Pacific Coast Chapter "Annual Schloarship Shoot," April 17

The Pile Driving Contractors Association, PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter's  "10th Annual Scholarship Shoot" will be held   Friday April 17, 2020at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve, 2099 Collinsville Rd Birds Landing, CA.

Any companies and sponsors who would like to provide raffle prizes are appreciated.



We will have Spectacular Raffle Prizes including;
-         Winchester SXP Max
-         Beretta A300 12 Gauge Shotgun
-         CZ 457 American 22 wmr Rifle
-    Browning Buck Mark Camper 22 lr Pistol

Please bring with you:
-         A Shot Gun
-         A Bag or Vest to Carry Ammo

What We Provide:
-100 Targets and 100 Rounds of Ammo
- Ear and Eye Protection
- BBQ Tri Tip Lunch

To RVSP, contact Sarah McDaniel at Foundation Constructors, Inc. Office number (925) 754--6633, Fax (925) 625-5783 or email smcdaniel@foundationpile.com.
 

If you would like to be station sponsor please have your logo emailed to Sarah by March 20, 2020.
Registration starts at 8am and Shotgun start at 9am.
We look forward to seeing you all there.  

 

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New Chapter Officers in South Carolina

Charleson, SC (February 13, 2020): A busy start to 2020 for the South Carolina Chapter of PDCA which recently hosted its largest Oyster Roast to date and is presently finalizing details for the March 19th Driven Pile Technical Seminar. Chapter members and guests gathered February 13th at the Town and Country Inn & Suites, Charleston for the first quartly dinner meeting of the year. The meeting began as voting members ratified the new slate of Chapter officers and directors. That list follows:

Executive Committee

  • John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.) - Immediate Past President
  • Jason Moore (Palmetto Pile Driving) - President
  • Susheel Kolwalkar (The Insight Group) - Vice President
  • Andrea Edwards (Koppers) - Secretary/Treasurer
  • Kyle Jackson (Palmetto Pile Driving) - Asst. Secretary/Treasurer
Directors
  • Jim Challenger (Nucor Skyline)
  • Clif Hough (Cape Romain Contractors)
  • Derrick Bellamy (HDR)
  • Greg Canivan (S&ME)
  • Scott Nigels (Palmetto Pile Driving)
  • John Skinner (Parker Marine)
  • Simon Ghanat (The Citadel)
The evening consisted of networking and fellowship followed by a buffet dinner. New Chapter President Jason Moore (who also serves as the President of the national PDCA organization), gave a thorough and inspiring history on PDCA and discussed in detail the significant value it has brought both to the individual contracting companies in South Carolina and the driven pile as a preferred deep foundation method thoughout the region. The program began with a surprise presentation by President Moore and Kay Shealy to John King for his years of dedication to the organization (pictured below). 






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Northeast Florida Pile Driving Industry Luncheon

NE Florida Chapter Initiative: February '20 Industry Luncheon in Jacksonville

February 7, 2020

Jacksonville, FL: Buoyed by a strong construction sector in a rapidly growing area, the Pile Driving Contractors Association continues efforts to re-establish a Chapter presence in Northeast Florida. Identified as a 'Chapter Initiative,' the organization hosted local contractors, affiliated engineers, industry manufacturers, suppliers and distributors for a buffet luncheon at Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park hotel on Jacksonville's southside on Friday, Febrary 7, 2020. Attendees spent time networking prior to listening to a short presentation from PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters who discussed the value to the pile driving industry that an active, local chapter can provide. He indicated that while the PDCA national office is available to provide chapter infrastructure and support, it is important that a leadership team consisting of local practitioners in the industry assumes the role of directing chapter activity. Peters announced that PDCA will host the second 'Chapter Initiative' luncheon at the World Golf Hall of Fame banquet facility on May 19, 2020 in St. Augustine, FL. Registration for this event can be completed when you click here

The February 7th event was made possible through sponsorships from Jacksonville pile hammer supplier and manufacturer PVE Equipment USA and industry supplier Equipment Corporation of America which maintains a large field operation in Green Cove Springs, FL. 











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A Pile of News - February 2020

A Pile of News: February 2020

A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers and suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
 
From the Association & Chapters
PDCA gives you Moore Sure, it could be the new marketing slogan, but it also signifies the seating of PDCA's newest president, Jason Moore of Charleston, SC. He assumed the ceremonial gavel during PDCA's annual Strategic Planning Meeting in January and has begun a one-year term. In addition to a new president and executive committee, four new faces have joined the board. More on leadership changes.

