters Committee
Chair: John King, Pile Drivers Inc.Phone:
Members: Andrea Edwards (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products)Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)Greg Canivan (S&ME)J.J. Waguespack (Mississippi River Equipment Co.)Jason Moore (Palmetto Pile Driving)Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations)Matt Scerbak (Associated Pile & Fitting)Michael Kelly (Gulf South Piling)Rich Anderson (Equipment Corporation of America)Sarah Honeyman (Piling Products)Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)Tim Fogarty (George Harms Construction Co.)Tom Connor (Consolidated Pipe)
Communications Committee
Chair: Pollyanna Cunningham, ICE®Phone: 888-423-8721 ext.
Members: Allen Johnson (ICE®)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)Garland Likins (Pile Dynamics, Inc.)Jill Harris (Lester Publications, LLC)John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.)Karl Higgins (ECS LLC)Mike Kelly (Gulf South Piling and Construction)Thomas Lane (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products)Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)
Contracts and Risk Committee
Chair: Alex Filotti, SkanskaPhone:
Co-Chair: Rick Kalson, Benesch LawPhone:
Members: Mike Byrne, Ryan Maloney (Foley & Lardner LLP), Sayed M. Sayed, Mark Rice
Education Committee
Chair: Gerry McShane, Service Steel WarehousePhone:
Members: Alex Filotti (Skanska)Alex Ryberg (GRL Engineers Inc.)Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Garland Likins (Pile Dynamics Inc.)Gerald Verbeek (VMS/Allnamics-USA)Jim Campbell (PND Engineers Inc.)Mike Gregory (The Hose Company)Mike Justason (McMaster University)Mohamad Hussein (GRL Engineers Inc.)Pat Hannigan (Pile Dynamics Inc.)Richard Morales (L.B. Foster)T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Staff Liaison:Debbie Schmidt, PDCAPhone:
Market Development Committee
Chair: Doug Keller, Richard Goettle Inc.Phone:
Members: Brian Rogers (Consolidated Pipe & Supply)John Holman (Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.)Mike Elliot (Equipment Corporation of America)Phil Wright (L.B. Foster)Steve Macon (Massman Construction Co.)T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Membership Committee
Chair: Karl Higgins, ECS, LLCPhone:
Members: Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Doug Keller (Richard Goettle, Inc.)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)Jay Boyd (Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.)John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.)Kay Shealy (Pile Drivers, Inc.)Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations)Larry Moore (GeoStructures, Inc.)Mike Kelly (Gulf South Piling and Construction)Michael Runey (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products)Phil Conklin (R.W. Conklin Steel)Pollyanna Cunningham (ICE®)Rich Anderson (Equipment Corporation of America)Scott Callaway (Cajun Deep Foundations)Scott Webster (GRL Engineers)Steve Whitty (Specialty Piling Systems)Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)
Safety and Environmental Committee
Chair: Jay Boyd, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.Phone:
Co-Chair: Scott Callaway, Cajun Deep FoundationsPhone:
Members: Buck Darling (Herbert F. Darling)Chas Raysik (ICE®)Dave Coleman (Foundation Constructors)Dave Harrison (Terra-Mechanics, Inc.)Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors)James Deemer (American Piledriving Equipment)Joe KlaasKeith Alfonsi (Braun Intertec)Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations)Kevin Shannon (Linde-Griffith Construction Company)Mark Miller (Terresolve)Michael Gregory (Hydraulic Hose)Michael Morgano (GRL Engineers)Peter Jensen (American Pile and Foundation)Rich Marshall (ADSC)Stephen Heilker (Cape Romain Contractors)Warren Waite (Berminghammer)
Steel Sheet Pile Committee
Chair: Gerry McShane, Service Steel WarehousePhone:
Members: Alex Filotti (Skanska)Bruce Colson (ESC Group)David Maedgen (Gerdau)Phil Wright (L.B. Foster)Takefumi Takuma (Giken America)Joseph Teeter (Axiom Foundations)David Borger (Skyline Steel)Greg Goad (L.B. Foster)Scott Meaney (Gerdau)Richard Morales (L.B. Foster)Muhammad Baksh (M.G. McLaren)Vahid Zajani (M.G. McLaren)Kevin Kane (ICE®)Ryne Allen (Piling Products)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman)Lane Koslow (Piling Products)
Technical Committee
Chair: Dale Biggers, Boh Bros. Construction Company, LLCPhone:
Members: Anna Sellountou (Pile Dynamics, Inc.)Billy Camp (S&ME)Casey Jones (Foundation Testing & Consulting)Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman)Don Roberston (Applied Foundation Testing)Eric Hendriksen (DDF)Garland Likins (GRL Engineers, Inc.)Gerald Verbeek (VMS/Allnamics-USA)John Holman (Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc,)Karl Higgins (ECS, LLC)Michael Wysockey (Thatcher Foundations, Inc.)Mike Justason (McMaster University)Randy Dietel (Piling, Inc.)Takefumi Takuma (Giken America)Van Komurka (GRL Engineers, Inc.) 

