ISSUE 3 2018

64 Time is MoneySavings from testing the driven pile foundation of a high-rise building
74 Promoting Workplace SafetyLouisiana's GROUP Deep Foundations is using a short service worker program to help protect its employees from construction hazards
PDCA Project of the Year Awards
32 The 2018 Awards Program

35 Contractor entry guidelines

36 Associate/Engineering Affiliate entry guidelines

Project Spotlight
86 Driving Extra Long Steel Sheet PilesChesterfield Associates replaces steel sheet piles at a New York pier
Member Profiles
79 Ingenieria Proyectos y Construcciones IPC SA de CV
81 Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.

93 Concrete Bridge TechnologyProduction of prestressed concrete piles using stainless steel strand

99 Managing Risk When Buying SteelStrategies to consider

101 Which Wood?The proper specification of timber piles

PDCA Committees
105 PDCA Contracts and Risk Committee: Risky BusinessWho owns the risk even after it is seemingly transferred? 
PDCA Trailblazers
107 Butch CaseyGulf South Piling and Construction Inc.
111 Sonny DuPreThree Rivers Outreach/Cape Romain Contractors

PDCA Young Guns
113 Diane FischerGRL Engineers, Inc./Pile Dynamics, Inc.
115 Susheel KolwalkarTerracon
6 President's Message
11 Executive Director's Message
15 Calendar of Events
17 2018-19 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
 New Director Profiles
25 PDCA Membership Benefits
27 Article Submission Guidelines

31 New PDCA Members
37 Did You Know?
39 PDCA News
45 PDCA Chapters
49 PDCA Upcoming Event
 DICEP 2018 Full Conference Brochure
63 PDCA Portable Education Courses

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Moving Forward!

I hope you find this edition of PileDriver effectively conveys with real-world examples of how we are moving the association and industry forward the goals and objectives of our organization that we set at the beginning of the year.
The featured articles on timber, steel and concrete pile testing, and Van Komurka's discussion of how an effective pile testing program can result in overall project savings, help advance our goal of spreading the news about the benefits of driven piles as a viable and economical deep foundation solution. Our project and member spotlight articles showcase how our members are making meaningful impacts in their areas and striving for continuous improvement every day.
Please review the information about our upcoming Design and Installation of Cost Effective Piles (DICEP) conference, which will be held in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 19 and 20, 2018. Your attendance and participation in the lectures, presentations, display booths and networking events will help spread the benefits of driven piles as a viable and economical deep foundation solution and support of excavation system, and drive new membership. I've always found this to be a great event to get to know more members and openly share ideas and experiences that can help solve the problems we all see on our jobs every day. It's through the camaraderie and free exchange of ideas and experiences that we find common ground to advance our cause and interests and be better tomorrow than we were today. Please consider attending and refer to our website,, for additional registration information.
The Membership Committee has been busy supporting chapter reorganization events in Florida, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic regions to revitalize our local presence. The participation and interest at these events so far has been amazing and energizing. Please keep your eye out for the next event in your area and bring along someone new to share the value you find in these PDCA experiences.
Scott Callaway, our vice president, Steve Hall, our executive director, and I will be attending the Geo-Coalition meeting in June 2018 with the International Association of Foundation Drilling, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Deep Foundations Institute, Geoprofessional Business Association, the Geo-Institute of ASCE and the United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research. By partnering with other like-minded industry associations, we can actively promote the need for infrastructure investment and other common goals. Joining with other industry organizations at events like this helps to raise the awareness of these issues and enhance PDCA's impact in the design and construction industry. I'll be able to share our new joint initiatives with you in our next issue of PileDriver. 
Our momentum and influence as an organization is growing and it doesn't happen without dedicated members like you. We are off to a great start and we are moving forward in 2018. Thank you for your continued support and participation, and I hope to see you at DICEP in Baltimore in September. t

