PDCA 15th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM
The PDCA conclude its 15th Annual International Conference and Expo 2011, in Savannah, GA on Friday,
April 28, with the traditional reception, dinner and dance. The conference included 10 dynamic and
relevant industry and business presentations, Exhibit Hall, Opening Ceremony with a Keynote Speaker,
several receptions, the Business and Awards Luncheon, Exhibitors Luncheon, Golf Tournament and
The PDCA would like to thank the Education and Market Development Committees for their outstanding
work and efforts, which culminated in an exceptional program. The PDCA would also like to thank the
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa and the Savannah International Trade and Convention
Center for their hospitality.
The PDCA is grateful to all those who participated to make this conference an overwhelming success.
The PDCA would like to acknowledge our Event Sponsors, whose financial contributions allowed the
PDCA to provide a great conference experience to all attendees. The Event Sponsors include:
Foundation Constructors, Inc.
JD Fields & Company, Inc.
Pile Equipment, Inc.
American Piledriving Equipment
Edgen Murray Corporation
Herbert F. Darling, Inc.
Guest Key Cards
Hydraulic Power Systems, Inc. – HPSI
International Construction Equipment – ICE
Business and Awards Luncheon
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
International Construction Equipment - ICE
Annual Dinner and Dance
L.B. Foster Company
Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co.
Robishaw Engineering, Inc.
Jinnings Equipment, LLC
Lester Publicaitons, LLC
Liebherr Nenzing Crane Company
Mississippi Valley Equipment Company
Sun Piledriving Equipment
The PDCA would also like to acknowledge all of the Exhibitors, who brought the latest in technology,
equipment, and services to the conference. The Exhibitors included:
Exhibitors (In Alphabetical Order – L to R)
American Piledriving Equipment Atlantic Wood Industries
Atlas Tube BAUER-Pileco
BB&T Insurance Services Bermingham Foundation Solutions
Blue Marlin Marine Solutions, LLC ConGlobal Industries, Inc.
Corpac Steel Cox Industries
Edgen Murray Corporation Foundation Technologies, Inc.
Giken America Corporation Goble PileTest, Inc.
Hammer & Steel Corporation Instantel
Interpipe International Construction Equip.
JD Fields & Company, Inc. Jinnings Equipment, LLC
L.B. Foster Company Lally Pipe & Supply
Lester Publications, LLC Liebherr Nenzing Crane Company
Link-Belt Construction Equipment Lodge Lumber Company, Inc.
MAFCO / Poseidon Barge Corp. Mississippi Valley Equipment Co.
Monotube Pile Corporation Pile Dynamics, Inc.
Pile Hammer Equipment Pipe and Piling Concrete USA Co.
PSL North America RW Conklin Steel Supply, Inc.
Seaboard Steel Corporation Skyline Steel Company
Sun Piledriving Equipment, LLC Triad Metals
Trinity Products, Inc. Vibra-Tech Engineers, Inc.
The PDCA switched thing around a bit this year and held the 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at
The Club at Savannah Harbor. Forty-eight players participated this year, making the tournament a fun-filled and
successful event. PDCA would like to congratulate the winning team of Mark Rutland, Ty Weaver, Dirk Hamberg and
Winning the prizes for Closest-to-the-Pin were Don Foster (hole #3), Steven Mathers (hole #8),Mike Elliott (hole #15)
and Steven Mathers (again – hole #17). Long Drives went to Dan Winters and Buck Darling.
Lori Kern (Roy Kern – ECA) won the 50/50 and grossed $385.00 – congratulations, Lori!
Wayne Waters Presented “Presidential Award for Distinguished Service”
Wayne E. Waters, Ed Waters and Sons Contracting Company, Inc., St. Augustine, FL was presented with the PDCA
Presidential Award for Distinguished Service. The award was presented by PDCA 2010-2011 President, Don Dolly
during the Annual Business and Awards Luncheon at the Annual Conference.
Wayne has been active in the PDCA for over 15 years. He was elected to the PDCA Board of Directors in 1998.
Wayne served as a Director on the Board until 2001. From 2002 – 2003, he served as the PDCA Treasurer and after
serving six years on the Board, with two of those years as an Officer, Wayne was elected President of the PDCA in
2004. Wayne remained on the Board until the end of 2006.
In 2000, Wayne served as the Chair for the 4th PDCA Winter Roundtable Committee, held in St. Petersburg Beach,
FL. Wayne was instrumental in hiring the first full-time PDCA Executive Director in December 1999, by serving on
the Ad Hoc Committee established strictly for that purpose. Wayne served on the PDCA Finance Committee from
1999 – 2004 and was re-appointed in 2007 and currently remains on that committee today. Wayne has also served
on the Project of the Year Award Judging Committee for the past three years, excluding himself in 2011 due to a
submission by his company that was judged a winning project this year.