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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 e-Letter 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.

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Submission Guidelines for PDCA's PileDriver Magazine

Have you ever considered writing an article for PileDriver magazine? It's easier to do than you may think. Read the below instructions for writing and submitting an article to PileDriver. Sound like too much work? Contact PDCA to have a professional writer do the work on your behalf; there's no cost for PDCA members.

Writing an article
To ensure we make the best use of your time, we have provided the following submission guidelines to assist you in this process. Should you have any questions while writing your submission or about these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Hall, executive director, at 904-215-4771 or

Content guidelines
Articles should: 
Be written in the third person (i.e. "The company has..." instead of "My company has...")
Include quotes from appropriate sources where applicable and/or possible
Include a minimum of three to five high-resolution photos with appropriate photo captions and credits that have permission to be printed in the magazine. Please note that providing photos with your article constitutes that you are the copyright holder for the images and your permission for publishing.
Include a byline, comprised of the writer's name, position and company
Be submitted in MS Word format (not in PDF format)

Article types and overviews

Member Profile (Contractor, Associate, Engineering Affiliate)
700 to 1,200 words
These articles are designed to highlight your company. The article should contain such information as:
Years in business
Work performed (specific to the pile driving industry)
Corporate structure (leadership/owner(s))
Geographical distribution of work
Special aspects of the company and staff
Industry or civic awards
Special projects
Involvement in PDCA; how the company benefits from being a member

The article may also include the company's story including how and when the company was founded, how the business grew as well as who and what has contributed to the company's success.

Project Spotlight
700 to 1,800 words 
These articles discuss the driven pile aspects of a construction project. The emphasis should be on the foundation and pile driving, such as the type of pile(s), hammer used, crane used, lead type (swinging, fixed), test pile program and production pile numbers (amount of piles driven for the actual foundation). Additional relevant information such as any value engineering, static or dynamic testing and challenges and problem-solving brought on by design, environment, geology/soil, noise or vibration abatement, etc. is also encouraged. Please mention, where possible, the names of other PDCA member companies that contributed to the project (equipment and material suppliers, for example).

Feature Article
700 to 1,200 words
These are special industry articles that may not necessarily fit into the prescribed sections typically found within the content of PileDriver. They can cover any number of broad issues, including critical news or events that impact the driven pile industry, business advice or updates or general industry articles.

Technical Article
700 to 1,200 words
Any article of a technical nature, such as new techniques, equipment, testing, design, materials, etc. Please note that due to the advanced nature of technical articles, professional writing assistance may not be possible; however, editing services are always available to polish up your piece.

