Gulf Coast Chapter News

PDCA/Gulf Coast Chapter Exhibit at SWGEC

May 9, 2019

Several members from PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter participated as exhibitors at the 43rd Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference May 6-9 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Downtown Baton Rouge, LA. This initiative was a partnership between the Chapter and the PDCA national office.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development hosted the annual event sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. PDCA members networked with engineers from throughout the southwestern U.S. and engaged with interested parties about pile driving practices from the construction perspective.

Gulf Coast Chapter members who participated include; Dylan Andre' of Patriot Construction, Brandon Phetteplace of GRL Engineers, Scott Williams of Cajun Industries, Bennett Dulaney of Southern Earth Sciences, Greg Major of DarkHorse, Jacob Indest of Eustis Engineering, Robert Baker of Baker Pile Driving and Taylor Stiles of SeaLevel Construction.

2019 Second Quarter dinner Meeting

April 25, 2019

Each year, members of PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter look forward to the Second Quarter Dinner Meeting which takes place at the L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA. On April 25th more than 60 members gathered in the popular venue for an evening of networking and fellowship which began with an open bar reception. A full dinner and a business meeting led by Chapter President Travis Schonacher of SeaLevel Construction immediately followed. The assembly then heard a technical program from speaker Chad Held of Eustis Engineering. Members also engaged in the ongoing discussion about a Chapter initiative, the 'Test Pile Program.'

Before attendees were released to the casino floor, they took a few moments to recognize the efforts of previous Chapter leadership; current Vice President Kirt Jackson (Cajun Industries) presented a plaque to last year's President Michael Kelly from Gulf South Piling (below, left). Then, current Secretary Dylan Andre' (Patriot Construction) honored his immediate predecessor Daniel Sprunk of Cajun Industries (below, right).

The event was a success thanks to the valued PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter sponsors; DeSoto Treated Materials, Inc., Tadano, Scott Equipment and Kobelco. PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter convenes next for the Third Quarter Dinner Meeting in Biloxi (venue TBA). Also, they are planning a Professional Development seminar in October and a Clay Shoot. Watch your inbox, this website and future editions of PileDriver magazine for further details.

2019 First Quarter Dinner Meeting

January 31, 2019

PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter hosted the 2019 First Quarter Dinner Meeting on Thursday evening January 31st at the suburban New Orleans venue called Messina's Restaurant, Kenner, LA. Chapter President Travis Schonacher (SEALEVEL Construction) presided over the meeting, which included a reception, buffet dinner and industry presentation.

Ric Anderson, Nucor Skyline, was the guest speaker who presented on "Steel Pipe and Its Applications in Pile Driving." Nucor Skyline was also the meeting sponsor. Thanks Nucor Skyline for your continued support and participation.

During the meeting, the Officers of the PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter honored retiring PDCA Executive Director Stevan Hall and presented him with a silver steel plate with the Chapter's logo engraved. Hall was able to thank the members of the Chapter and express his appreciation for all they do for PDCA and the driven pile industry. He also took the opportunity to introduce new PDCA Executive Director and New Orleans native Frank Peters to the Chapter who welcomed him with an enthusiastic applause.