Texas Chapter Sets July 28th Event, Launches Quarterly Newsletter


Did you miss the March 'Mixer' from the PDCA Texas Chapter, but want to participate in future events?
Mark your calendar because on July 28, 2022, the PDCA Texas Chapter is hosting a 'Mixer' in central Houston. Members and others in the Texas pile driving industry will gather at Weights & Measures at 2808 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. In addition to a networking opportunity, the event will also feature a presentation of interest to the professionals involved with the construction of driven pile-based deep foundations. More details, as well as registration information, will become available on this website and to subscribers of PDCA Texas Chapter emails.

What? You're not on the PDCA Texas Chapter email list?
Stay on top of news and information specific to the driven pile industry in Texas. The PDCA Texas Chapter invites you to subscribe to the email list which will ensure you receive important announcements and invitations to group activity. Additionally, the Chapter has launched a Quarterly Newsletter dedicated to advancing the driven pile in Texas. Check out the first Quarterly Newsletter sent to Chapter members and other subscribers in June 2022. If you would like to receive the Newsletter and other announcements from the PDCA Texas Chapter, click the button below to become a subscriber:


So, you want to become a member of the PDCA Texas Chapter?
If you are a pile driving professional in Texas or maintain business ties to the Lone Star State, consider supporting the driven pile industry, specifically in this important market. Members gain access to localized educational opportunities, a key network of contractors, suppliers and geotechnical engineers, and opportunities for leadership in the regional and global pile driving industry. Your support ensures that the driven pile maintains a strong and respected standing in the Texas marketplace for years to come.

 

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Northeast Chapter: 7th Annual Sporting Clays, July 22nd


Are you a recreational, or even competitive shooter? Coming July 22, 2022 to Coplay, PA is the 7th Annual Sporting Clays shooting event from the PDCA Northeast Chapter. Contactors, suppliers, civil engineers and other stakeholders in the pile driving industry throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas gather each year for this event featuring networking, fellowship and fun.

Registration is now open for the event which begins promptly at 8:00 AM EDT at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays (2750 Limestone Street, Coplay, PA 18037) and lasts through 3:00 PM. Shooters will descend into the scenic course featuring shooting stations for competitors of varying abilities. The event concludes with a lunch for all participants, during which awards will be presented for exciting challenges they encountered throughout the course. 

PDCA members are encouraged to attend this exciting event; click the button below to reserve your spot at the PDCA Northeast Chapter: 7th Annual Sporting Clays:

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UPDATED: PileDriver Publisher Ties the Knot


PDCA Executive Director Frank Peters greets new bride Jill Harris, Publisher PileDriver magazine

Clandeboye, Manitoba (June 30, 2022): Perhaps she has interviewed you about a driven pile project? Maybe you have read an article in which she was listed as the author? Or, you believe she looks familiar after having seen her staffing the Lester Publications booth in the Exhibit Hall of a PDCA Annual Conference? Jill Harris is an integral part of PDCA; she currently is the Publisher of PileDriver magazine but has been a valuable adviser and partner to the organization during the past ten years. Through her commitment to responsibly communicating the inspiring stories that PDCA members have to tell, she has developed countless relationships throughout the pile driving industry in North America and beyond. 

On Thursday (6/30), Jill and her longtime fiance Erik Hansen finally joined together in marriage. The wedding was originally scheduled for 2020, however, was postponed due to worldwide COVID protocols. The long-awaited ceremony finally took place on a beautiful summer day at the bride's childhood home in Clandeboye, MB, about 40 miles north of Winnepeg. You might imagine that a high-quality magazine publisher would have access to the best photographers available; by the looks of the following official wedding photos, Jill chose well! 


Loyal PileDriver readers need not worry about any interruption to their magazine deliveries. Prior to taking a vacation for the wedding, Jill gave her production team at Lester, as well as PDCA staff, strict orders to continue preparations for the much-anticipated PDCA Project of the Year Awards edition of PileDriver magazine that will arrive in your mailboxes in August. Please join PDCA in wishing newlyweds Jill and Erik a lifetime of happiness!

