New PDCA Members

C.A. Murren & SonsJosh Posey2275 Loanville HighwayGrayson, GA 30017Phone:
South Shore Pile Driving LLCPaul Armstrong12 Sea StreetMarshfield, MA 02050Phone:
Sunroc CorporationEric Hendriksen1520 S. Industrial RoadSalt Lake City, UT 84104www.sunroc.comPhone:
Jody PerryPhone:
Vortex Marine Construction, Inc.Don Dolly1 Maritime WayAntioch, CA 94509Phone: 510-261-2400Fax:
Dixie Pipe Sales, Inc.David Mallet1161 Smede Highway 92 E.Broussard, LA 70518Phone: 337-257-1147Fax:
Scott Tritt2407 BoillerHouston, TX 77054Phone: 713-796-2021Fax:
Pipe Unlimited USA, LLCBrad Ziehe100 Thielemann LaneBrenham, TX 77833Phone:
Vibrant International LimitedNakul Mahajan405 18th AvenueNisku, AB T9E 7T5CanadaPhone:
Engineering Affiliates
GN Northern, Inc. Imran Magsi722 N. 16th Avenue, Suite 215Yakima, WA 98902Phone:
GTA Engineering Services of New York, P.C.Joseph Skirkie211-K Gates RoadLittle Ferry, NJ 07643Phone:
Roberta DykstraPhone:
Insight GroupMatt Silveston3359 Meeting Street, Suite 101N. Charleston, SC 29405Phone: t
New members as of Feb. 28, 2019

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Graham Brent stepping down as CEO of NCCCO
Graham Brent will step down as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) effective July 1, 2019, to take up leadership of the newly formed NCCCO Foundation.
Brent, who has led the non-profit certification body virtually since the inception of NCCCO certification programs in 1996, will be succeeded as CEO by NCCCO board member and immediate past president, Thom Sicklesteel. Sicklesteel is currently the general manager USA of Leavitt Cranes, based in Tacoma, Wash.
In making the announcement, NCCCO president Kerry Hulse said, "NCCCO would not be the organization it is today without the leadership and guidance of Graham Brent. While his expertise and knowledge will be missed at NCCCO, we are excited about his accepting the CEO position of our newly formed NCCCO Foundation. We are certain he will expend the same energy and commitment to its success as he has done for NCCCO."
As the executive director and later the CEO of NCCCO, Brent has overseen a 30-fold increase in candidate volume, steering the fledgling organization over the past two decades into a market leader that now offers 27 credentials in 12 major certification programs. Since testing began, NCCCO has administered more than 1.2 million written and practical examinations, and issued more than 425,000 ANSI-accredited and OSHA-compliant certifications.
"It's been an extraordinary journey," said Brent. "One that has seen NCCCO emerge as the leader in the certification of crane operators and other personnel."
That the number of crane-related fatalities and injuries had declined as a direct result of this initiative was validation, he says, of the original vision of NCCCO's founding fathers and a testament to the millions of hours of hard work and expertise donated by industry volunteers in fulfilling NCCCO's mission.
After 23 years at the helm, Brent says that it's been an honor and a privilege to be part of that success.
"I am delighted that Thom has agreed to step into this role to lead a singularly professional team of dedicated staff and volunteers whose commitment to the NCCCO safety mission is as extraordinary as it is effective," said Brent. "And I have every confidence in the detailed transition plan that has been developed to provide seamless continuity of service to the industry and its certification stakeholders."
Brent is equally enthusiastic about the pospects for the NCCCO Foundation that he will lead.
"I am thrilled at the opportunity the Foundation will provide to focus on initiatives that will contribute to workplace health and safety in new and inspiring ways while allowing NCCCO to continue to pursue its mission of developing effective certification programs for construction, telecommunications and other industries," he said.
AECom earns coveted distinction for its corporate reputation
For the fifth consecutive year, AECom has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the World's Most Admired Companies, a distinction that is considered by many in the business community as the definitive report card on corporate reputation.
Crediting the global team at AECom, chairman and CEO Michael S. Burke said, "This important honor is a celebration of the expertise and talent of our employees, and a reflection of their commitment to delivering innovative, impactful work to our clients around the world."
The World's Most Admired Companies list is compiled each year through scientific research. Fortune and global management consulting firm Korn Ferry Hay Group field an annual survey of top executives, directors and financial analysts to identify the companies with the strongest reputations within their industries and across industries.
The companies featured on the annual list represent "the pinnacle of excellence" in nine key performance areas:
Ability to attract and retain talented people
Quality of management
Social responsibility to the community and the environment
Quality of products or services
Wise use of corporate assets
Financial soundness
Long-term investment value
Effectiveness in doing business globally
PDCA congratulates AECom, an engineering affiliate member for the past 10 years, for its continued success as a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm.
Terracon awards University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $100,000 grant toward new geotech lab

A new geotechnical laboratory is coming to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the Foundation of Terracon, a PDCA member company.
"We are deeply grateful to Terracon for all their support over the years, but especially for this latest gift to the CEE Modernization Project," said Benito Mariñas, Ph.D., head of CEE at Illinois.
The hands-on instructional laboratory honors those who built the geotechnical engineering program at the university, including Karl von Terzaghi, Ralph B. Peck and Don U. Deere. The Terracon Foundation made the grant in the name of company founder and UI alumnus Gerald Olson, who was inspired to pursue the field of geotechnical engineering after attending an impactful lecture by Terzaghi.
"Terracon has a history of supporting the next generation of civil and environmental engineers through its relationship with the University of Illinois," said Brian Porter, P.E., Terracon's St. Louis office manager.
The Terracon Foundation has been making grants to individual CEE students for more than 25 years. This is the first year a grant is being awarded to a capital campaign for CEE engineering education facilities at Illinois.
Team from Aldridge donates time and labor to South American community

