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It's Official: We Are Now the Geoprofessional Business Association

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The votes are in! Member firms have voted all proposed bylaws amendments into effect and, from this point forward, we are the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA). According to GBA President Steven D. Thorne, P.E., D.GE (Terracon), "The time had come. Continually fewer of our most active members knew what ASFE originally stood for or how we've evolved over the years. Geoprofessional Business Association identifies who we are today."

ASFE was an acronym for Associated Soil and Foundation Engineers, the name the organization began with in 1969. Then, when ASFE-Member Firms became active in the environmental-remediation field in the early 1980s, member firms' staff who focused on the environment felt like second-class citizens. "That's when we changed our name to ASFE — adopting the acronym as our name in full — and added a tag line explaining who we were. Taking that approach, we were able to recognize our geotechnical heritage while also explaining what we had evolved into. But answering the question 'What's ASFE stand for?' was becoming a steadily more cumbersome process." more

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