Known for gorgeous crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches, the natural beauty of The Bahamas stretches far and wide—occupying more than 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coasts of Cuba and Florida.  Nassau is full of Bohemian and British flavor. The capital city of the Bahamas boasts miles of spectacular beaches and stretches of vivid coral reefs perfect for snorkeling. Shop, dine, and sightsee, particularly along busy Bay Street, or if you’re a James Bond fan, visit the British Colonial Hotel, which was used as a filming location for two of the Sean Connery-era movies. This magnificent setting is just the beginning for ADSC’s Annual Meeting.

During the week, Committee Meetings, Product Presentations, Education Sessions on Performance of Drilled Shafts, Case History: Drilled Shaft Construction, How to Identify Working Platform Issues, and Concrete Retarding Admixtures will keep everyone busy, along with the second installment of our Owner’s Roundtable and the Product Presentations. During the General Membership Meeting, there will be an election of new Board members. Don’t miss Thursday night’s Awards Dinner where the top annual honors will be presented with dinner and entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you in the Bahamas!

Tentative Week-At-A-Glance
(Unless noted as a Closed Meeting, all meetings are open to attend.)

Tuesday, February 5
8:00am – 2:00pm            Golf Tournament – Baha Mar Golf Club
1:00pm – 5:00pm            Registration
4:00pm – 5:00pm            Associates Committee
5:00pm – 6:30pm            Welcome Reception

Wednesday, February 6                                                        
6:30am – 8:00am            Express Breakfast
7:00am – 12:00pm          Registration
7:00am – 8:00am            Safety Committee
8:00am – 9:00am            Education Session – Concrete Retarding Admixtures  
9:00am – 9:30am            Break
9:30am – 10:45am          Education Session – Performance of Drilled Shafts
10:45am – 12:00pm        Anchored Earth Retention Committee
12:00pm – 1:00pm          Lunch & Learn: Geotechnical Risk
1:00pm – 2:30pm            Owners Roundtable
2:30pm – 4:00pm            Chapter President’s Council
4:00pm – 6:15pm            Beach Volleyball Tournament

Thursday, February 7
6:30am – 8:00am            Express Breakfast
7:30am – 8:00am            Board Member Planning (Closed Session)
8:15am – 9:30am            Education Session – How to Identify Working Platform Issues
9:30am – 10:00am          Break
10:00am – 11:30am        Education Session – Case History: Drilled Shafts
11:30am – 12:30pm        Product Presentations Lunch & Learn: Skyline Steel, CZM, A.H. Beck
12:30pm – 2:00pm          Micropile Committee
2:00pm – 2:15pm            Break
2:15pm – 3:45pm            Drilled Shaft Committee
3:45pm – 4:30pm            IA Steering Committee
6:00pm – 10:00pm          Final Night Awards Reception & Dinner

Friday, February 8     
7:30am – 8:30am            Trustees Meeting (Closed Meeting)
7:30am – 8:30am            Governance Committee
8:30am – 11:00am          General Membership Meeting

Educational Opportunities

The 2019 Annual Meeting has everything, now including up to 20 hours of Professional Development Hours (PDHs) depending on your state of licensing. Join us for industry pertinent safety information, case histories, product presentations, and more!

Wednesday, February 6 

Concrete Retarding Admixtures
8:00am – 9:15am
Experts in the field of concrete admixtures will outline the basics of retarding admixtures and explain what questions to ask of your concrete supplier for extended pours, pours in hot weather, and other applicable situations.  Included in the session will be possible negative interactions with other admixtures and typical mix design specifications.

Performance of Drilled Shafts with High Strength Bar and Steel Casing: Results from the ODOT-ADSC Drilled Shaft Research Study, by Armin Stuedlein, Oregon State University
9:30am – 10:45am
The amount of steel reinforcement in drilled shaft foundations has increased due to increased axial and lateral loading demands as our understanding of the regional seismic hazard improves, and this has led to the increased possibility of anomalies in constructed shafts and the associated delays. This presentation discusses the results of a comprehensive full-scale study conducted to evaluate the effects of permanent steel casing and high strength steel reinforcement, two strategies available to reduce cage congestion, on the axial and lateral load transfer characteristics of drilled shaft foundations. Pertinent findings and observations from the experimental programs will be presented and discussed, including results of various integrity tests, the global axial and lateral load-displacement response, and load transfer mechanisms. Use of structural hollow bar to serve the dual function of longitudinal reinforcement and access for crosshole integrity testing is described, as well as the results of thermal integrity profiling.

Geotechnical Risk, by Jeffrey Hill, Hayward Baker
12:00pm – 12:45pm
Geotechnical risk is a subject that can be evaluated in many ways. Geotechnical construction cannot be completed without risk. In this industry practitioners can either choose to avoid risk or mitigate risk.

The presentation will discuss three different forms of risk that are integral to construction. 1. Schedule, weather, material delays, and other factors outside of the control of the project team. 2. Risk associated from changes in ground conditions. 3. Risks that were known by one project team member but not communicated to other team members.

The presentation will utilize real experience from Case Histories to discuss the cost impacts associated with the above construction risks not being managed. The presentation will focus on the team aspect of communication, and how open team communication can manage the risks associated with construction

Owners Roundtable
12:45pm – 2:15pm
Our second Owners Roundtable is an interactive and engaging forum allowing owners the opportunity to share with each other concerns and ideas that affect us all. Your thoughts and concerns for your business are important for all of our businesses.