Santa Rosa, Bolivia is a small agrarian community in the South American mountains and that has recently gained new and necessary infrastructure, thanks to Aldridge. Ten employees of the Chicago-based contractor spent two weeks in 2018 to volunteer with Bridges to Prosperity on the construction of a 275-foot suspended bridge over the Rio Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa.
Bridges to Prosperity and its partners work around the world with isolated communities to build footbridges over impassable rivers and create safe access to education, health care and market opportunities. Since 2001, Bridges to Prosperity has built more than 225 footbridges in 20 countries. Partners like Aldridge allow Bridges to Prosperity to not only build the bridge but to share their knowledge with local foreman and superintendents, which results in continued infrastructure support in the region long after the team has returned home.
The residents of the Santa Rosa community (population 830) earn their living as farmers who grow potatoes, corn, wheat and other vegetables. Crossing the Santa Rosa River had always been a challenge for residents. But during times of significant flash flooding, it became extremely dangerous and limited residents' access to critical government resources, health clinics, schools and markets. The Santa Rosa Suspended Footbridge will provide safe, year-round access for the members of the communities close to the vicinity and will empower the communities out of poverty.
The team spent their days hard at work, and their nights playing soccer with the children and introducing them to s'mores while sharing stories around the campfire. When they realized that lights at the soccer field would allow the children to play a little longer, they organized a plan. The team secured and installed new LED lighting as an additional gift to the community.
The experience changed the lives of everyone involved. PDCA commends Aldridge in its partnership with Bridges to Prosperity; congratulations to the hard-working participants who sacrificed vacation time and weeks away from home and family to be a part of this incredible cause.
GEOKON announces staff appointments
Michael Eno

GEOKON is pleased to announce that Michael Eno has rejoined the team as a sales engineer.
Eno is a highly motivated, versatile team-player with over two years of experience in the geotechnical and structural instrumentation industry. Eno previously worked for GEOKON during 2016-2017.
Eno has a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 2015. His duties at GEOKON include working directly with customers in the identification and procurement of instrumentation for their specific applications.
Adam Webster

GEOKON is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Webster as quality assurance manager. Webster has over 12 years of experience in manufacturing process engineering, quality management, quality engineering and project engineering with a leading OEM supplying industrial equipment for the welding and cutting industry. Webster has extensive experience in Lean and Six Sigma processes, supplier qualification, quality auditing, ISO9001 compliance and corrective and preventive action systems. He has a B.S in technology management from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Webster has a passion for integrating continuous improvement programs and quality management processes in fast-paced production environments. His duties at GEOKON will include leading the implementation of Lean and Six Sigma processes, driving best practices in quality assurance, identifying and reducing non-value elements of the production value stream and leading the GEOKON quality assurance team.
Pile-cutting veteran joins DarkHorse Industries

Baton Rouge-based DarkHorse Industries has named Greg Major as sales manager. Major, a 35-year veteran concrete cutter, previously owned American Pile Cutting (APC), which operated for several years throughout the southern region of the United States. In addition to his long tenure at APC, Major has consulted and supplied equipment for various projects around the globe.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for me," said Major. "I expect to contribute to the company's growth in its current field of pile cutting, but also work with leadership to expand into concrete drilling and sawing."
The Canadian-born Major presently lives in Houston and will be balancing his time between the DarkHorse home office in Baton Rouge and the Texas field office. He invites all past clients, colleagues and friends throughout the region to contact him for their pile cutting and concrete cutting needs.
Watch for a later edition of PileDriver magazine in 2019 when Major discusses leading a 50,000-pile cutting project, the country's largest to date, in an upcoming construction career profile.
MBK expands its range of products

MBK, a leading manufacturer in welding machines and reinforcement systems for the civil engineering and concrete precast industries and a new PDCA member, has recently announced a new cage welding machine, ASM, for the flexible production of reinforcement for driven and bored piles as well as supports and masts. The machine allows flexibility, individuality and economy all in one.
With the ASM cage welding machine, round reinforcement cages with outer cage diameters of minimum 236 to 274 mm and up to a maximum of 1,536 to 1,575 mm can be manufactured. A maximum cage length of almost 80 feet is possible. A hydraulic cage support during production and cage removal is part of the stable production process.
The ASM is available in different variants and welding processes; manual welding by hand, arc welding one-fold and several times as well as resistance welding are among its features.
The ASM is operated via a touchscreen, which ensures easy handling in regard to programming or setting of the reinforcement cage and welding data via stored programs. The uncomplicated storage of the reinforcement cage and welding data via corresponding programs means a noticeable relief for employees in everyday production.
By default, the machine is supplied for the production of structural steel reinforcement cages for columns, bored and driven piles as well as masts in right-hand version, but on request it is also available in left-hand execution.
MBK is defined by its high service philosophy and is committed to active communication with its clients and paying quick attention to their requirements and wishes. This is made possible by a system of worldwide networking between customers, partners and branches, where needs become ideas. These ideas are then developed and implemented together to a solution with the MBK competence team.