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Taking Safety

So often, I receive OSHA notices of violations and news articles that speak directly to the issues of workplace safety. Unfortunately, these reports or articles often include personal injury or death, as well as the destruction of expensive equipment and private or public property.
Workplace safety is something that all of us should take very seriously. PDCA believes it is incumbent upon us, as an industry association, to continually remind our membership and PileDriver magazine readers of the importance in providing a safe workplace for our employees, whether we're working outside where we typically find our pile drivers or in an office environment.
A workplace death or serious injury has a devastating impact on the lives of so many, including family, coworkers, friends and community. One cannot measure the grief experienced by the loss of a loved one. No one ever wants that knock on the door to tell you that your husband, wife, child or friend will never return home again or is in the hospital with a serious or potentially fatal injury.
It is the responsibility of the employer to take whatever measures are practical to ensure that each and every one of us who arrive for work can be confident that every precaution is being taken to safeguard us from job hazards, so we can return home from work in the same good health as we arrived.
Implementation and adherence to a safety program starts at the top. Management must create the culture within their company that supports a safe workplace. Management cannot just create the safe work program without providing measureable keys to evaluate the program's success; senior leaders must also be active participants.
OSHA has a multitude of resources and helpful outlines that help employers establish and maintain workplace safety programs. To learn more, go to and search "employer responsibilities" as a start.
However, workplace safety is not just the responsibility of upper-level management or the project manager or superintendent. Employees have equal and similar responsibilities in not only adhering to workplace safety policies and procedures, but also identifying risks and hazards on the jobsite and immediately reporting them to the proper personnel for corrective action. Employees must not only learn to protect themselves by recognizing potential hazards, but also to protect fellow coworkers when they are seen working in an unsafe manner. Safety is everyone's responsibility.

Workplace hazard: Heat
As we begin to enter warmer weather and the summer months when temperatures rise into the high double and even triple figures, heat-related issues will become unavoidable. Everyone must be able to recognize heat-related issues and take immediate action, since personnel affected by heat can quickly spiral downward to the point of becoming critical. 
Four forms of heat-related issues that are the most common among personnel working outdoors in hot weather are: heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following information appears on OSHA's website in regards to heat-related hazards:
Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, is skin irritation caused by sweat that does not evaporate from the skin. Heat rash is the most common problem in hot work environments. The physical appearance of heat rash are clusters of red bumps on the skin, often appearing on the neck, upper chest and folds of skin. The first aid for heat rash is to move to a cooler, less humid place, keep the affected area dry, hydrate and rest.
Heat cramps are caused by the loss of body salts and fluids during sweating. Low salt levels in the muscles cause painful cramps. Tired muscles those used for performing work are usually the ones most affected by cramps. Keep in mind that heat cramps may occur during or after work periods. The physical appearance of heat cramps are muscle spasms, muscle pain that occurs typically in the abdomen, arms or legs. The first aid for heat cramps is rest in a shady area, hydrate, give cramps time to go away and seek medical attention if cramps do not go away.
Heat exhaustion is the body's response to loss of water and salt from heavy sweating. Individuals suffering from heat exhaustion will demonstrate the following symptoms: cool, moist skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, light-headedness, weakness, thirst, irritability and a fast heart rate. First aid for heat exhaustion is to have the worker sit or lie down in a shaded area, provide plenty of water or cool liquid, cool the worker with a cold compress or ice packs and seek medical attention for evaluation if symptoms do not improve within 60 minutes. Personnel affected by heat exhaustion should not return to work for the remainder of the day.
Heat stroke is by far the most serious heat-related issue. Heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating stops and the body can no longer rid itself of excessive heat. Signs of heat stroke include confusion, fainting, seizures, excessive sweating or red, dry, hot skin and a very high body temperature. Since heat stroke can be fatal, the first thing to do is call 911. While waiting for an EMT, seek a shady, cool area for the employee, loosen and remove outer clothing, fan air on the worker and use cold packs placed in the armpits, wet the worker with cool water, apply additional ice packs, cool compresses or ice if available. Provide plenty of water or other fluids as soon as possible, and stay with the worker until help arrives.
Again, heat-related illnesses, while significant and require immediate attention, are not the only hazards we encounter on the job. Always be aware of your surroundings. Pile drivers face a lot of hazards that are typical to our industry hammers, piles, lifting, swinging, terrain, etc. but you must also be aware of other potential hazards associated with your work, such as UV rays, lightning, stinging insects such as bees, venomous snakes and spiders, poisonous plants such as oak, ivy, sumac and mosquitos and ticks, to mention a few.