Piles, not Ferns! A function of PDCA president is to write an editorial column in PileDriver magazine. We eagerly await Jason's first installment in February. That publication will also include a farewell from immediate past president Scott Callaway. This time, his column is part of a multimedia production; it will be the first in a video series from PDCA called Between 2 Piles.

Mark your calendars PDCA invites your participation in its 2020 events:
  • Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles (DICEP), Sept. 2224, New Orleans, LA
PDCA of South Carolina has set four quarterly chapter dinner meetings, all to take place at the Town & Country Inn and Suites in Charleston, SC. Dates for the 6:00 p.m. meetings include: Feb. 13, May 14, Aug. 13 and Nov. 12. In addition, the chapter will host its biennial Driven Pile Technical Seminar on March 19 at The Citadel, Holiday Alumni Center in Charleston.   PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter released its event calendar. Three quarterly dinner meetings remain, each begins at 6:00 p.m.: April 16 at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge; Aug. 20 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, MS; and Nov. 12 at Messina's Restaurant in Kenner, LA. Don't miss the 2020 Skeet Shoot, at Bridgeview Gun Club in Kenner on Oct. 30. 

Rep the industry
Remember, The PDCA Store features a variety of swag as well as educational resources. Watch for new items in 2020. Always include #PDCAdriven on your social media for a chance to win free merchandise.


Support the industry
By now, PDCA members should have received notice of the association's restructured member dues system, unanimously passed by the Board of Directors and strategically designed to ensure both improved member support and association fiscal solvency.If you haven't already, please click here to bring your member dues current. Non-members can enroll too.
 
Policy Matters
We are one month into a Presidential election year; local, state and federal campaigns are ablaze throughout the country. History and conventional wisdom tell us that Washington will avoid enacting legislation to address federal infrastructure shortcomings, but these are unpredictable times. Last week, a House proposal emerged but no funding details were included. Meanwhile a bipartisan chorus of infrastructure improvement proponents is growing.  New data is available showing job increases and higher wages in the construction and engineering sectors while manufacturing has experienced job loss, primarily in metals production Construction Business Owner quotes Irina Plumlee of Munsch Hardt in a legal analysis of federal issues, including the USMCA, I-9 employment eligibility, e-verify and infrastructure.

Turning to the states, many legislatures have begun their 2020 sessions. Numerous issues will be debated in multiple capitol cities, including election security, gun control, marijuana and the environment. Read "The Biggest Issues Facing State Legislators in 2020" from Fiscal Note.

Several states appear to be investing in infrastructure; see this story from the Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal examines midwestern river traffic irregularities due to increased flooding, aging infrastructure; quotes Mike Blaske of Illinois Marine Towing, subsidiary of Canal Barge.
 
News about People
ECS Florida, LLC announces new operations manager Corey Dunlap, P.E. to lead new Gainesville office. Eustis Engineering announces leadership changes: past president Bill Gwyn has stepped down from the board, president Randy Eustis sets retirement for Dec. 31, 2020, Gwendolyn Sanders to succeed Eustis as first female president and Chad Held to become executive VP. St. Louis-based Geotechnology Inc. promotes Pat Donovan, P.E. to professional services president, Jim Howe to exploration president. Greeman -Pederson Inc. of NY names Angela Strevig as director of highways for the Columbia, MD branch. Catherine Maguire and Kent Wiken join Golder & Associates in Redmond, WA. Nucor announces new CEO Leon Topalian elected to board, John Walker is new non-executive chairman.

Geotechnology Inc. congratulates Ryan Farrar in Memphis for earning a P.E. license from Tennessee. Sarah Smith of Greeman Pederson, Inc. earns a P.E. license from Pennsylvania. GT Mid Atlantic recognizes Taylor Gundy in Mechanicsburg, PA for completing her B.S. in marketing.

Canal Barge VP Del Wilkins presented prestigious River Bell Award from the Seamen's Church Institute.

S&ME VP Thomas Davis named Outstanding Professional Engineer of the Year in Tennessee.

SeaLevel Construction, Inc. of Thibodaux, LA recognizes operations manager Travis Schonacher for service as president of PDCA Gulf Coast.
  • Chapter seats new officers for 2020, including president Kirt Jackson of Cajun Industries; VP Gerard Chenevert of GROUP Deep Foundations; secretary Dylan Andre of Patriot Deep Foundations and treasurer John Matthews of DeSoto Treated Materials, Inc.
Terracon technician Hachem Ahmed in D.C. was recognized for potentially saving a life after he aided a woman who had a serious trail biking accident. Also, environmental tech Von Capps in Houston performed the solemn ritual of placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

An impressive run: Bob Richardson and Tracy Brown are both recent retirees of Manson Construction Co. Richardson ended his 44-year career as a project manager with the Seattle-based contractor, a job that took him around the globe. Brown began what he believed was a two-week temp assignment as a deckhand, but it turned into 42 years for the now retired Captain.

