Early Bird Pricing Ends this Month for 2023 Annual Conference

A Friendly Reminder:


There are sixteen days left until YOU'RE OUT of time to secure Early Bird Pricing for the 2023 PDCA Annual Conference, coming February 7-9 to the Mission Bay Resort in beautiful San Diego, California.  

PDCA members are encouraged to act now and receive a $200.00 discount on registration, providing you access to the Annual Conference for just $1150.00. This offer ends on December 16th. Non-members also enjoy a registration savings when you act by the same deadline, CLICK HERE to learn about the pricing options. 

In addition to individual attendees, registration is open for exhibitors. The list of commitments is growing by the day so you should secure your booth space now to ensure your company gets optimal placement. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, we have opportunities for you as well.

Perhaps we have mentioned it before, but you should be reminded that the annual golf tournament that accompanies this conference will take place at famed, local course, Torrey Pines. And once your round completes, head over to the world-class Mission Bay Resort to participate in two full days of events which include PDCA committee meetings, keynote presentations, substantive courses, an active exhibit hall, annual Association Awards, receptions and meals, and a special recognition ceremony honoring the 2022 PDCA Project of the Year Awards winners. This is just a sample of what you will get at the PDCA Annual Conference. So, don't be a chicken and register today so you can take a slightly fatter wallet to enhance your time in San Diego!

The Results Are In: Meet the 2023 PDCA Officers/Board Elected to Serve You


Thank you for exercising your Association duty and casting your vote in the November election for the 2023 PDCA leadership team which includes the executive officers and the board of directors. So, how did they do it? Was it the power of the incumbency? Now that all the votes are tallied, we want to share with you the following roster of elected industry leaders who will serve as the 2023 PDCA Officers and Board of Directors. You will notice many (if not all) familiar faces from the 2022 slate; that's because none drew an opponent, none has yet met the term limits threshold as outlined by the PDCA by-laws, AND each has chosen to commit to serving you for another year. Thank you BOD, and welcome back - we look forward to your leadership in 2023!


PDCA 2023 Officers
 




 


President
Brian Heck
Richard Goettle, Inc.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Vice President

Kustaa Mansfield
Pacific Pile and Marine
Seattle, Washington
Secretary

Herbert "Buck" Darling
Herbert F. Darling, Inc.
Tonawanda, New York
Treasurer

Scott Webster
GRL Engineers, Inc.
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Past President

Kevin Gourgues
Patriot Construction and Industrial,LLC
Port Allen, Louisiana
 
PDCA 2023 Board of Directors
Director

Harold Baur
Boh Bros. Construction Company, LLC
New Orleans, Louisiana
Director

Greg Canivan
S&ME, Inc.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Director

James Dempsey
Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman, Inc.
Branford, CT
Director

Diane Fischer
Pile Dynamics, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio
Director

Mike Juneau
Premier Geotech and Testing, LLC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Director

Doug Keller
Richard Goettle, Inc.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Director

Randy Kelly
Koppers Utility and Industrial Products, Inc.
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Director

Bruce Langan
Equipment Corporation of America
Brielle, New Jersey
Director

David Price
Linde-Griffith Construction Company
Newark, New Jersey
 

Gulf Coast Chapter Names 2023 Leadership Team


The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter has new leadership, ready to hit the ground running, as the driven pile industry prepares for 2023. During its 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting held at Messina's in Kenner, LA on November 17th, Chapter Members elected the following team to serve as the voluntary, 2023 Chapter Board of Directors:
  • President: Dylan Andrè of Patriot Construction and Industrial, LLC
  • Vice President: Anthony "Tony" Sepulvado, Jr. of Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC
  • Treasurer: Brent Guthrie of Cajun Industries, LLC
  • Secretary: Heath Stevens of Gulf Coast Pre-Stress Partners, LLC
President Andrè tells us that Members can expect some of the familiar Chapter activity, but there will also be some adjustments to the annual schedule; "We're trying to spice things up," he noted. "As in the past, we will have four, quarterly meetings, but we are working now to change one of the traditional locations. An announcement will be coming soon. Also, we are aiming to offer the skeet shoot on an annual basis - so that's another event we want people to look forward to attending in the new year."

In addition to the election of officers, the Chapter hosted time for networking, dinner and drinks, and covered an agenda to discuss its aspirations for growth, expansion of educational opportunities, and other matters brought to the floor. 