Safety resources
The PDCA Safety and Environmental Committee has produced several documents to help create a safe working environment. These documents include the new and updated Tool Box Safety Reviews and the Pile Driving Safety and Environmental Best Management Practices. Both are available through PDCA or on the PDCA website,
The committee is also working on a PDCA Lift Plan document and a Pre-Task Plan. These documents only require one more review by the committee before they will be ready for release.
Additionally, PDCA is working with our partner organizations to develop a "Consensus Deep Foundation Industry Position on Working Platforms for Foundation Construction and Related Equipment in the United States of America." The ultimate goal is to support effective adoption of working platform policies through a program of internal education and external communications with appropriate industry groups.
Please ensure your workers are protected to the great-est extent possible through a complete and comprehensive safety program. t

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Calendar of Events

PDCA of South Carolina Chapter Dinner Meeting Charleston, S.C.
Town & Country Inn, 2008 Savannah HighwayAugust 7, 2018
PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter Dinner Meeting Biloxi, Miss.
August 16, 2018
PDCA 19th Annual Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles Conference Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 19 20, 2018
(More information on page 49)
Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Course Cleveland, Ohio
GRL Engineers, Inc./Pile Dynamics, Inc. HeadquartersOct. 3 5, 2018

PDCA of Florida Chapter Contracts and Risk Seminar Jacksonville, Fla.
Oct. 18, 2018
PDCA of South Carolina Chapter Dinner Meeting Charleston, S.C.
Town & Country Inn, 2008 Savannah HighwayNov. 6, 2018
PDCA of Texas Chapter Contracts and Risk Seminar Houston, Texas
Nov. 8, 2018
PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter Dinner Meeting Baton Rouge, La.
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New PDCA Directors on the Board

Rich Anderson, Equipment Corporation of America
Rich Anderson started his position with Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) in 2010, and has been a part of the pile driving industry ever since. Prior to ECA, he worked in the commercial building supply industry and found the transition to deep foundations fairly seamless.
Anderson works extensively with second and third generation family-owned companies, and enjoys sharing in their pride and passion for the business.
"I knew I had to be a part of that passion when choosing my path," said Anderson. "The people are what make working in the industry so enjoyable."
According to him, it's the relationships that he's been able to form that keep him looking forward to coming to work each day. As well, day-to-day challenges are always different and present ample opportunities for innovative problem solving to help his clients in the best possible manner.

Joining PDCA
"PDCA is the industry leader for the pile driving industry when it comes to standards, policy, procedures and education," said Anderson. "By coming together as a team, we constantly prove that pile driving is the preferred method in the foundation industry."
Anderson says that ECA frequently takes advantage of the many educational seminars PDCA hosts throughout the year. He also mentions that as ECA has several branches throughout North America, employees across the U.S. are able to take part in different local PDCA chapters.
It was his involvement in the board of the PDCA of the Northeast Chapter that sparked Anderson's interest in serving on the PDCA national Board of Directors.
"I wanted to be part of a team that made changes in an industry that I care deeply about," he said. "I consider my role as a member of the PDCA Board of Directors to fulfill the tasks and duties to carry out our mission statement to the best of my abilities."

Rob Braden, Skyline Steel
Rob Braden joined Skyline Steel, the largest supplier of steel foundation products, in 1998 as an outside sales rep working out of the Virginia office, serving and supporting contractors in the Mid-Atlantic area. In 2015, Braden became part of the leadership of Skyline, joining the executive team as vice president of sales, responsible for piling sales in all of North America. Prior to joining Skyline, Braden worked for Shirley Contracting (a heavy/highway contractor in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area) for 10 years, as a project engineer and then project manager. 
During an almost 20-year career at Skyline, Braden has recognized the value of PDCA. 
"I have enjoyed witnessing over the years the involvement of many of my teammates at Skyline Steel, at the different local and national levels within PDCA," he said. "In the early 2000s, while a sales rep in Virginia, I was part of a group, directed by Steve Hall, to establish the PDCA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. That initial opportunity to be involved with PDCA sparked my desire to do more, ultimately leading to my opportunity to serve on the board, for which I am grateful."
The values and vision of PDCA align very well not only with Skyline Steel's, but also Braden's own. 
"PDCA offers a great platform to promote innovation and advancement, not only in the pile driving industry but also in the construction industry as a whole," said Braden. "While earning my civil engineering degree at Virginia Tech, I look back and [recognize] the lack of class time related to the use of piling solutions for foundation designs, so opportunities to promote education of piling into college curricula are important to me as well as Skyline." 
Additionally, being a part of the Steel Sheet Pile Committee is an exciting avenue for the sharing of best practices, new applications and the latest advancements in construction, including a higher level of awareness directed towards safety. 
Braden is very excited and thankful to be part of a group that values all of these important facets of the industry. 
"I have had the chance to interact and network with many board members and seeing the commitment of Steve, Debbie and Marian allows any board member to feel comfortable, involved and ready to contribute from the 'jump!'" t

