14th Annual Design and Installation of Cost-Efficient Piles Conference

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Sheraton North Houston, Houston, TX

Hotel Reservations and Information
Conference Topics and Presenters
Exhibitor Opportunities
Sponsorship Opportunities
Conference Brochure and Registration Form

Last day for guarenteed room rate is Monday, September 30, 2013!!


Hotel Information
Sheraton North Houston
15700 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Houston, TX

The current Conference room rate is $159.00 for a standard King room.  Conference participants are responsible for making their own reservations by calling 281-442-5100 or 1-800-325-3535.  Identify yourself as part of the Pile Driving Contractors Association to receive the discounted room rate.You may also make reservations by using the link HERE.
 Room reservations must be made prior to Monday, September 30, 2013, to guarantee your accommodations at this special room rate. If  you need travel or room reservation assistance contact PDCA Travel Agent,  Lorraine Engelman, Blue Ribbon Travel at  718-767-5455 or Lorraine@travelblueribbon.com.

Professional Development Hours (PDH):  Licensed P.E.'s needing Professional Development Hours can obtain 6 PDH from this conference, including New York, Florida, North Carolina and Maryland.

This conference is designed for geotechnical, structural and civil engineers; contractors and other firms or individuals who support, conduct business or are associated with the deep foundations, earth retention and/or the driven pile industry. 

What you will learnand Experience: The DICEP conference will present modern approaches to maximize Efficiency, Effectiveness and Economy (E3) of driven piles through a series of presentations including driven pile design, testing, evaluation and case studies.  Steel sheet pile design and corrosion protection are also addressed.

  • Dynamic Pile Load Test and Design of Driven Piling Utilizing Set-Up:  Case Study of the Copano Bay Bridge Project in Texas - Dr. Sean Yoon, TXDOT Geotechnical Section, Bridge Division 
  • Research-in-Progress:  Reliability Based Deep Foundation Design Using Texas Cone Penetration Tests - Willian D. Lawson, P.E., Ph.D., Texas Tech University 
  • Lessons Learned: Driving Pile Offshore - Bob Stevens, Fugro 
  • Application and Use of Fusion-Bonded Epoxy and Dual-Layer Fusion-Bonded Epoxy on Driven Sheet Piles - R. J. Labrador, 3M 
  • Driven vs. Bored - Deep Foundations - William Camp III, P.E., D.GE, S&ME 
  • Update - International Building Code (IBC) Revisions to Chapter 18: Soils and Foundations - Dale Biggers, Boh Bros Construction s.
  • Engineering Considerations for Effective Evaluation of Dynamic Pile Test Results - Mohamad Hussein, GRL Engineers, Inc
  • Introduction to Pile Driving Equipment--Essential for Engineers - Mike Justason, P.E., Bermingham Foundation Solutions
  • What Pile Driving Contractors Wish Everyone Knew - Van Komurka, Wagner Komurka Geotechnical Group
  • Practical Considerations for Designing Sheet Piling Structures - Dr. Richard Hartman, Hartman Engineering 
  • Pile Installation Efficiency - An Algorithm for Successful Driven Pile Foundations - Bill Marczewski, BSM Consulting Engineers, Inc. 
  • Pile Design in Texas' Expansive Clays - Clayton Signor, TX Pile, LLC 
For detailed presentation summaries, click HERE.

Exhibitor Opportunities
All presentations and functions will be held in the same area as the exhibit hall to maximize exhibitor traffic.  Exhibitor's space will be 8'x4' with a 6' table and chairs.  Exhibitor fee is $450.00.  Exhibitor registration includes exhibit space and full conference registration for two people.  Electrical available for an additional charge (contact PDCA for info).  Fill out the Exhibitor Registration portion of the conference Registration Form to reserve your space.  The PDCA will assign spaces on a first-registered and paid-in-full basis.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships provide companies with the opportunity to educate, interact, and market their products and services to all conference attendees.  Prior to the conference, sponsor names and logos will appear on conference brochures, e-letters, and marketing material, as well as displayed on the PDCA website, www.piledrivers.org, and PDCA social media sites.  Sponsor names will be announced during the sponsored event and company names and logos will be prominently displayed on signage throughout the function area.  Following the conference, sponsor information will be included in all post conference material. Companies may sponsor the conference breakfast, luncheon and morning & afternoon breaks, click HERE to access the conference brochure for pricing information.  

Current conference event sponsors include:

BAUER-PILECO H.F. Darling, Inc. ICE- International Construction Equipment, Inc.      Lally Pipe &Tube Liebherr Nenzing Crane Company

Co-Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
and the Geo-Institute of the ASCE.


Registration form and additional conference information may be found on the PDCA website, www.piledrivers.org, or by clicking HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact the PDCA office at toll-free 888-311-PDCA (7322).