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.
Kenner, LA (November 18, 2021): In the final meeting of 2021, the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter gathered at Messina's restaurant in Kenner, Louisiana on November 18th. The quarterly dinner meeting was sponsored by Upperline Equipment Company. Members caught up with friends, established new industry contacts and enjoyed an open bar. Dinner and a business meeting followed the social hour. The 2022 Chapter leadership was determined through a member election. PDCA congratulates the newly-elected officers who will assume those roles, effective January 1, 2022.
Serving one-year terms, the following deep foundations professionals comprise the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter, 2022 leadership team:
- President: Gerard Chenevert from Group Industries, LLC (pictured, left)
- Vice President: Dylan Andre from Patriot Construction and Industrial, LLC (right)
- Treasurer: Brent Guthrie from Cajun Industries, LLC
- Secretary: Tony Sepulvado from Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC
Check back for forthcoming announcements from the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter which will be setting 2022 quarterly dinner meeting dates and additional events for the local pile driving industry.
Members of the C.D. Perry team join officials from the City of Troy, New York to launch major Seawall Stabilization in 2018.
Several crew members at C.D. Perry and Sons, LLC participate in promotional video showcasing the company.
The Sweet Sue: builder - John Spring, namesake - Sue Martin
Crew starts early to work under a Hudson River sunrise.
Civil construction is just one of the core competencies at C.D. Perry and Sons, the division is responsible for completing some of the most challenging projects in New York State's Capital District and beyond. The marine construction division has completed some of the largest projects on New York waterways; the company maintains easy access to the Hudson River in Troy and can easily mobilize to any project on the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. Whether it's a massive capital project, outage/shutdown work, routine maintenance, or emergency work, C.D. Perry is capable of handling any industrial project including: pulp & paper, chemical, aggregate, food & drug, and many more. The crane service division is supported by a diverse fleet of lattice boom, hydraulic, telecrawler and carry deck cranes, as well as certified and knowledgeable operators and riggers. Their crane services include crane rentals, rigging, transportation and 3D lift plans.
Office staff participate in promotional video.
Todd Beauharnois is among the military veterans on staff.
Tyler Fane shown accepting PDCA 2019 Project of the Year Award for Hudson River Seawall/Green Island Condo Project
You can help create a memorial scholarship in his honor! The goal is to raise $25,000 or more to create an endowed scholarship that will support civil engineering students in perpetuity.
Utah State University Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Dr. Joe Caliendo was a beloved faculty at the USU Logan campus where he taught since 1992. He mentored hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students.
Joe was named the 2017 College of Engineering Teacher of the Year and has a long list of accolades from universities and engineering organizations. Caliendo and his wife, Joyce, raised five children, four of whom graduated from USU.
Before joining USU, he worked for seven years with the Florida Department of Transportation and served as that state's head geotechnical engineer, overseeing the design and construction of large bridges with complex foundation systems.
He worked as an adjunct professor at Florida State University and the University of Florida where he taught engineering courses. Caliendo earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Detroit, civil engineering (1969) and Humboldt State University, oceanography (1974), a master degree in civil engineering from USU in 1977, and later earned a doctorate from USU, civil engineering (1986).
Caliendo was a U.S. Navy veteran, Navy diver and a proud former member of Seabee Underwater Construction Team 2.
Charleston, SC (November 12, 2021): The South Carolina Chapter of PDCA names Cadet Richard Milling as the recipient of the prestigious "Mac" Nigels Scholarship. A sophomore student currently carrying a 4.0 grade point average at The Citadel, Milling was recognized before the audience gathered for the Chapter's fourth quarter dinner meeting on November 11th at the Town & Country Inn and Suites. Each year, the Chapter presents this scholarship to a civil engineering student from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina who, according to his/her professors, demonstrates "strong character, integrity and exemplary grade point average."
Mr. Milling, accompanied by Citadel Professor and PDCA member Dr. Simon Ghanat, was introduced by Scott Nigels, son of the late McLeod "Mac" Creighton Nigels. Those gathered for the event learned about Milling's impressive credentials as an accomplished student; he was warmly applauded as Nigels presented him with 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 from the PDCA of South Carolina Chapter's quarterly dinner meeting on November 11th, the 2022 Slate listing the newly-elected Chapter leadership was revealed. Effective January 1, 2022 the Chapter President is John King of PileDrivers, Inc., VP is Susheel Kolwalkar of Insight Group, Secretary/Treasurer is Andrea Edwards of Koppers, and Asst. Secretary/Treasurer is Jason Moore of Palmetto Pile Driving. Directors include Jim Challenger of Consolidated Pipe & Supply, Jordan Houston of Cape Romain Contractors, Greg Canivan of S&ME, Inc., Scott Nigels of Palmetto Pile Driving, Peter Adams of Parker Marine and Simon Ghanat.
The dinner program concluded with a rousing presentation by Ben Fanning, a best-selling author, podcaster and career coach who took a deep dive into many of the dangers employers face when their employees experience 'burnout.' The timely address keyed-in on COVID-19 pandemic-related workplace alterations which have brought negative impacts to workers in nearly every career sector. Mr. Fanning offered the group tips and advice to not only mitigate workplace burnout but also overcome the challenges from the pandemic and other root causes. The presentation included humor, audience participation and access to available resources for burnout prevention.
