Scenes from the Foundation Annual Horseshoe Tournament


An unofficial kickoff to the summer happens at the offices of Foundation in Oakley, CA each year, when practitioners in the deep foundations industry attend the annual Horseshoe Tournament in the contractor's gardenesque back yard. The event is equal parts serious competition, networking, and family fun. Congratulations to the 2024 winners and thanks to all participants and attendees of the event.

Foundation sends a special thanks to the sponsors who help make the Horseshoe Tournament possible, many of whom are PDCA member companies. Those include Nucor Skyline, Hammer & Steel, GRL Engineers, Inc., Independent Pipe, PILECO, Inc., and McNeil, Silveira, Rice & Wiley.

PDCA thanks longtime member Foundation and the event sponsors for highlighting the deep foundations industry.


Texas Chapter Golf Tourney Among Several Events Still to Come in 2024


Jenny Ellis and Kyle Yarbrough from CPS Houston participate in 2023 golf event

Virtual learning, committee meetings, two technical conferences, a golf tournament, a clay shoot, Chapter meetings, two scholarships to be awarded, and a leadership election add up to a busy finish to 2024 at PDCA. Watch you inbox, PDCA social media, and this website for forthcoming registration information for several of these opportunities, meantime, save the following dates and plan to attend as many of the events that will enhance your industry knowledge and facilitate further PDCA engagement:

2024

2025
  • February 4-6: PDCA Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX
 
Citadel Cadet awarded Nigels Scholarship in S.C.

Attendees at 2023 EDPI hear from geotech experts
GHCC sport shooters enjoy Northeast Chapter event


PileDriver magazine - Issue #3, 2024

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ON THE COVER
Herbert F. Darling, Inc. (HFD, Inc.) was awarded the deep foundation and shoring package for Heritage Point at Canalside in Buffalo, N.Y., two multi-use buildings that will bring office space, retail opportunities, entertainment and living arrangements to the area.

The scope of work originally specified micropiles as part of the foundation system, but through a value engineering and substitution process, the pile driving industry prevailed.

The project experienced its share of problems and setbacks for examples, a cramped site close to Lake Erie, working below grade, notorious Buffalo winter weather including a local phenomenon known as a seiche but HFD, Inc. solved every challenge to get the job done.

Read more in PileDriver.
DON'T SKIP THESE:
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PDCA Association Awards
At the conclusion of #IFCEE2024, PDCA hosted an awards ceremony to honor recipients of the 2023 Project of the Year Awards. PDCA also announced the winners of 2023 Association Awards.

Find out who took home hardware.
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PDCA Members at #IFCEE2024
Did you miss #IFCEE2024?

Check out photos of PDCA members at the event, which took place May 710 in Dallas, Texas.
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Interview: Shana Carroll, P.E., LEED AP BDC
Shana Carroll, P.E., LEED AP BDC, is the president of D.W. Kozera, Inc., in Baltimore, Md. Before transitioning to consulting, she spent her career in geotechnical construction with companies like Geosyntec and GeoStructures.

Read Carroll's interview, where she talks about how she almost didn't go into engineering, why giving back to the community is so important to her and the atypical work experience she looks for when hiring candidates at Kozera.

Learn more about Shana Carroll.
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Mastering the Flames: PDCA Toolbox Talk
In the latest Toolbox Talk from PDCA, the PDCA Safety & Environmental Committee provides key safety protocols for welding, cutting and brazing otherwise known as "hot work."

Hot work is not uncommon in pile driving, such as when splicing piles, welding clips, repairing or maintaining equipment and fabricating accessories. These tasks can be dangerous, with burns, electrocution or toxic fume inhalation being the most common hazards.

Implementing strong safety standards, having a hot work plan and securing hot work permits when required aren't just good practice they're a necessity.

Find the latest Toolbox Talk from PDCA.
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A Pile of News - June 2024

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A Pile of News: June 2024
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 June 3, 2024
Top of the Pile

IFCEE 2024 is in the books! Thanks to all who attended the triennial celebration made possible through a partnership of PDCA, ADSC, DFI and G-I. Nearly 3,000 deep foundations pros spent May 710 in Dallas to participate in the technical programs, equipment expo and more.     
All hands on deck A marine crew from Manson Construction is lauded for its response to a major San Diego pier fire that became national news and caused $17M in damage in late April. The contractor explains. Commendations go to Max Oviedo, Jon Hook, Brian Sauck and Gavin Slavens, who are credited with gaining control of the blaze after three hours. The Coast Guard broadcasted its appreciation.
 