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PDCA Local Chapter Updates

PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter
Upcoming Events:
April 25, 2019
Second Quarter Dinner Meeting
Location: L'Auberge Casino, 777 L'Auberge Ave., Baton Rouge, La.
Aug. 22, 2019
Third Quarter Dinner Meeting
Location: Golden Nugget Casino, 151 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Miss.
Nov. 14, 2019
Fourth Quarter Dinner Meeting
Location: Messina's Restaurant, 2717 Williams Blvd., Kenner, La.
Travis Schonacher, new president of the PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter
Growing up in southern Louisiana, Travis Schonacher was fascinated by pile driving a common scene when he spotted equipment working. As he neared college graduation, he knew that he wanted his career to be in heavy civil construction. When presented with the opportunity to work for a pile driving contractor, he jumped at the chance, feeling that it would be an exciting profession for him to learn.
"While I've faced many challenges, my initial thoughts were correct in that this is a unique and exciting industry," said Schonacher. "I'm glad and fortunate to be part of it."
Currently the operations manager at Sealevel Construction, Inc., Schonacher recently added to his professional plate by accepting the role of president of the PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter.
"One of the most important benefits of being involved in [a PDCA chapter] is the opportunity to interact and develop relationships with other pile driving contractors in a non-competitive atmosphere," he said. "I always encourage others to be involved."
Schonacher is eager to keep the chapter's momentum going.
"As president, I hope to build on the chapter's successful foundation by attracting new members," he said.
The chapter is also looking to expand its programming, including certain chapter activities that have received positive feedback in the past.
"Ultimately, we will continue to promote driven piles," said Schonacher. "One way we plan to advocate for driven piles is through a PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter engineers' seminar."
PDCA of the Northeast Chapter
Upcoming Events:
June 19, 2019
Skeet Shoot Fundraiser
Location: Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, 
2750 Limestone St., Coplay, Pa.
Lunch and refreshments served
Sept. 6, 2019
Membership Drive
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: "The Water Club" at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, N.J.
Sponsored by R. Kremer Marine Construction Co.
Nov. 13, 2019
Meet and Greet Casino Night
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Iberia Restaurant, 80-84 Ferry St., Newark, N.J.
Scholarship Awards, Year-end Review
Professional development event

Left to right: Tim Fogarty of George Harms Construction; presenters Raymond Mankbadi, P.Eng., Aravinda Ramakrishna, P.Eng., and Alex Ryberg, P.Eng.]
Upwards of 50 professionals participated in a professional development event on Feb. 13, 2019, entitled "Applications and History of Load Testing." The PDCA of the Northeast Chapter organized the course featuring presenters from Hardesty & Hanover and GRL Engineers.
PDCA contractor member George Harms Construction Company sponsored and hosted the daylong event at their Howell, N.J. offices.
Attending engineers from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania received six professional development hours for their participation. Among the topics covered during the course were the impact of ASSHTO LRFD design code on driven pile designs; statnamic compression load testing of deep foundations; history and applications of load testing; engineering and economic reasons why testing is required; WEAP; testing theory; debunking common myths about testing; protection of existing structures using health monitoring; underwater noise management; and case histories.
"We continually work to make available interesting and informative programs for the professionals involved in the pile driving industry," said Northeast Chapter president, Matt Scerbak. "We were pleased to have strong participation for this event and look forward to organizing future opportunities."
Following the presentations, Trinity Products sponsored a reception for attendees at the nearby Cabin Restaurant.
PDCA of the Pacific Coast Chapter
Upcoming Event:
April 12, 2019
9th Annual Scholarship Shoot
Birds Landing Hunting Reserve, 2099 Collinsville Rd., 
Birds Landing, Calif.
PDCA of South Carolina Chapter
Upcoming Events:
May 7, 2019
Second Quarter Dinner Meeting
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Town & Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Hwy., 
Charleston, S.C.
Aug. 6, 2019
Third Quarter Dinner Meeting
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Town & Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, S.C.
Nov. 2019 (Date TBA)
Fourth Quarter Dinner Meeting
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Town & Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, S.C.
First quarter dinner meeting

Congratulations to Brent Bachelor, a cadet at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, who is the winner of the 201819 Mac Nigels Scholarship from the PDCA of South Carolina Chapter. Bachelor was recognized during the Feb. 5 quarterly dinner meeting of the chapter; several faculty members and students from The Citadel were in attendance to support him. PDCA of South Carolina Chapter board member Scott Nigels presented Bachelor with a plaque denoting the honor named for Citadel alumnus and PDCA member, the late McLeod "Mac" Nigels; Bachelor was presented a $2,000 scholarship.
The quarterly dinner took place at Charleston's Town & Country Inn and included a reception, a buffet dinner and an industry presentation. Attendees heard "A Concrete Subcontractor's Perspective on Driven Piles vs. Drilled" by Skylar Ashby of Palmetto Concrete Group. As a general contractor and subcontractor, Ashby has a keen understanding and unique perspective the benefits and pitfalls of drilled and driven piles. Audience members actively participated in a question and answer session with Ashby following his presentation.
The chapter sends its gratitude to meeting sponsors, which included: Equipment Corporation of America, Koppers, Nucor Skyline, Essve Tech, Palmetto Pile Driving, Parker Marine Contracting Corp. and Van Smith Concrete.
14th Annual Oyster Roast

On Jan. 18, 2019, the PDCA of South Carolina Chapter held its 14th Annual Oyster Roast at the property of Palmetto Pile Driving. The popular event was a tremendous success, hosting upwards of 160 pile drivers and their families, who enjoyed hours of food and fellowship.

