Many now consider virtual events as "the new normal," therefore the 2020 Pile Driving Contractors Association Annual Conference launches this week under a modfied name; the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series. It is a five-part, interactive, online event taking place the first Wednesday of every month, August through December. This Wednesday, August 5th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT), the series begins with the first two sessions.
Forthcoming sessions for the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series will cover a variety of other essential subjects concerning business practices and the deep foundations industry (all times Eastern):
- September 2, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Dedicated Pile Driving Certification Requirements by Toya Brown of NCCCO
October 7, 2020 (time, TBA) Working Platforms Update by Peggy Hagerty Duffy of ADSC
November 4, 2020 (time, TBA) You've Stopped Getting Paid, Now What? by Ryan Maloney, Esq. of Jimerson Birr
December 2, 2020 (time, TBA) Tilting at Windmills: Don Quixote Meets the International Building Code by Dale Biggers of Boh Bros. Construction
All segments of the PDCA 2020 Annual Conference Webinar Series are provided to members of PDCA at no cost; non-members can register for any or all events which require a $50 per session registration fee (please note - registration for the August 5th event that includes two sessions carries a $100 fee). Non-members are encouraged to contact PDCA to learn how to apply their event registration(s) to a new PDCA membership. All participants will be awarded Professional Development Hours for completing the scheduled events. Note to participants; all webinars will be conducted through the Zoom platform.
PDCA's Manager of Education and Events Kathy Harper (pictured above supporting a presenter during the 2019 PDCA Annual Conference) continues to migrate 2020 Association conferences and educational opportunities to virtual events. You are encouraged to contact Kathy with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the winning companies, which include:
- Pacific Pile and Marine
- Corman Kokosing Construction Co.
- Cajun Industries
- Innovative Piering
- ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
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UPDATE: Individuals who are interested in gaining Dedicated Pile Driver Operator certification can now remotely sit for the written portion of the exam from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. Once you pass that portion of the test, you have 12 months to complete the practical exam. Click here to explore Computer Based Testing options from NCCCO.
Charged with developing examinations, reviewing test procedures, shepherding ongoing program improvements, providing expertise in all facets of the process and maintaining OSHA compliance, among others, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Pile Driver Exam Management Committee works to ensure that all participants receive a fair, valid and reliable assessment of their knowledge and skill. Two tenured practitioners who bring significant operational experience to the table have recently joined the Committee; PDCA members Tim Dutton, VP at Junttan USA Inc. (pictured, right) and Joe Kinworthy, Manager at Equipment Corporation of America (pictured, left) begin their service in October when the Committee next convenes.
NCCCO is a valued partner of PDCA which seeks to establish Exam Management Committees (EMC's) with broad industry background and perspective. According to a spokesperson, "The addition of Mr. Dutton and Mr. Kinworthy to the Committee expands that background and knowledge and helps ensure that the diverse interests of the entire industry are considered when making decisions about the Dedicated Pile Driving Rig Operator certification program."
Recognizing the importance of well-rounded representation on the panel, NCCCO has assembled this Committee to include those who use, insure, manufacture, consult and own pile driving equipment. Among other members is PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters.
Moving forward, NCCCO and the Committee are working closely with stakeholders in the pile driving industry to grow the important program and expand the network of practical examiners with the objective to "ensure that certification is available to all safety minded companies and organizations."
PDCA, in collaboration with Pile Dynamics, Inc., will present Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis (DFDTA), a three-day program over the dates of November 11-13, 2020 at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Airport Hotel in Orlando, FL. This event was originally scheduled to take place in Cleveland, OH, however, due to ongoing efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 health crisis, organizers have relocated the seminar to Orlando.
For additional information and to register for the Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis program please click DFDTA ORLANDO CONFERENCE.
In 2019, the PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Committee produced three important publications that analyze various aspects and considerations of steel sheet piling practices. All three are also available at The PDCA store for purchase (free for members) both individually and as a set which includes the Steel Sheet Piling Corrosion Guide, the Retaining Wall Cost Comparison Guide, and the Steel Sheet Piling Installation Guide. If your company either supplies, installs, or purchases steel sheet piling, then these guides will be a significant reference and the PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Guide Webinar will provide a head start in understanding the important information included in these publications.
Contact PDCA today if you want to learn how to become a member and gain free access to this educational material.
PDCA Member law firm Jimerson Birr based in Jacksonville, FL recently released a two-part webinar series examining legal issues in the construction industry. Partner Ryan Maloney (pictured) and two of his colleagues make availalbe on their YouTube site, the program entitled Managing Problem Projects in Turbulent Times: Tools for Success.
The series is designed for construction business owners and decision-makers. To access the video content for Parts 1 and 2, please click the links below:
Managing Problem Projects in Turbulent Times: Tools for Success
- Part 1 Notice and Document of Claims [run time, 48:03]
- Part 2 Liens and Protecting Your Right to Get Paid (For Subcontractors and Suppliers) [1:03:21]
If you haven't visited The PDCA Store, online at PileDrivers.org, stop by to see what logo merchandise is available to you and crew. Among the variety of clothing items are two different styles of t-shirts, jobsite appropriate safety green (pictured, left) is among the color options. Additionally, another shirt that features the likeness of the American flag is a popular seller, and just in time for the Fourth of July.
Don't stop at the t-shirts; other logo items including stainless steel mugs, a Nike gym bag, umbrellas, camo trucker hats, flashlights, golf shirts, and a limited edition 2019 PDCA Annual Conference coaster - consider a set of four! The summer months are here, but cooler days are ahead for 2020 and The PDCA Store also features a quarter-zip pullover for your trip to the jobsite on a cool, early morning.
In addition to logo merchandise, you will also find educational materials for your company library. Three proprietary guides on Steel Sheet Piling techniques and best practices can also be purchased in either hard copy or electronic formats. The e-guides are available to PDCA members in good standing at no cost as a benefit of your membership.
While The PDCA Store is available online around the clock, watch future PDCA and Chapter events when this merchandise will be on display for in-person, live purchases. Happy shopping!
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