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CSDA Opens Registration for Fall Training and Certification Classes

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) has opened registration for its Fall training and certification. The packed schedule features six 101 and 201 courses, as well as a GPR certification! Attendees can expect hands-on and classroom-style learning from one of the most respected and knowledgeable veterans of the industry, Rick Norland.

CSDA has scheduled a series of comprehensive introductory programs geared toward anyone wishing to begin or expand their knowledge of cutting disciplines that will take place in Portland, Oregon, at the ICS Training Facility. They are followed by a series of advanced Operator Certifications designed for experienced operators looking to gain proficiency in sawing and drilling techniques and those classes will be held in sunny Clearwater, Florida, at St. Petersburg College. The schedule is as follows:

Date                                   Course                                                                          Location

Oct. 14-15, 2019               Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 101                                  Portland, Oregon

Oct. 16-17, 2019               Wall & Hand Sawing 101                                               Portland, Oregon

Oct. 18, 2019                    Wire Sawing 101                                                              Portland, Oregon

Nov. 8-9, 2019                 GPR Certification                                                            Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 11-12, 2019              Slab Sawing & Core Drilling 201                                  Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 13-14, 2019              Wall & Hand Sawing 201                                               Clearwater, Florida

Nov. 15, 2019                   Wire Sawing 201                                                               Clearwater, Florida

As part of its Train More Save More program, the association offers large discounts to companies that send multiple operators to sawing and drilling classes. CSDA also has an online training website consisting of 27 classes available via www.csdatraining.com.

“Since its launch in 1995, the CSDA Training Program has had over 9,000 graduates and over the past couple of years, we have seen course participation grow across the board. An increasing number of companies are once again feeling financially confident enough to invest in industry training, which not only improves efficiency, safety, and productivity but raises the professionalism of the whole industry,” says CSDA Lead Instructor Rick Norland.

The association has hands-on, classroom and online classes for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training. To find registration details and other important information about these classes, visit www.csda.org/training.

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The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry. Diamond tools for projects requiring sawing, drilling, selective demolition, cutting, and polishing offers the construction industry many benefits including lower total project costs, precision cutting, maintenance of structural integrity, reduced downtime, reduced noise, dust and debris, limited access cutting and the ability to cut heavily-reinforced concrete. Founded in 1972, CSDA has 500 member companies worldwide.

 

CSDA Elects 2019 Officers & Board of Directors

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce new Officers and Board members, who were elected at the 47th Annual CSDA Convention & Tech Fair, held March 11-15, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Newly elected Officers are President Matthew Finnigan, National Concrete Cutting, Milton, Washington; Vice President Mike Orzechowski, DITEQ Corp., Lenexa, Kansas and Kellie Vazquez, Holes Incorporated, Houston, Texas who will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. Jack Sondergard, Central Concrete Cutting, Edgar, Wisconsin will serve as Past President and Patrick O’Brien continues as Executive Director.

Six Board members, whose terms expire in 2021, were also elected. They are Ty Conner, Austin Enterprise, Bakersfield, California; Dan Dennison, Diamond Tools Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mark DeSchepper, Echo GPR, Paola, Kansas; Bruce Ferrell, PROSOCO, Lawrence, Kansas; Jami Harmon, GSSI, Nashua, New Hampshire and Greg Lipscomb, Diamond Products, Elyria, Ohio.

Returning for the second year of their term on the Board are Peter Bigwood, Brokk, Monroe, Washington; Scott Brown, ICS Blount, Portland, Oregon; Bill Fisher, National Research Company, Novi, Michigan; Rick Glidewell, Hilti, Plano, Texas; Bennett Jones, Advanced Concrete Sawing, St. Paul, Minnesota and Tim Terrell, Husqvarna Construction Products, Olathe, Kansas.

“I’m appreciative for the passion that these people have shown for our industry and the association.  Their time and attention, all given freely and without compensation, to addressing issues facing the cutting, coring, imaging and polishing business provide testimony to CSDA’s aim of creating value for our customers in a safe and professional manner,” stated Matthew Finnigan, CSDA President.

The remainder of the CSDA 2019 Board and committee meeting schedule is as follows:

  • June 12-13                              Renaissance Reno Downtown, Reno, Nevada
  • September 5-6                        Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, Ohio
  • December 4-5                         Le Meridien New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

 

CSDA Announces Fall 2013-Winter 2014 Training Dates

CSDA image001The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce a range of dates and locations for its fall 2013-winter 2014 program.

Between November 2013 and January 2014, seven training classes will be held in three locations across the United States.

The schedule starts November 4 in Clearwater, Florida, where CSDA is offering a selection of Operator Certification courses for experienced operators who want to gain proficiency in any or all sawing and drilling disciplines. These classes include Slab Sawing & Drilling 201 on November 4-5, followed by Wall Sawing 201 on November 6-7 and Wire Sawing 201 on November 8-9. All classes will be held at CSDA’s training facility at the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College.

During the same week, on November 7-8, a CSDA Concrete Polishing class will be held in Bakersfield, California. First held at World of Concrete 2013, Concrete Polishing is a two-day classroom and hands-on course that focuses on the fundamentals of this technique, the correct setup, operation and maintenance of equipment and the differences between wet and dry polishing.