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Did You Know?

To answer that question, it generally very much depends on the project requirements, site conditions, application or other factors. However, pipes do get filled with concrete because there is a need to increase the capacity of the pile or the combi-wall itself. 
In a marine environment, you could fill pipes to limit corrosion inside of a steel pipe pile that is subject to tidal fluctuations. Other times, the pile is designed as a concrete pile with a left-in-place casing, where the casing is sacrificial and not considered in the design. 
If the steel pipe alone is sufficient in the specification, it can be more economical to add thickness to account for corrosion rather than drilling out the pipe and filling with concrete. 
Of course, again, with anything in the pile driving industry, the answer to that question can truly only be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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It's Your ExPEERience!

What is your favorite thing about attending the PDCA Annual International Conference & Expo?
Food, education, connections, entertainment? Each is exciting to look forward to every year. 
For some of us, it is all about the food. Maybe not so much about what we are eating but rather the people we are sharing the food experience with... When we define food at the conference like that, it is safe to say the food at our PDCA Annual Conference is outstanding. 
Think about who you met at the last PDCA Annual Conference. Did you meet John King, Scott Callaway, Larry Moore, Dale Biggers, Garland Likens, Silas Nichols, Steve Hall or someone else? Where did you go that evening? Did you laugh? Did you find the conversation leading to bigger ideas? The stories we bring with us to share at the conference all tie into beneficial industry cornerstones and pile driving history and will continue to shape the present and the future. Get excited to meet new members, exciting speakers and old friends at this year's 2019 conference in Orlando!
Is education that outstanding component that excites and entices both members and non-members alike from across the world to attend? The PDCA Education Committee, led by a dedicated group of member educators, always creates an outstanding line-up of industry experts, who selflessly give their time and experiences to provide the PDCA membership a better grasp on what could be coming. In fact, many members have suggested that PDCA's educational presentations and panels are far superior to those of other industry events. This year's annual conference will be held July 9 to 12; mark your calendars!
At the PDCA Annual Conference, presentations are given by engineers, associates and contractors that work with fellow PDCA members and industry experts alike. The presenters are vetted closely on topic and language and are chosen based on experience within the pile driving industry. This type of professional programming by the PDCA Education Committee is geared to help you answer questions you may have within your own organization/practice.
Since PDCA represents the driven pile industry, there is no greater place to gather with like-minded supporters. Since 2018 saw the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo, PDCA did not host its own annual conference last year. This means that this year's conference is extra special and filled with great content, valuable short courses and many more activities. We have some major catching up to do! The Awards Ceremony will be honoring two years of Project of the Year Awards 2018 and 2019 winners will be presented. Get excited to celebrate the winning projects, as well as several additional outstanding awards. PDCA will also be paying tribute to Steve Hall, former executive director, for his years of dedication to the organization. Let's send him off with a special PDCA driving force. 
Working to get PDCA's message out to the deep foundation construction industry, the PDCA Annual Conference is where the magic begins! Yes, you read correctly "magic," as PDCA is going to the Walt Disney World Resort, the most magical place on earth! You don't want to miss the excitement. 
We are looking forward to seeing you July 9 to 12, at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, for an outstanding conference! Register today by visiting

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Get the Exposure You Deserve!

