Important, FREE event TOMORROW: The 2021 PDCA Education Webinar Series #5 entitled Pile Driving Vibrations – Monitoring and Analysis by subject matter expert Cathy Aimone-Martin is available to the entire piling industry at no cost. Don’t miss this important PDCA program that will enhance quality, safety and responsibility on your pile driving projects.
PDCA’s The Houston Social, Sept. 23, 5:30–7:30 PM CDT, True Anomaly in Houston, TX
Watch your mailboxes in August!
The 2021 PDCA Project of the Year Program winners will be revealed in the next PileDrivermagazine, circulating in digital/print format later this month. Access your copy and read in-depth about the projects that moved our judge’s panel. Hint, hint – it’s not too early to start thinking about your submissions for the 2022 program; entry is free for PDCA members!
Palmetto Pile Driving is in Huger, SC installing its PSC pile which contains Essve Tech tubing. The contractor is using an ICE, Inc. hydraulic hammer, and ECS Limited is providing geotechnical and CMT services for the project. The work is expanding Kloeckner Corporation’slocal branch.
Junttansends a PM16 to DC to drive 60’ piles for the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge; the bridge is expected to open in late ’21 to an estimated 75K+ daily travelers between Maryland the Capitol City.
GeoEngineers participated in Nashville discussion on mitigating earthquake risks. Tennessee-DOT, local consultants attended. The New Madrid Seismic Zone impacts Music City and much of the Midwest.
Massman Construction and team broke ground for Kansas City’s new BuckO’Neil Bridge; spotted were Gov. Michael Parson, Sen. Roy Blunt,Rep. Sam Graves,K.C. Mayor Quinton Lucas
ECS Limited staff in N.C. office, with Matthew Fogleman’s leadership, participate in a first industry legislative event for the Asheville region
Ahhhh (Part 1) – Jill Harris, publisher of PileDriver magazine welcomed Baby Sam into the world on July 13 (pic). You might recall in March, we noted that an “influential pile driving industry professional” was expecting in July. Congratulations to Jill, dad and big brother!!!
Ahhhh (Part 2) – Construction demands long hours of field and office teams. A social media post for his 20th wedding anniversary, Roly Acosta of Caldwell Marine salutes his wife’s critical support; a good reminder spouses/significant others provide an important foundation.
Notes from the Field
Conspiracy theories run rampant these days, so…– we direct your attention to a strange coincidence. Through online time stamping, we note that Mike Wysockey and a group from Thatcher Foundationsattended a Chicago Cubs home game on July 28. Not 24 hours later, the Loveable Losers (a Cubs nickname) trade team living legend Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees. What did the Indiana interlopers do?
Because football ramps up in August – We thought you should know that standout, freshman running back Paul Reynolds from the 1951 Notre Dame football team (an eventual NFL draftee), accumulated an impressive 539 all-purpose yards. He later became a silent partner in PND Engineers’ 1979 founding.
Is it the S.S. Minnow? – Poseidon Dredge & Marineperformed mangrove rehabilitation on Florida’s east coast, and salvaged an abandoned boat in the process. Perhaps “Ginger,” the only living cast member from Gilligan’s Island, could give it a positive ID?
It was like a “Touch a Truck” event – but kids weren’t invited. Manson hosted its corporate staff in Seattle to “tour” SCANDIA, their premier pile driving rig in the region. It garnered great participation, but we hope someone sends us the photo of Tax Manager Craig Leonard playing operator in cab.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T to all the crane operators out there. Tadanocirculates dramatic imagery of the Demag AC 160-5 atop a concrete dam in the mountains of Switzerland.
Move over Vader and Rocky – PDCA Membership Committee chair Rich Anderson along with Northeast Chapter secretary Steve Sigmund,apparently constitute “full force” for ECA in Philly; now you know!
Step aside Mickey – Disney owns Marvel Comics, but legally can’t yet use its products at Disney parks; but a PDCA member did what the entertainment giant couldn’t do and brought Captain America to Orlando. Joey Holmes of GeoQuipdekked out a PileCo D100 like the Marvel good guy.
Construction Equipment Guide quotes George Harms of leading New Jersey contractor George Harms Construction Company in a story recognizing the 50-year career of his valued supplier and friend.
Piling Canada carries a fascinating story on what Toronto’s Mayor John Tory calls “one of the largest waterfront revitalization projects in the world,” and “most significant infrastructure project in Toronto’s history.” Read about the innovative work that Keller performs in the Canadian city.
Nebraska Today (UNL) covers groundbreaking for a new hall for engineering Huskers. Privately funded Kiewit Hall is part of a $97M expansion of the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska.
Peninsula Daily News notes Legacy Contracting’s role in a massive dredging project at Coastal Washington’s Port Angeles Terminal 3 pier.
KTVI FOX 2 shows construction footage of a McCarthy joint venture on National Geospatial Intelligence Agency near St. Louis. Also, Playmakers Talk Show hosts company Pres. Joe Jouvenal.
Offshore Energy News writes on an innovation by a Dutch tidal energy company; the story includes prominent photography of apparatus with a PVE Equipment hammer in full display.
i4 Business Magazine has a cover story on the “explosive growth” of Universal Engineering Sciences, reportedly the fastest growing U.S. firm. [Editor’s note – each month in the Acquisitions & Expansions section of this publication, we list at least one new “pick-up” by UES, this month there are two.]
Plenty of big headlines these days; a pending switch to the SEC for Texas and Oklahoma, ongoing Infrastructure negotiations on Capitol Hill, the McCormick seasonings recall, the #FreeBritney movement, and all things COVID among them. But we defer you to other news sources for complete coverage. Safe driving in August, we’ll send you another Pile on Sept. 7!