Highway heroics a three-vehicle crash on I-95 in May resulted in a tanker fire that halted traffic for days in Norwalk, CT. There were no fatalities, but ConnDOT demanded immediate demo of a compromised overpass. Tectonic Engineering and three other civil firms working nearby mobilized for demolition and oversight the next day, worked around the clock over the weekend and easily met expected completion by Monday morning.
 
Pile drivers brace for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season From now till Dec. 1, conditions are more favorable to the development of dangerous storms spawned by warm ocean waters. 2024 NOAA forecast. PDCA members are often on the frontlines of catastrophe, aiding victims and rebuilding communities. Resilience is a necessary societal priority, and puts to work many PDCA members like Weeks Marine, seen here fortifying the eroding coast in North Florida. 
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars:
Today to July 1: Pacific Coast Chapter scholarship application period is open for entries

June 12 - 14: DFI SuperPile, San Francisco Marriott Marquis; PDCA is a cooperating organization

June 13: Value Driven Webinar Series Presents "Proper Equipment Maintenance," 2 - 3 pm EDT, FREE to PDCA members, non-members can register for a nominal fee

Ongoing: Various PDCA standing committees meet in June, July; see events calendar for info 

News and PHOTOS from the PDCA Blog:
South Carolina Chapter holds quarterly dinner meeting; two members celebrated for awards

Northeast Chapter "drives" member growth through annual TopGolf social, outreach event
Graphic containing a screenshot of #PDCADriven Winner for June 2024.
Congratulations, Hydraulic Power Systems, 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:
Hercules Machinery Corporation (HMC) grows its solar pile driving product line with a new remote-controlled rig. Pres. Tom Dame says the STR20-RC increases safety and productivity.

John Lawrie Tubulars USA has earned Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification for its secondary pipe, enabling end-users to confidently use the CO2 emissions data from the EPD to report to project owners the carbon footprint of the foundation.

Koppers expands in the utilities sector with the purchase of Brown Wood Preservers; sales director Randy Kelly says this "opens the door to more opportunity for driven timber pilings."

Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. (GTA) opened a new office in Triad, NC. Sr. geotech Jacob Prout, P.E., will manage the location and VP Shawn Sullivan will be acting principal in charge.

Government relations:
Bechtel Corporation, a demonstrated partner delivering construction services to the U.S. DOE, hosted U.S. Reps. Fleischmann and Foster at a Capitol Hill event that convened stakeholders in the modernization and security of nuclear installations across the country.

Clark Construction mobilized at Chicago's iconic Thompson Center, home to much of Illinois state government, and will retrofit it to make room for new tenant, Google. ABC7 Chicago covered the kickoff featuring reps from the tech giant as well as Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Johnson.

Kokosing was at the Soo Locks in Michigan's UP to greet the First Lady and Second Gentlemen during a May visit. See The Sault News. The contractor is in a JV, building a new USACE lock.

Veit hosted Minnesota legislators Sen. Hoffman and Rep. Kraft at various functions this year. The two sponsored a bill, which passed with bipartisan support, that dramatically improves ground construction in the state. Advocate John Hass, a director at Veit, says the measure requires GPS on excavations, which enables more accuracy in contracts and better project planning. He anticipates future federal action will follow. Gov. Walz signed the law in May.

Koppers external relations director Kevin Washington was part of a small delegation that visited The Hill to advocate rail construction issues before various legislators. Among his other visits were with U.S. Sen. Hyde-Smith and U.S. Reps. Cole, Lesko and Graves.

Nucor hosted U.S. Sen. Schumer, majority leader, at its Auburn, NY, steel mill. Elsewhere, Gov. McMaster headlined a groundbreaking for a new mill in South Carolina

Giving back:
Mason Construction held Mason Ranger Academy to provide crews supplemental education through classroom and hands-on learning from industry professionals. Armando Gomez, Jr., P.E., Patrick Kenney, P.E., and Tyler Henneke, P.E., from Tolunay-Wong Engineers served as trainers.

