Chair: Dan MacLean, P.Eng.
Dan is grateful to have been selected as the chair of ISM, a great organization that he has been actively involved in for over 15 years. He first heard of the organization when Past Chair Jim Bruce attended ISM events all over the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and he had to stay back at the office. Dan initially became part of the organizing committee for the International Workshop on Micropiles (IWM) in Toronto in 2007, which he also attended. After attending the IWM in London in 2009, he participated again on the organizing committee for the workshop in Washington, D.C. in 2010. For the workshops in Krakow (2014) and Vancouver (2017) he was the technical chair for the programs.
Dan is a professional engineer in Ontario, Canada, with 15 years of experience. Following his graduation from Queen's University with a degree in mining engineering, he worked for Geo-Foundations from 2001-2004. In 2004, he left the construction side of the geotechnical industry to enter the supply side with Con-Tech Systems Ltd., as an engineer. In 2014, he became president at Con-Tech Systems.
Throughout his tenure with Con-Tech Systems, Dan became heavily involved in industry associations. He has been chair of the ADSC/DFI Micropile Committee and part of the PTI Committee for the latest rewrite of the Recommendations for Pre-Stressed Rock and Soil Anchors. He is currently research chairman and National Board Member of ADSC, and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, International Association of Foundation Drilling, International Society for Micropiles, Deep Foundations Institute, Canadian Geotechnical Society, Post Tensioning Organization and Canadian Dam Association.
Dan has spoken at many conferences, with most of his presentations focusing on micropiles or anchor earth retention.
In both 2010 and 2013, Dan was the recipient of the ADSC President Award for his efforts within the association.
Dan is married to his wife Deanna, and they have two boys named Matthew and Ethan.
Donald A. Bruce, Ph.D., D.GE, C.Eng., P.G. L.G., L.E.G.
Dr. Bruce holds degrees in Geology and Geotechnical Engineering from Aberdeen University, Scotland. He worked for specialty geotechnical contractor, Colcrete, Ltd., for almost 10 years in the U.K., Pakistan, Hong Kong, Egypt and the Middle East. He then joined Pittsburgh-based Nicholson Construction Company as technical director, working on projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1996, he established Geosystems, L.P., a consultancy specializing in the more practical aspects of micropiles, drilling, grouting, anchoring, diaphragm walls and deep mixing. He works throughout the world, principally as a member of boards of consultants or as litigation support.
He has published over 300 technical papers, and coauthored 3 textbooks. He is an active member of many professional societies, including ADSC, DFI, USSD, ASDSO, AEG and, of course, ISM.
Dr. Bruce has been awarded the Kapp, W.H. Baker and Terzaghi Awards by ASCE, and was the ISM's 2009 Lizzi Lecturer.
Dr. Bruce's interest in micropiles began in 1978 with underpinning works in London, England, and continued with one of the first micropile projects in Hong Kong in 1982. In the Nicholson years, he was active in the development of high-capacity micropiles throughout the U.S. and Canada and, in 1994, was appointed co-principal investigator of the FHWA's micropile State of Practice study, which was published in 1997, and formed the basis for the FHWA Implementation Manual in 2000 and 2005. As part of the original FHWA study, Dr. Bruce, together with Mary Ellen Large, now of DFI, and the treasurer of ISM, organized what were then called the International Workshops on Micropiles (IWM). This was a forum to exchange information between various international groups. The IWM morphed into ISM, and Bruce held the chairmanship until 2006 when, thoroughly exhausted, he accepted with great appreciation the honorary chairmanship. He continues to present on micropile topics in seminars and short courses, including those organized by the National Highway Institute (NHI).