Earlier this spring, members gathered for the chapter dinner. Thanks to sponsor Linde-Griffith Construction Company, around 50 area contractors, industry associates and affiliated engineers enjoyed an evening of food, fellowship and networking at Bocelli Ristorante in Staten Island, N.Y. This was the first time this event was held at the Staten Island restaurant. The change in venue attracted some new members and guests who were treated to a presentation by Tenna co-founder, Jose Cueva, and his colleague George Heck, on the new and innovative system for asset management.
The chapter gathers for a September Membership Drive and a second chapter dinner in November. See the events page at www.piledrivers.org for more information.
The PDCA of the Pacific Coast Chapter raised funds for the chapter's Scholarship Fund during the 9th Annual Scholarship Shoot, which took place April 12, 2019, at Birds Landing Hunting Reserve in Birds Landing, Calif. Following a General Membership Meeting, 114 participants displayed their shotgun shooting accuracy during the half-day event that included a raffle and a BBQ lunch.
Several sponsors helped make the event possible, including Pile Drivers Local 34, Pileco, the Northern California Carpenters, PJ's Rebar, Stroer & Graff, Taylor Heavy Hauling, Kiewit, Wall and Ceiling Alliance and Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. Some of the lucky participants took home raffle prizes which included a Browning BPS Hunter 20 gauge pump shotgun, a CZ 75B 9mm, a Beretta A300 12 gauge shotgun and a CZ 455 Lux 22lr. PDCA Pacific Coast thanks all who participated in this successful event.
Each year, members of the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter look forward to the second quarter dinner meeting, which takes place at the L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. On April 25, more than 60 members gathered in the popular venue for an evening of networking and fellowship, beginning with an open bar reception. A dinner and a business meeting led by chapter president Travis Schonacher of SeaLevel Construction immediately followed.
The assembly heard a program, "Innovative Use for Instrumented Pile in Design," by Travis Richards, P.E., project manager and vice president of testing at Eustis Engineering, LLC. Before attendees were released to the casino floor, they took a few moments to recognize the efforts of previous chapter leaders current vice president Kirt Jackson (Cajun Industries) presented a plaque to last year's president, Michael Kelly from Gulf South Piling. Then, current secretary Dylan Andre (Patriot Construction and Industrial) honored his immediate predecessor Daniel Sprunk of Cajun Industries. The evening's events were made possible by several valued sponsors: DeSoto Treated Materials, Inc., Tadano, Scott Equipment and Kobelco.
The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter convenes next for the third quarter dinner meeting in Biloxi (venue TBA). The chapter is also planning a professional development seminar in October and a clay shoot. Watch your inbox and future editions of PileDriver for further details.
PDCA of the Gulf Coast Chapter presents to geotechnical engineers
Several members from the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter participated as exhibitors at the 43rd Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference, May 6 to 9 at the Hilton Capitol Center in downtown Baton Rouge, La. This initiative was a partnership between the chapter and the PDCA national office. The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development hosted the annual event sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.
PDCA members networked with engineers from throughout the southwestern U.S. and engaged with interested parties about pile driving practices from the construction perspective. Gulf Coast Chapter members who participated include Dylan Andre of Patriot Construction, Brandon Phetteplace of GRL Engineers, Scott Williams of Cajun Industries, Bennett Dulaney of Southern Earth Sciences, Greg Major of DarkHorse, Jacob Indest of Eustis Engineering, Robert Baker of Baker Pile Driving and Taylor Stiles of SeaLevel Construction.