Elsewhere, after more than 40 years in the industry, Dan Sciortino has retired as Boston-based VP/branch manager at Equipment Corporation of America. Branch Manager Gary Drew retires after 36 years with Ardaman & Associates in Ft. Myers, FL. Todd Edmunds retires from Keller

Not done yet: Earnest Ross of Canal Barge Company, Inc. just celebrated 40 years with the New Orleans transportation firm and is apparently taking on another decade.
 
News About Companies
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. of Boston strengthens its Midwestern presence through the January acquisition of Minnesota-based Vieau Associates, Inc., which will maintain its name. 

A major rebrand at Keller former subsidiaries Bencor, Case Atlantic, Case Foundation, Hayward Baker, HJ Foundation, Keller Canada, McKinney Drilling, Moretrench all take parent company name. 

Nucor acquires TrueCore Insulated Panels in South Carolina, adds coil paint line at Arkansas mill. 

S&ME, Inc. opens Wheeling, WV office

TRC Companies, Inc. announces two acquisitions Environmental Partners, Inc. (EPI) and Lockheed Martin Distributed Energy Solutions (LM-DES).
Holes Incorporated of Houston named Craft Training Champion from Construction Career Collaborative.

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers of New York City dominates rec volleyball; they won the ZogSports Corporate League and completed a history-making three league championships in 2019.

TRC Companies earned recognition for the I-49 North Segment K Project in Shreveport, LA
  • Company is the latest Member Spotlight in  NY-Best
More Media Hits
  • Las Vegas Sun covers Kiewit winning Civil Project of the Year for Project Neon
  • Keller earns top ranking from ENR for 2019's Excavation and Foundation firm
  • ENR writes about Wadsworth Construction winning Utah design-build project
Company milestones: Tadano celebrates 100 years as a worldwide leader in crane manufacturing. Legacy New England pile driver H.B. Fleming Inc. has been on the job for 65 years in South Portland, ME and surrounding region. Olinpump of Huntington Beach, CA reaches 40 years supplying the driven pile industry.
 
Philanthropy
Clark Construction tallied 2,700 total hours volunteering around the country during the National Week of Service, an annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Geotechnology Associates Inc. generously served Maryland families over the holidays by donating "Santa Sacks" and Toys for Tots.

Geotechnology Inc. donated cold weather gear for the Cincinnati area Salvation Army.

GT Mid Atlantic launched a pet supply drive to benefit The Humane Society in the Baltimore Region. 

S&ME in Chattanooga raced Big Wheels to raise money for community non-profits. 

Tectonic in New York raised more than $2,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Universal Engineering Services Florida offices participated in a donation drive to assist foster children.
 
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Pacific Coast Chapter Awards Four Scholarships

December 2, 2019: The PDCA of the Pacific Coast Chapter awarded four $1,500 scholarships this year to the following students:

Seth Myhre  A project engineer at Shimmick for the past three years, Myhre is studying for a degree in mechanical engineering at California State Chico with a GPA of 3.2.
Sam Follett, P.E.  An engineer at Foundation Constructors Inc., Follet is returning to school to get his Masters in geotechnical engineering. In his essay, he says, "My experience working with a deep foundation contractor and my future graduate degree will allow me to design piles that are constructible. I understand the limitations that are presented by site conditions (soil, access, permitting) and necessary equipment to install various types of piles. I will be able to make sure that owners are able to pick foundation options that actually make sense. I will also be able to explain the benefits to owners that come with pile driving compared to other foundation options, such as increased material quality control, the ease of pile testing and ability to test increased amounts of piles at a time, and the schedule benefits compared to other foundation types."
Erick Medina  A full-time college student at Sacramento State University pursing a degree in Construction Management, Medina is in his first year at Sac State. He earned a GPA of 3.3. One of Medina's goals is to be the first person in his family to earn a four-year college degree. He is a hard worker and has learned that teamwork in the workplace is one of the keys to success.
Russell "Teddy" Bruin  One of the 2018 recipients of a PDCA scholarship, Bruin says he appreciated the support provided last year. He successfully completed his first year at Loyola University Chicago, where he is still pursuing a degree in environmental science. He was involved in several extracurricular collegiate activities along with having a solid academic year.


Sam Follett, P.E.

