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Vol. 49 No. 9
Designed for distribution to construction-project owners, this concise flyer points out effective means for managing risks, including limitation of liability. It explains that limitation of liability is not only a fair and reasonable approach, it can also result in lower construction costs while also encouraging design excellence. The flyer underscores the importance of relying on a qualified geotechnical professional, noting that "the fee premium paid to achieve high quality is tiny compared to the cost of correcting the problems high quality can prevent."
This valuable document is FREE to GBA Members and can be shared with clients to help them better understand how to manage risks and why limitation of liability is fair and reasonable.
It is six times harder and more expensive to find a new client than to get work from an existing client.
In most firms, 80% of your profits will come from 20% of your clients. So how can you ensure that your most valued and profitable clients are extremely happy with your services, and even recommend you to their friends and colleagues?
During this webinar we will discuss how valuable a client retention plan can be to vastly improving your client services and relationships and how it can help you gain a competitive advantage. This opportunity for one professional development hour (PDH) is FREE to all GBA Members.
Wednesday, September 12th
1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern
12:30pm – 1:30pm Central
11:30am – 12:30pm Mountain
10:30am – 11:30am Pacific
GBA is offering three professional development workshops on November 1, 2018 prior to our Fall Conference. This is an opportunity to enhance your conference experience by adding one of these valuable ½ day workshops taught by industry leading experts.
November 1, 2018
J.W. Marriott Nashville
8:00 AM to Noon
These ½ day workshops have been discounted for conference registrants to $300. Please contact Sara Menase (Sara@Geoprofessional.org) to register.
- Jump Start Your Growth (workshop details)
William “Bill” Siegel, P.E. & Kevin J. McMahon — McMahon | Siegel Group
- Positively Implementing a Culture of Accountability (workshop details)
June R. Jewell, CPA — AEC Business Solutions
- Project Financial Management: Managing Self & Others (workshop details)
Lee James CPA, CMC and CBI — Lee James & Associates
More information about the workshops is provided on our website:
GBA Pre-Conference Workshops
Brent Gleeson, a Navy SEAL, talks with Jeff Shore about what it means to be accountable. To yourself. To your teammates. To those you work with. As sales professionals, who holds you accountable? We often think of accountability as negative, but in today's episode of The Buyer's Mind — we want to give you a new perspective on the positive side of being held accountable.
This podcast will introduce you to Brent Gleeson who will keynote GBA's 2018 Fall Conference in Nashville.
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NTH Consultants, Ltd.
On the heels of receiving the "ESOP Company of the Year" award, NTH Consultants, Ltd. (NTH) announced that it recently earned a spot as one of "Metro Detroit's 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For." This year, NTH and our employee-owners are celebrating 50 years in business, which makes both wins even more significant.
"The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Companies were assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. In order to be considered, companies complete a comprehensive submission packet followed by anonymous employee surveys.
GAI Consultants (GAI) has announced the opening of its new office location in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This move prepares the firm for continued growth and expansion in Indiana, and allows GAI to better serve the Indiana Department of Transportation, City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Steuben County and other municipal, private and energy clients. GAI currently maintains four locations in Indiana, including downtown Indianapolis, Fishers, Fort Wayne and Vevay.
Have you been asked by your client to review your competitor's report? It is an honor to conduct a geotechnical peer review and can be a critical step forward, or backward, in becoming the consultant of choice for your clients. This is a critical client touch moment, and as such it's important to approach a peer review with the right mindset before proceeding.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have seen increased use partly due to improvements in drone-adapatable sensory technology. These improvements allow companies like CEC to offer clients an increasing number and broader rand of solutions via an in-house drone fleet.
Pennoni, is pleased to announce the expansion and relocation of our Winter Haven, FL office. The firm moved from its previous location at 2105 Dundee Road to a newly renovated space at 401 Third Street SW, in Winter Haven, FL. The move took place on Friday, July 27th. Winter Haven is one of six Pennoni locations throughout the state of Florida.
