See You at the Northeast Chapter TopGolf Meet and Greet

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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1013 U.S. Route 1
Edison, NJ 08817
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Bring your long game! The popular PDCA Northeast Chapter TopGolf Meet and Greet and New Member Outreach is coming up May 17, 2023, at TopGolf, Edison, New Jersey.  This event is open to PDCA Northeast Chapter members and non-members.  Plan now to join us for some good BBQ, a time to reconnect with your friends in the area, and of course a golf challenge.

Cost is $150 per person and you are encouraged to bring any customers, guests, or friends. Doing so, you are supporting driven pile foundation construction.

If you would like to be an Event Sponsor, you are welcome to do so with your $500 contribtuion.

Don't miss this opportunity to get together with your PDCA friends and help the Chapter share information to non-members about the advantages of membership in the organization.  Select the link below and register today.

you, Event Sponsor:


There are still sponsorships available that can be purchased during the registration. The PDCA Northeast Chapter sincerely appreciates the support from our sponsors.

Let us know if you need additional information, contact:
Matt Scerbak

We hope to see you at TopGolf on May 17th. Thank you for your continued support and participation in PDCA Northeast Chapter activities.

Posted in Chapter News.

PileDriver Magazine - Issue #2, 2023

In Issue 2 2023 of PileDriver, Brandon Bicknell, president of Russell Marine LLC, talks about how the company has tackled a range of challenging projects along the Gulf Coast since the company's inception in 2010.
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In this project spotlight about an apartment complex in Charleston, S.C., John King with Pile Drivers, Inc. shares some history with an important lesson: pile driving contractors need to fight for their market share. Read this story about persistence and value engineering.

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How to Hire: It's Similar to Dating
PDCA member Greg Belpomme with Heron Wolf walks us through the challenges of the modern hiring landscape here are some strategies to help you find your next employee.

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Differing Site Conditions
What you need to think about before signing a contract this is how to ensure you're protected

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Overhead Power Lines
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Don't Miss FREE Reception in Chicago in May!

The time is now to register for the Mid-America Meet-Up, a FREE reception and informational happy hour coming to Chicago on May 4, 2023. Contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and civil engineers in the driven pile industry will be gathering at Revolution Brewing from 5:30-7:30 PM CDT. Finger foods and drinks are provided thanks to our sponsors. PDCA members and non-members are invited and bring a colleague. To reserve your spot at this event, please click the button below:

Thanks to our sponsors for underwriting the Mid-America Meet-Up. If you would like to be a sponsor, please secure your level on the registration form.

Steel Sheet Pile Resource Page, Online and Optimized

(L-R) Ian Vaz, Co-Chair of Steel Sheet Pile Committee, Alwyn McDowall is a Committee Member

Visitors to the PDCA website have access to a variety of technical materials in The PDCA Technical Library. Thanks to the work of the PDCA Steel Sheet Pile Committee, there is ample content for parties interested in learning about technical aspects of steel sheet pile installation and foundations. Because the Committee has been diligent in contributing an abundance of resources related specifically to steel sheet piling over the years, it determined through the encouragement of the Board of Directors, that it was time to reorganize the content and enhance its navigability.  In April, the Committee announced that the new Steel Sheet Pile Resource Page under the Technical Library of the PDCA website is live and ready to go.  

Here is more information about the Steel Sheet Pile Committee, presently co-chaired by Gerry McShane (pictured) and Ian Vaz, and the work it has done since its inception in 2017:

Scope of Steel Sheet Pile Committee

This Committee is comprised of PDCA members who are professionals in engineering, manufacturing, consulting, installing, selling, and distribution of steel sheet piling for foundation and earth retention purposes. It is committed to educating industry professionals specifically on sheet piling. Also, it works to establish PDCA as a leader in fronting technical discussions on sheet piling. The group shares a collective goal to bring the best technical information to the industry covering a range of topics including, benefits, design and applications, plan review and value engineering, installation, and project expense.

Here is a timeline depicting the resources the Steel Sheet Pile Committee has developed throughout the course of its existence; all of the content listed below is organized and available on the Steel Sheet Pile Resource Page in the PDCA Technical Library.


  • Sheet Piling Installation Guide
  • Steel Sheet Pile Corrosion Guide
  • Retaining Wall Cost Comparison Guide


  • Sheet Pile Frequently Asked Questions Guide
  • Hammer for Sheet Pile Installation Specification Database
  • Basic Principles of Hammers for Sheet Pile Installation Guide
  • Introduction Presentation on Sheet Pile Corrosion Protection
  • Introduction Presentation on Sheet Pile Corrosion Protection (continued)
  • Steel Making Presentation and Manufacturing Resources
  • Introduction & Discussion Guide on Double Clamp Installation Methods & Cost Comparison (Coming Soon)
  • Introduction of Steel Grade Options (Coming Soon)
Committee Members:
  • Gerry McShane, Chair
  • James Dempsey, Board Liaison
  • Kathy Harper, PDCA Staff Liaison
  • Ian Vaz, Co-Chair
  • Ryne Allen
  • Bruce Colson
  • Simon den Tuinder
  • Rafael Garcia
  • Ethan Liberty
  • Alwyn McDowall
  • Zac McIntosh
  • Hal Mulveney
  • Barry Phillips
  • Takefumi Takuma
  • Andy West

To visit the new Steel Sheet Pile Resource Page, click the photo sheet pile wall designed by Earth, Inc., below:What Exactly Is Sheet Piling and What Is It Used for?

