Andy Sneddon, Graham Piling Services

Describe your current job.
I’m the construction manager for Graham Piling Services – I do marketing, estimating, installing and payments – basically, everything.

What are your areas of responsibility?
Everything piling!

How did you get to where you are now?
I left university with a degree in house building (UK style). After a few years, I decided to change and get into piling. I started out as a junior engineer with Cementation Piling in the UK. After a few different career moves over a 25-year period, I now find myself in Canada with Graham Construction.

What do you love about your job?
All of it! And it’s in Canada.

Dieseko Group, producer and supplier of hydraulic vibratory hammers and other foundation equipment, acquires Woltman Piling Equipment, a company located in Giessenburg, Netherlands. Woltman is market leader and producer and supplier of piling equipment.

By means of the acquisition, both companies can combine forces and achieve economies of scale, for example by joint purchasing. Clients will benefit from shorter delivery times and new innovations.

“The acquisition of Woltman seamlessly fits into our policy. We strive for market leadership for vibratory hammers and want to be the supplier for complete product packages for piling contractors,” said Ton Kraak, CEO of Dieseko Group. “We know Woltman very well as our subsidiary PVE Piling & Drilling Rigs – which was acquired by Dieseko Group in 2014 – has been working together closely with them for several years.”

Woltman Piling Equipment will operate as an independent business unit of Dieseko Group in the Benelux region. All employees will remain working within the organization.


The North American precast concrete industry is pleased to announce the release of environmental product declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts of precast and prestressed concrete products.

The precast concrete industry-wide EPDs are now available for the following products: architectural and insulated wall panels, structural precast concrete products and under- ground precast concrete products.

The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) and Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI) are hosting a Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis (DFDTA) course in Mississauga, Ont., June 15 to 17 at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites.

Seminar on Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis 
Wednesday, June 15, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Who should attend: Geotechnical, structural and construction engineers; owners, contractors and other professionals involved in the design, construction and specification of deep foundations

High Strain Dynamic Foundation Testing Workshop parts 1 & 2 
Thursday and Friday, June 16-17, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Who should attend: Users of the Pile Driving Analyzer® (PDA) system and CAPWAP® software interested in sharpening their skills, engineers, foundation testing professionals, students and professors already familiar with the basic concepts of deep foundation dynamic testing and analysis, professionals who desire to have a basic understanding of the dynamic test results being presented to them, those interested in taking the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test

PDCA will also offer the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test as part of the seminar/workshop for those who want to test their proficiency in understanding dynamic measurements and analysis.

For more information or to register, visit www.piledrivers.org. 

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