While Wayne’s personal participation slowed, he encouraged his staff to become active in the PDCA. Van Hogan,
Vice President, Ed Waters and Sons Contracting Company began serving on the Board of Directors in 2004 and after
moving through the Chairs, became the PDCA President from2008-2009. Van retired from the Board in 2010, but
remains active on the Communications and Education Committees.
Mohamad Hussein Receives PDCA Professional Engineers Service Award
Mohamad Hussein, Vice President, GRL Engineers, Inc. and a partner in Pile Dynamics, Inc was presented with the
PDCA Professional Engineers Service Award during the PDCA 15th Annual Conference in Savannah, GA. Mohamad
was selected for this prestigious award due to the outstanding contributions he has had made to and the influence
he has had on the industry and the PDCA. Mohamad has been the Chair of the PDCA Education Committee for three
years and has been instrumental in bringing exceptional programs to all PDCA conferences. Under Mohamad’s
leadership, his committee has conducted very successful DICEP conferences, PDCA/DFI Driven Pile – A Technical
Seminar conference, Pile Driving Inspectors Course and Annual Conferences. Mohamad has also been instrumental
in developing a liaison with various state DOT’s who are interested in PDCA educational programs.
Mike Elliott Receives the PDCA Committee Chair of the Year Award
Mike Elliott, Pile Equipment, Inc received the PDCA Committee Chair of the Year Award during the PDCA 15 th Annual
Conference for the outstanding work he has done as Chair of the Market Development Committee. Mike has
chaired the Market Development Committee for more than three years. His first objective was to make the annual
conference a more social/family friendly environment. He began this endeavor just prior to the 13th Annual
Conference in Phoenix, AZ. During the course of working with the PDCA leadership and staff, then PDCA President,
John King nicknamed Mike, FIG. Mike had the toughest time trying to find out what FIG meant. Eventually, it was
revealed to him that FIG stood for “Fun Is Good”, and the nickname stuck. Mike and his committee have been
instrumental in coordinating every aspect of the annual conference, except the educational programs. This includes
social activities, food and beverages, schedules, entertainment, gifts and modifications to the program from one
year to the next in an effort to make the conferences more attractive and enjoyable. Mike has worked tirelessly
with the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and staff to do everything within his power to make sure the
annual conferences are successful.
Annual Conference PDH
Anyone who attended the annual conference and is in need eight Professional Development Hours (PDH) can
contact the PDCA office at 888-311-PDCA (7322) and request a certificate. Certificates will be mailed to the
PDPI Influences LSU Graduate Course
Carol Friedland, Professor, Louisiana State University attended the Professors’ Driven Pile Institute (PDPI) in
2009. Some have called the PDPI one of the most important programs the PDCA provides. As example of the
importance of this program to the PDCA, its members and the driven pile industry can be seen in a very
tangible way at LSU. As a result of PDCA’s Professor’s Driven Pile Institute (PDPI), Carol has produced a
graduate level course in driven pile construction that Louisiana State University will be offering this coming fall
semester. The course will be offered as a combination in-class/on-line course that will cover the materials,
construction techniques and testing procedures used in the driven foundation industry. Specific course topics
will include: crane and hammer equipment selection, common construction practices, pile drivability, pile load
testing, dynamic pile testing and more. LSU is conducting an on-line survey to obtain industry feedback on
course topics and to solicit industry collaboration. Please provide your input at http://svy.mk/jI3cn9. Anyone
interested in the course, how you can help promote the course, or discussing the content with Carol can
contact her at Friedland@lsu.edu.
PDCA Ramps Up for Another Professors’ Driven Pile Institute
The PDCA’s 5th biennial Professors’ Driven Pile Institute will be back at Utah State University in June 2011.
PDCA’s partner, Joe Caliendo, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and
Geotechnical Engineering Division Head has assembled another great program in Logan, Utah. The PDPI has
21 Professors, from 20 different universities teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in deep foundations
attending this year’s program.
The five-day program provides an intensive learning environment in driven pile foundations through a variety
of classroom, computer lab and field exercises. The program is designed to provide instructional information
to the attending professors on driven pile foundation, which they can in turn incorporate into their deep
foundations courses. Armed with this knowledge, the professors are better equipped to teach future civil,
structural and geotechnical engineer about driven pile, which these students can apply in practice after
The program begins on Monday, June 19 and concludes on Friday, June 24. During this time in the classroom,
the “students” will learn wave mechanics, geotechnical considerations, pile types and pile equipment, special
design considerations, negative skin friction, axial, lateral and static load tests, WAVE equation modeling and
applications, GRLWEAP, dynamic measurements, CAPWAP, LRFD, PILE CHECK, Site Characterizations and
economics of driven pile. During field exercises, they will see demonstrated axial and lateral static load tests,
pile re-strikes, SPT energy measurements, CPT demos, and pile driving with a closed end pipe pile. Test results
will also be discussed back in the classroom and computer lab.