ORION staff raised more than $13K at a charitable bike ride in Texas to fight multiple sclerosis.

JD Fields & Co. was presenting sponsor at a Houston fundraiser supporting the fight against pediatric cancer; Erica Ferens co-chaired Better in Boots, a gala that brought 500 attendees and $1.1M.
Photo of Houston fundraiser, Better in Boots, supporting the fight against pediatric cancer.
Lodge Lumber held a blood drive that attracted 21 donors, who donated enough blood to potentially save and/or sustain 84 lives.

THI Pipe & Piling
supported May benefits for charities, including the Eddie Sutton Foundation.


ECS Limited
helps educators adopt/expand STEM practices in curricula through a partnership with Cognia, an NFP organization. They hope to grow the pool of aspiring engineers.


Eustis Engineering
contributed to St. Matthews school in New Orleans through participation in an annual crawfish cookoff. Chad Held and his fellow chef teammates won second place.

Recognitions:
Russell Marine LLC was awarded for safety and excellence by an international client.

Gerdau North America, Northwestern Mutual (represented at PDCA by Pat DiCerbo), were named winners of Rally Awards which recognize leading companies for staff recruitment.

S&ME provided geotechnical services and materials testing for the Great Falls-Dearborn Diversion Dam Bypasses, a South Carolina initiative that won a national award.

TRC Companies, Inc. demonstrates success with its diversified business model when you see how it fared in the annual listings of top performers from ENR
People on the Move
Transitions:
Larry Toner is welcomed at APC Construction in New Orleans as senior construction scheduler.

Jason Phillips is the new area manager of the central/western Carolinas for GeoStructures, Inc.

William Varn, who was previously an intern, onboards in a FT role at SJ Hamill Construction in Charleston, SC, following his graduation with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The Citadel.

Jim Skare hangs up his hard hat after a nearly 28-year career as an equipment operator at Veit.

Dale Bradtmueller earns promotion to production supt. at HMC in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Horacio Rubio joins JD Fields & Co. in human resources at the HDM Spiralweld Mill in Houston.

Jesse Edwards onboards at John Lawrie Tubulars USA in Houston as new operations manager.

Marco Lessard becomes CEO of Stealth Pipe and Steel. The Quebec supplier cites "strategic vision," "international relationships" among the top qualities of the 30-year foundations veteran.

Chris Calhoun, P.E. is the new Houston office geotech manager at ECS Limited, Andrew Ptak, P.E. takes the same role in Chicago, and new graduate Gracie Floyd joins the Greenville, SC, office.

Mindy Sayres elevates to district office manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental in Fairfield, NY.

Catherine Ellis, MBA, P.E., G.E., is the new Shannon & Wilson VP in its California Bay Area office. She brings nearly 30 years' experience in geotechnical engineering.


Thomas Smoak elevates to sr. associate/Charleston, SC, office manager at Terracon.

Recognitions:
Lane Grigsby, Cajun Industries founder, earns first-ever Medalion for Advocacy from AGC.

Henry Massman, CEO of Massman Construction, retains a seat on the executive committee for the Construction Industry Roundtable as immediate past chairman.

Scott Canada, EVP of renewable energy at McCarthy "leads by example" and rides his bike to work. According to the picture, it looks like a long, hot ride!

Ty Disberry reaches 40 years at Bull Moose Tube, prompting celebration at the Missouri office.

Jeff Harmston from ECA celebrates a second place finish in the Pro Am Shag Amateur Division, part of a national dance championship in Atlanta, where his team competed in various categories.

Arturo Rodriguez hits the 45-year mark at Lodge Lumber, where he provides steadfast service. We told you above how the supplier hosted a blood drive, but Arturo and a handful of other Lodge employees celebrating anniversaries were identified as "bleeding green."

David Key, P.E., of ESP Associates, was lauded for 14 years of board service at the N.C. Association of Floodplain Managers.

Ernie Nillen in New Orleans reaches 40 years of employment with Southern Earth Sciences, Inc.

Sharon Krock elevates to presidency at Society of American Military Engineers. The Philadelphia branch leader at Schnabel Engineering takes the helm following 11 years of involvement.

