Archive for July, 2012

Foundation Supportworks Engineer to Present at DFI Conference

Don Deardorff, P.E., Senior Application Engineer for Foundation Supportworks, will be presenting at the 37th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in October.  His paper, “Hydraulic Drive Head Performance Curves for Prediction of Helical Pile Capacity,” was accepted for verbal presentation by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) committee and documents the efficiencies of eight different drive-head motors at all ranges of differential pressure.  These hydraulic gear motors, from three different manufacturers, were recently field tested by Foundation Supportworks, Inc. to compare the torque versus differential pressure curves with varying installation equipment and hydraulic line sizes.  Don will be presenting the results of the testing and his conclusions on the actual performance versus stated performance of the different drive-head motors.

Founded in 1976, the Deep Foundations Institute is an international network of heavy construction professionals dedicated to quality and economy in foundation design and construction.  The Institute is organized to serve as a primary means through which members of the Institute may participate in improvement of the planning, design and construction aspects of deep foundations and deep excavations.

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Foundation Repair Contractors Participate in Sales Management Training

Over 25 sales managers and business owners from throughout the Foundation Supportworks dealer network attended sales management training on June 13th and 14th in Omaha, Nebraska.  The event focused on the unique and difficult challenges the sales manager position faces within a foundation repair company.  The two-day meeting allowed the attendees to share experiences and best practices related to leading effective sales teams and maintaining a positive sales culture.  The managers helped set the agenda by determining which issues were most common in their day-to-day activities.  Some topics discussed included: how to inspect what you expect from your sales team, hiring new employees, keeping sales people motivated, running effective meetings, reviving your sales culture, and more.

Along with the classroom training, those in attendance enjoyed an afternoon of team building and networking out on the golf course.  The event gave the attendees a chance to get their competitive juices flowing and enjoy a day of fun in the sun with other managers from across the Foundation Supportworks dealer network.

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