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201819 PDCA Officers, Directors, Committee Chairs & Members

PDCA Officers
PresidentLarry Moore, GeoStructures, Inc.Purcellville,
Vice PresidentScott Callaway, Cajun Deep Foundations, LLCBaton Rouge,
TreasurerBill Marczewski, BSM EngineeringPortland,
SecretaryPollyanna Cunningham, ICE® International Construction Equipment, Inc.Matthews,
Immediate Past PresidentDave Chapman, Blakeslee, Arpaia, ChapmanBranford,
Executive DirectorSteve Hall, PDCAOrange Park,
PDCA Directors
Doug Keller, Richard Goettle, Inc.Cincinnati,
Erich Kremer, R. Kremer & Son Marine ContractorsBrick,
Scott Webster, GRL Engineers, Inc.Charlotte,
Jason Moore, Palmetto Pile Driving, Inc.Charleston,
Jay Boyd, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc.Wilmington,
Karl Higgins, ECS, LLCChantilly,
Rich Anderson, Equipment Corporation of AmericaAldan,
Rob Braden, Skyline Steel, LLCSpringfield,
Kevin Gourgues, Patriot Deep FoundationsBaton Rouge,
PDCA Chapter Representatives 
PDCA of Florida ChapterTim Dittmeier, Hammer &
PDCA of South Carolina ChapterJohn King, Pile Drivers,

PDCA of the Gulf Coast ChapterMichael Kelly, Gulf South Piling and
PDCA of the Northeast ChapterErich Kremer, R. Kremer & Son Marine
PDCA of the Pacific Coast ChapterDermot Fallon, Foundation Constructors,
PDCA of the Pacific Northwest ChapterBill Marczewski, BSM
For information about the PDCA of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the PDCA of Texas Chapter, contact the PDCA office at 904-215-4771.

Associate Member Council
Chair: Diane Fischer, Pile Dynamics, Inc.Phone:
Co-Chair: James Buttles, Corpac SteelPhone:
Members: Chris Ragan (Atlas Tube), David Maedgen (Gerdau), Errynne Bell (Skyline Steel), Fernao de Oliveira Cesar (Gerdau), J.W. Lodge (Lodge Lumber), Karl Higgins (ECS, LLC), Marilyn Poindexter (Atlas Tube), Phil Wright (L.B. Foster), Pollyanna Cunningham (ICE®), Rob Likins (Equipment Corporation of America), Stephanie Conklin (R.W. Conklin Steel), Steve Whitty (Specialty Piling Systems), Takefumi Takuma (Giken America), T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Chapters Committee
Chair: Vacant
Members: Andrea Edwards (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products), Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering), Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors), Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors), Greg Canivan (S&ME), J.J. Waguespack (Mississippi River Equipment Co.), Jason Moore (Palmetto Pile Driving), John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.), Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations), Matt Scerbak (Associated Pile & Fitting), Michael Kelly (Gulf South Piling), Rich Anderson (Equipment Corporation of America), Sarah Honeyman (Piling Products), Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel), Tim Fogarty (George Harms Construction Co.), Tom Connor (Consolidated Pipe)
Communications Committee
Chair: Pollyanna Cunningham, ICE®Phone: 888-423-8721 ext.

