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Industry Affiliate - Pile Driving Contractors Association
1/15/2016 3:32:41 PM

Mason Construction, Ltd. maintains many local, regional, and national affiliations in order to stay as current in our business as possible. In 2004, we expanded our services to include piling and since 2006, we have doubled our piling capacity every year! We strive to be one of the best piling contractors in the Southeast Texas area and beyond. Pile Driving Contractors Association is an organization devoted to pile driving contractors.

Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) advocates on behalf of contractors to increase the use of driven piles for deep foundations and earth retention systems. According to their website, some of the ways they do this is as follows:

  • Promote the use of driven pile solutions in all cases where they are effective.
  • Support educational programs for engineers on the design and efficiency of driven piles and for contractors on improving installation procedures.
  • Encourage and support research that will improve the reliability, usefulness, and cost effectiveness of driven piles.
  • Give contractors a larger voice in establishing procedures and standards for the installation and design of driven piles.

PDCA provides services to their members through training, safety information, and advocacy. They also are a resources for new information in the industry. They also provide environmental information such as the following excerpt from their website:

"Concerns about vibrations during the use of driven pile foundations across the United States have been raised by promoters of cast-in-place foundations such as auger cast piles and drilled shafts as their way of gaining market share. Typically, these concerns regarding vibrations and/or noise generated during driven pile installation are mostly used in urban environments. However, experience has shown that vibration and/or noise concerns are often overstated and distract from the advantages of driven piles, such as known integrity as noted in the PDCA slogan "Driven Piles are Tested Piles". The following picture of driven pile installation around a brick masonry façade for a historic building in Charleston, SC illustrates this point. Proper precautions allowed driven piles to be successfully installed in extreme close proximity to the unreinforced façade on this project, which was part of a teaching hospital complex with many older historic homes also nearby.”

See more at their website under the Environmental tab.


We appreciate this association and all of our other industry affiliates!

Make it a safe day!

Resource:

http://www.piledrivers.org/

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