Friends and family gather to celebrate the couple's long-awaited nuptials
Jill and Erik, engagement photo
Hansen wedding reception in Clandeboye, MB
 

A Pile of News - July 2022

A Pile of News: July 2022
A briefing on news and information from the pile driving contractors, associated manufacturers, construction suppliers and affiliated engineers who comprise the PDCA.
by Matt Bisbee, PDCA
Originally sent July 1, 2022
It's a big, top-of-the-Pile welcome to PDCA's Q2 new and returning members we are glad you're here!
  • Contractors: Commerce Construction Corporation, Conti Civil, LLC, Cyr's Marine, LLC, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.
  • Associates: Apex Steel Pipe & Piling, CPS Houston, Inc., Hoffman Equipment, Kahn Steel Co. Inc., Meever USA Inc., Waskey Bridges
  • Engineering Affiliates: Lloyd Engineering, Inc., LMW Engineering Group
Do you read this monthly newsletter, but you are not a PDCA member? Consider JOINING PDCA today!

And speaking of PDCA productions, make sure to check out the latest PileDriver magazine, published by PDCA's valued, Canadian-based partner, Lester Publications. On that note, Happy Canada Day (7/1)!
From the Association & Chapters
Mark your calendars
Industry News
Congratulations, Foundation Constructors, Inc., you are this month's winner!
Send an email to marian@piledrivers.org before the end of July to claim your prize!
News from PDCA Companies
Governmental relations:
  • GROUP Contractors was among attendees at a Louisiana construction industry breakfast at which U.S. Rep. Graves delivered the program.
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  • Sealevel Construction Inc.'s Kevin Passman was on hand for a south-central Louisiana industry lunch featuring U.S. Sen. Kennedy, who quipped that the BDM was among those in the area 'doing extraordinary work.' The two shared a greeting and a handshake.
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  • CRW Engineering Group, LLC highlights a recent meeting between associate Erica Jenson, PE, and U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK) as part of a larger ACEC visit to Capitol Hill.
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  • Insight Group personnel attended a presentation from U.S. Rep. Defazio of Oregon; he chairs the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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  • S&ME, Inc., professionals leading the civil design for a new, west Tennessee veterans facility attended its groundbreaking; Arlington Mayor Wissman was among local dignitaries to speak.

Acquisitions & Expansions:
  • Liebherr enters the market of battery powered equipment. The LR 1160.1 unplugged is one of the world's first electric crawler cranes a full charge is said to bring four4 hours of lifting operation.
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  • Meever USA announces new partnership with MCE Aschersleben, a German manufacturer of thick-walled tube and pipes.
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  • TRC Companies, Inc., bolsters its engineering, environmental strength in Mid-Atlantic region through acquisition of Draper Aden Associates.