The PDCA Annual Conference attracts U.S. and international attendees for three-and-a-half days of activities and education, including presentations from industry thought-leaders to discuss key trends and issues within the driven pile industry with those who rely on information and technology to improve the industry and their business.
The Annual Conference also provides a host of networking opportunities, including special events and award presentations taking place exclusively in and around the Exhibit Hall, Attendee Lounges and more, which allows suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and other pile foundation vendors to display their products and services to an influential group of driven pile industry buyers and decision-makers. 
Now in its 22nd year, this annual gathering of over 250 professionals from industry, private business, government and academia continues to highlight the growth of the driven pile community, along with the continued success of PDCA and our members.
Held in a different city each year throughout the U.S., this event is the perfect opportunity for companies and organizations to reach customers, prospective employees and industry partners, firms, execs and business owners. PDCA offers a variety of advertising opportunities for companies to reach this targeted group of practitioners and all those committed to the practice of promoting excellence within the driven pile profession.
Shine a spotlight on your company
Increase your brand's awareness before, during and after the event
Reinforce your message to key influencers
Gain visibility with a highly specialized target market of decision makers
Drive business and develop relationships
Position your organization as a thought leader
Connect face-to-face with qualified customers
The tradition of featuring PDCA Annual Conference Sponsors in a highly visible, consistent and professional manner throughout the conference will be continued with even further emphasis in 2019.
Sponsorship on-site signage
Logo on annual conference marketing materials
Recognition as a key supporter of PDCA and of the 2019 ExPEERience conference
Recognition in the PDCA e-letter, PileDriver magazine and social media promotions
Logo on conference website
Recognition as a leader in the industry
Please contact Kathy Harper, Manager of Education & Events at 904-215-4771 or, for any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities. Don't see the sponsorship that is right for you? Connect with PDCA to create a personalized sponsorship that supports your company's goals.
Includes: Premium placement of logo on conference signage including Exhibit Hall Entrance Unit; Full-page advertisement in on-site conference program; Conference bag insert/item; Mobile app featured logo, banner ad and push notification; Hyperlink included on the conference website.
Choice of ONE of the following (2) "Social Scenes" positioned in our highly visible, high-traffic and interactive Exhibit Hall and entrance areas. These opportunities will add exposure for your company with additional custom logo displays and floor decals.
"Tech-Out" 1: Encourage peer-to-peer networking or take a break for a quick re-charge with mobile charging stations, and stand-up tables and stools.
"Game-On" 1: Challenge yourself and others and bring your best "Game on!" Encourage peer-to-peer networking and fun with giant interactive games. 
Includes: Premium placement of logo on conference signage including Exhibit Hall Entrance Unit; Full-page advertisement in on-site conference program; Conference bag insert/item; Mobile app featured logo and banner ad; Hyperlink included on the conference website.
Choice of ONE of the following (includes wall or floor decal, or signage, and introduction):
Opening Reception (Wednesday Night 1): Host the "Street-Food Style" (*subject to change) conference kick-off reception in the Exhibit Hall and put your company in the center of a premiere setting with your peers and lively conversations (napkins and other promotional material may be provided by you). 
Project of the Year Awards Program & Luncheon (Thursday Afternoon 1): An important part of PDCA and one of our most highly anticipated events! Sponsorship includes company recognition in POY advertising and PileDriver magazine, video feature in the POY video and participation in the POY awards presentation during the awards luncheon. A one-page material display or promo item may be provided by you on each table. 
Annual Awards Dinner & Entertainment (Thursday Night 1): Join us for a night of "Fiesta Carnival" (*subject to change) including networking, great conversation, inspiring stories and the annual PDCA awards programming. Connect with fellow members, guests and your industry peers for an enjoyable and memorable evening of food, fun and great entertainment.
Exhibitor's Luncheon (Friday Afternoon 2): Let your company be the last name your peers and conference attendees see before they head home. Sponsorship includes a networking buffet lunch in the Exhibit Hall with your company highlighted.
Choice of ONE of the following: Conference Wi-Fi, Audio Visual OR Mobile App 3 (all include Push Notification): What a better way to get your name out there that to have people staring at it all day? Your company's logo will be featured throughout the Conference and Exhibit Hall.
Includes: Placement of logo on conference signage including Exhibit Hall Entrance Unit; Full-page advertisement in on-site conference program OR Mobile app featured logo and Logo on conference website.
Choice of ONE of the following:
Registration Welcome Refreshments (Wednesday 1): Let your company be the first name conference attendees see as they register on-site. Sponsorship includes signage, materials display or napkins (provided by you) and welcome drink.
9th Annual PDCA Educational Outreach Fundraiser Golf Tournament Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort (Wednesday Morning 1): Golfer or not, here's your chance to highlight your company at our golfer's tournament and luncheon along with custom polo-shirts co-branded with your company logo and PDCA.
Reception Specialty Bar (Wednesday and Thursday Nights 2): Sure to be one of our most sought after sponsorship items featured in the Expo Hall at both the Opening Reception and Annual Awards Reception! Sponsorship includes a specialty cocktail bar and drink (napkins may be provided by you).
Refreshment Breaks (Thursday and Friday 3): Directly engage with attendees as they unwind and interact during designated networking and refreshment breaks in the Exhibit Hall, branded with your company logo (napkins may be provided by you).
After Hours Hospitality Suite (Wednesday OR Thursday Nights 2): Sponsor an extraordinary Four Seasons "Grand Suite" for an after-hours Meet 'n' Greet to continue the conversation and mix and mingle with your peers. Invited guests, food and beverage selections and any additional items will be at the expense of the sponsor. (Sponsorship must be confirmed and paid by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019; sponsor will work with PDCA/Four Seasons to coordinate final details).
Includes: Placement of logo on conference signage including Exhibit Hall Entrance Unit, Half-page advertisement in on-site conference program, Mobile app featured logo and Logo on conference website.
Choice of ONE of the following:
Annual Awards Cocktail Reception (Thursday Night 1): Sponsor a one-hour reception prior to the Annual Awards Dinner with hosted bars, hors d'oeuvres and your company logo highlighted.
Exhibit Hall Breakfasts (Thursday and Friday Mornings 4): Your company will be the exclusive sponsor for the most important meal of the day! Kick everyone's day off to a great start in a great way!
Social Survival Kit 1: 2019 ExPEERience attendees work hard and play even harder! The survival kit is sure to be one of the most awesome giveaways to be received at the conference. Help attendees get through the day after a night of fun with all the essentials branded with your company logo!
Photo Booth (Wednesday and Thursday Nights 2). Make an entrance and spotlight your company with signage and what's sure to be a fun time.
Conference Notebook 1: Given to each attendee, the official conference notebook branded with your company logo as your peer's jot down their notes, innovations and solutions. Position your company as a thought leader every time attendees go to write or review their own big ideas.
Companion's Program (Thursday and Friday 2): Sponsor a PDCA tradition as your guests are sure to enjoy relaxing and fun-filled days with exclusive companions on-site activities planned at the Four Seasons Resort. Registration includes Opening Reception & Annual Awards Reception & Dinner. Your sponsorship includes YOUR COMPANION'S registration.
Choice of ONE of the following 3 (printed with company name and logo): Make a statement, be seen, and connect all day every day, directly with each attendee. Hotel Guest Room Key Cards, Name Badge Lanyards, Exhibit Hall Bags (bags can also be provided by you).
Includes: Placement of logo on conference signage including Exhibit Hall Entrance Unit, Half-page advertisement in on-site conference program, Mobile app featured logo and Logo on conference website. 
Choice of ONE of the following:
9th Annual PDCA Educational Outreach Fundraiser Golf Tournament "Beverage Cart" (Wednesday Afternoon 1): Cheers to you and the PDCA Educational Outreach Fund! Your company logo will be front and center as attendees enjoy a beverage while play championship golf on Wednesday morning at Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort.
2019 ExPEERience Beverage Holder 1: Help keep your peers hydrated during their stay in sunny Orlando! Be the exclusive sponsor of the PDCA 2019 ExPEERience beverage container. This highly visible sponsorship will ensure your brand gets in the hands of each attendee.
Branded USB 1: Increase awareness of your company the economical way. Help each 2019 ExPEERience attendee save their work by sponsoring a USB flash drive. Your brand will continue to pop as they use the drive long after the conference ends (can also be provided by you directly).
Conference Keynote Introductions (Thursday and Friday 3): Position your company and your brand front and center during PDCA 2019 ExPEERience's most highly attended sessions. Our keynotes will bring together the entirety of PDCA's audiences with a national perspective.
Students (Unlimited): Build longevity and continuity into the future of PDCA by furthering educational opportunities for students. Through PDCA's Educational Outreach, PDCA will work with universities to select students to support their participation in the 2019 ExPEERience conference. The sponsorship is intended to develop and promote those up and coming in the driven pile industry.

