Throughout 2020, the Pile Driving Contractors Association is celebrating a quarter century providing one voice for the driven pile industry. In recognition of its 25 year anniversary, PDCA has unveiled a commerative logo marking the 1995 inception of the deep foundation construction trade association. As seen above, it is the traditional association logo with the likeness of a pile tip flanking the right side, the pile tip is silver to align with the anniversary symbol.
The commerative logo is on display in PileDriver magazines all year; watch for an upcoming issue observing the significant anniversary. Additionally, the PDCA website, social media and various other forms of electronic media are also displaying the logo. PDCA members are invited to use this logo on any electronic or print marketing material on which they list their affiliations. It is available in various sizes and formats for a free download at this link. Thank you in advance for helping brand the driven pile industry and for your support of PDCA.
Charleston, SC: PDCA of South Carolina educational partner Dr. William J. Davis, Ph.D., P.E., Department Head & D. Graham Copeland Professor of Civil Engineering at The Citadel announces they the institution will be offering online graduate courses that can be taken pass/fail or audited this summer. Dr. Davis cites several reasons why a practicing engineer should consider these courses, including:
Practicing engineers who would like to learn about advanced GIS methods
Practicing engineers who would like to learn about new structural design codes
Practicing engineers who are seeking high-level professional development hours
Practicing engineers who are looking to expand their analytical skills and capabilities in the job market.
Practicing engineers who may be interested in pursuing a MSCE degree or certificate.
Here are the graduate course offerings:
Online Summer II ( June 29- August 13, 2020)
CIVL 506 81 Geographic Information Systems MW 1700 2000 Dr. Kweku Brown, PE pending
CIVL 608 81 Structural Loads and Systems TR 1700 2000 Dr. Timothy Mays, PE
CIVL 506 Course Description: Course focuses on data analysis and application methods for engineers, planners and related professions. Topics include spatial analysis, geostatistical analysis, 3-D modeling, and vector/raster modeling. Focus is on spatial data structures in GIS, geo-spatial data acquisition, geoprocessing, geostatistical methods; visualization, exploration of spatial data; network analysis, terrain mapping, spatial analysis, and modeling.
CIVL 608 Course Description: The course will provide a comprehensive overview of load determination procedures for building systems. Dead, Live, Flood, Rain, Snow, Wind, and Seismic load determination procedures will be presented in accordance with ASCE/SEI 7-16 and the 2018 International Building Code. Seismic design will include standard practice modeling and analysis procedures for buildings, diaphragms, structures similar to buildings, and foundation systems.
If you are interested in pursuing any of the these educational opportunities, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Davis or the staff at The Citadel Civil & Environmental Engineering, Construction Engineering Department. You can reach them by phone at 843-953-5083.
PDCA invites you to attend the webinar presentation titled, PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Guides Review to be held on May 19, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT.
Attendees will obtain a comphrensive introduction to the three technical guidebooks and have the opportunity to engage with two of the co-authors, Gerry McShane of Service Steel Warehouse and Dr. Dick Hartman of Hartman Engineering. Upon completion of the webinar program, you will reveive 1.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH), as well as direct download access to the publications. You can register for this program when you click here.
PDCA Committee Update: Associate Member Council
By Diane Fischer, Chairwoman
The April meeting of the PDCA Associate Member Council recapped 2019 initiatives, and discussed new initiatives for 2020. Chairwoman Diane Fischer (pictured, left) presided over the meeting where the participants reached a consensus to continue assisting the Association increase its membership. In addition to building new membership, the committee members also talked about encouraging other PDCA members to participate in the standing committees.
The committee discussion turned to PDCA's response to the ongoing health crisis stemming from the Coronavirus Disease. It examined the steps the organization has put forth to provide members support, information, and resources. One committee member went so far to say that "during these times, being a PDCA member is more valuable than ever." The Associate Member Council Committee meets quarterly; if you would like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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