Chapter Members also heard a presentation from Meeting Sponsor JD Fields & Company, Inc. Representatives Alwyn McDowell and Joe Tridico spent some time updating attendees about steel pipe and steel sheet pile in the current marketplace. Following prepared remarks, they engaged the membership with Question and Answer time.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter thanked its sponsor for underwriting the event and its membership for its ongoing participation in the local pile driving industry.


Special thanks to our guest photographer
 
PDCA thanks volunteer photographer Derek Brodnax of Service Steel Warehouse for providing some 'scenes' from The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter's 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting. Derek is SPOTTED in the mirror reflection, in the photo to the left. A recent addition to the PDCA Communications Committee, he was agreeable to helping bring you coverage of this important event for the pile driving industry in the Gulf Coast region. Thanks Derek! The Communications Committee has openings if you too, are interested in helping collect content from Chapter meetings and other events, for eventual use in PDCA Publications.

Posted in Chapter News.

Top California Course Torrey Pines Secured for '23 PDCA Golf Tourney


(L-R): Vipul Joshi of Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction and Josh Epps representing Hammer & Steel participate in the golf tournament at the 2023 PDCA Annual Conference

Back in 2008, it was the scene of the U.S. Open where Tiger Woods won a sudden-death, 18-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate to claim his third and final U.S. Open Championship in thrilling fashion. Fast forward 15 years, San Diego's Torrey Pines continues to be regarded as one of America's top public golf courses and will be the venue for the 11th Annual PDCA Golf Tournament that begins the 2023 Annual Conference taking place at nearby Mission Bay Resort. Are you interested in playing this famed track? If so, here is what you need to know:
  • DATE: February 7, 2023, 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • COURSE: Torrey Pines North Course, San Diego, CA
  • FORMAT: The format will be a modified shotgun.
  • SCHEDULE: Registration check-in at Mission Bay Resort to get your goodie bag. Golfers will board shuttle to Torrey Pines at 6:30am and will have access to the driving range and putting greens at 7:00 a.m. Shotgun start begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • PRIZES: Various prizes will be available in multiple categories, including:
    1. Team Low Net: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams
    2. Closest-to-the-Pin
    3. Longest Drives (1-Man & 1-Woman)

*** Please note that the tournament fee does not include a contribution to the PDCA Education Fund. Contributions can be made separately by contacting the PDCA Office.  


CLICK HERE to register for the 2023 Annual Conference and secure your entry in the Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines, TODAY!


Scenes from the 10th Annual PDCA Golf Tournament held at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, AZ, part of the PDCA Annual Conference in February 2022

Watkins Awarded SC/Nigels Scholarship; Webinar Team Was On-Location

 
Charleston, SC (November 10, 2022): The South Carolina Chapter of PDCA names Cadet Mary Coastal Watkins as 2022 recipient of the prestigious "Mac" Nigels Scholarship. A Junior at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, she currently carries a 3.77 GPA as a Civil Engineering Major and expects to graduate in Spring 2024. After graduation, she aspires to pursue a Master's degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Ms. Watkins is a native of Goat Island, a sea island within the Charleston, SC metro area; she adds the Nigel's Scholarship to a growing list of recognitions she has received, including Dean's List, SC Life Scholarship and Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program.

Ms. Watkins attended the quarterly meeting of the PDCA South Carolina Chapter, she was accompanied by her father, grandparents and an aunt. During a special segment of the final 2022 meeting for the organization, Chapter board member Scott Nigels and son of the late McLeod "Mac" Creighton Nigels introduced Mary Coastal to attendees and presented her the award consisting of a commemorative plaque and a $2000 monetary gift. The annual scholarship dates back to 2007 and is presented in the name of "Mac" Nigels who was a highly respected civil engineer in Charleston following his 1955 graduation from The Citadel.


Also on hand for the annual presentation of the Nigel's Scholarship were several past presidents of PDCA and the South Carolina Chapter. Among them were John King, Dave Chapman, Buck Darling, Jason Moore and current President Brian Heck. Harry Robbins also attended and addressed the group as founder and past president of the Chapter, a distinction also held by Moore and current President King. Scott Webster, Diane Fischer, and Greg Canivan all presently serve on the Board for the national organization and were in attendance at the Chapter meeting, as well. Following the scholarship presentation, PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters provided attendees with an update on resources currently available through the organization, a preview of an active 2023 beginning in just weeks, and encouragement to get involved in PDCA. 
 