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PDCA's 2019 ExPEERience conference encourages opportunities for you to promote your business as a professional in the Driven Pile Industry and provides a business network for you to cultivate new client relationships. If you want to showcase your company information and promote take-away solutions about your products, services, equipment, materials, or just provide prominent visibility for your company before industry decision-makers and end-users, then you need to be an Exhibitor!
2019 ExPEERience provides a learning and networking platform to discuss and debate professional and business content with a focus on current and future State of the Industry trends, updates and best practices; and State of the Art innovations, advancements and new technologies for improved business performance.
Through 2019 ExPEERience conference participation, exhibitors will be exposed to the latest developments in the Driven Pile Industry and benefit from direct interaction with professionals representing the broad range of specialties serving the Driven Pile Industry.
The Exhibit Hall will have (50) 10'w x 8'd Exhibit Booths available, and exhibitors will have the opportunity to display information about their company, products, services and materials for the duration of the conference. The Exhibit Hall is in the Grand Ballroom East and Central, adjacent to the General Sessions in Grand Ballroom West, providing easy access, visibility, and a constant flow of traffic between the general sessions and exhibitors.
The conference provides attendees maximum exposure to networking and connecting face-to-face with Exhibitors. In addition to the many vendor exhibits, the Exhibit Hall will host the Opening Reception on Wednesday, Breakfast and Networking Breaks on Thursday and Friday, the Annual Awards Reception on Thursday evening and the Exhibitors Luncheon on Friday afternoon.
PDCA Member Dual Exhibitor Registration (2 Attendees): $2,500.00
PDCA Member Single Exhibitor Registration (1 Attendee): $1,600.00
Non-Member Dual Exhibitor Registration (2 Attendees): $2,800.00
Non-Member Single Exhibitor Registration (1 Attendee): $1,900.00
Additional Exhibitor Registration (1 Attendee): $900.00
*Exhibitor Registration includes All Conference Access
Exhibitor's fee includes a 10'w × 8'd pipe and draped booth. The back drape is 8' high and sidewalls are 3' high. Booths also include (1) 6' × 30" high skirted table, (2) chairs, (1) wastebasket, a five-amp 120-volt outlet, (1) company ID sign, and shared network Wi-Fi.
Booth selection is made on a first come, first served basis, only after the company completes and submits a conference registration form and payment to PDCA. If your choice of space is not available, the closest space to your original selection will be assigned. No guarantees are made in respect to booth location. Exhibitors are required to stay from set up throughout the entirety of the event, which concludes at 1:30 p.m. following the Exhibitor's Luncheon on Friday, July 12.
Grand Ballroom East & Central
Wednesday, July 10
7:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move-in6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception
Thursday, July 11
7:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Mid-morning Networking Break2:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Networking Break 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Annual Awards Reception
Friday, July 12
7:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet10:00 a.m. 10:25 a.m. Mid-morning Networking Break12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Exhibitors Luncheon1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Exhibitor Move-out
*Schedule subject to change
Goben Convention Services is the official contractor for the PDCA 2019 ExPEERience conference. An Exhibitor Service Kit containing the forms necessary to ship your booth and to place orders for services will be emailed to you approximately (2) two months before the conference.