Industry Trailblazer
600 to 1,000 words
Trailblazer articles are meant to highlight a significant contributor to the driven pile industry and PDCA in general. These articles should include how the person got started in the industry, their education, companies for which they've worked, what the industry means to them, what changes they have witnessed in the industry throughout their career, their level of involvement with PDCA over the years and/or how PDCA has impacted their career. The individual must work for a PDCA member company in good standing. Note: if self-written, Trailblazer articles are accepted in first-person format, and a minimum of one photo is required.

Young Gun
600 to 1,000 words
Young Guns are individuals who are beginning their careers (less than seven years) in the pile driving industry and are making an impact at their company and/or with PDCA. These articles should include how they decided to enter the industry, their education, their role at their company and their future goals for themselves and/or their company. The individual must work for a PDCA member company in good standing. Note: if self-written, Young Gun articles are accepted in first-person format, and a minimum of one photo is required.

Photo guidelines
In most cases, photos are required to accompany an article. Please include a separate Word document or email that includes photo captions for each supplied photo as well as the appropriate photo credit for all photos. Submitting a photo means you are responsible for the permissions of reprinting that photo; PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC will not be held liable for any photos submitted without permission to print.
Images should be high-resolution (300 DPI), .tiff or .jpeg format; not compressed, at 100 percent size. As a general rule of thumb, the minimum file size should be 1 MB.
You can email photos to or 
You can use a file transfer service such as Hightail or DropBox to email many photos or large file sizes.
Alternate method if there are several photos or large files: 
Go to and click on Contact Us, then click the link under File Upload. Fill out the simple form and proceed to Step 2 where you can easily upload your files to the server. In Step 2, click on Browse to locate the file on your computer, then press Select. You will see a progress bar showing your upload. Once the upload is complete, you can close the browser window and the design team at Lester will automatically be notified of the files.

Copyright notice
Please note that by submitting an article to PileDriver magazine, unless otherwise arranged with PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC, you are agreeing to allow PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC six months of exclusivity in print and online formats, beginning with the date of publishing, as well as the right to store the article online indefinitely once that period is over. This means that once your article appears in PileDriver magazine, you may not send the same article to other publications until a minimum of six months have passed, unless otherwise arranged with PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC. This is to ensure the editorial integrity and exclusivity of PileDriver magazine.
If you have any questions about submitting an article to PileDriver magazine, or if you would like to request the assistance of a professional writer, contact Steve Hall at or 904-215-4771.

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New PDCA Members

National PilingSeth Rowney1202 2nd Ave.Rapids City, IL 61278 USAPhone:
Civil Works ContractingKeith Hall3329-C Wrightsville Ave.Wilmington, NC 28403 USAPhone: 910-859-8574Fax:
GeoStructures, Inc.Larry Moore413 Browning Ct.Purcellville, VA 20132 USAPhone:
MRD LLCMiguel Ramos#310 Carretera 670Manati, Puerto Rico 00674Phone:
MotoCut LtdAnssi JanssonKoivunoksa 7Kerava, Finland 04200Phone:
Global Piling Equipment, Inc.George Smith3321 E Davis St.Conroe, TX 77301 USAPhone:
Engineering Affiliates 
Terracon ConsultantsSusheel Kolwalkar1450 Fifth St. WestNorth Charleston, SC 29405 USA Phone:
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Did You Know?

A sheeting project along a river in Baltimore, Md., was recently completed in which temporary AZ19-700's were driven for an SOE cell. The waterside of the cell was half way down the bank and in the water during high tide. However, during low tide it was totally down. Pulling during high tide was a real challenge. The pairs had to be split and even then, it was a slow operation. Pulling during low tide was a lot easier; pairs could be pulled with no problem. There was a difference in water elevation on either side of the sheets. Is this common?
If there was a difference between the water elevation inside and outside the cell during high tide, the difference in water elevation would change the soils pressure on the sheet pile and increase the skin friction between the soil and the steel. Also, a difference in water pressure could increase the friction in the interlocks. 