Value Driven Webinar Series, On-Location in South Carolina
 

Prior to the PDCA South Carolina quarterly dinner meeting, the November installment of the Value Driven PDCA Webinar Series was delivered live and on-location from the Town and Country Inn & Suites facility in Charleston, SC. Readers might recall that the August webinar was broadcast from Chesapeake, VA. Executive Director Frank Peters and Events and Education Manager Kathy Harper moderated the monthly, virtual resource made available to members and other interested parties. Joining Frank and Kathy was special guest and November presenter John Davagian (pictured)Managing Partner at Davagian Grillo & Semple, LLP in Sudbury, Mass., who gave a program on legal contracts. Mr. Davagian focused his presentation on Gotcha Clauses and liquidated damages.

The final installment of the Webinar Series is coming to you on December 8th and will feature a program on Steel Durability in Marine Construction. 


Posted in Chapter News.

Pacific Coast Chapter Partners to Bring Two November Seminars


Contractors and engineers on the West Coast gained up to 3.5 PDH in November, thanks to a pair of technical seminars on which the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter partnered to deliver. JD Fields & Company organized events in Huntington Beach, CA and Seattle, WA and filled each 4-hour time slot with a series of technical presentations from pile drivers and engineers who addressed various geotechnical challenges. Among the presenters were Blue Iron Foundation & ShoringGeo Engineers, Inc., Fields, and others.

Dean Abbondanza (pictured, presenting), is Director of Engineering at JD Fields & Co. said that around 30 attendees participated in each, no-cost seminar. He continued that such events have been productive this year and that the steel manufacturer plans to continue offering regional seminars in 2023.

Posted in Chapter News.

Dozens Attend TX Chapter Lunch and Learn; Guajardo Honored


The PDCA Texas Chapter hosted a Lunch and Learn on November 1st at the Hilton Medical Center in Houston; dozens of pile driving contractors, civil engineers, and industry suppliers attended the midday event that ran from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, and featured four presentations, lunch and networking.

In addition to an introduction and greeting from the Chapter leadership team, President Brandon Bicknell, VP Condon Verble, and Treasurer Arjin Dogan, PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters briefly addressed the group to provide an update about the national organization. Following this segment, attendees heard a presentation from Walter Van Zuthem or JD Fields & Co. who shared pertinent information from the steel manufacturer. Later, Dave Winslett of APE-American Piledriving Equipment gave a perspective from the piling equipment sector. Finally, Josh Martinez of Moffat Nichol provided a technical presentation.

This sizable, successful event was made possible by several sponsors. Those included, Table Sponsors: PileCo, Inc., Pipe and Tube Supplies, Inc., Robishaw Engineering, Inc., and APE-American Piledriving Equipment. General Sponsors: John Lawrie Tubulars, CPS Houston, Lodge Lumber, J&G Sales, Inc. 
 

Armando Guajardo, Jr.
July 7, 1980 - October 22, 2022

 
During introductory remarks, PDCA Texas Chapter leadership asked attendees to observe a moment of silence in honor Armando Guajardo, Jr., one of the four individuals in the Houston piling industry who helped launch the Texas Chapter in late 2021. 

In it's November 2022 publication, the PDCA e-newsletter, 'A Pile of News,' remembered Guarjardo this way: 

Armando Guarjardo, Jr. (42) was a treasured employee of BRC International LLC and a gifted coalition-builder who deserves significant credit for revitalizing the PDCA Texas Chapter in 2021. He was instrumental in advancing BRC's presence in the market for high-quality OCTG and line pipe on five continents; he also organized a successful charitable fishing tournament for the clientele. PDCA salutes our friend Armando, who served as secretary of the Texas Chapter, at the time of his October passing. RIP.

Palm Trees and Pile Driving (Contractors) Gather in South Florida

Action photo of an ASAP Group selfie, which includes representatives from Spain-based parent company, Terratest.