From the Communications Committee: PDCA LinkedIn is Moving

(L-R): Harris, Moore

The following is an advisory from Chairman Jason Moore and Publisher Jill Harris from the PDCA Communications Committee: please address your connection to PDCA LinkedIn.

When LinkedIn was in its infancy and PDCA was jumping on board, we were a little too eager in our set-up and accidentally made PDCA a person. 

First name: Pile Driving
Last name: Contractors Association

And no, this isn't a story about AI. (Although, we could probably all agree that "Pile Driving" as a first name has a nice ring to it.)

While PDCA has coexisted on LinkedIn with both a personal and company page, with an updated social media strategy from the Communications Committee, the time has come to bid farewell to Pile Driving, the person.

From now on, all LinkedIn updates from the PDCA will come from our company page, linked below. Please take a second and follow that page so you don't miss anything.

We will be reminding the 4,400+ followers of our personal page of this change over the next two weeks; in May, the personal page will be deactivated. Click the button to follow the Pile Driving Contractors Association on LinkedIn: 

Exhibit Sales for IFCEE '24, Now Open; Reserve Your Spot in Dallas Today

Did you enjoy IFCEE in 2021? Then just wait until IFCEE 2024, coming back to Dallas, May 7-10 next year. 

If you plan to exhibit, indoor and outdoor booth sales are currently open, and they are going fast! Make sure to secure your space today. PDCA and our industry partners look forward to you joining us for this LANDMARK industry event.

Please click the following graphic to secure your booth today:

#IFCEE 2024 is not too big, not too small, it's just right! And the best part? It's exclusively for the deep foundation industry!

Join us in Dallas, Texas, where you can connect with over 2,000+ deep foundation professionals to showcase your products and services and EASILY network with key decision-makers from around the world!

Don't miss out on this incredible LANDMARK industry event! 
Pile Driving Contractors Association / Deep Foundations Institute /Geo-Institute of ASCE / #ADSC

An Update From the Field: PDCA Members in Texas

A contingent of the Weeks Marine Houston team hosted PDCA at their offices; standing in the photo were (L-R) Lars Olsen, Mario Wong, Hiram Olvera, Arun Bhalaik, and Chantel George. This was one of several visits to Texas members' offices PDCA made in April. In addition to meeting remarkable, deep foundations professionals at each company, we often encountered interesting displays and/or relics that caught our attention. See the following photos which show some of our unique findings:

Piling, Inc. in Texas City is as unique of a contractor's office as you will find. Founded in 1931 by Eulies Nunez, the company has been family run ever since. Fourth generation family member and current President Kristian Dietel reads a back-issue of PileDriver at his late grandfather's desk. He is surrounded by artifacts from all over the world that Jack Godard collected during his extensive travels. The second-generation owner (shown in the painting on the left) operated the business from 1940-1980, a period of significant growth both in the business and in the coastal Texas region. Randy Dietel is Kristian's dad and current Piling, Inc. CEO. He is a former PDCA President.
(L-R) Civil Engineer Arjin Dogan and newly appointed Director of Business Development Erica Ferens welcome us to JD Fields & Co. Houston office in the award-winning Wortham Tower.
(L-R) Mac Rotan, Anson Moore, Matt Paradeaux at Apex Steel Pipe pose under the boldly displayed Arkansas Razerback, one of many Hog relics found at company HQ.  
(L-R) Paul Stoll, George Smith, Pablo Cerda, John Miles showed us around the facilities and grounds at Pileco, Inc.
The company moved into its brand new, Conroe-based headquarters in early 2022.
On display at their new office is this model of a fictitious jobsite created by longtime friend and former employee Bardo Cuellar.
(L-R) Noel Gibbings, Chris Barberi walked us around the home office at Flexicore of Texas; in addition to heightened PC/PS concrete pile production, the team was preparing for the annual company crawfish boil marking its 70th anniversary!
Notable at Flexicore was art displayed at the facility. This impressionistic painting of a rainbow trout hangs above President Kathy Dockery's desk.  Q/C dept. supervisor Alvin Bateman painted this and nearly 12 other works on display at the company.

(L-R) Pascal Bayle, Charley Jewett shared exciting developments at Pipe & Tube Supplies, including the recent addition of new SVP David Toups (not pictured).

A custom-made, company smoker greets all visitors and feeds the Pipe & Tube Supplies team for various staff functions.

Not only did fabrication manager Alex Trevino build the cooker, he is also the official company pitmaster!

Amy Cristiani (L) serves on the PDCA Communications Committee, in addition to fulfilling her marketing duties which support Mark Hunter (R) and the team at THI Pipe and Piling. 