This program costs the PDCA approximately $45,000. The PDCA could not continue to provide this very
important program if not for the generous contributions by our members. The PDCA would like to
acknowledge the following members, who made contributions to the PDCA Professors’ Driven Pile Institute in
2011. They are:
Contractors and Contractor II:
Alaska Interstate Construction, LLC American Deep Foundation and Shoring, Inc.
Austin Bridge and Road, LP Blue Iron Foundation and Shoring, LLC
Boh Bros. Construction Company, LLC Cajun Deep Foundations, LLC
Coastal Bridge Company Commerce Construction Corp.
Continental Construction Company Corman Marine Construction, Inc.
CS Marine Constructors, Inc. DeWitt Construction, Inc.
E.C. Korneffel Company Eastern Bridge, A Division of Sloan Construction
Ed Waters and Sons Contracting Co., Inc. Edward E. Gillen Company
F. Miller Construction, LLC Foundation Constructors, Inc.
George Harms Construction Co. Giken America Corp.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. Gulf South Piling & Construction, Inc.
Halverson Construction Company, Inc. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
Herbert F. Darling, Inc. Jet-Drive General Marine Contractor Co., Inc.
Kostmayer Construction, LLC Kuhn Construction Co.
L&A Contracting Company L.G. Barcus & Sons, Inc.
L. H. Bolduc Company, Inc. Lawrence Construction Company
Manhattan Road and Bridge Company Manson Construction
MB Western Industrial Contracting Company Orion Construction, LP
P & H Construction Corp. Pacific Pile and Marine, LP
Parker Marine Contracting Corporation Piling, Inc.
Precast Piling Technology R. E. Burns & Sons, Inc.
R. Kremer & Son Marine Contractors, LLC Richard E. Pierson Construction Co., Inc.
Richard Goettle, Inc. Simpson & Brown, Inc.
Stroer & Graff, Inc. Taylor Bros. Marine Construction, Inc.
Texas Gulf Construction Company, Inc. Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, Inc.
Weeks Marine, Inc. West Construction Company
ASAP Installations Ford Pile Foundations, Inc.
Marion & Moultrie Dockbuilders, Inc. Signor Enterprises
Associates, Associate II and Local Assocaites:
American Piledriving Equipment Bayshore Concrete Products
Bermingham Foundation Solutions Gulf Coast Pre-Stress, Inc.
Hydraulic Power Systems IHC Hydrohammer, BV
Jinnings Equipment, LLC Lally Pipe and Tube
Mandal Pipe Company Mississippi River Equipment Co.
Mississippi Valley Equipment Company Montube Pile Corp.
Naylor Pipe Company New England Construction Products, LLC
Northwest Pipe Company PACO Ventures, LLC
Pile Dynamics, Inc. Pipe & Piling Supplies
Pipe and Tube Supplies, Inc. Platinum Grover Int. Inc.
Robishaw Engineering, Inc. Roll Form Group
Skyline Steel Corp. Trinity Products
Valient Steel & Equipment Varsteel
DFP Foundation Products, LLC Essve Tech, Inc.
Flagler Construction Equipment, LLC Foundation Testing and Consulting, LLC
Goble PileTest, Inc. Van Smith Concrete Company
Whitaker Laboratory, Inc.
Engineering Affiliates, Technical and Retired:
CH2M Hill Haley & Aldrich
Robert Minor Dynamic Testing, Inc. Staytowers Group, Inc.
California Prison Industry Authority Mr. Russ Taylor (Foundation Constructors)
PileDriver Magazine Company Profiles
Any PDCA member company interested in being profiled in PileDriver magazine should contact the PDCA office at
888-311-PDCA (7322) to be scheduled on the earliest available edition. Profiles are a PDCA member service/benefit.
There is NO FEE associated with the Company Profile.
A Company Profile allows you to tell approximately 2500 subscribers and over 6000 readers all about your company
– who you are, what you do, your expertise, geographical region – anything you would want a client or potential
client to know about your company. Company Profiles consist of 800 – 1000 words and need to be submitted in a
MS Word format (preferably .docx). Companies should submit pictures to support the article, but should not be
embedded into the article. The PDCA can assist you with the article by assigning a professional writer at no cost to
you if you do not have someone on staff that handles your marketing. For additional information contact the PDCA