The ASAP Group partnered with PDCA to host the Palm Trees and Pile Driving reception in South Florida on November 3rd. Other event sponsors included Ebsary Foundation, Junttan USA, M.T. Kaye Steel, Triad Metals Piling, and Big Steel. Several pile driving contractors from PDCA member and non-member companies attended along with area geotechnical engineers and equipment and material suppliers, to gain new insight on the driven pile industry and to network in the significant Miami market.

Attendees met with PDCA President Brian Heck who travelled from his Cincinnati office at Richard Goette, Inc. He held individual discussions with many participants about the driven pile industry, PDCA membership​​​​, and even sports. Frank Peters, PDCA Executive Director, delivered a presentation to the group that gave an overview of the organization's mission and the many, valuable benefits available through membership. Additionally, he shared PDCA's vision of growing a Chapter presence in concentrated pile driving markets around the country and specifically in South Florida. Throughout the evening, an appetizer buffet and open bar were available to attendees, thanks to great service from the team at event venue, Bokamper's Sports Bar & Grill, Miramar, FL location.

PDCA thanks all event sponsors and attendees who came from near and far (including Spain!) to participate. Scroll through the following event photos to see who was SPOTTED at Palm Trees and Pile Driving:


Marin & Marin Marine Construction

Baker Concrete Construction, Jones Benitez Corp.

Ebsary Foundation, Universal Engineering Sciences

ASAP Group and Terratest
Triad Metals Piling
Brian Heck, Frank Peters with Junttan
 
 
 

PDCA President Brian Heck visits with several representatives of ASAP Group

Meever's Jaquillard Wins October #PDCADriven Contest

A Pile of News - November 2022

A Pile of News: November 2022
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors,
associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers
who comprise PDCA.
By Matt Bisbee, PDCA

Originally sent Nov. 1, 2022
Top of the Pile ... Election Season
VOTE twice in November: No, we don't advocate nefarious behavior at U.S. ballot boxes Nov. 8, rather we want you to cast your PDCA ballot for the 2023 Board of Directors and PDCA leadership posts (if you are a member in good standing) AND vote on 11/8 Election Day (if you are registered, of course).

Recommendations or write-ins: CLICK HERE for the PDCA Nominating Committee's slate of candidates, which recommends voters maintain current Board and leadership. Your ballot arrives in your inbox this week. When voting, your choices are: 1) vote for the recommended name/position OR 2) Write in a different name for a specified position. Completed ballots are due to PDCA by Nov. 30. Contact PDCA ASAP if you don't receive your ballots.

Past presidents grab headlines, right? He led PDCA in 2021, and last month Kevin Gourgues of Patriot Construction & Industrial trekked from Plaquemine, LA, to Alaska's remote Stuyahok River Basin. He didn't spot candidates gladhanding for votes; then again, he wasn't looking for them. He had one goal in mind to bag a moose. He's safely home now with a priceless experience, amazing photos and his goal ACHIEVED! The Yukon bull moose from Iliamna, AK, measured 64 inches wide and nearly 1,800 lbs.

Rising Waters  It's frequently a campaign issue, but here we just wanted to tell you the latest on past PDCA president and retired 50-year pile driver Wayne Waters. He owns EWS Construction Consulting and was named owner's rep for construction of a 1,000-foot timber retaining wall replacement at a private beach facility on North Florida's Atlantic coast. Wayne will advise the BOD on engineer/contractor appointments and perform estimation and inspection, among other functions.
From the Association & Chapters
Hot off the pressesread the digital version of the latest PileDriver magazine.

Mark your calendars!
HAPPENING TODAY: PDCA Texas Chapter Lunch & Learn, 11 AM - 2:30 PM CDT at the Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center. Members register for $30, non-members for $40. Leading engineering and equipment professionals are presenting; lunch is included.
 
Nov. 3: Palm Trees and Pile Driving South Florida Social, 5:30 - 7:30 PM EDT, is a FREE networking happy hour at Bokampers in Miramar. It will include a short pile driving industry update. PDCA members and non-members welcome. Sponsorship appreciated!
 
Nov. 10: Value Driven PDCA Webinar Series, 2 - 3 PM ET, is on-location again, now from the unofficial S.C. Chapter HQ, the Town & Country Inn & Suites in Charleston. Participate in a legal discussion on contracts.
 
Nov. 10: South Carolina Chapter Dinner Meeting, 6:30 - 8:30 PM ET at the Town & Country Inn & Suites in Charleston. A Citadel student will be awarded the prestigious Mac Nigels Scholarship.
 
