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Vol. 49 No. 7
GBA Case Histories are being used by our members for loss prevention discussions in support of professional development and mentoring. Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeating mistakes of the past which is why GBA case histories are so valuable, and why GBA is updating them all, while adding new ones, too. Five more case histories have been re-issued.
CASE HISTORY NO. 41 (download)
When two geotechnical engineering firms failed to collaborate on a Southern California apartment project, the result turned a $3,500 fee into a $1 million uninsured loss.
CASE HISTORY NO. 42 (download)
A Member-Firm, working on a new highway alignment in mountainous terrain performed a geotechnical-engineering study, report with criteria and recommendations, and provide on-call consultation to support design and construction of a roadway subdrainage system and related structures. Read how drought conditions and a belligerent landowner impacted this project.
CASE HISTORY NO. 43 (download)
A Member Firm did a favor for one of its major clients and took on a project with inadequate oversight. Problems occurred during dewatering and, when the subcontractor was dismissed, both the member and its client were sued.
CASE HISTORY NO. 44 (download)
An environmental consultant performed a hurried Phase I ESA for a developer and found no serious problems. A chlorinated solvent was discovered later, when the consultant performed a more rigorous study for a prospective purchaser. The developer initiated a suit against the owners of two suspected contamination sources. Both owners were clients of the environmental consultant.
CASE HISTORY NO. 45 (download)
An environmental consultant was retained to perform a Phase II ESA. When laboratory tests indicated unacceptable levels of a contaminant, the prospective purchaser reneged and demanded a return of its deposit. The developer refused, and a lawsuit ensued. In discovery, the parties learned that the site was not contaminated after all. Both the developer and prospective purchaser then sued the environmental consultant, who wound up paying $300,000, less $185,000 contributed by the laboratory.
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Per- and Poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAs) concerns in the environment are one of the hottest emerging environmental topics in the country. The compounds, developed in the 1950’s, have been used in a wide variety of everyday products including paper and plastics, water resistant fabrics coatings such as Gore-tex, non-stick coatings including Teflon, paper and packaging products, and stain resistant carpet and fabric coatings. Along with the processes and facilities responsible for the production of the goods, as the final repository for societal waste, PFAs are increasingly showing up in landfill leachate as the leaching process takes place within the landfill mass. READ MORE
This article was authored by Daniel F. Schneider, P.E., C.H.M.M. (Terracon). Each month, the Environmental Business Council of the GBA will spotlight a different group of emerging contaminants and discuss the evolving regulations and provide up-to-date knowledge of environmental contaminant distribution and the EPA's position on them. GBA's spotlight on emerging contaminants will help you and your clients stay ahead of this rapidly developing market so you will be smarter, stronger, and more successful. For more information about the Environmental Business Council, please contact the Chair, Victor Barchers, P.E., (Kleinfelder) at VBarchers@Kleinfelder.com.
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Geology Page via YouTube
As we give a nod to geologists in this issue of GBA NEWSlog, witness 300 million years of planetary change unfold in 3.5 minutes, creating the valleys and arches of Arches National Park.
Weston & Sampson
Weston & Sampson is honored to be recognized by the Boston Preservation Alliance with a 2018 Preservation Achievement Award in relation to the restoration of the George Robert White Memorial Fountain at the Public Garden in Boston. The fountain was constructed in 1924 and had been out of service for more than three decades. Famed American sculpture Daniel Chester French designed the three primary bronze features.
S&ME is excited to announce the opening of its newest office location in Huntington, West Virginia. The company looks forward to introducing S&ME services to the local market.
Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the central United States, is pleased to announce Richard McGuire, PE has joined our Kansas City office.
"We are thrilled to welcome Rich to our employee-owner team at Braun Intertec," says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. "As a senior engineer who will lead the building sciences practice in our Kansas City office, Rich's unique background will well-position our firm to service a variety of our client's needs in the local area."
TTL is proud to announce we have opened an office in Birmingham, Alabama that will be led by Steve Newton, PE. Mr. Newton joined the firm in May and brings with him more than 42 years of municipal and industrial water and wastewater design experience.
The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $104,200 in community and university grants, and scholarships. The Terracon Foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work.