Seth Myhre 

Erick Medina 

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New Chapter launched at The PDCA Florida Georgia Blitz

PDCA Announces Northeast Florida Chapter Formation

Jacksonville, FL (10/31/2019):  The new Northeast Florida Chapter of the Pile Driving Contractors Association is planning its first formal meeting scheduled for February 7th, 2020. The event will be a luncheon (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) at the Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park hotel (4812 Deer Lake Drive West); and in addition to discussion about the new Chapter formation, it will include a business-oriented program designed to benefit practitioners in the deep foundations industry. Pile driving contractors, geotechnical and structural engineers, and equipment suppliers and manufactures are encouraged to attend. This luncheon will require a nominal registration cost to attendees for the lunch.

The Northeast Florida Chapter initiative was introduced in Jacksonville during an October 30th social event hosted by PDCA for organization members and prospective members from throughout Florida and Georgia. Named The Florida-Georgia Blitz, It was held during Jacksonville's Florida-Georgia Week that precedes the annual rivalry college football game. Attendees were provided heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar at no cost, thanks to event sponsors CZM Foundation Equipment, Bridgestone HosePower, Nucor Skyline and USI Insurance. A notable attendee from USI was former Florida Gator inside linebacker Jason Wozniak who played under famed-coach Steve Spurrier in the early 1990's. Following an hour of social and networking time, the 45 people in attendance heard a brief program explaining the efforts toward local Chapter organization; this was welcome news to many in the local pile driving industry who were at the event.

If you are a Member of PDCA in the Northeast Florida region, or if you are a practitioner in deep foundation construction in this area, you are encouraged to Save the Date of February 7th, 2020 and plan to attend the inaugural meeting. Please contact PDCA at (904) 215-4771 or by email at info@piledrivers.org if you would like to join the mailing list for information about The PDCA Northeast Florida Chapter. PDCA looks forward to supporting its newest Northeast Florida Chapter.









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Capacity Attendance at Gulf Coast Chapter's Engineers Conference

More than 110 practitioners in the deep foundations industry gathered in Prairieville, Louisiana on October 24th for a comprehensive, day-long professional development event designed to educate attendees on some of the newest and best practices for driven pile installations. The PDCA of the Gulf Coast organized the event, chaired by contractor member Michael Kelly, which the Chapter offers to educate professionals in the region every other year on the driven pile. All participants who completed the seminar were awarded 7 Professional Development Hours.

The 2019 PDCA Engineers Conference was co-sponsored by PDCA of the Gulf Coast and Nucor Skyline and consisted of seven different presentations. PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter President Travis Schonacher from Sealevel Construction opened and closed the program. The following agenda is a list of each presentation and session sponsor in the order they were provided to attendees:

Breakfast - Sponsored by PDCA

Vibration Monitoring Protocol per Purple Book by Joubert Harris, MS - LADOTD
Sponsored by Southern Earth Sciences

Experimental Study of Driven Pile Set-Up in Soft Clays by Chad Held, P.E. - Eustis Engineering
Sponsored by GRL Engineers

Efficient Structural Design of Precast Concrete Piles by John C. Ryan, Ph.D., PE - Ryan Structural Engineers, LLC
Sponsored by American Piledriving Equipment

Advanced Measurements/Pile Layout by Joey Coco, PE MBA - Forte & Tablada, Inc.
Sponsored by Sealevel Construction, Inc.

Lunch - Sponsored by LB Foster Company

Steel Coating and Application to Steel Piles by Marty Hall - Yellow Creek Coating Services
Sponsored by PDCA

Preserving Wood Pilings by Tim Carey - Lonza Group AG
Sponsored by Desoto Treated Materials

LAPELS Professionalism and Ethics by William Hyatt - LAPELS Board Investigator
Sponsored by Mississippi River Equipment

PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter thanks all attendees for participating in this highly successful event. The next gathering of the Chapter will be November 14th when it hosts its Fourth Quarter Dinner Meeting at Messina's in Kenner, LA.


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Gulf Coast Presents Free Engineering Seminar October 24th

The Pile Driving Contractors Association of the Gulf Coast has announced that it will be conducting the "PDCA Engineers Conference" on October 24, 2019 at Parc 73 in Prairieville, LA. The day-long event begins READ MORE

 

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South Carolina Chapter Board Seats Available


(Charleston, SC):  The nomination process is now open as the PDCA South Carolina Chapter works to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors for the calendar year 2020. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Chapter President John King to learn how to obtain a seat on this voluntary, yet critical leadership position within the local pile driving industry. All 65 attendees at the Chapter's 3rd Quarter Dinner Meeting were made aware of the openings and asked to consider an elevated level of participation. 

This was the 64th consecutive quarterly meeting, as noted by [PLEASE VISIT WEBPAGE TO FINISH READING:
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