Nov. 17: Gulf Coast Chapter Dinner Meeting, 5:45 - 8:00 PM CT at Messina's in Kenner, LA. In addition to the chapter elections for 2023 officers, there will be dinner and networking.
 
Feb. 7 - 9, 2023: PDCA 24th Annual Conference, San Diego Mission Bay Resort, Golf at Torrey Pines! Early registration open for attendees until Dec. 16, exhibitors can secure space now.

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
Hurricane Ian ravaged Florida and other areas this fall and many PDCA members have experienced different facets of the storm. Read perspectives from Island Piling, Service Steel Warehouse, RJ Gorman Marine Construction, Atlas Tube and Aggregate Technologies.
 
Pacific Coast Chapter awards six $2,000 scholarships to California students pursuing careers in the construction sector. Congratulations to Kristoffer Brown, Robert Halupka, Elizabeth Kinsella, Zachary Lindsay, Will Millette and Jensen Vieira!
 
Northeast Chapter has last '22 meeting; VP David Price of Linde Griffith says '23 to include tech seminar, clay shoot, TopGolf, possibly gaming night. Ian Vaz of Giken presented the Press-In Piling Method.
 
Through an enthusiastic cooperating agreement with the Deep Foundations Institute, PDCA joined numerous dual members in National Harbor, MD, for the DFI Annual Conference. PHOTOS
 
October is a great month for sports fans PDCA members are involved in college and pro sports through their work and play at various arenas around the country.
 
Pile Dynamics, Inc., in partnership with PDCA, hosted the second and final DFDTA for 2022 in Cleveland. The twice-annual seminar and proficiency exam returns to Orlando in March 2023.
Congratulations, Paul Matthew Jaquillard, you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of the month to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Acquisitions & expansions:
Gerdau North America expands its steel manufacturing capabilities through the purchase from L.B. Foster of a rail products operations facility in St. Jean-Richelieu, Quebec.
 
Shannon & Wilson, Inc. grows its footprint through an acquisition in California's Bay Area. Effective Oct. 1, the former Hultgren-Tillis Engineers in Concord, CA, is the newest branch.
 
Universal Engineering Sciences acquires more CA firms; CTE, WKA on board Jan. 1 as UES West.

Giving back:
Baker GCI noted the "character, confidence and valuable skills" that Scouting builds in young people; the company sponsored the Golden Eagle Breakfast for Louisiana Boy Scouts.
 
Foundation Constructors supports Boy Scouts as benefactor for the Construction Industry Lunch-O-Ree; keynoting the San Francisco event was MLB's 1989 NL MVP, Kevin Mitchell.
 
Bowen Engineering Corp. has raised nearly $350K over five years through annual golf fundraisers. This year, the Indianapolis event benefitted the Jordan YMCA and new beneficiary Anna's Celebration of Life Foundation. The outing in Evansville supports the CASA organization.
 
GROUP Contractors sent the foursome, which finished in first place, at the Dow annual golf tournament benefitting the Capital Area United Way.
 
Weeks Marine staff joined 100 volunteers to clean up Elmer's Island in Louisiana, a voluntary component of dredging work on the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.
 
Koppers donates $62,500 to charity through its annual Pittsburgh Pirates strikeouts pledge, then raises $5K+ for the American Heart Association through participating staff in Heart Walk.
 
Pile Dynamics, Inc. president George Piscsalko ceremonially presented a check for $50K to the Goble Rausche Likens Scholarship through the DFI Educational Trust. The revolutionary instrumentation developer and supplier celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
 
Samuel Roll Form Group and Canadian-based parent company hosted solemn observances at facilities across the country. They stood in honor of Indigenous communities impacted by the horrors of residential schools, part of the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
 
TRC Companies staff Tyler Huynh, Victor Herrera, Jaideep Rao donated clean-up/restoration work at Frasier DAM Recreation Park in Dallas, just 10 miles from 2024 IFCEE grounds.

Recognitions:
Boh Bros. launches a new safety program that honors the late Ron Brylski by awarding a trophy in his name. Called the Sh!t That Can Kill You, or STCKY, craft workers with high-risk jobs compete in the STCKY challenge to optimize safety practices. See pg. 16 of The Boh Picture.
 