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PDCA to present seminars in Florida and Texas
The PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee will present three topics to PDCA members in Florida and Texas. All three topics will be presented during the half-day seminar.
The Florida seminar will be held in Jacksonville on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Rd. The Texas seminar will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018, in S.E. Houston at the Marriott Houston South Hobby Airport, 9100 Gulf Fwy. Each seminar location will include the following topics:
Recovering for unforeseen conditions. Especially valuable for those working below ground, this seminar thoroughly discusses the Spearin Doctrine and the ability to recover for unforeseen conditions in various regions of the country. This seminar addresses all work that you may be required to perform that goes behind the letter of the project's contract documents.
Key legal considerations when performing work under a design-build construction contract. This seminar discusses the keys to gaining strength of position in the negotiation of a design-build contract and the types of claims for unforeseen conditions that can and cannot be made under a design-build contract.
Understanding the Differences and Similarities Between Driven Piles and Drilled Cast-in-Place. This seminar will compare and contrast the two foundation systems.
The Contracts and Risk Committee chair, Alex Filotti (Underpinning and Foundation Skanska) and co-chair, Richard Kalson (Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff) will present the first two seminars noted above and Karl Higgins (ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC) will present the third seminar.
PDCA will also hold a chapter luncheon as part of the seminar program to discuss the importance of the two chapters and how PDCA members can support the chapter, get involved in its growth and long-term sustainability and provide suggestions for future events and activities. PDCA invites all PDCA members, specifically those from the Florida and Texas areas to join us for this program. All PDCA members are invited to attend at no cost, but will need to register. Registration will open once details on the site and venue are confirmed.
Sponsorships for these two programs will also be available once those levels and costs are determined.
Any PDCA member interested in helping develop a new leadership structure for the Florida or Texas chapter is encouraged to contact PDCA executive director, Stevan A. Hall, in the PDCA office, 904-215-4771 or email
Hall appointed to NCCCO committee
Stevan A. Hall, PDCA executive director, has been appointed to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Pile Driver Management Committee. The role of the Committee is to expand activities of the program, most notably in the areas of management and growth. The first meeting of the Committee will be Oct. 1, 2018.
PDCA to launch new website
For the past few months, PDCA has been working on developing a new PDCA website. The new website will have a brand-new look, be more robust and provide PDCA members and guests with a more dynamic experience than previously available. According to Digital Trooper (website developer) and Pollyanna Cunningham, PDCA Communications Committee Chair, the website is beginning its final testing stages and will be going live before too long. Watch for the launch.
Specialty Piling Systems, Inc.: The next chapter
Over the last several years, when anyone asked Steve Whitty what was new or what he was doing, he would answer, "I'm a 'retiree in training.' Just like a new engineer starts as an engineer in training, I'm trying to start a new experience, too."
Nowadays, he's telling people that he has partially figured out his transition into retirement and finally has a target date for the end of August.
Whitty started Specialty Piling Systems in 1995 after he was tasked with closing down his family's pile driving business, S.K. Whitty & Co., when the second generation of the family decided to discontinue its operations. During the process, Whitty decided to begin his own operation as a consultant for value engineering, dispute resolution, equipment valuation and equipment sourcing and disposal services, drawing on his extensive 30-year experience in the pile driving industry.
It was around this time when a local client asked Whitty about where to obtain pile cushions. At S.K. Whitty & Co., the Whitty family relied on Mason Forest Products in Hattiesburg, Miss., to supply their cushion needs. Using that relationship, Whitty and Mason Forest Products reached an agreement to manufacture pile cushions exclusively to Whitty's specifications. It wasn't long until pile cushions became a significant part of Specialty Piling Systems' operations and a key revenue generator for the company. Over the course of more than two decades, Specialty Piling Systems has supplied cushions for projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Guam; Mason Forest Products has consistently been eager in trying new designs and ideas for Specialty Piling Systems for any pile in any location.
