30+ Years in Construction Law
Where did the time go and what does it teach us about the future?
by James Dash, Carlson Dash, LLC
Chicago, Milwaukee, Pleasant Praire
Originally published in PileDriver magazine, Issue #4 2020, Volume 17, No. 4
[Excerpt] A useful saying that I learned long ago is that: (i) good judgment comes from experience; and (ii) experience comes from bad judgment.
When the PDCA asked me to write a piece about what progress has been made in the last quarter-century plus, it reminded me why it is useful to look at the past: while circumstances change, human behavior is a relative constant, so history experience over a longer period of time is often predictive of the future. You've probably heard variations of the phrase "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (attributed originally to philosopher George Santayana). Truer words were never spoken.
I find it hard to believe that I have represented parties in all areas of the construction space for over 30 years now, but perhaps I can relate some of my experience to help the reader make a more informed, and perhaps a better, decision on a matter of importance to him/her.
Read the full article.
PileDriver Magazine Exclusive:
Issue 4 2020, Volume 17, No. 4
PDCA's Past Presidents
A roundtable discussion with PDCA's former leaders about the industry, the association and more[Excerpt] The Pile Driving Contractors Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020.
John C. Maxwell once said, "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way." This sentiment rings especially true for the executive leadership of PDCA - all contractors, PDCA's presidents work in the trenches of the driven pile industry, recognizing challenges and helping to establish solutions to move forward.
PDCA invited several past presidents to discuss their experiences leading the association, how they think the industry has changed over the last quarter-century and what they believe PDCA needs to do in the future in order to remain valuable and increasingly beneficial to its members and the driven pile industry at large. [READ full story here.]
Read this insightful discussion with many key players in PDCA's 25-year history in PileDriver magazine, Issue #4, 2020. It includes perspectives from Dave Chapman of Blakeslee, Arpaia & Chapman, Inc. (pictured above, left) who served two separate terms as president and Scott Callaway of Cajun Industries, Inc. (pictured above, right) who led the organization in 2019. Other past presidents who provide input in the wide-ranging discussion include Skip Gardella of Norwalk Marine, Inc. (pictured below, left) who was the first PDCA president; also Buck Darling of Herbert F. Darling, Inc., Rusty Signor of TX Pile, LLC., and Mike Justason, presently at McMaster University (pictured below, right).
Celebrating 25 Years of PDCA!
The Anniversary Edition
For 25 years, the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) has been the leading organization dedicated exclusively to the representation and advancement of the driven pile in deep foundations construction. Make sure to browse this issue of PileDriver magazine which chronicles the organization's history dating back to its formative years in 1994-95.
There is plenty of nostalgia if that is your pleasure. You will sit in with several of PDCA's Past Presidents who reflect on industry developments and share ideas for continued progress in pile driving. Also, review the contents of a recently unearthed time capsule depicting PDCA's earliest days, including some of the organization names that were considered, logos that printed on letterhead, advertisements that ran in various publications and more.
If you are seeking technical content, new and compelling analyses are available, too. Some of the unique and thought provoking material you will find includes "A Comparison of Factors Affecting the Static Axial Resistance of Drilled and Driven Piles" by Dan Brown, P.E., D.GE., M.ASCE of Dan Brown and Associates on Page 60. Also, you can read "A Legacy of Innovation in Testing" by Ryan Allin, P.E., of Pile Dynamics, Inc. on Page 56. And don't miss "Driving Technology With the Latest Structural Retaining Wall Systems," submitted by the PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Committee on Page 100. There is plenty more shared knowledge available in this issue, so take your copy to your favorite reading spot and enjoy.
Finally, several PDCA members share their own business experiences and evolutions from the past 25 years. Chris Kinley of Foundation Constructors provides a 'look under the hood' at how his California contracting company has pivoted safety operations this year to meet the demands necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Dash of the Carlson Dash law firm in Chicago shares unique perspectives on Construction Law and some of the major developments that have happened since 1995.
The digital edition is available here; if you are a subscriber of the print edition, it should be reaching your mailbox soon. Thank you for your interest in PDCA and please never hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas about this, or any issue of PileDriver magazine. And if you want to submit content for future magazines, we want to hear from you as well. We appreciate your support of PDCA.
Through PDCA Regional Roundtable Series
Orange Park, FL (September 2, 2020): In the absence of live programming for much of 2020, PDCA continues to develop and offer members and the global pile driving industry, opportunities for participation through virtual events; these are designed to facilitate industry engagement, education and professional development.
The PDCA Regional Roundtable Series begins September 18, 2020, making available industry engagement for the regional pile driving community in six different U.S. markets. Each of the six events will be a virtual program offered to PDCA members and non-members for FREE through the Zoom platform (pictured, right). During these one-hour events, PDCA will provide the attendees with the following material:
- An update to membership on Association activities that close out 2020
- Annual Conference Webinar Series
- Deep Foundations Dynamic Testing & Analysis
- 2021 Membership Directory deadline (September 30th)
- PDCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors elections
- An update on the value and benefit of establishing a local Chapter (each of the six events is in a region that has a sizable pile driving industry and could sustain an active PDCA Chapter)
- An invitation to non-member, webinar participants to join PDCA; this will include a Q&A for those who want to learn about specific Association functions
The schedule for The PDCA Regional Roundtable Series follows; please note, all events are listed with start times in the local time zone. [Please click the event below, for which you wish to register.]
- September 18th Pacific Northwest Region, 11:00 A.M. (PDT)
- September 25th Capitol Region (Greater D.C. Metro), 1:00 P.M. (EDT)
- October 1st Greater Texas, 1:00 P.M. (CDT)
- October 8th Midwest Region, 1:00 P.M. (CDT)
- October 15th New England Region, 1:00 P.M. (EDT)
- October 22nd Lake Erie Region (MI, OH and Western PA) 1:00 P.M. (EDT)
Orange Park, FL (September 3, 2020): The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series continued on Wednesday, September 2nd. During the second installment of the five part series which runs through December, Ms. Toya Brown (pictured) of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) delivered a presentation detailing the process and benefits a participant can expect while pursuing the OSHA-required, Dedicated Pile Driver Operator certification.
According to Ms. Brown, an individual who intends to pursue certification must be at least 18 years of age, he/she must comply with NCCCO's substance abuse policy and Code of Ethics, and he/she must pass both a written and practical exam.
Among the many benefits to an individual or organization that successfully completes the rigorous, NCCCO training and examination include:
- Reduced risk of loss
- Fewer accidents
- More consistent training
- Expanded job opportunities for those who work in and around load handling equipment.
The PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series continues on October 7th which will feature a presentation on Working Platforms.
- Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
- Thatcher Foundations marks 75 years building the Midwest
- Foundation Testing and Analysis Workshop, Proficiency Test Coming Nov. 3
- SPOTTED in Vegas: PDCA members at DFI conference
- INVITATION to the 2021, ASCE Buchanan Lecture
- Crane Operator Qualifications, Focus of NCCCO Nov. 11 Forum
- Northeast Chapter hosts 'Meet & Greet' at Top Golf
- For 75 years, A.R. Henry, Inc. has been building New Jersey
- A Pile of News - October 2021
- Virtual DICEP '21 attendees give $7000 to New Orleans hurricane relief