Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
PDCA members could be our best resource to determine what is working on the jobsite and in the office to combat the potential spread of the COVID 19 virus.
Please take the time to list your Coronavirus Safety Best Practices and post them to this blog. We are hoping this will serve as a resource for all PDCA members.
This blog is intended to provide PDCA members an opportunity to share their thoughts with their fellow members and is NOT intended to provide legal advice or serve as a fiinal source. In all cases where safety is involved employers must use their best efforts to provide for the safety and health of their employees.
Thank you for your interest and support. Please contact the PDCA office if you need any assistance.
Planning to attend? Have you registered? Spread the word! All friends of the driven pile industry are welcome (families too)!
|The South Carolina Chapter of PDCA invites you to attend an Oyster Roast taking place at Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc. on Friday, January 21st from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST. This annual event attracts contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and civil engineers from miles around to network, eat and experience a truly unique regional tradition. If you have never attended, make 2022 the year that you join your colleagues and enjoy a unique, Friday-evening celebration of the driven pile industry.
It's a simple menu: FREE oysters, pulled pork, hot dogs, chili, and beverages thank to the generous sponsors who include the following:
S&ME, Junttan, Koppers, Terracon, Essve Tech, ECS Carolinas, Carter Lumber, Ahern Rentals, NUCOR Skyline, ESP Associates, Pile Drivers, Inc., Wahoo Trucking, Soil Consultants, Dawley Surveying, Wire Products, Inc., Van-Smith Concrete, Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc., Cape Romain Contractors, Parker Marine Contracting, SJ Hamill Construction Corp, Consolidated Pipe and Supply, American Piledriving Equipment (APE), Equipment Corporation of America (ECA), International Construction Equipment (ICE), AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe, Insight Group.
For more information or to reserve your spot at the 2022 Oyster Roast, an annual event hosted by the South Carolina Chapter of PDCA, please click the button below:
Daytona Beach, FL (January 14, 2022): A common practice of the modern workplace is participation in virtual or hybrid (part live, part virtual) meetings. This dynamic exists at the Pile Driving Contractors Association in both Board of Directors meetings and educational presentations. Concerning the former, the Board of Directors engages each year in a January Strategic Planning Meeting where members review Association activity of the past year and consider priorities for the new year. The January 2022 meeting had several Board members attend in person while others joined the two-day event through the Zoom webinar platform.
A component of the Strategic Planning Meeting is the ceremonial passing of the gavel, a tradition signifying a leadership change at PDCA. In 2022, outgoing PDCA president Kevin Gourgues attended the meeting in person, but incoming president Brian Heck appeared virtually. So, meeting participants witnessed a first-ever, hybrid gavel exchange for PDCA leadership. And to further distinguish the 2022 meeting, Gourgues explained how he "carefully packed the gavel in bubble wrap in a box, added extra packing peanuts for protection and sent it from Baton Rouge" to Heck in Cincinnati. However, the delivery tracking mechanism (at the time of the meeting), showed the gavel was delayed in Indianapolis. Fortunately, President Heck had a meat tenderizer available to him and dutifully tapped it to begin the strategic planning proceedings.
From there, the Board considered a full agenda of business items over the next day-and-a-half. Participants engaged in detailed discussions about a variety of issues and initiatives of the Association. Among the actions of Board members during the 2022 PDCA Strategic Planning Meeting were:
- Passage of a 2022 PDCA budget
- Acceptance of new PDCA of Texas Chapter affiliation request
- Discussion on standing committee optimization
- Review of bylaws
- Establishment of 2022 goals
(L-R) Brandon Bicknell to serve as President of new Houston-based PDCA group, Arjin Dogan named Treasurer
A recent development for the group was its naming of an executive committee to serve as the leadership. As first reported in A Pile of News on January 3rd, the following individual PDCA members have been named to the new executive committee in the Texas group:
Texas PDCA members organize, establish leadership. Meet the new slate of officers.
- President: Brandon Bicknell, Russell Marine LLC. Brandon is a veteran contractor in the Houston region who joined Russell Marine as VP in 2019. Effective December 2021, he was promoted to President of the company.
- Vice president: Condon Verble, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Condon has spent 20 years in the pile driving industry where he has been a General Superintendent. He assumed this role at McCarthy in 2019 and works in very active pile driving operations.
- Treasurer: Arjin Dogan, JD Fields & Company, Inc. Arjin is a recently graduated engineer from the University of Texas at Tyler and began with J.D. Fields as Engineer in July 2021. The Houston Business Journal published the announcement of her hiring in a January '22 article.