Matthew Kiker, P.E., Jason Seaman, P.E., with Thomas & Hutton provided support to UNC-Charlotte students who contributed geotechnical assistance on a roadway design project. Also, Ceclia Arango, CPSM, earned a spot on the 100 Most Influential Women in Georgia list.

Second Lt. Grant Bisbee commissioned in the U.S.M.C. in May, days after his graduation from University of Florida. He is this proud author's son, and his achievements spawned #FlatMatt

Sending sympathies:
Dan Stack, the incoming safety manager for the Pittsburgh office at Richard Goettle, Inc., unexpectedly passed away at age 51. He leaves behind a wife, three children and three dogs.

Irene Mason, a matriarch at Mason Construction in Beaumont, TX, passed away at age 95. Remembered as Grand I, she has a legacy as the backbone of the company. Read a sweet eulogy to the late Ms. Mason by one of many proteges who carry on her commitment to excellence. 
On the Job
Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman Inc. has a crew at a southeastern Connecticut marine piling project installing 76-foot long steel sheets using an ICE vibro.
 
Boh Bros. Construction Co. crews install driven piles for a replacement bridge on U.S.-190 in Covington, LA, part of a LA-DOTD highway widening project that is expected to complete in 2025.
 
East Coast Marine Construction & Design installs sheet and vinyl piling to fortify four oceanfront properties near Daytona Beach, FL. Crews used an ICE vibro to drive steel from JD Fields & Co..
 
Kokosing, through a JV with The Walsh Group, begins work on a companion bridge to supplement Cincinnati's Brent Spence span (I-71/75) connecting Ohio and Kentucky. The Deputy PM explains.
 
Legacy Contracting of Stayton, OR, will install a new, FEMA-funded pedestrian bridge in Umatilla. Considered a key piece of city infrastructure, officials say it will reopen at year's end.
 
Morris-Shea Bridge Co. reports a construction milestone from Corpus Christi, TX, where work continues on the Cheniere Energy Liquifaction project that has involved critical coordination with Bechtel.
 
O'Quinn Marine Construction used FRP products to build the Whitehall Boat Landing near Beaufort, SC; the supplier is out with a new promotional video showing the "jewel of the Sea Islands."
 
ORION was successful in designing and implementing a steel pipe pile-supported system for the Golden Pass LNG Flood Gate in Sabine, TX. Steel sheets will form a protective curtain on the installation. Elsewhere, the company won a contract for a bulkhead replacement at Port Everglades near Miami.
 
Palmetto Pile Driving reports on the successful installation of 2,478 PSC piles for a South Carolina power plant, accident free. Contributing professionals for the job included John King of Pile Drivers Inc., Tim Dutton of Junttan USA, Daren Franks of Lodge Lumber, and Greg Canivan, P.E., of S&ME, Inc.
 
R.E. Pierson Construction employs the top down construction method for the North Millsboro Bypass, a new connector coming to Delaware in 2025. Pile driving and cofferdam construction are in progress.

Russell Marine LLC is installing a toe wall for the Wando Welch Terminal at the port in Charleston, SC. This project enables significantly greater volume potential for the facility. Crews are using ICE machinery to install 47 feet sheet piles from Nucor Skyline, 50 feet underwater.
 
The Walsh Group is half of the JV building the I-90/I-95 interchange over the Charles River west of Boston; an ICE hammer drives the H-pile.
 
COWI wins a five-year, continuing services contract with FDOT for consultation on active bridges. North American leadership is proud to "contribute to the safety and longevity of Florida's bridge infrastructure."
 
Gerhart Cole Inc. is among the consultants contributing to the replacement of the historic Portal North Bridge that connects upwards of 200K daily rail passengers between New Jersey and New York.
 
Schnabel Engineering is among many PDCA members on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project. A promo video shows a Liebherr heavy lift crane poised to facilitate the first monopile installation.
Notes from the Field
Callin' Baton Rouge What better way to attract interns than to give them an up-close-and-personal look at Death Valley? (Clemson folk, read: "the other death valley") Cajun Industries hosted prospective interns for a private tour of LSU's famed-football stadium along with a raffle for two lucky winners to win helmets signed by A-list D-1 Coach Brian Kelly. The event brought 60 interested students.
 