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The PDCA will hold its 9th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Tranquilo Golf Course on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. All proceeds from this tournament go to support the PDCA Educational Outreach programming.
Home to a 2017 and 2018 PGA TOUR Champions event, and host to the LPGA Tour's 2019 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is unique in Central Florida for its varying elevations, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands. Designed by Tom Fazio, the 18-hole course is a par-71, with a yardage of 6,901 and four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels. The name Tranquilo pays homage to the Resort's Spanish Revival design and tranquil setting.
With a newly enhanced 16-acre, $2.5 million practice facility, Tranquilo offers an incomparable setting and golf experience. The state-of-the-art practice facility features a double-ended driving range with a two-acre natural grass tee box, a chipping and pitching area totaling 14,000 square feet, greenside and fairway practice bunkers, an 18-hole putting course and a six-hole par 3 short course available at select times.
The format will be a team "shamble" with one best ball with bogey being the maximum stroke per player on each hole. No handicaps.
On-site registration and continental breakfast, and access to the driving range and putting greens begins at 6:30 a.m. at Tranquilo Terrace. Shotgun start begins at 8:00 a.m. A buffet lunch will be available at the conclusion of play at Tranquilo Private Dining Room.
Each player tees off from their appropriate tee box. The team selects the best tee shot. Each player will hit from the spot the selected tee shot came to rest and will play their own ball in from there. The best single player score for each hole will be recorded as the team score.
The team with the lowest gross score will be declared the winners.
Men will play the White Tees / Ladies will play the Red Tees
Team Low Gross: $50 Gift Card per player
(6) Closest-to-the-Pin: $50 Gift Card per Hole
(2) Long Drives: $50 Gift Card per Long Drive
TOURNAMENT FEE: $350 per golfer, includes:
Golf, Cart, Range Balls
Goodie Bag
Collared Golf Shirt
Lunch at Tranquilo Private Dining Room
Beverages and Snacks on the Course
Your PDCA Educational Outreach Contribution
An Awesome 2019 ExPEERience with your peers!
Rental Clubs (Titleist): $75 per set. Men's and women's right and left handed available on-site.
Dress Code: Collared shirts, long pants or Bermuda length shorts, golf shoes preferred.
Four Seasons Golf Pro Shop: (407) 313-6778
*Separate registration required

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PDCA is pleased to host another exciting Companion's Program with special activities throughout the Conference exclusively for your guest. This PDCA tradition brings spouses and guests together once again to renew old friendships and create new ones. Companion's Program registration fee is $450 and includes the following:
All companions and guests are welcome to register for the 9th Annual PDCA Fundraising Golf Tournament at Tranquilo Golf Course, Four Seasons Resort. On-site registration and continental breakfast and access to the driving range and putting greens begins at 6:30 a.m. at Tranquilo Terrace. Shotgun start begins at 8:00 a.m. A buffet lunch will be available at the conclusion of play at Tranquilo Private Dining Room.
6:00 p.m.: Opening Reception Grand Ballroom (Exhibit Hall)
7:00 a.m.: Companion's Program Group Fitness: "Yogalates" (60 Minutes). This combination of yoga and Pilates stretches and strengthens your body emphasizing core control in all poses and focusing on breathing while in motion. This user-friendly fitness class is suitable for all fitness levels.
7:30 a.m.: Companion's Program Breakfast
12:00 p.m.: Companion's Program Live Chef Demonstration "Ravello Demonstration Kitchen". Join a Four Seasons Chef and Mixologist as the award-winning team guides you through a culinary demo while you enjoy samples of cuisine and cocktails!
6:00 p.m.: Annual Awards Reception, Dinner & Entertainment Grand Ballroom (Exhibit Hall) & Palm Ballroom
8:00 a.m.: Companion's Program Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Companion's Program Private Cabanas "The Oasis Pool". Come and go at your leisure and enjoy the sunshine at the chic, adults-only pool, the perfect place to relax in a tranquil, lakeside setting.
*Schedule and activities subject to change; separate registration is required

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Soletanche Bachy Canada Inc. : From Sea to Sea beneath the Canadian Landscape