Members: Allen Johnson (ICE®), Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors), Eric Hendriksen (DDF), Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors), Garland Likins (Pile Dynamics, Inc.), Jill Harris (Lester Publications, LLC), John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.), Karl Higgins (ECS, LLC), Mike Kelly (Gulf South Piling and Construction), Thomas Lane (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products), Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)
Contracts and Risk Committee
Chair: Alex Filotti, SkanskaPhone:
Co-Chair: Rick Kalson, Benesch LawPhone:
Members: Mike Byrne, Ryan Maloney (Foley & Lardner LLP), Sayed M. Sayed, Mark Rice
Education Committee
Chair: Gerry McShane, Service Steel WarehousePhone:
Members: Alex Filotti (Skanska), Alex Ryberg (GRL Engineers, Inc.), Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering), Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman), Eric Hendriksen (DDF), Garland Likins (Pile Dynamics, Inc.), Gerald Verbeek (VMS/Allnamics-USA), Jim Campbell (PND Engineers, Inc.), Mike Gregory (The Hose Company), Mike Justason (McMaster University), Mohamad Hussein (GRL Engineers, Inc.), Pat Hannigan (Pile Dynamics, Inc.), Richard Morales (L.B. Foster), T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Staff Liaison:Debbie Schmidt, PDCAPhone:
Market Development Committee
Chair: Doug Keller, Richard Goettle Inc.Phone:
Members: Brian Rogers (Consolidated Pipe & Supply), John Holman (Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.), Mike Elliot (Equipment Corporation of America), Phil Wright (L.B. Foster), Steve Macon (Massman Construction Co.), T.C. "Tom" Heller (Liebherr USA)
Membership Committee
Chair: Karl Higgins, ECS, LLCPhone:
Members: Bill Marczewski (BSM Engineering), Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman), Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors), Doug Keller (Richard Goettle, Inc.), Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors), Jay Boyd (Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.), John King (Pile Drivers, Inc.), Kay Shealy (Pile Drivers, Inc.), Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations), Larry Moore (GeoStructures, Inc.), Mike Kelly (Gulf South Piling and Construction), Michael Runey (Koppers Utility & Industrial Products), Phil Conklin (R.W. Conklin Steel), Pollyanna Cunningham (ICE®), Rich Anderson (Equipment Corporation of America), Scott Callaway (Cajun Deep Foundations), Scott Webster (GRL Engineers), Steve Whitty (Specialty Piling Systems), Tim Dittmeier (Hammer & Steel)
Safety and Environmental Committee
Chair: Jay Boyd, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.Phone:
Co-Chair: Scott Callaway, Cajun Deep FoundationsPhone:
Members: Buck Darling (Herbert F. Darling), Chas Raysik (ICE®), Dave Coleman (Foundation Constructors), Dave Harrison (Terra-Mechanics, Inc.), Dermot Fallon (Foundation Constructors), Eric Hendriksen (DDF), Erich Kremer (R. Kremer & Son Marine Constractors), James Deemer (American Piledriving Equipment), Joe Klaas, Keith Alfonsi (Braun Intertec), Kevin Gourgues (Patriot Deep Foundations), Kevin Shannon (Linde-Griffith Construction Company), Mark Miller (Terresolve), Michael Gregory (Hydraulic Hose), Michael Morgano (GRL Engineers), Peter Jensen (American Pile and Foundation), Rich Marshall (ADSC), Stephen Heilker (Cape Romain Contractors), Warren Waite (Berminghammer)
Steel Sheet Pile Committee
Chair: Gerry McShane, Service Steel WarehousePhone:
Members: Alex Filotti (Skanska), Bruce Colson (ESC Group), David Maedgen (Gerdau), Phil Wright (L.B. Foster), Takefumi Takuma (Giken America), Joseph Teeter (Axiom Foundations), David Borger (Skyline Steel), Greg Goad (L.B. Foster), Scott Meaney (Gerdau), Richard Morales (L.B. Foster), Muhammad Baksh (M.G. McLaren), Vahid Zajani (M.G. McLaren), Kevin Kane (ICE®), Ryne Allen (Piling Products), Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman), Lane Koslow (Piling Products)
Technical Committee
Chair: Dale Biggers, Boh Bros. Construction Company, LLCPhone:
Members: Anna Sellountou (Pile Dynamics, Inc.), Billy Camp (S&ME), Casey Jones (Foundation Testing & Consulting), Dave Chapman (Blakeslee, Arpaia, Chapman), Don Roberston (Applied Foundation Testing), Eric Hendriksen (DDF), Garland Likins (GRL Engineers, Inc.), Gerald Verbeek (VMS/Allnamics-USA), John Holman (Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc,), Karl Higgins (ECS, LLC), Michael Wysockey (Thatcher Foundations, Inc.), Mike Justason (McMaster University), Randy Dietel (Piling, Inc.), Takefumi Takuma (Giken America), Van Komurka (GRL Engineers, Inc.) t