Specialty Piling Systems, a division of Mason Forest Products
Mason Forest Products is a major distributor of panel products and dimension lumber, serving various customers. After a long and successful relationship with Specialty Piling Systems, Mason Forest Products has agreed to take over the Specialty Piling Systems name and pile cushion business, operating the business as a division of Mason Forest Products as of August 2018.
Whitty feels very confident that the staff at Mason will take excellent care of his customers and his many friends in the industry going forward. Whitty will be available to help with the transition and to introduce his current customers to the new operators. With more than a quarter of a century spent making plywood pile cushions, Mason knows how to do the job.
If you have questions about pile cushions or to request a quote, contact Specialty Piling Systems, a division of Mason Forest Products.
McLaren Engineering Group completes design work on new Live! Hotel and Event Center
McLaren Engineering Group announced the completion of its design work on the new 350,000-square-foot Live! Hotel and Event Center in Hanover, Md. Located at 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, the building has 310 hotel rooms, a spa and 1,500-seat ballroom. The hotel will employ over 500, serving tourists, residents and Live! Casino patrons in the Baltimore region. The grand event center and conference center are to follow later this year.
"The Live! Hotel and Event Center is a prime example of our applied ingenuity and cutting-edge engineering," said Malcolm G. McLaren, president and CEO, McLaren Engineering Group, which has a growing Baltimore office. "The building is an all-glass tower with a sloped facade that juts out eight feet further west than its foundation. Our innovative design increased building functionality while creating a stunning exterior."
McLaren and its team of expert engineers have been working on the project for more than five years to design a cost-effective structural frame without sacrificing key architectural elements and flexibility. The firm provided services that include structural design and engineering, construction documents, permitting, site/civil engineering, survey work and site landscaping.
Owned by The Cordish Companies, the hotel was built as an expansion to the Live! Casino structure that opened in 2012. Live! Casino is the largest casino and entertainment venue on the East Coast with approximately 4,000 slot machines and more than 200 live action table games. The two million-square-foot structure includes approximately 310,000 square-feet of casino space on the first level. The hotel's construction was phased to minimize interruption to the 24-hour casino operations.
McLaren moved an existing roadway adjacent to the west side of the casino about 300 feet to create space for the new hotel. The new surface parking lots will provide in excess of 1,900 spaces and are built on top of ground that previously housed a storm-water pond. The building pad underwent extensive ground improvements to solidify the soil before construction could begin.
"One of the most challenging aspects of the project was building up against the casino. To connect the buildings, we designed an elevator core attached to the existing precast casino garage to give patrons access to both facilities," said Dave McLaren, P.E., vice president and Maryland regional director, McLaren Engineering Group. "This required us to cut the existing garage girders, leaving a portion of the garage to be supported by the elevator core. Additionally, the transformation of the existing storm-water pond into 4,600 linear feet of 10-foot diameter pipe underground allowed for the reclamation of land, generating 510 of the approximately 1,900 added surface parking spaces"
"We are pleased with the work McLaren Engineering Group has done to capture our vision for the Live! Hotel and Event Center," said Taylor Gray, The Cordish Companies. "McLaren has a long history of engineering some of the most innovative projects in the Northeast and with this new hotel and event center they have helped us maintain our edge as the biggest and best entertainment complex on the East Coast."
Meever USA introduces patented bracing system
Meever USA has introduced a patented bracing system the first and only of its kind with removable hydraulic rams. Meever USA can now offer bracing solutions for any excavation requirements. Special designed modules in five different lengths with full shear capacity, secured with one pin, allows for versatile design and sizing. Meever bracing offers complete engineering support. The system is available for rent throughout the U.S. the Canada.
Bracing systems offer simple, versatile, easy and fast installation, reduced weight, over excavation allowance, safe cross bracing and time and money savings. Bracing systems can be used with any type of steel sheet pile or trench sheet; there are no restriction on size or shape. Meever also offers full complimentary engineering services. Meever USA also rents steel sheet pile. 

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