The latest PileDriver magazine, Issue #5 - 2021 includes two article submissions from public relations professionals who address various considerations for contractors who are building in populated areas.
The first article is entitled "Public Relations and Communications Guidance for the Construction Industry," by Lisa Joselove (pictured, right) and Christine Fournier (left) of Joselove-Filson Advertising, Inc. It acknowledges that noise and vibration concerns can become a problem of public perception for driven pile contractors. The authors share a few important tips about public relations as a means to build trust in the communities where your company works in order to create more tolerance and goodwill from community members. Read more, starting on Page 91.
Offering another perspective in "Stay Ahead of Noise and Vibration Complaints," author Kelly Nettleton Kennedy of the Kennedy Consulting Firm addresses the issue and encourages contractors to employ community relations and strategic communications components for jobs that are vulnerable to public scrutiny. Read more, starting on Page 94.
Aside from public relations issues surrounding noise and vibrations in pile driving, this issue of PileDriver also includes content about solutions for contractors to consider such as testing and monitoring programs as well as equipment developments and alternatives available in the marketplace.
- A presentation from #1 bestselling author, Ben Fanning
- A reveal of The Citadel student who is selected as the PDCA of SC, 2022 Mac Nigels Scholarship winner
- A Membership election for your 2022 Board of Directors.
Ever experience burnout as it relates to work? Ever had to coach a coworker or employee through a period of frustration in their career? Given the pandemic, election season, political and civil unrest, and the cyclical nature of our industry relative to all of the above, each of us has experienced some level of fatigue and burnout over the past 18 months! Please plan to join us for an engaging and energizing experience to help you avoid burnout and boost your motivation. Our speaker is #1 bestselling author, Ben Fanning:
3 Strategies You can Use to Prevent Burnout in 2022
- The Alarming Truth about COVID Fatigue and How to Avoid It.
- The One Word that Energizes and Ignites Your Career.
- A Simple Way to Use Burnout to Your Advantage.
Special thanks to keynote speaker sponsor: Insight Group
Given the ongoing health concern, we will be following all local, state, and CDC guidelines for meeting attendance and process.
$45 per person includes dinner and beverages
Thursday, November 11th @ 6:30 pm
The following five articles were obtained exclusively for the purpose of publishing in this special edition:
- Remote Vibration and Noise Monitoring for Construction (page 72)
- Changes to Piling Equipment (page 78)
- What if You Really Have to Mitigate Noise and Vibration? (page 82)
- Pubic Relations and Communications Guidance for the Construction Industry (page 91)
- Stay Ahead of Noise and Vibration Complaints (page 94)
Plus, Jeff Prattini of PDCA Member law firm Shields & Mott presents some sound legal guidance for subcontractors who face payment delays (page 97).
If you are seeking project stories, there is no shortage of those in Issue #5; read about he New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Project (page 49), the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium in Connecticut (page 54), the Matson Mill Multi-Family Condominium in Pennsylvania (page 58), the Continuous Galvanizing Line - Nucor Specialty Cold Mill Complex in Arkansas (page 62) and a cover story on Metropolitan Park 6, 7,8 in Virginia.
Of course Issue #5 brings you recurring content such as messages from PDCA President Kevin Gourgues (page 5) and PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters (page 11). You will find the latest from our Chapters, a full list of members and upcoming events, including a sneak peak at the upcoming PDCA 23rd Annual International Conference & Expo set for February 2022 in Phoenix.
Read the digital edition of the magazine here - just click the image above. Then read it again in hard copy when it arrives in your office; you're certain to find something you missed on the first review! PDCA thanks all PileDriver magazine advertisers, content contributors, members who help put the pages together and our publications partner Lester Publications.
Dale Clyde Biggers
July 4, 1944 - October 7, 2021
DFI President Michael Wysockey of Thatcher Foundations, presided over the ceremony. He delivered emotional remarks stating his reverence for Mr. Biggers as he addressed Dale's widow Virgene and Boh Bros. Construction Co. President Robert Boh, both of whom joined him on the stage. The two accepted the award on Dale's behalf in front of an adoring audience.
In addition to his admirable, 53-year career with Boh Bros. where he was most recently Vice President, Dale Biggers voluntarily provided industry insight, innovation and leadership to PDCA. He had enthusiastically served as the PDCA Technical Committee Chair, among other key industry positions. He is remembered as a humble professional who has left a significant footprint in the industry through his technical collaborations, organizational participation and support, and the generations of practitioners he has influenced.
(L-R: Virgene Biggers, Mike Wysockey, Robert Boh during award ceremony honoring Dale Biggers; photo courtesy of DFI)
- Coronavirus Safety Best Practices
- Gulf Coast Chapter Names 2022 Officers; Chenevert, Andre Lead Slate
- After 85 Years, CD Perry Continues Shaping New York Landscape, Waterways
- Dr. Caliendo, noted PDCA educator, remembered through USU scholarship
- Cadet Milling Wins Prestigious Nigels Scholarship from SC Chapter
- PileDriver: Protect your company image, build trust in the community
- SC Dinner Presents Burnout Prevention, Election and Scholarship Award
- PileDriver magazine - noise & vibration considerations
- A Pile of News - November 2021
- Biggers' Posthumous Honor Elicits Industry-wide Adoration, Accolades