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Membership benefits of PDCA and its local chapters

The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) is the only association globally that exclusively represents the driven pile industry.
PDCA offers the strength and experience of its more than two decades as an association representing the driven pile industry and provides a forum for members to promote driven piles in all cases where they are effective.
PDCA members include contractors, equipment and materials manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, academicians and end-users that take a dedicated and proactive approach to advancing the benefits of the driven pile, such as environmental benefits, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and rapid productivity.
PDCA membership gives contractors a larger voice in influencing and establishing procedures and standards for the installation of driven piles.
PDCA members meet and work directly with all public agencies to ensure our industry is equally represented in all deep foundations and earth retention design and construction specifications.
PDCA members share up-to-date and relevant industry information in the areas of equipment, technology, safety, business and more, so contractors can stay on the cutting edge of efficiency and productivity designed to increase their financial bottom line.
PDCA members work with other non-competitive groups on issues of mutual concern to the deep foundation industry.

The best way to gain value from your PDCA and chapter membership is simply to get involved. Ask any PDCA member how!

PDCA chapters and locations
PDCA chapters conduct regular meetings to provide members a local forum to be able to network, while also featuring industry keynote speakers from the driven pile and deep foundations industry. Regionally, the chapters host and conduct technical seminars and conferences to educate contractors, engineers and others associated with the pile driving industry.
All PDCA members are encouraged to join a chapter. Find out more information about a chapter near you at

PDCA of the Northeast Chapter
Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

PDCA of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C.

PDCA of South Carolina Chapter
North Carolina and South Carolina

PDCA of Florida Chapter

PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

PDCA of Texas Chapter

PDCA of the Pacific Coast Chapter
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming

PDCA of the Pacific Northwest Chapter
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia 

PDCA committees
PDCA encourages all members to participate on a committee of their choice.
Committee participation is voluntary; however, it is a great way to add value to your membership for those who choose to be actively involved. Joining and participating on a PDCA committee aligns you with like-minded industry individuals seeking to achieve common goals. Your industry and personal career will benefit.
Contact the PDCA office to find out more about how to join a committee. All interested PDCA members are invited to attend committee conference calls at any time to see if that committee is right for you.
PDCA committees include:
Associate Member Council
Contracts and Risk
Market Development
Safety and Environment
Steel Sheet Pile

PDCA members, especially those who serve on the PDCA Education Committee, have developed many educational programs aimed at ensuring the long-term sustainability and safety of the driven pile industry.
PDCA's current education programming includes:
PDCA Annual International Conference & Expo
Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles Conference (DICEP)
Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis Workshop
Pile Load Test Options Course
Pile Driving Inspectors Course
Pile Driving Professionals Development Course
Steel Bearing Piles & Sheet Walls in Infrastructure
Engineers' Driven Pile Institute (EDPI)
Professors' Driven Pile Institute (PDPI)
International Foundations Congress & Equipment Expo (IFCEE)
Portable training programs about piling equipment, testing and more

PileDriver is published six times annually and features PDCA member companies and project stories; industry articles related to technical, legal and safety issues; and other relevant topics dedicated to the pile driving industry. is PDCA's official website, containing a broad base of information about PDCA, its members, industry resources and other industry news.
The PDCA e-Letter is emailed monthly to PDCA's subscriber list to provide up-to-date information on PDCA's activities, events, seminars, workshops and member news.
The PDCA Membership Directory is an annual directory that includes contact information for all categories of PDCA members in good standing for the year.
The PDCA Wall Calendar is published annually in October and distributed with Issue 5 of PileDriver. The calendar includes important PDCA dates to keep on your schedule for the following year. t

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Submission Guidelines for PDCA's PileDriver Magazine

Have you ever considered writing an article for PileDriver magazine? It's easier to do than you may think. Read the below instructions for writing and submitting an article to PileDriver. Sound like too much work? Contact PDCA to have a professional writer do the work on your behalf; there's no cost for PDCA members.

