Northeast Chapter News

PDCA Northeast Chapter 5th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot

June 14, 2019

Sporting shooters from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond gathered June 14th for the 5th Annual PDCA Northeast Chapter Sporting Clay Shoot at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA. The popular event attracted around 75 PDCA members and their guests. Groups of four shooters rotated through several shooting stations positioned throughout the sprawling and often challenging course. Following the action in the field, the particpants retreated to the facility's banquet hall for awards and a luncheon. Some winners of the Sporting Clay Shoot contests included; Brian Jecker of Dewberry Engineers who was named Best Male shooter, Diane Jecker also of Dewberry Engineers who was Best Female shooter and Theresa Engler of DFI who was crowned Worst Shooter.

The PDCA Northeast Chapter thanks all participants for their support of the Scholarship Fund, and the following sponsors who made the annual event possible. Those include:
Event Sponsor - International Construction Equipment
Cigar Sponsor - R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors, LLC.
Lunch Sponsor - Linde-Griffith Construction Company
Shooting Station Sponsors - CZM US, ECA, George Harms Construction Company, Hammer & Steel, Inc., Hoffman Equipment Company, International Construction Equipment, Junttan, R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors, LLC, Linde-Griffith Construction Company, NUCOR Skyline, Weeks Marine and John B. Wright Agency.

Northeast Chapter Spring dinner Meeting

March 28, 2019

Members of the PDCA Northeast Chapter gathered for the Spring 2019 Chapter Dinner on Thursday evening, March 28th. Thanks to sponsor Linde-Griffith Construction Company, nearly 50 area contractors, industry associates and affiliated engineers enjoyed an evening of food, fellowship and networking at the Staten Island, NY venue Bocelli Ristorante.

Co-Founder of Tenna, Jose Cueva and his colleague George Heck presented a program on the new and innovative system that company has developed to assist the construction industry with asset management. The team from Tenna fielded a variety of question from the PDCA members in attendance. They also distributed company information, t-shirts and other give-away items. 

This was the first time this event was held at the Staten Island establishment, Bocelli Ristorante which dedicated the entire second floor banquet room for the event. The change in venue allowed for larger attendance from New York PDCA Members and guests who are not usually available to make the longer trek to the New Jersey location where past events have occurred. The PDCA Northeast Chapter gathers for the Skeet Shoot Fundraiser in June, followed by a September Membership Drive and a second Chapter Dinner in November.

Northeast Chapter Professional Development

February 13, 2019

Upwards of 50 professionals participated in a February 13, 2019 Professional Development entitled "Applications and History of Load Testing." The PDCA Northeast Chapter organized the course which featured presenters from Hardesty & Hanover and GRL Engineers.

PDCA Contractor Member George Harms Construction Company sponsored and hosted the day-long event at its Howell, NJ offices. Engineers from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania who attended received six Professional Development Hours (PDH) for thier participation.

Attendees heard a wide range of pertinent topics, including:
  • the impact of ASSHTO LRFD design code on driven pile designs
  • statnamic compression load testing of deep foundation
  • history and applications of load testing
  • engineering and economic reasons why testing is required
  • WEAP
  • testing theory
  • debunking common myths about testing
  •  protection of existing structures using health monitoring
  • underwater noise mangement and case histories
This is a free, annual event offered to all paid PDCA National and Northeast Chapter Members.

"We continually work to create value for our members by offering interesting and informative programs for the professionals involved in the pile driving industry," said PDCA Northeast Chapter board member Matt Scerbak. We were pleased to have strong participation for this event and look forward to organizing future opportunities." Following the presentations, Trinity Products sponsored a reception for attendees a the nearby Cabin Restaraunt. 

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