Evening Crawfish Boil in Baton Rouge Kicks Off Gulf Coast Chapter Engineers Conference

Every two years, the PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter presents the Engineers Conference, a day-long event designed to educate the regional pile driving community.  The 2024 PDCA Engineers Conference took place March 14th at L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge. One tradition of this biennial event is an optional Crawfish Boil the evening before the full day of rigorous learning begins promptly at 7:30 AM. Generous sponsors make both events happen.

The 2024 Crawfish Boil was held at Pointe Marie in Baton Rouge on March 13th, thanks to the following sponsors:
  • Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company, Inc.
  • Thompson Engineering
  • Meever USA Piling Products (Beverage Sponsor)
  • Service Steel Warehouse (Beverage Sponsor)
See who was SPOTTED at Pointe Marie, enjoying a seemingly endless supply of mud bugs, spirits, camaraderie, networking, and picture-perfect spring weather.

2024 PDCA Engineers Conference

The agenda for the 2024 PDCA Engineers Conference included presentations from the following individuals:
  • Jerry Outlaw of Aradaman & Associates (introductory and closing remarks)
  • Barker Dirmann of ACEC of Louisiana - Legislative Impacts on Your Business
  • Marty Hall of Yellow Creek Coating Services - Steel Coatings and Applications to Steel Piles
  • Terry Holman, PhD, PE, of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. - Working Platforms
  • Oliver Taylor or ECS Limited - Geotechnical Engineering for Driven Piles
  • Brandon Phetteplace of GRL Engineers, Inc. - Pile Load & Integrity Test Methods
  • Jonathan Coco of Quality Engineering & Surveying - Remote Sensing for Improved Pile Driving Operations
  • Bill Rushing of Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., Inc. - Ethics

The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter's educational program provided attendees with a full day of industry learning, engaging and knowledgeable presenters, and credits for completed courses, thanks to the following sponsors:
  • JD Fields & Company - Gold Sponsor
  • Keller - Silver Sponsor
  • Nucor Skyline - Silver Sponsor
  • DeSoto Treated Materials, Inc. - Bronze Sponsor
  • Sealevel Construction - Bronze Sponsor
  • GRL Engineers, Inc. - Bronze Sponsor
  • GROUP - Bronze Sponsor
  • Lodge Lumber - Bronze Sponsor
  • ECS Limited - Bronze Sponsor
  • Mississippi River Equipment Co., Inc. - Bronze Sponsor

The 2024 PDCA Engineers Conference was organized by the following committee volunteers
  • Lisa Smith of ECS Limited
  • Jerry Outlaw of Ardaman & Associates
  • Scott Williams of Keller NA
  • Sean Spatz of International Construction Equipment
  • Dylan AndrĂ© of Patriot Construction and Industrial, LLC
  • Kirt Jackson of Cajun Industries, LLC
  • Kathy Harper from the PDCA offices
Check back for announcements on upcoming PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter events.

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