Excavation Aid, Subterranean Walls, Bridge Abutments Analyzed at Course

Chapter Vice President David Price opens the program (photo credit: Bobby Ramic)

The 2022 PDCA Northeast Chapter Professional Development Course took place on May 18, 2022, at George Harms Construction Company in Howell, NJ, which also was the event sponsor. More than 40 deep foundations professionals registered for the daylong event which featured six-hours of accredited, industry education. Chapter Vice President David Price opened the program which included three segments dedicated to advancement of the driven pile. The topics and their respective presenters are as follows:

  • Design Considerations for Driven Excavation Support Systems reviewed design of temporary excavation support systems including steel sheet piling, driven soldier beams, and timber lagging including braced, tieback, and cantilever systems. Presenters on this topic were:
    • Jennifer Peirce Brandt, P.E., President of Peirce Engineering, Inc. 
    • John J. Peirce, III, P.E., Peirce Engineering, Inc.                                                             
  • Permanent Sheet Pile Walls for Subterranean Structures included an analysis of a sheet pile foundation, attributes of an earth retention system, concerns/benefits of permanent sheet pile structures, discussion of below grade parking, and case studies. Attendees heard from the following presenters:
    • David Borger, Director of Engineering, Nucor Skyline
    • Kurt Levins, Engineering Manager, Nucor Skyline
  • Steel Sheet Pile Bridge Abutments provided professional discussion of sheet pile walls used as bridge abutments; also, attendees learned about design and construction for high module walls, cellular cofferdams, driven sheet pile and more. Previous presenters David Borger and Kurt Levins also delivered this program.

Presenters at the 2022 PDCA Northeast Chapter Professional Development Course:

Jennifer Peirce Brandt, P.E.

John J. Peirce, III, P.E.

David Borger,

Kurt Levins


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