Recognitions:
Giving back:
Anniversary:
  • Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI), reaches 50 years providing the global pile driving industry with load testing equipment and other instrumentation critical to the installation of deep foundations. Don't miss the company's story as told by two of its three founders, Frank Rausche, PhD, PE, D.GE, and Garland Likins, PE, in their exclusive article published in the latest PileDriver magazine. PDCA thanks PDI for its ongoing commitment to pile driving industry advancement.
People on the Move
Transitions:
  • Marla Storm joins Balfour Beatty US as new, Dallas-based SVP and Chief HR Officer.
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  • Mike Quadagno, PE, brings a 30-year project management record to Commerce Construction Corporation. He will lead company growth in northern New Jersey and New York.
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  • Rob Marconi elevates to CFO at Indiana-based Innovative Piering LLC.
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  • Neal Haughton named new President at Ontario-based Powell Foundations, Inc.
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  • Paven Kumar, a mechanic and Anthony Maxwell, a senior engineer, are new to the team at Bauer Equipment America.
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  • Creig Benson of Company Wrench promoted to branch manager serving the Carolinas.
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  • Eric Shiring of Equipment Corporation of America is promoted to corporate HR manager; Chris Horne elevates to service manager at ECA Canada and Sam Simon joins the team in Philly.
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  • Dan Needham, John Hollatz, and Chad Utermark all elevate at Nucor to roles as Executive Vice Presidents among various company divisions.
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  • Aaron Leopold, PE, joins at Dan Brown and Associates, based in Denver, he is a civil engineering (BS/MS) graduate of Illinois with eight years' experience in deep foundations at Shannon & Wilson.
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  • Thomas Greenspon, a Navy vet, infotech executive, tapped for seat on Dewberry BOD.
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  • Kelly Jo Anderson becomes new business development director at ECS Southeast.
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  • Brad Klausing, EIT (Ohio) and Miguel Ramon, EIT (Texas) onboard at GRL Engineers, Inc.
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  • Isabella Kennedy transitions from intern to full-time at GZA GeoEnvironmental in Massachusetts.
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  • Anant Panwalkar is new Senior Associate, New England Transportation Lead at Haley & Aldrich.
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  • Kevin Ragon, formerly E.D. at the Timber Piling Council, is seated as new Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in StarkVegas, MS 😉.

Recognitions:
In Memoriam:
John T. Christian, PhD, PE, NAE, D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, is said to have pioneered the use of computer methods in geotechnical engineering. Read more about his remarkable life in a UMASS Lowell release.
On the Job
Blue Iron Foundation & Shoring uses a PVE Equipment vibro to drive 4,600 LF of sheets for a cofferdam at the South San Francisco Shoreline; the USACE project has a max water retention height of 16 feet.

Cape Romain Contractors completed the Battery Park foot bridge in Charleston, SC. Now, the crew and equipment are relocated to build a new pedestrian span over a pond in Port Royal, near Hilton Head.

Clark Construction uses an RTG RG 21 from Equipment Corporation of America to drive Triad steel for a new Washington, DC, residential development. Greg Barta, Gus DelFarno and Doug Sheehan of ECA visit the jobsite to assist with the rig start-up in what will become new housing in Buzzard Point.

Farrell Brothers Marine Construction, Inc., performs waterfront excavation in advance of installing a new vinyl sheet pile bulkhead in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Richard Goettle, Inc., shares an Illinois DOT update of progress on the McClugage Bridge in Peoria, IL, as construction nears completion; Goettle was onsite early to install foundation components.

Engineered Rigging procures first Enerpac JS500 in the U.S.; it's a jack system that can lift 2,200 tons.

Universal Engineering Sciences secures $5M contract with FDOT to serve northeast Florida projects.
Media Hits
Waterwire, a NY/NJ publication, talks to Project Engineer Jessica Markel of Weeks Marine. Her appearance is in the Women on the Waterfront series. She's pictured on Ellis Island, home of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. We told you in June that Weeks and Jessica completed major modernization there.

MOVE IT magazine publishes s a cover story featuring the demolition work that Engineered Rigging performed on New Jersey's Wittpenn Bridge.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting carries a story about a forthcoming solar farm there. It is reported that the initiative of Appalachian Power will partially serve the new steel mill that Nucor is building.

California Business Journal examines community involvement and sustainability initiatives underway at Universal Engineering Sciences. In the article, UES Regional VP of California Rouzbeh Afshar and Western Division President Trent Anderson discuss unique challenges the Western region faces.
Notes from the Field
Not a typical high school reunion - Former Belleville East H.S. (IL) basketball star Yelana Melton, now a superintendent. at McCarthy, gave a project tour of a new Washington University facility in St. Louis. Among those on the tour was colleague Norm Sanders, a senior writer. He's formerly a sportswriter in Illinois' Metro East region who recalls covering Melton's games. They reunited for a jobsite photo.