Writing an article
To ensure we make the best use of your time, we have provided the following submission guidelines to assist you in this process. Should you have any questions while writing your submission or about these guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Hall, executive director, at 904-215-4771 or

Content guidelines
Articles should: 
Be written in the third person (i.e. "The company has..." instead of "My company has...")
Include quotes from appropriate sources where applicable and/or possible
Include a minimum of three to five high-resolution photos with appropriate photo captions and credits that have permission to be printed in the magazine. Please note that providing photos with your article constitutes that you are the copyright holder for the images and your permission for publishing.
Include a byline, comprised of the writer's name, position and company
Be submitted in MS Word format (not in PDF format)

Article types and overviews

Member Profile (Contractor, Associate, Engineering Affiliate)
700 to 1,200 words
These articles are designed to highlight your company. The article should contain such information as:
Years in business
Work performed (specific to the pile driving industry)
Corporate structure (leadership/owner(s))
Geographical distribution of work
Special aspects of the company and staff
Industry or civic awards
Special projects
Involvement in PDCA; how the company benefits from being a member

The article may also include the company's story including how and when the company was founded, how the business grew as well as who and what has contributed to the company's success.

Project Spotlight
700 to 1,800 words 
These articles discuss the driven pile aspects of a construction project. The emphasis should be on the foundation and pile driving, such as the type of pile(s), hammer used, crane used, lead type (swinging, fixed), test pile program and production pile numbers (amount of piles driven for the actual foundation). Additional relevant information such as any value engineering, static or dynamic testing and challenges and problem-solving brought on by design, environment, geology/soil, noise or vibration abatement, etc. is also encouraged. Please mention, where possible, the names of other PDCA member companies that contributed to the project (equipment and material suppliers, for example).

Feature Article
700 to 1,200 words
These are special industry articles that may not necessarily fit into the prescribed sections typically found within the content of PileDriver. They can cover any number of broad issues, including critical news or events that impact the driven pile industry, business advice or updates or general industry articles.

Technical Article
700 to 1,200 words
Any article of a technical nature, such as new techniques, equipment, testing, design, materials, etc. Please note that due to the advanced nature of technical articles, professional writing assistance may not be possible; however, editing services are always available to polish up your piece.

Industry Trailblazer
600 to 1,000 words
Trailblazer articles are meant to highlight a significant contributor to the driven pile industry and PDCA in general. These articles should include how the person got started in the industry, their education, companies for which they've worked, what the industry means to them, what changes they have witnessed in the industry throughout their career, their level of involvement with PDCA over the years and/or how PDCA has impacted their career. The individual must work for a PDCA member company in good standing. Note: if self-written, Trailblazer articles are accepted in first-person format, and a minimum of one photo is required.

Young Gun
600 to 1,000 words
Young Guns are individuals who are beginning their careers (less than seven years) in the pile driving industry and are making an impact at their company and/or with PDCA. These articles should include how they decided to enter the industry, their education, their role at their company and their future goals for themselves and/or their company. The individual must work for a PDCA member company in good standing. Note: if self-written, Young Gun articles are accepted in first-person format, and a minimum of one photo is required.

Photo guidelines
In most cases, photos are required to accompany an article. Please include a separate Word document or email that includes photo captions for each supplied photo as well as the appropriate photo credit for all photos. Submitting a photo means you are responsible for the permissions of reprinting that photo; PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC will not be held liable for any photos submitted without permission to print.
Images should be high-resolution (300 DPI), .tiff or .jpeg format; not compressed, at 100 percent size. As a general rule of thumb, the minimum file size should be 1 MB.
You can email photos to or 
You can use a file transfer service such as Hightail or DropBox to email many photos or large file sizes.
Alternate method if there are several photos or large files: 
Go to and click on Contact Us, then click the link under File Upload. Fill out the simple form and proceed to Step 2 where you can easily upload your files to the server. In Step 2, click on Browse to locate the file on your computer, then press Select. You will see a progress bar showing your upload. Once the upload is complete, you can close the browser window and the design team at Lester will automatically be notified of the files.