Office Director Beth Evans, AICP, LEED AP, had this to say about the move, "We are very excited about the move and the opportunity to establish our new office in the heart of the ongoing downtown renaissance. It's the place to be!"
Stantec has announced that following a successful 10-year tenure as the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), Dan Lefaivre will retire from the CFO role, effective December 31, 2018 as part of a planned executive leadership succession strategy.
The firm also announced that Theresa Jang will join Stantec on September 10, 2018 as executive vice president; she will take on the CFO role effective January 1, 2019.
Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is pleased to announce that Dana M. Spontak has joined the firm as an Environmental Staff Project Manager based in the Chesapeake, VA office for the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Group.
Mr. Spontak has more than ten years of experience as a biologist and wildlife ecologist, providing wildlife and land management, endangered species survey and ecological survey support to both private and public entities. He has expertise in conservation and habitat evaluations in compliance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
The coastal marshes of Louisiana and other states are a valuable resource. Sadly, in many areas they are slowly disappearing. By working together with ports and other industries, we can use river sediment to restore shrinking marshland.
"We are very pleased with our first six months performance, which is in line with our expectations and reached a milestone of over $15 billion of backlog," said Neil Bruce, President and Chief Executive Officer, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "We are entering the third quarter of 2018 with a strong backlog, a number of recently signed master service agreements and a high quality prospects list across our key sectors and geographies; poised for a strong second half of 2018. The integration of Atkins business continues to progress well and we have been able to share technologies, data and knowledge that is improving and broadening our services to clients."
Mark your calendar for these outstanding GBA get-togethers, and be on the lookout for announcements about others being finalized.
Future GBA Events
Free GBA Webinars:
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
PROJECT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP DETAILS
POSITIVELY IMPLEMENTING A CULTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY WORKSHOP DETAILS
JUMP START YOUR GROWTH WORKSHOP DETAILS
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
According to recent research, more than 90 percent of employees would prefer their manager to address mistakes and learning opportunities in real-time and not wait until annual performance reviews. Traditional performance evaluations may no longer be practical for how we work today.
Consider upgrading your approach to employee performance evaluation.
Harvard Business Review
Companies are using calibration committees to improve the fairness and effectiveness of performance evaluation systems.
Formal evaluation of CEO performance should be part of the guidance and support provided by the Board of Directors. However, executive performance reviews are often overlooked.
Boards of Directors have strengths, weaknesses and skills gaps at any given time, that should be evaluated as a critical component of managing their effectiveness. The purpose of a board evaluation and self-assessment is to allow Board members to better understand their own roles and responsibilities and how they can more effectively fulfill their obligations.
New York Post
Annual performance reviews can feel intimidating and burdensome. For many, this is particularly true with the self-evaluation component of the review. There are ways to improve your relationship with the self-evaluation.
Client service-focused businesses can benefit from asking clients for annual performance reviews.
Business News Daily
Giving a performance review is more complicated than just saying "nice job" or "needs improvement." Most reviews require the feedback to be written down in addition to being shared verbally. Your words must be chosen with care.
It is helpful to have some common performance review phrases available the provide fair and actionable feedback.
The maintenance and performance of major infrastructure over time seems to make the headlines each week in the form catastrophic failures. There is much to learn from events like the recent collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, Italy.
The Associated Press
Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, Italian media reported.
In the wake of a deadly bridge collapse in Italy, many are wondering, could it happen here? Experts say the answer is yes — and just like in Genoa it can happen without warning. Bridges with hidden failures are being used in every single state.
The earliest recorded production of cement dates hundreds of years ago; however, the first industrial production of this widely used construction product began in the middle of the 19th century. Since this point, global production of cement reaches 2.8 billion tons each year; a number that is expected to continue to rise to up to 4 billion tons more each year.
Words of Wisdom
"Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again."
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