Classic high school prank grows up in the pics, it looks like masked bandits occupied and ransacked the Manson Construction Jacksonville, FL, offices. But it was just a creative Safety Week exercise promoting PPE where Hannah Huezo and James Fowler developed a game using toilet paper, among other things.
 
Was Taylor Swift there? Perhaps she's a fair weather fan of KC sports since she wasn't seen at the Royals baseball game in May, when Kahn Steel Co. attended for their company outing at the ballpark
 
Move over Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica now there's Beers Bees Brad's Side Hustles. PDCA board member Brad Roberts, who leads the Contractor Services office at GZA GeoEnvironmental, enthusiastically joined his team to launch a beekeeping and hive management initiative in observance of Earth Day. The initiative seeks to grow declining bee populations that are critical to sustainability in food production and more. We remind you that during the holidays, Brad makes GZA beer.
Photo of people gathered around a beehive for a beekeeping and hive management initiative.
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The Band Is Getting Back Together: CFI 2025 Heading to Mississippi!


In 2022, PDCA introduced the Contractors Foundation Institute: The Driven Pile Academy (CFI), an initiative led by the PDCA Associate Member Council. The event took place in Duson, LA, and for three days, attendees participated in an industry learning program unlike anything they had ever done. It consisted of one day of classroom education followed by two days in the field where they were afforded hands-on access to piling equipment and materials. After hours, there was time for relaxation and fun, such as the authentic crawfish boil host contractor Patriot Construction and Industrial offered.

Attendees enthusiastically compliment the program, and those missed out the first time have encouraged PDCA to do it again. The program is established as one that will repeat every three years, though the location, equipment, and materials will be different each time. But as we inch closer to 2025, PDCA is excited to tell you that the next offering of CFI is coming to Port Bienville, MS, November 10-14, 2025. Mark your calendars and watch for forthcoming announcements.

Chapter Growth at PDCA Northeast, the 'Driver' Behind Annual TopGolf Event


The PDCA Northeast Chapter has successfully engaged the pile driving industry throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and surrounding states through the variety of events it hosts each year. A popular event that attracts members, but also focuses on organizational growth, is the annual TopGolf Meet & Greet and New Member Outreach gathering in Edison, New Jersey.

Members brought their industry peers identified as potential PDCA Northeast Chapter members, to the regional TopGolf location on May 15th, where they experienced many of the attributes offered through PDCA. In addition to competing from the TopGolf tee boxes, attendees enjoyed networking and refreshments.

The Chapter leadership team thanks all event sponsors, attendees, and friends considering membership, for participating in the annual TopGolf event. PDCA recognizes Megan & Jaxson Sadler for providing a few photos from the rainy evening, despite the wet conditions. However, members stayed dry under cover as they showed off their driving abilities.

The Chapter reconnects on August 9th in Coplay, PA for the annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser

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Past Pres. Roasted, Insurers Talk Heavy Civil Issues at SC Chapter Dinner


(L-R) Chapter VP Jordan Houston, Bill Thomas, Brian Land, Candi Stegall, Pres. Kent Parker, Kali Shaefer

During the first three months of 2024, the PDCA South Carolina Chapter delivered members a full slate of events that provideded a variety of opportunities for member engagement; among them were educational enrichment through the Driven Pile Technical Seminar, fellowship and trivia during an impromptu happy hour, and extension of a longstanding Chapter tradition with the annual Oyster Roast. On Thursday, May 16, 2024, the Chapter convened for its first formal dinner meeting of the year, and the first chance for president Kent Parker to conduct official Chapter business. 
After the networking happy hour that precedes every Chapter dinner, Parker called the meeting to order and delivered opening remarks. The new president began: "Wow! I want to thank John King for his dedicated service as past president, but I have to tell you - I feel like Ronald Reagan taking over for Jimmy Carter** up here. The bar was set, but not too high..." The good-natured remark drew laughter from King, and those in the crowd who understood that it was a well-intended, ice-breaking quip to highlight King's propensity for discussing politics.
(L-R) Pres. Carter*, John King
*PDCA credits the Atlanta Braves organization which posted the photo of Pres. Carter on X

**(Parker's invocation of two former, American presidents references politically motivated recollections of their two very different, but no less distinguished, public service careers. PDCA does not endorse political ideologies, but in this case, recognizes the words as nothing more than harmless, playful rhetoric, rooted in 40-year-old political party-line narratives. May former President Reagan rest in peace, and may former President Carter receive the best care available in his fragile state. Both highly-accomplished men led remarkable American lives.)