Russell Marine LLC named to 2022 America's Safest Companies list by EHS Today magazine; Brandon Bicknell, Russ Morris, Mark Johnson and Dave Blanchard accepted the trophy.
 
Gerdau celebrated 120 years in business in 2021. That's remarkable! Now, the team celebrates winning the 13th Steelie Award for the anniversary campaign it conducted last year.
 
Nucor makes Comparably list as a Best Company for happiness, perks/benefits, compensation.
 
American Engineering Testing, Inc. applauds its running team, which earned second place in the Medtronic Twin Cities 5K in the Capitol City of St. Paul, MN.
 
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. earns 2022 Highwire Gold Safety Award.
People on the Move
Transitions:
Rafael Reyes named senior project manager, serving the Mid-Atlantic region for GeoStructures.
 
Oluwatobi Sajuyigbe onboards as new field engineer at Kiewit in New York.
Kendall Doggett becomes new project manager at McCarthy Building Co. in Houston.
 
Ashley Huxtable joins ECS Limited in Charlotte; elsewhere, Fouad Masri, Ban Harborth named Greensboro, NC, office, and Mingo Crowley promoted at ECS Southeast.
 
Sanjay Shanhji, P.E., a 17-year geotech veteran, is new Eustis Engineering Houston branch manager.
 
Vinod Patel, the Midwest bridge department manager, elevates to vice president at EXP.
 
Joseph Clare becomes VP and underground practice leader at Shannon & Wilson in Seattle.
 
Brent Keller joins Universal Engineering Sciences business development in Palm Beach, FL.
 
Jeff Prattini, formerly with Shields Law Partners in New Orleans and a contributing legal author to PileDriver magazine, has launched the Prattini Law Firm, LLC in the Big Easy.

Recognitions:
Clifford Fenerty, Denise Saccaro reach 45 years at Boh Bros.; see more notable anniversaries.
 
Carlos Gonzalez, a division president at Clark, is on the board at Hope Builders in California. He participated in a fundraising initiative to help the organization put young people to work.
 
Daniel Boles of S&ME, Inc. earns prestigious engineering award in Tennessee for his 30-year career. Fun fact, the Neyland Stadium expansion at UT in the 2000s has his fingerprints!
 
David Barwick reaches 31 years with Southern Earth Sciences in Tallahassee, FL; elsewhere, Daniel McGough, Curran Nicholas from the firm join ASCE-Mobile leadership.
 
James Thomas of Thomas & Hutton named to Forty Under 40 in Charleston, SC.
Sybil Kahn, mother of Fred and Ted Kahn, is the matriarch of Kansas City-based Kahn Steel Co.; she reached 100 years young, and the company honored her with a personalized Smucker's jar!
 
Martha Johnson, during a usual 50-hour work week in October, was guest of honor at a Soil Consultants, Inc. staff cookout. The Charleston firm celebrated their CEO's 90th birthday.

In sympathy:
Phil Gerhart, P.E. was already an accomplished engineer when he founded his own practice in Midvale, UT, in 1999, and later grew the firm to 35 professionals today. Gerhart Cole Inc. lost their mentor and true friend earlier this year. His legacy looms large through his work in the Intermountain West, where he led the development of many modern dams, pioneered new technologies for the I-15 reconstruction near Salt Lake City for the '02 Olympics, and implemented new techniques in soft ground construction.

Armando Guarjardo, Jr.
(42) was a treasured employee of BRC International LLC and a gifted coalition-builder who deserves significant credit for revitalizing the PDCA Texas Chapter in 2021. He was instrumental in advancing BRC's presence in the market for high-quality OCTG and line pipe in five continents; he also organized a successful charitable fishing tournament for the clientele. PDCA salutes our friend Armando, who served as secretary of the Texas Chapter, at the time of his October passing. RIP.

 
On the Job
ASAP Group is at the University of Miami Health System campus where a new cancer research center is being built. The contractor is supplying, installing and removing 570 LF of temporary steel sheet piling.

Farrell Brothers Marine Construction begins a full day of timber pile installation for a new boat dock; this day's work began with a picturesque, North Florida sunrise on the river.

Goettle used APE equipment to install piling for the last building of the North Shore Development, a 20-year initiative on Pittsburgh's North Shore. This strengthens the city's nickname of Paris of Appalachia.