On Jan. 1, 2019, Soletanche Bachy Canada Inc. (SB Canada), an amalgamation of two long-standing foundation engineering and construction companies, became one of Canada's largest geotechnical contractors and the North American leader in Soletanche Bachy's worldwide network of subsidiaries and partners.
Together, Bermingham Foundation Solutions and AGRA Foundations Ltd. hold more than 180 years of experience in geotechnical construction and engineered solutions across North America, including operating as part of the Soletanche Freyssinet Group of Companies for almost a decade.
Established in 1936 in Saskatoon, Sask., originally under the name Western Boring & Foundations, AGRA Foundations built its strong reputation specializing in foundation engineering and construction of deep pile and caisson foundations across Western Canada.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions was established in 1897 the oldest foundation contractor in Canada, providing contracting services and equipment manufacturing solutions for more than a century.
By joining forces, these two companies will bring a huge base of knowledge and expertise to the successful completion of projects not only in North America but throughout the world.
"The planning for the amalgamation started in the first half of 2018 at the senior level within North America," said Robert Marzetti, at the time the president and CEO of Bermingham Foundation Solutions and now CEO of SB Canada. "Consensus in those early discussions was to join forces into a single company and operate across Canada. We talked about how to put the knowledge, expertise and talent of the two companies together and build synergies between them."
On the first day of Q1 2019, Soletanche Bachy Canada came into existence. National functions such as safety, finance, business development and corporate services report directly to Marzetti, while all operational entities across the country report through the president, Jonathan Hazenberg, formerly president of AGRA Foundations.
The new company will continue to operate out of five Canadian locations: Hamilton, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. From an operational standpoint, the company is organized along two major geographic divisions:
VP Operations Todd Barlow
VP Project Delivery Andrew Weltz
VP Operations Brian Horner
VP Project Delivery Mike Lamborn
The equipment side of Bermingham Foundation Solutions, Berminghammer, led by Steven England, will continue to operate as a wholly owned division of SB Canada, manufacturing lead systems, hammers, reverse circulation drills and custom engineered solutions for the pile driving industry out of its 50,000 sq. ft. facility in Hamilton, Ont.
"Bringing together so many years of combined experience in the Canadian market has given us fantastic insight into the soil structures and deep foundation knowledge from coast to coast," said Marzetti. "Right now, we're talking about how we can utilize the expertise from one region to strengthen our offering to clients in a different region. An example of that is how can we leverage the capabilities out of Ontario where our marine experience resides [in order] to win and execute marine projects in the west?"
Similarly, the new company is determining how to combine expertise from the prairies to improve its offering in Ontario, and, as it continues to grow that knowledge, will eventually look to expanding onto the East Coast. Being part of Soletanche Bachy gives access to expertise and equipment from around the world, which further enhances its Canadian capabilities.
"It's one of those situations where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts," said Marzetti.
Two distinguished, long-standing deep foundations companies bringing together all their knowledge and experience into one entity, ready and able to provide a stronger offering to all its clients from coast to coast.
A Recent SB Canada project: Changing the face of Toronto's waterfront
Southeast of the downtown core of Toronto lies what is considered to be one of the largest underdeveloped stretches of downtown waterfront in North America more than 350 hectares of land, much of it stretching along the edge of Lake Ontario. Originally a wetlands at the mouth of the Don River, most of the area has been infilled over the past century, blocking and diverting the flow of the river and increasing the risk of flooding in surrounding neighborhoods.
The Port Lands Flood Protection Project (PLFP) one of the largest in the City of Toronto's history is going to change all that and more. An enormous undertaking, the project is designed to provide flood protection to Toronto's eastern waterfront and surrounding communities, unlocking almost 300 hectares of land for revitalization.
The project is being led by Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and CreateTO, and with the support and involvement of Ports Toronto. In June 2017, $1.25 billion in shared funding was announced by the governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto to deliver the full Port Lands Flood Protection project, and in December 2017, construction began on the Cherry Street Lake filling part of the project. This early start was thanks to $65 million in tri-government funding through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
Construction began on the full Port Lands Flood Protection project in July 2018 and will be completed in 2024, involving activities such as the construction of a new one-kilometer-long river channel. Soil contamination remediation and earth-filling operations to raise the grade of the surrounding lands will ultimately contribute to the creation of 40 hectares of greenspace and parklands.
Three new bridges, as well as an extension to the existing Lake Shore Boulevard Bridge will be built, including infrastructure needed to allow for the future development of waterfront neighborhoods and commercial areas.
Part One: Creating new land
The initial component of the project involves reshaping the northwest corner of the Port Lands area around Essroc Quay near the new Cherry Street Bridge. In September 2016, a funding installment of $65 million was made by the three governments for the Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling (CSLF) project. Designed to stabilize the shoreline and to create a new landmass, the project includes constructing a dockwall containment structure and then bringing in a huge amount of locally sourced fill to create an approximately 5,000 square meters of land. This newly created landmass will eventually form part of the future Promontory Park and will also facilitate the re-alignment of Cherry Street and the construction of a new bridge over the Keating Channel.
Beginning in May 2018, under the construction management of Ellis Don Civil Ltd., the SB Canada team (at that time still known as Bermingham), took on the challenge of delivering a marine wall that would form the north and west sides of the landmass containment structure.
"We built a long section of combi wall that ran about 150 metres east-west along the Keating Channel," said Mike Van Impe, project manager with SB Canada. "Then the combi wall turned southerly and continued for another 45 meters until it tied into an existing quay."
Van Impe explains that the combi wall was made up of rock socketed hollow pipes laced with sheet piles and tie back rock anchors. Several suppliers delivered these materials: Pipe & Piling Supplies Ltd., a major producer and supplier of steel pipe across North America, and Samuel Roll Form Group, manufacturing steel roll form products for more than 45 years, both provided a steady, reliable source of material.
Bermingham's internal engineering department designed and manufactured a custom steel template that would ensure proper location of the wall. The custom template solution utilized the existing dock wall to keep everything aligned.
"We did have a bit of a challenge with an undocumented lake bed depression," said Van Impe. "Suddenly, there was a pocket that fell over two metres, but we solved the problem quickly by splicing additional material to the pipes and sheets. The splicing work was completed both in the field and within our manufacturing plant, and the option to complete the work in two locations greatly reduced the delay and associated costs. It was a 'field fit' solution that worked."
By the end of November, the wall was completed, although working on the edge of a large metropolis, the timeframe might have been much longer. SB Canada deployed two shifts for much of the project, which helped Ellis Don and Waterfront Toronto maintain their demanding schedule. Despite some changes and issues along the way, the hard work and responsive nature of SB Canada allowed the project to be completed on schedule.
It is this kind of expertise in providing custom solutions combined with the ability to handle unexpected challenges that provides the strong foundation beneath the success of the new SB Canada for today and into the future.

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