United States Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District hires Piedroba to provide in-house training
On December 7th and 8th Piedroba was invited by the Jacksonville District, United States Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps) to teach a two day course. Subject matters of the lectures included harbor dredging, seepage through levees, dewatering of cofferdams, environmental dewatering, expanding dredge material management area’s (DMMA’s), rock testing methods, blasting versus cutting power, and the principles of construction contracts.
A symposium discussing the potential for improvement regarding writing plans and specification with the goal to minimize change orders was being held during the Thursday afternoon session. Jelle H.L. Prins led the panel that also included Piedroba’s Dr. Luis Prieto-Portar and Luis Prieto y Munoz. The group of participants primarily included Corps engineers and geologists.
Dr. Luis Prieto-Portar, who taught the majority of the classes, enjoyed the detailed questioning from the Corps attendees: ‘The Corps has a responsibility in maintaining our infrastructure, and to be able to come in and assist them with their work is a tremendous honor. The participants deal with real life practical issues on their projects and it’s great to see their passion and drive to getting things done; we certainly look forward to coming back here and offer our assistance where we are needed.
About the United States Army Corps of Engineers:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (The Corps) has approximately 34,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, the disciplined Corps team is working diligently to strengthen our Nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities where our service members train, work and live.
The Corps is also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life. The Corps energizes the economy by dredging America’s waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation opportunities at campgrounds, lakes and marinas. And by devising hurricane and storm damage reduction infrastructure, reducing risks from disasters.
Our men and women are protecting and restoring the Nation’s environment including critical efforts in the Everglades, the Louisiana coast, and along many of our Nation’s major waterways. The Corps is also cleaning sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste and material in an effort to sustain the environment.