During our visit to the Katy, TX pipe supplier, we noticed a signed/framed Brian Urlacher football jersey dating back to his days as a student athlete at University of New Mexico; Hunter, too played football for the Lobos and proudly displays the memorabilia of the famous alum and NFL superstar.

Mason Construction hosted PDCA at their Beaumont offices. The team is in the early stages of a significant expansion of a Port Arthur facility that will one day produce sustainable aviation fuel. The project is one of the first initiatives made possible by the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Eric Lincoln at American Pole & Timber is widely known for distribution of timber pilings, notably the 'gun barrel' poles he supplied for a Saudi Arabia project in 2018. He explained to us that his diversified his inventory includes a popular new piling product from Shoreline Plastics (pictured).
Returning member Julius Taylor (L) of Taylor Marine Construction, Inc. recently moved to a new office in San Leon, TX. When we visited, he was still unpacking his belongings, including two mounted and framed news articles about his company, that published in PileDriver magazine several years ago.

Texas Chapter Hosts Networking Meeting in Houston

Members of the PDCA Texas Chapter gathered on the evening of April 11, 2023 for a networking meeting and reception; the Chapter, now in its second year, continues to aggressively pursue new membership from throughout the state of Texas. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors Service Steel Warehouse, PILECO, Inc., and CPS Houston, contractors, associates and engineers from the Texas market met at Houston's historic Saint Arnolds Brewing for a couple hours where they learned the latest Chapter news and got an update from the national PDCA.

New from the Texas Chapter is the opportunity to help guide the organization in its mission to grow and educate the area pile driving industry. Secretary Mike Leal outlined a new initiative of the Chapter, the establishment of two committees. Chapter members are invited to sign up and volunteer for either the Membership Committee or the Meetings/Planning Committee. To join a PDCA Texas Chapter Committee, click the image below:

Upcoming Chapter functions in 2023 include a Q3 General Meeting (TBD), a morning golf outing to kick-off the national DICEP conference on September 12, and an organizational meeting to elect 2024 leadership on November 8.

Here are a some of the members who were SPOTTED at the event:

Register Today for the Mid-America Meet-Up on May 4th In Chicago

Purely by coincidence, PDCA has scheduled a Midwest-based, networking reception on the date many people consider 'Star Wars Day,' May 4th, (if you're not familiar, think May the Fourth Be With You.) There will be no formal observance of the widely popular sci-fi movie franchise during the PDCA event in Chicago, but if you show up to the gathering with some acknowledgement of the George Lucas media empire, we won't turn you away. After all, the venue where the reception will take place, Revolution Brewing, is one of Chicagoland's top local breweries and it regularly caters to Star Wars fans from near and far who attend an annual comic and entertainment expo there, (see the accompanying photo, Revolution sponsors 'The Yard,' or the beer garden at this event.)

Back to the Mid-America Meet-Up, PDCA invites contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and engineers serving the pile driving industry in the Midwest to join us for the FREE reception on May 4th. If you're feeling festive and want to don your Star Wars gear, show up in a Cubs or Cards jersey, be like Mike, run in like Sweetness, dress like Jake or Elwood or impersonate Al Capone, we won't turn you away. We are excited to hold this event in a crucial region for pile driving. 

Members of PDCA and non-members alike are encouraged to attend, but we ask that you please reserve your seat by registering in advance of the Mid-America Meet-Up. If you are interested, sponsorship for this event is also available. Please see the event flier below and click on it to register or sponsor.



Thank You Sponsors of the Mid-America Meet-Up,

You Are Helping PDCA Grow in the Midwest

Sponsorships Are Still Available


This event is FREE to the pile driving industry throughout the Midwest, both PDCA members and non-members. PDCA will arrange the meeting venue, appetizers and house beverages. Will you help with the cost at the $1,000 or $500 level? Please click the bill of your choice below:


'Drive 'Em Deep' Sponsorship


You get booth space at the venue, plus your name and logo on event marketing, and recognition at the "Mid-America Meet-Up"


'Sure, I'll Pitch In' Sponsorship


Your name, logo appear on event marketing. You also get recognized during "Mid-America Meet-Up"

"A Driven Pile...Is a Tested Pile"

ATTN: Annual Conference Exhibitors, IFCEE '24 Booth Sales Open Apr. 11

Attendees of the 2023 PDCA Annual Conference in San Diego regularly met in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest trends in the industry.

The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) enthusiastically participates as one of four partner organizations which deliver the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE), every three years. The next IFCEE takes place May 7-10 of 2024 in Dallas, Texas. PDCA encourages its members to attend IFCEE '24 because many of the offerings you find during a PDCA Annual Conference are also available at IFCEE. However, IFCEE partners ADSC, DFI, and GeoInstitute also contribute tremendous assets to the event, making it a thorough and substantive presentation of the entire foundation construction industry. We hope to see you there!

In coming months, you will learn about all things IFCEE (schedules, speakers, registration info, more.) Right now, if you are an aspiring exhibitor at IFCEE '24, you can reserve your booth space (indoor or outdoor) next week! Booth sales open April 11, 2023; watch your inbox for more details.

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