The annual World of Concrete trade show and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the scheduled location for three more CSDA training classes. A two-day CSDA Estimating class will be held January 20-21, followed by a Wall Sawing 101 class and another Concrete Polishing class running concurrently on January 22-23. All three classes will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the show. Venues for the wall sawing and concrete polishing classes will be split between the classroom and the outdoor demo area, where students will perform practical exercises at the exhibit booths of CSDA member companies. The Estimating class will focus specifically on the practice of estimating sawing and drilling jobs and is taught by industry experts with real-world experience.

All classes have been scheduled to provide cutting and polishing contractors with choice and flexibility, allowing operators and employees to attend when companies can afford to send them. In addition, CSDA has an online training website consisting of 27 courses that are available at www.csdatraining.com.

By using CSDA courses as part of a company training program, participants are assured they will receive top-notch instruction by industry experts, presenting the latest best practices and assistance with career paths for employees. The courses also offer structured training to increase efficiency, maximize productivity and documentation to limit company risk and liability.

The association has hands-on, classroom and online courses for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training. For more information, visit www.csda.org

CSDA Announces Fall 2012-Winter 2013 Training Dates

The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce a range of dates and locations for its fall 2012-winter 2013 program.

Between October 2012 and February 2013, CSDA will hold six training classes in three locations across the United States. The association has hands-on, classroom and online courses for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training.

The 2012-2013 training schedule starts in Olathe, Kansas on October 11-12. The association will hold a Slab Sawing 101 class at the headquarters of Husqvarna Construction Products. This introductory, yet comprehensive class provides students with a strong foundation in slab sawing operations and industry fundamentals. The class is suitable for new or inexperienced operators, as well as other industry professionals looking to learn more about this cutting discipline.

In November, CSDA is offering a selection of Operator Certification courses for experienced operators who want to gain top-notch proficiency in any or all sawing and drilling disciplines. These classes include Slab Sawing & Drilling 201 on November 5-6, followed by Wall Sawing 201 on November 7-8 and Wire Sawing 201 on November 9-10. All classes will be held at CSDA’s training facility located at St Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.

In February 2013, the CSDA training program heads west to Las Vegas, Nevada and the annual World of Concrete trade show and exhibition. A Core Drilling 201 advanced certification class is scheduled for February 5-6, while a two-day CSDA Estimating class will be held February 6-7. Both classes will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the show. Content for the Core Drilling 201 class will be split between the classroom and the slab, with students spending time at the outdoor exhibit booths of CSDA member companies to perform practical exercises. The Estimating class will focus specifically on the practice of estimating sawing and drilling jobs and is taught by industry experts with real-world experience.

All classes have been scheduled to provide cutting contractors with choice and flexibility, allowing operators and employees to attend when companies can afford to send them. In addition, CSDA has an online training website consisting of 26 courses that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via www.csdatraining.com.

By using CSDA courses as a company training program, participants are assured of receiving top-notch instruction by industry experts, presenting the latest cutting practices, and assistance with career paths for employees. The courses also offer structured training to increase efficiency and productivity, and documentation to limit company risk and liability.

For more information about CSDA training courses, visit www.csda.org. A PDF of the 2012-2013 CSDA training brochure can be downloaded by clicking Here.

CSDA and OSHA Team up to Cage Road Rage

Through its Alliance partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) has released a Best Practice on two very hot topics—aggressive driving and road rage.

Representatives from the CSDA Safety Committee have worked with OSHA to produce CSDA-OBP-1009 Aggressive Driving and Road Rage, the tenth document to be released by the Alliance since its formation in 2006. It is hoped that the release of this document will help professionals in the concrete sawing and drilling industry avoid confrontations as they travel to and from the jobsite, or during their commute to and from their homes.

“Many CSDA contractors travel around the country in work trucks, and sometimes they and other road users do not understand the extra time needed to maneuver such large vehicles or the distance required to bring these vehicles safely to a stop,” says Kellie Vazquez, chairperson of the CSDA Safety Committee and Board member. “By not understanding these factors, drivers can quickly become aggressive toward each other. In extreme cases, something as simple as not using a turn signal can result in an act of road rage. That is why we felt it was important to educate the industry about how to steer clear of these situations.”

According to the American Automobile Association, aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in up to 56% of fatal crashes. When this percentage is applied to the average number of fatal road accidents across the U.S. each year—around 38,000 based on data compiled by the NHTSA—it is clear that everyone should be doing what they can to eradicate aggressive driving and road rage from the nation’s roadways.

CSDA-OBP-1009 details some of the factors that can lead to aggressive driving and road rage, then goes on to explain some of the ways employers and employees can reduce instances of either occurring during their time on the road. This is the third road-related Best Practice released by the OSHA/CSDA Alliance, having previously released CSDA-OBP-1001 Highway Workzone Safety and CSDA-OBP-1007 Distracted Driving. All three documents are available to view or download via the OSHA Alliance page of the CSDA Website in English and Spanish.

For more information, or to download a copy of CSDA-OBP-1009, Click Here, call the CSDA office at 727-577-5004 or email info@csda.org.