Following the short, general business meeting that recapped the various events to date in 2024, Parker recognized two Chapter Board members who won 2023 PDCA Association Awards, recently announced during a special awards ceremony in Dallas, TX. Jason Moore, a former Chapter and PDCA president, and presently the Chairman of the PDCA Communications Committee, was presented the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service. Also, Greg Canivan, a past Chapter president and current PDCA Board of Directors member, received the John T. Parker Industry Ambassador Award, a special honor that singles out a South Carolina Chapter member for demonstrating a commitment to advocating the driven pile on both local and global platforms.


(L-R) Jason Moore, Greg Canivan awarded during special ceremony

Parker introduced the informational program while attendees enjoyed a buffet-style dinner. Adam Jarrett and Kali Shaefer are insurance professionals with Assured Partners, who specialize in management of a heavy construction clientele. Jarrett delivered a presentation entitled 'The State of the Insurance Market,' which discussed the conditions, sometimes negative, that commercial customers are facing, but also pinpointed signs for optimism in some of the industry forecasting. At the same time, he articulated the mounting challenges that carriers face due to ongoing changes in the regulatory environment. His presentation prompted a series of questions at the conclusion of the program.

Before the meeting ended, Parker held a raffle for attendees through a random drawing of business cards. Chapter member Taylor Kelso  was the lucky winner of a $75 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. The next meeting of the PDCA South Carolina Chapter is scheduled for August 8th at the Town and Country Inn & Suites in Charleston, SC.

See who was SPOTTED at the 2024 second quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Chapter:

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Esteemed PDCA Lecture at 2024 IFCEE Awarded to Dr. Dick Hartman


PDCA Pres. Brian Heck (r) presents Dr. Dick Hartman (l) the 2024 E.A.L. Smith Award
 

The E.A.L. Smith Award is an honor that PDCA presents to a pile driving professional who has demonstrated creative, original work that has helped the industry contribute an economical, sustainable, effective, and environmentally conscious foundation solution. A winner is selected by PDCA leadership every three years, and that individual is asked to present the esteemed E.A.L. Smith Award Lecture each time the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) convenes. In 2024, Dr. Dick Hartman of Hartman Engineering earned this distinction.

A little more about this year's honoree; Dick Hartman earned his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a PhD in engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. In the 1960's he worked for various pile driving contractor companies and provided consultation on installation methods. He would later found his Clarence, NY-based firm, Hartman Engineering. Since he began his career, he has become a licensed professional engineer in 39 states.

During his May 9, 2024 award presentation at IFCEE in Dallas, TX, Dr. Hartman delivered the talk entitled, "Some Insights Related to Sheet Piling Structures." He discussed how sheet piling is used in many different types of structures, some of which have experienced failure, which can result in unintended hazards and expense. Dr. Hartman delved into the importance of understanding all factors that can impact the integrity of a sheet piling structure and analyzed four different instances of structural failures. And in the spirit of Mr. E.A.L. Smith and his desire for practicality and simplicity, Dr. Hartman presented on a new and straightforward method for designing circular cofferdams, structures that have historically been known to harbor the capacity for the most dangerous failures.


PDCA congratulates Dr. Dick Hartman on his impactful and illustrious career in civil engineering. Thanks to all IFCEE attendees who listened to Dr. Hartman's enlightening presentation.

Time is Running Out: West Coast Students Apply for Chapter Scholarship by 7/1


Past Winners of the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship

A longstanding tradition at the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter is the annual scholarship program which encourages high school seniors and college students to consider careers related to the pile driving industry; construction management, engineering, business, among them. The program contributes to regional workforce development, broadens relations between the pile driving industry and the public, and provides deserving students some financial relief as they pursue higher education.

This program is limited to students in the western United States. If you are the parent of a young adult or have connection with one who qualifies for this scholarship, you are invited to share this opportunity with them. Applicants must complete and return the application form, which contains guidance on all program procedures and deliverables, by July 1, 2024. To access the application form, please click the button below:


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