H.B. Fleming, Inc. crews drive sheets 60 feet deep under I-89 near Richmond, VT. This emergency repair facilitates a replacement box culvert. Fun Wiki-fact, Richmond is the hometown of Joel Furr, the guy said to have coined the term "spam" for unwanted email. Please don't report this newsletter as spam!

O'Quinn Marine Const. Inc. installed fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) piles from Creative Composites Group for a new bulkhead at a private golf course in Beaufort, SC. The crew also built a new golf cart bridge.

Pile Drivers, Inc. shows progress on the Firetower Hotel in Charleston, SC, originally to be on micropiles; plans changed and the crew used a Junttan rig to drive H-piles from Consolidated Pipe & Supply. Terracon was EOR.

PRECO-MSE contributed removal of defective sheeting, as well as installation of 32 pairs of 50 feet of steel sheets for a new pumping station in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

Powell Foundations sent a crew to install 120-foot steel H-piles for new Toronto bridge construction.

SJ Hamill Construction dispatched a crane barge down the Ashley River in Charleston, SC, to a marina for Hurricane Ian recovery. Photos show impressive piloting as the vessel maneuvers through drawbridges.

American Piledriving Equipment has an APE 200 vibro and an APE D46 preparing to drive H-pile and pipes for a bridge replacement job over Table Rock Lake in Missouri's Ozarks.

DuroTerra provides ductile iron piles for two higher ed jobs in Massachusetts; Boston College's Conte Forum project and MIT's Building 55 addition.

Hammer & Steel, Inc. shares job site photos of a PTC 50 vibro suspended above the steel and will eventually be driven for a cofferdam that will serve a Maryland Heights, MO pump station.

International Construction Equipment is on the east side of Montana's treasured Glacier National Park as its ICE28B pulls pipe piles from the rocky terrain.

PVE Equipment team met at Florida HQ for product development and training on enhanced 600PP.
Media Hits
ENR covers Kiewit and its agreement to acquire Weeks Marine in early 2023, a news item we shared last month. Also, learn of a $201.6M JV involving both for the Shoreline Storage Tunnel in Cleveland.

dp-PRO magazine, Fall 2022 features a cover showing a Weeks Marine cutter suction dredge.

Fox Business Network's Mornings with Maria aired an interview where Atlas Tube CEO Barry Zekelman discussed with host Maria Bartiromo, inflation of U.S. steel costs and current U.S. trade challenges.

Houston Business Journal goes deep on JD Fields' evolution from steel distributor to manufacturer. CEO Jay Fields speaks on bold developments like the new steel mill on Houston's Ship Channel. [Paywall]

Business RadioX® features a podcast from Savannah, GA in which Thomas & Hutton VP and regional director Ralph Forbes speaks to hosts about his unique role shepherding economic growth in the region.
Notes from the Field
Hackers, phishers and bots fear him, but Jason Stefanski, who leads data security efforts at GeoEngineers, Inc. as CIO, stepped into some PPE and assumed a different safety role. He served as a vehicle spotter for geotech Mark Rose who was visiting a roadside project near Shelton, WA.

"High low" is a popular basketball offense but it could also code for a recent mission completed by an ESP Associates crew. The South Carolina firm's mobile LiDAR team assisted the Wyoming DOT and shared postcard photos of the Low Country Ford Expedition navigating through high country near Jackson Hole.

Before they were famous Nearly 20 years before co-founding PND Engineering, Roy Peratrovich, Jr. and Dennis Nottingham designed the first cable-stayed vehicular bridge in Alaska, and many believe in the entire U.S. This fall, the ASCE Alaska Section dedicated the John O'Connell Memorial Bridge in Sitka, AK, as a state historic civil engineering landmark.

That's a wrap for November's rendition of 'A Pile of News,' as always, thanks for reading! We get a lot of questions about how to receive this publication on the first working day of each month; those who read our publications through other means, but would like to receive it directly, simply need to SUBSCRIBE at this link. Others ask us about contributing your company news for consideration; we encourage you to keep your social media updated with news items you would like publicized. And in the cases of your most important announcements, please contact us directly at matt@piledrivers.org. Unfortunately, we can't see EVERYTHING on social media! Psst to you non-member readers out there, and we see you in the analytics, it's time to JOIN PDCA and strengthen advocacy for the driven pile!
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