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PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee will present seminars in Florida and Texas
The PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee will present a half-day seminar to PDCA members in Florida and Texas. The Texas seminar will be held on Oct. 8, 2018, and the Florida seminar will be held on Nov. 8, 2018. 
Both seminars will be presented by the Contracts and Risk Committee chair, Alex Filotti (Underpinning and Foundation Skanska) and co-chair, Richard Kalson (Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff). 
The two seminars are part of the Florida and Texas chapters' recommencement efforts and will be open to all PDCA members at no cost. PDCA will also hold a chapter luncheon prior to the seminar. PDCA invites all PDCA members, specifically those from the Florida and Texas areas, to join us for this addition to the seminar. During the luncheon, PDCA members will learn more about future chapter events within their respective states.
PDCA, along with Filotti and Kalson, will be finalizing the seminar topic and will have that information available in June 2018. You won't want to miss this educational opportunity.
Any PDCA member interested in helping develop a new leadership structure for the Florida or Texas Chapter is encourage to contact PDCA executive director, Stevan A. Hall, in the PDCA office, 904-215-4771, 888-311-PDCA (7322) or email steve@piledrivers.org. 
PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. host another successful DFDTA course
PDCA and Pile Dynamics, Inc. held the Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis (DFDTA) course at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport, March 11 to 13, 2018. 
The program consisted of a one-day seminar on Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis, followed by the two-day workshop, High Strain Dynamic Foundation Testing. On the last day of the program, PDCA proctored the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test. 
PDCA had 43 registrants for the course, with 30 of those registrants taking the proficiency test. Attendees were engaged in highly technical presentations provided by seminar and workshop lecturers Garland Likins, P.E., M.ASCE, senior partner and past president of Pile Dynamics, Inc., a manufacturer of quality assurance products for deep foundations; and Ryan Allin, P.E., senior engineer and partner in GRL Engineers and Pile Dynamics, Inc.

BAUER-Pileco Inc. moves into new headquarters in Conroe Park West industrial park
On April 6, 2018, Jochen Grundmann, managing director of BAUER-Pileco Inc., was delighted to welcome employees and numerous guests to the grand opening of the new headquarters in the Conroe Park West industrial park. 
"We are committed to the Conroe location and are proud to have our new home here. Our longstanding and strong connection to the region and the community is very important to us," said Grundmann.
The foundation stone for the new headquarters near the Conroe airport was laid in October 2016. The site, which is about 75,000 square meters (18.6 acres), will be home to a three-story office building, a warehouse for maintenance and spare parts for the entire U.S. and Canada and a hall for repairs and the assembly of new equipment. By the end of May, all departments, from customer service to accounting, will move into the new location, and all 65 employees of BAUER-Pileco Inc. from the locations in Houston and Conroe will again be consolidated centrally and under one roof.
According to Grundmann, the relocation to the new headquarters represents another important milestone for the traditional company, which has a long history with many impressive achievements. German-American entrepreneur Otto Kammerer, who came to Houston, Texas in 1960, founded Pileco Inc. in 1966 together with German machine manufacturer Delmag. The company started to enjoy major success in the 1970s when Kammerer succeeded in getting the diesel hammer widely accepted in the oil industry. This was no small hurdle, given that traditional practices and regulations were still geared toward the air hammer. Service excellence and Kammerer's ideas helped to secure the market for Pileco diesel hammers. One of the most important innovations in the accessories field is the saximeter, which Kammerer helped develop and is used for measuring the energy of a hammer blow.
After the departure of Delmag in 1999, Otto Kammerer managed the company alone. The relationship with Bauer grew out of one-off contacts in the market, and it eventually developed to the stage where Pileco joined the BAUER Maschinen Group in fall 2005. In 2008, the company moved from Houston to Conroe. In fall 2016, BAUER-Pileco Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary with numerous invited guests, employees and partners. Today, the company is one of the leading suppliers of specialist foundation engineering equipment and construction industry services in the U.S. and Canada.

GZA announces Patrick McCarthy as senior project manager
GZA, a multi-disciplinary firm providing environmental, ecological, geotechnical, water and construction management services, recently announced that Patrick McCarthy has joined the company's Buffalo office as a senior project manager.
McCarthy brings over 16 years of experience in permitting and regulatory compliance issues in the renewable energy, electrical transmission and gas sectors to his role at GZA. He has extensive experience with federal, state and local permitting and approvals; environmental due diligence and regulatory compliance; and preparation of wetland and waterbody permit applications. In his role as senior project manager, McCarthy will be assisting clients with local, state and federal regulatory reviews and environmental permitting.
Prior to joining GZA, McCarthy was director of environmental affairs and an environmental project manager for Noble Environmental Power and Acciona Energy, North America. In these roles, he was responsible for development support, project permitting and operational compliance for over 1,000 MW of operating wind and solar energy projects throughout the United States. McCarthy has significant experience in complex and difficult permitting environments. Through close coordination with resource agencies, he has been able to successfully guide clients through complicated permitting regimes.
A resident of Alden, N.Y., McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is a member of the New York State Wetland Forum.
Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water and construction management services. 

Dissen & Juhn Company looks to 45th year reflecting on two recent awards
In marine construction, businesses measure their success in a variety of ways. For some, having a healthy backlog waiting in the wings is a start. For others, winning competitive bids for diverse projects that demonstrate their technical competency to an impressive client list is another. Still others have the unique opportunity to be acknowledged among their peers for award-winning work. Dissen & Juhn Company of Stevensville, Md. can check off all of the above. And when it comes to the award-winning part, it can check off that box twice. As Dissen & Juhn begins its 45th year in business, it reflects on its two most recent accolades.
In addition to completing some impressive projects in 2017, the Stevensville company walked away with two awards at the recent Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards ceremony, hosted by the Chesapeake Shores Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Both winning projects were acknowledged with an Excellence Award. 
The Excellence Award in the category of Other Construction Less Than $2 Million acknowledged the Riverfront Redevelopment Pier, which was built for the City of New Castle, Del. The Excellence Award in the category of Other Specialty Construction Less than $10 Million acknowledged the timber pedestrian bridge, which Dissen & Juhn Company built for Stevenson University. 
Although both projects varied greatly from each other, they each solved an issue or problem, helping the respective client achieve a pivotal goal. For Stevenson University, the task was to find a safe way to connect its Owings Mills multi-campus properties in a seamless manner. The City of New Castle wanted to not only rebuild its pier, which was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, but also reconnect to its heritage as a riverfront city, which welcomed tall ships to its docks. 
"Both these projects were immensely challenging as well as rewarding," said Gilbert W. Dissen, president of Dissen & Juhn Company. "As a history buff, the City of New Castle was definitely an attractive project. It also provided a creative departure from the timber pier construction that we are known for. When the City of New Castle moored the 1600s replica ship the Kalmar Nyckel at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, it was majestic." 
Dissen & Juhn Company has been serving the needs of waterfront property owners for 45 years, completing more than 1,000 marine construction projects for public and private sector clients, including marina owner-operators, counties and towns, as well as the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard. The firm serves the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, the Potomac River and northern Virginia.
Dissen & Juhn Company is a member of the Association of Marina Industries, the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, the Maryland Marine Contractors Association, the Association of Builders and Contractors and the Pile Driving Contractors Association. t

Posted in PileDriver Magazine. Tagged as Issue 3, 2018.

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