Chauncey the Chanticleer spent the '21 football season posing with fans nationwide as the Coastal Carolina team turned heads with consistent, remarkable performances on the gridiron. Neither he, nor the giant-killing athletic program appears to be done! Spotted at a CCU vs. Clemson baseball game was Chauncey with Thomas & Hutton administrative assistant Tahiriah Williams who enjoyed a big win.

Gitchie, gitchie, ya-ya, da-da Eric Kussman of D.W. Kozera, Inc., was doing field work at a Maryland jobsite when he unearthed a Keiller Dundee Marmalade jar, dated 1862. That's during the Civil War! The firm has since turned the find over to an archeology team for further assessment.

New York City has a lot of nicknames, but The City of Skyscrapers best fits the perspective caught by Patrick O'Driscoll in a jobsite photo he shared to social media. The GZA GeoEnvironmental project manager installed vibration monitors in advance of a demo in West New York, NJ, as the hulking Manhattan skyline stared him down from across the Hudson River.

Cute puppy pictures were among the earliest internet fascinations. Respecting tradition, OMS Pile Driving Equipment included a cute puppy in social media about its commitment to environmental protection. ECO machine production, bio hydraulic oil use, Tier 4 and 5 motors are some examples.

Kid's corner not that we believe young people read this publication, but check out this video produced by Samuel, the son of Jeff Lindsey at S&ME, Inc. It shows company project teams (in Lego likeness), performing a variety of engineering services in the field. What a talented young man!

We're at the halfway point in a very busy 2022, thank you for your participation in PDCA. July begins a fourth consecutive year publishing 'A Pile of News.' In each edition of this publication, we strive to trumpet the hard and diverse work our members put forth around the globe. We enjoy learning about your efforts and sharing those with the driven pile industry. We also like to highlight the people in PDCA who bring diverse interests, expertise, capabilities, lifestyles, backgrounds and more, but maintain a collective understanding that 'A Driven Pile...is a Tested Pile!' Many of our readers in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating holiday weekends; to our readers in the U.S., we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July.
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PileDriver Magazine: Issue #3, 2022

In Issue 3 2022 of PileDriver ... (Click the image for full edition)

Inaugural Contractors Foundation Institute: Driven Pile Academy
Equipment experts volunteered over $10 million in equipment and services, successfully revolutionizing education and training in the pile driving industry
Read more

PDCA CONTRACTOR MEMBER:
Weeks Marine
More than a century of construction excellence
Read more

PDCA ASSOCIATE MEMBER:
Pile Dynamics, Inc.
Driving half a century of remarkable progress in deep foundation QA  Read more

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:
Channeling the Flow
Excessive rainfall causes big problems in Charleston, so the low-lying city is investing $198 million in a new stormwater drainage system   Read more

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:
Central Everglades Restoration Project
ASAP Group was contracted to perform sheet piling and specific specialty foundations work for Florida's CEPP Everglades Agricultural Area phase   Read more

PDCA Members SPOTTED at SuperPile

Several PDCA members attended, exhibited and presented at SuperPile '22, an annual program of the Deep Foundations Institute. PDCA is a Cooperating Organization for this annual DFI event. The event took place in St. Louis, Missouri from June 15-17. In addition to technical seminars and an active exhibit hall, many attendees enjoyed networking and social time, as well as the great baseball tradition of the St. Louis Cardinals. Below are many scenes from the event and around the Gateway City:

Register now for Northeast Chapter's '7th Annual Sporting Clays'

The PDCA Northeast Chapter will host the 7th Annual Sporting Clays event on Friday, July 22, 2022, at the spectacular Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, Pennsylvania.  Come join us for some exciting sporting clay action and take the opportunity to reconnect with your friends and associates in the pile driving industry. With 15 different sporting clays presentations, you will compete for the highest score.

A continental breakfast will start our day along with registration that will begin at 8:00 AM.  We have all the fixens' for lunch that will be served at the conclusion of the sporting clays shoot.