- Secretary: Armando Guajardo, BRC International LLC
Please check back to this blog or other PDCA publications for the latest news from the PDCA-Texas. And if you are in Texas and would like to get involved, you are encouraged to do so!
(L-R) Condon Verble will serve as VP of the Houston PDCA group, Armando Guajardo is the Secretary on the executive committee.
In Issue 6 2021 of PileDriver, PDCA is taking a winter trip to Canada! In this issue, we look to our northern
"neighbour" to feature Canadian PDCA members, influential individuals, projects, business considerations and more.
The Canadian driven pile
industry achieves new depths with the Kitimat LNG Plant. Innovation and coordination allowed for installation some of the longest single-length driven land piles in North America.
Bengt Fellenius, Dr. Tech,
P. Eng., M. ACSE
a legend in foundation design.
PDCA CONTRACTOR MEMBER:
Powell Foundations Inc. helps keep Ontario business traffic moving.
Transcending international borders
Samuel Roll Form employees work together for success.
Sheriff Brett Stassi (pictured, right) of Iberville Parish and current president of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association accepted the PDCA donation for the Charity Fund. He explained, "Needy families with young children are selected to participate in the 'Shop with a Cop' program; a needy child is given an allotment of funds, then paired with a deputy to shop at participating local vendors during closed store hours."
He continued; "The devastation I observed was catastrophic. Homes were destroyed or completely swept from their foundations and piling - often they were nowhere to be found. The need for help in these communities is very high."
President Gourgues extends his appreciation to the many PDCA members who chose to direct their DICEP registration funds to this important, relief effort. DICEP, an annual technical program of PDCA that was scheduled in 2021 to take place in New Orleans mere days following Ida's destruction in the region, was salvaged and delivered as a virtual seminar which negated the need for the registration monies necessary for the live event. And since many attendees had registered well in advance of the Hurricane and already paid to attend, they were given the option for a refund or to redirect the funds for this PDCA fundraising effort.
Full list of DICEP '21 registrants who sent registration funds to Hurricane Ida relief:
|AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe Company, LLC
Cajun Industries, LLC
Consolidated Pipe & Supply Co.
Giken America Corp.
GRL Engineers, Inc./Pile Dynamics, Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Herbert F. Darling, Inc.
ICE - International Construction Equipment, Inc.
Mason Construction, LLC
|Nagy Engineers, Inc.
Pacific Pile & Marine
Palmetto Pile Driving
Patrick DiCerbo/Northwestern Mutual
Patriot Construction & Industrial
Premier Geotech and Testing, LLC
Richard Goettle, Inc.
Samuel Roll Form Group
(L-R) Joe Gilardi, Boots and Charlie Booth of American Equipment & Foundation in Providence, RI.
"It's the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It's also a very clear path to happiness." Sheryl Sandberg
(L-R) Among the 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Award winning companies are Foundation Constructors with Dermot Fallon and ICE, Inc. with Christian and Pollyanna Cunningham.
Jacksonville, FL (December 22, 2021): In just days, the submission period for the 2022 PDCA Project of the Year Awards opens to PDCA members; have you identified your 2021, completed project that you will enter in the annual program? Participation is a benefit of your membership and can earn your company widespread recognition. Member companies are encouraged to submit projects in any of the following categories: land, marine, earth retention, engineering/associate and international. This is a tremendous opportunity for your masterpiece to receive the attention that it deserves, across the deep foundations industry. Consider the following:
- You earn industry-wide recognition for unique design, problem solving, value engineering, cost savings, driven pile application, end-user benefits
- Program celebrates ingenuity, hard work, commitment and ultimately signifies industry leadership
- Your work will be featured in the August issue of PileDriver magazine; ALL entries appear in subsequent issues
- Awardees will be recognized during the next PDCA Annual Conference
We look forward to providing our Judge's Panel with your entries!
Don't miss this important, annual gathering of the pile driving industry. The 2022 program includes a variety of opportunities for professional development, business networking and even personal enjoyment:
- Keynote presentations
- Technical seminars
- Exhibit hall
- Project of the Year Awards, other recognitions
- PDCA committee meetings
- Annual golf outing
- Nightly receptions
- Much more!
See you in Phoenix!
- Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
- Pile Driving Industry Invited to 2022 S.C. Oyster Roast on Friday
- 2022 Strategic Planning Meeting Sets PDCA Goals
- Houston PDCA Members Organizing Local Chapter
- A Pile of News - January 2022
- PileDriver Magazine: Issue #6-2021
- PDCA Members Give $7500 to Louisianans Impacted by Hurricane
- Spotted in 2021 - The Year in Pictures
- Which 2021 Project Will You Submit for Annual Award?
- Early 'Roadrunner' Rates for Arizona Conference End Friday