  • As an association, why can’t we stand united on contractual issues?
  • Labor Challenges
  • Certification of Operators

Facilitated by Rick Kalson, ESQ., Benesch Attorneys at Law, and Bo Walker, Texas Shafts, this session will include open dialog from principals of construction companies whose opinions help assure that everything is considered when important decisions are made within the association.

Thursday, February 7

How to Identify Working Platform Issues
8:30am – 9:45am
It is not always apparent in what circumstances a contractor needs to define his working platform requirements. Identifying what likely constitutes a contractually-covered working platform situation will be covered, and examples will be given. Included will be “secondary” conditions, such as access and tramming.

Case History: Drilled Shafts
10:00am – 11:30am
Case History Presentation by Bo Walker, Texas Shafts, Inc.

Product Presentations
11:30am – 12:30pm
Western Equipment Solutions, MAIT, and Skyline Steel will give product presentations during the Lunch & Learn.   *professional development hours may not be certified for New York Engineers

Tuesday, February 5

Golf Tournament
Shotgun Start at 8:00am
From a front-nine featuring dramatic views of undulating fairways, rolling white sand dunes and the turquoise waters of the Atlantic to a back-nine that transports you to limestone “moonscapes,” elevation changes and a dense jungle environment, this course is a breathtaking sight to see—and a thrilling challenge to play. Lunch is included.

Welcome Reception
With the majestic Atlantic Ocean and palm trees as our backdrop, start the week by networking with your peers during the barefoot Welcome to the Bahamas! Reception on the beach! Stop by for cocktails and light hoeur d’oeuvres before heading to your dinner reservations with colleagues and friends!

Wednesday, February 6

Beach Volleyball
Show off your skills (or give your friends a laugh) and participate in the ADSC Beach Volleyball Tournament. The tournament is free but you must sign up online during registration!

Thursday, February 7

ADSC Awards Reception and Dinner
Join us for cocktails, hoeur d’oeuvres and a seated dinner as we honor the recipients of our distinguished awards: President’s Award, Contractor of the Year, Associate Member of the Year, as well as the 2018/2019 Scholarship Recipients. We are pleased to announce that ADSC will be inducting Bill Maher, former President of McKinney Drilling, into the Hall of Fame. We will be joined in celebrating by Bill’s wife, Denise, and their children. Dress attire is formal. Men are requested to wear a jacket and tie.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
One Baha Mar Boulevard
Nassau, Bahamas

Hotel reservations can only be made by registering for the conference online.  ADSC group rates are for Single/Double occupancy. Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your reservations early!

Standard Room $215.00 + taxes*
Fountain View Room $235 + taxes*
Ocean View Room $315 + taxes*
*$30 Resort fee, $25 Porterage/Housekeeping

Hotel Cut-Off date is January 7, 2019.  Any reservation received after this date, will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis only. Rates are good for three days prior and three days post conference, based on availabilityEarly departures or cancellation of reservations, within seven days prior to arrival, will result in no refund of your deposit.

A guarantee of one night’s room and tax deposit is required at the time a reservation is made and your card will be charged at the time of reservation.  Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00pm.

The hotel is approximately 15  minutes from the Nassau (NAS) Lynden Pindling International Airport. Please utilize airport rental car facilities or taxi service to get to and from the hotel. 

Lynden Pindling International Airport  (NAS) is served by most major airlines.

Parking at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar:
Valet Parking: $16/day
Includes in and out privileges; Payment can be made via debit or credit cards, no cash;  Guests are not able to charge valet parking to their guest room folio

Self-Parking: $10/day
The self-parking lot is located beside the convention center;  Payment can be done with a credit or debit card, as well as cash at the pay kiosks located in the self-parking lot

Sponsorships are available through the online registration form. Attendee registration is not included in any sponsorship option. Sponsorships are listed below, however please check the online registration form for current availability.

Table Top Display                        $1,500
(includes Golf Hole sponsorship, 6ft Table Top in networking area, pre-event promotion through email and social media marketing, Welcome Reception Sponsorship and on-site program promotion.)

Golf Lunch                                    $500
Networking Break                         $1,000
Welcome Reception Bar              $2,000
Welcome Reception                     $500, $1,000
Wednesday Breakfast                  $2,000*
Thursday Breakfast                      $2,000*
Wednesday Lunch                        $3,500*
Final Night Reception                    $1,500
Final Night Open Bar at Dinner      $5,000*
Volleyball Tournament Bar             $2,500*
Conference Gift                              $7,500*

*denotes an exclusive sponsorship

Registration Opens Oct 3rd!









Full Conference Registration
Includes: Four Education Sessions, Committee Meetings, General Membership Meeting, Owners Roundtable, Tuesday Welcome Reception, Wednesday & Thursday Breakfasts, Wednesday Lunch, Thursday Product Presentations Lunch & Learn, Thursday Final Night Awards Reception & Dinner, Volleyball Tournament (must sign up).

Member: $875
Companion: $525
Non-Member: $1095
Child (12-17): $150
Child (11 & Under): Complimentary, but must register

Golf Tournament
Includes Lunch & Green Fees. Clubs may be rented separately.

Cancellations: Cancellations will be accepted through December 21, 2018. A $100 processing fee will apply to each cancellation. No refunds after December 21, 2018. Refund requests must be submitted via email to Emily Matthews –