Don't own a gun? No problem!  Gun rental and shot gun shells are included in your registration fee.  If you are bringing your own gun, it needs to be a 12GA gun with a barrel length of not less than 24". No pistol grips and no collapsible stocks.

There will be a resource table available at the event so please bring information about your company, products, and services to display and share with participants.

For more information, to register as a participant, or sponsor the event, please click the button below:


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DEADLINE July 1: Students apply for Pacific Coast Chapter scholarship today


2021 Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Recipients: (L-R): Karen Siqueiros, Erick Medina, Andrew Ballinger, Sophie Robinson, Zhixiang Jesse Chen

Do you know a high school senior or current college student who will be enrolling in, or resuming full time study at an institution of higher education for the academic year beginning Fall of 2022? If so, encourage him or her to apply for the scholarship that the PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter offers to students who are pursuing careers in the construction sector. Specifically, the student's academic field must be related to the pile driving industry (can include safety, engineering, accounting, IT, etc.) The applicant must be a Pacific Coast resident.

Time is running out - all applications must be submitted to Chapter personnel by July 1, 2022. For more information or to obtain the 2022 PDCA Pacific Coast Chapter Scholarship Application with submission instructions, please click the button below:
 

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New From Texas Chapter: Online Enrollment, LinkedIn Page, Logo

In case you hadn't heard, there is a new PDCA Texas Chapter! Earlier this year a committed group of pile driving professionals in the Lone Star State announced the formation of a non-profit association to serve the industry in the region. To date, the leadership of the group has met weekly, hosted a large social event and a held a membership drive. President Brandon Bicknell and executive team members Condon Verble, Armando Guajardo and Arjin Dogan are now introducing a new resource for Texas pile drivers, an online membership enrollment page. This new tool enables users to complete an application, pay Chapter dues, and submit it all online. See below:

Join the PDCA Texas Chapter

In addition to simplified enrollment, the PDCA Texas Chapter has also established what may be the first social media page for a PDCA chapter. Click the LinkedIn graphic below to be redirected to their page and Follow them!







As an online presence grew for the new chapter, it quickly became apparent that they needed a logo. Bicknell learned that his executive assistant at Russell Marine LLC in Channelview, TX had graphic design skills and asked her to volunteer her talent by developing a chapter logo. Kyrsten Garcia, pictured above, quickly drafted a few options, and after a vote by the members, a new PDCA Texas Chapter logo was born.

There is more to come from the PDCA Texas Chapter; we have learned that they are developing an e-newsletter, planning a professional development course, and hosting one more networking event. Be sure to follow their LinkedIn page and watch future PDCA announcements to learn how you can become involved in the Texas Chapter.


New logo below:

PDCA Member Inspires a Public Service Message



PDCA is grateful for the support from all its Members. This is a special thank you to Contractor Member Doug Keller of Richard Goettle, Inc. where he serves as President and CEO. In addition to leading the Cincinnati-based company, Doug remains highly engaged in the deep foundations industry. For the past several years, he has served on the PDCA Board of Directors. (Notably, current PDCA President Brian Heck is the VP at Goettle.) In addition to involvement in association leadership, Doug Keller and his team of pile driving contractors are very active in PDCA; they regularly attend conferences and seminars, participate on standing committees, and submit work to the annual Project of the Year Awards program.

We should confess that we appreciate Doug even more after unearthing the unique photo shared in this post, (credit Angie). It is understandable that someone like Mr. Keller, with a host of business, professional and family obligations, can sometimes get a little sideways. We were glad to see that he does find time to take a load off and relax on the floor in his pink vacation shirt.

As with any good association publication (blogs included), there should always be a moral to the story. So, we take this moment to suggest you regularly remind your children and/or any young people in your life, that photos which appear on the Internet can end up in the wrong hands. They should always be careful of what they make available online. Thanks again to Doug Keller for his ongoing support of PDCA, but also for helping us develop this public service message.

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