Copyright notice
Please note that by submitting an article to PileDriver magazine, unless otherwise arranged with PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC, you are agreeing to allow PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC six months of exclusivity in print and online formats, beginning with the date of publishing, as well as the right to store the article online indefinitely once that period is over. This means that once your article appears in PileDriver magazine, you may not send the same article to other publications until a minimum of six months have passed, unless otherwise arranged with PDCA and Lester Publications, LLC. This is to ensure the editorial integrity and exclusivity of PileDriver magazine.
If you have any questions about submitting an article to PileDriver magazine, or if you would like to request the assistance of a professional writer, contact Steve Hall at or 904-215-4771. t

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New PDCA Members

Abscope Environmental, Inc.Jerry Romagnoli7086 Commercial Drive, P.O. Box 487Canastota, NY 13032 USAPhone: 315-952-2303Fax:
Ciport & Tecnac, Cipte C. Ltda. Luis IllingworthLos Rios 825 Y HurtadoGuayaquil, Ecuador 090107Phone:
DDF Inc. (Desert Deep Foundations, LLC)Jody Perry1520 S. Industrial Rd.Salt Lake City, UT 84104 USAPhone: 
Gregory Pile Driving Kayla GregoryP.O. Box 344Stephinville, TX 76401 USAPhone: 254-965-7585Fax:
Patriot Deep Foundations Ben LeBlancP.O. Box 9959New Iberia, LA 70560 USAPhone: 337-364-4701benleblanc@leblancmarine.comKevin GourguesPhone: 337-364-4701keving@patriot-construction.comRichard LeBlancPhone: 337-364-4701raleblanc10@yahoo.comTeddy TwiggPhone:

Precast Piling Technology, Inc. Alec McGillivrayP.O. Box 16612Tampa, FL 33687 USAPhone: 813-984-7453Fax:
Scott Bridge Company Inc. Michael Terrell2641 Interstate Dr.Opelika, AL 36804 USAPhone: 334-749-5045Fax:
Tutor Perini Terrence Flynn1000 Main St.New Rochelle, NY 10801 USAPhone:

BSP International Foundations Limited Ray RansomeClaydon Business Park, Gt BlakenhamIpswich, Suffolk IP6 0JD UKPhone: +441473-830431Fax:
Clark Crane Company Calvin Clark21 E. Cedarshade Ln.Shelton, WA 98584 USAPhone:
Essve Tech, Inc. Jenny Bass13955 Hwy. 9N, Suite C Alpharetta, GA 30004 USAPhone: 770-740-0498Fax:
GeoQuip, Inc. Terry Lee1111 Cavalier Blvd.Chesapeake, VA 23323 USAPhone: 757-485-2500Fax: t

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Project of the Year Awards

The PDCA Project of the Year Awards are currently open and accepting submissions for consideration. If your firm completed an interesting driven pile project in 2017, PDCA encourages you to complete an entry and send to the PDCA office before the extended deadline, July 27, 2018.

Why enter?
The Project of the Year Awards program is one of PDCA's most prestigious initiatives. Open to any driven pile project completed by a PDCA member, the awards are dedicated to acknowledging the ingenuity, hard work and commitment that goes into each driven pile project, and recognizes excellence in construction projects completed by PDCA members.
Through the Project of the Year Awards program, PDCA recognizes those members who have integrated unique design considerations, problem solving, value engineering, cost savings, innovative applications of driven pile and benefit to the community or owner into their driven pile projects. An esteemed panel of judges is put together each year to grade all entries across multiple sets of criteria. 
Earning a coveted Project of the Year Award signifies that your company is a leader in the driven pile industry.
Winners will be announced and celebrated in Issue 5 2018 of PileDriver magazine, and will be presented with a physical award during the PDCA 2019 Annual International Conference & Expo.

How to enter
All PDCA members whether a contractor, associate or engineering affiliate are eligible to submit their projects for consideration in the awards program. 
Turn the page for entry instructions for contractors, and the following page contains information on how to enter for associate/engineering affiliate members. Find the correct entry form for your company on PDCA's website,
Contact PDCA's office with any questions or if you need guidance throughout your entry process. Phone 904-215-4771 or email PDCA's executive director, Steve Hall, at t

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