Michael J. Konieczka was promoted to the role of president / COO of Wagman Construction, Inc. (WCI). Based in Wagman Construction's downtown office in York, Pa., Konieczka served as executive vice president for WCI for the past two years.
Mark your calendar for these outstanding GBA get-togethers, and be on the lookout for announcements about others being finalized.
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Getting More Work from Existing Clients — Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 1:30 p.m. ET
Turning Around an Underperforming Team — Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 1:30 p.m. ET
November 1, 2018, 8 a.m. to noon, J.W. Marriott, Nashville, TN
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GBA 2018 Fall Conference — November 1-3, 2018, J.W. Marriott, Nashville, TN
GBA Winter Leadership Summit — January 26-27, 2019, Westin Hotel, Denver, CO
GBA 2019 Spring Conference — April 4-6, 2019, Grand Wailea Resort, on Maui, HI
GBA EVENTS CALENDAR
President: Woodward L. "Woody" Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc. / Houston, TX), 713/686-6771|
President-Elect: Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE, (Gannett Fleming, Inc. / Harrisburg, PA), 717/763-7211|
Secretary/Treasurer: Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E., (PBS Engineering + Environmental / Portland, OR), 503/417-7707
Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494
Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon / San Antonio, TX), 210/641-2112
Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC), 336/553-1245
Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Joel Carson, Executive Director of GBA
Geoprofessionals are deeply rooted in the geology and broader earth sciences. Geologists are employed by most of our Member-Firms as many offer a wide array of geologic services. Interestingly, geologists were the leaders in the early development of environmental consulting services. With all of this in mind, this issue of GBA NEWSlog provides a highlight of geoprofessionals with backgrounds in geology.
Karl Terzaghi, widely considered to be the "father of" geotechnical engineering, studied geology in his early days and was married to a geologist too! Who are some of the other great names in the history of the geological sciences?
The USGS is a great resource for the latest news on "natural" geologic hazards and their impacts on society.
Geology is often considered the artistic science. There's plenty of evidence to back up this claim in the incredible natural vistas of landscapes and beauty of minerals. LOOK HERE
We may have entered a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene. There is much being written and presented on the topic of the Anthropocene, much of it compelling, some of it controversial, particularly in light of economic implications for industries.
European Geosciences Union
The European Geosciences Union has some very interesting blogs on the topic of geoengineering, defined by many to mean climate engineering/intervention and by others to include an even broader definition of geologic resiliency efforts.
Just when you thought your job as a geologist/engineer wasn’t hard enough, there seems to be a resurgence in the belief that the earth is flat.
Engineering Change Lab - USA
Summit Meeting No. 3, was held in Omaha on June 12 and 13, 2018. The summit was attended by 40 leaders from across the engineering community and built on the results of the first two summits held in August 2017 and February 2018. Planning is now underway for Summit 4 to be held on October 25 and 26, 2018, in Denver at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Summit 4 is being planned for two full days of activities. In addition, the dates for Summit 5 have also been set as March 4 and 5, 2019, in Kansas City.
If you have an interest in the progress of the labs or attending a future Engineering Change Lab Summit contact Mike P. McMeekin Mike.McMeekin@LRA-INC.com.
The Museum of Ice Cream, a surreal storefront tribute to our favorite frozen desert, has for months been a sold-out fairyland destination for tourists and selfie-seeking celebrities alike. But now it's being dogged by a controversy anchored to an unlikely culprit — rainbow sprinkles.
Pensacola News Journal
Cracks found in a portion of the concrete in the Pensacola Bay Bridge project have twice halted construction in the last several months, raising concerns about oversight and disclosure from the state, particularly in light of the Miami bridge collapse earlier this year.
Safety + Health
OSHA's threshold for moderate occupational heat risks starts at a heat index of 91° F, but that "might not be sufficiently protective," according to an analysis by the agency.
When Erin Brockovich sued a major utility company in the 1990s for contaminating drinking water with hexavalent chromium, a toxic and carcinogenic metal, national attention turned to California. Now researchers have determined that natural sources of the element may be geographically more important when it comes to the state's groundwater management.
Words of Wisdom
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."
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