Gulf Coast Chapter Hosts Engineers Conference with Crawfish Boil

An authentic Louisiana crawfish boil kicked off the conference on 3/30
Then on 3/31, attendees heard presentations and earned 7 PDH

A classic, southern Louisiana gullywasher (does that apply?) concluded during the Wednesday (3/30) Crawfish Boil at Pointe Marie in Baton Rouge, LA; the gathering kicked-off the PDCA Gulf Coast Engineers Conference which was held all day on Thursday (3/31) at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge. A near-capacity audience heard a range of presentations pertinent to driven pile professionals, including an Ethics course.

A fast and fierce rainstorm welcomed crawfish enthusiasts...
...but conditions dramatically improved within 30 minutes to the 5p start time

Promptly at 7:00 AM on Thursday, PDCA Gulf Coast President Gerard Chenevert opened the full-day program with a welcome message, introductions of sponsors and the full slate of esteemed presenters. Aside from a mid-morning break and a lunch, the attendees heard consecutive presentations from the following:
  1. Field Investigation to Study Pile Setup in Soft Cohesive Soil of Louisiana by Nafi Harque of Ardaman and Associates
  2. Geotechnical Engineering - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Vic Donald, P.E. of Terracon Consultants
  3. Instrumented Static Load Testing: An Incremental Rigidity Approach by Brandon Phetteplace of GRL Engieers
  4. Pile Coating Applications by Chase Delatte of Sherwin Williams
  5. PDA Testing: Techniques, Advantages, and Data Analysis by Matt Nagy, P.E. - Nagy Engineers
  6. Advanced Measurement Techniques by Joey Coco, P.E. MBA of Forte & Tablada
  7. LAPELS Professionalism and Ethics by a LAPELSS Board Investigator

See who was SPOTTED at the 2022 PDCA Gulf Coast Engineers Conference:

The PDCA Gulf Coast Chapter and PDCA thank all the great sponsors who made this biennial event a productive and successful conference!

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