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Vol. 48 No. 9
Refreshed GBA Case Histories have been downloaded almost 1,000 times since May 1, 2017 and they are being used by GBA 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 reissued.
Case History 16: The GBA-Member Firm completed about 150 exploratory borings, excavated test pits, and conducted seismic surveys in support of design and construction of a new building and campus for a state-owned college.
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 17: The Member Firm performed a geotechnical-engineering study and submitted a report of findings, including foundation-design recommendations, for an oil-sands-processing plant to be built upon oil sands.
- Take an Active Interest in the Project
- Bedrock Contour Maps Should Include Important Advisories
- Advise the Owner about the Importance of Construction Observation
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 18: A GBA Member-Firm conducted a geotechnical-engineering study, provided foundation recommendations, and performed related geotechnical-engineering services, for a small flood-control pump station to be built on reclaimed marshland.
- Establish Relationships.
- Don't Guess
- Learn About Construction Observation Up-Front
- Be Wary of Settlement Estimates
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 19: Perform a geotechnical-engineering study and observe foundation installation at a multifamily-residential, rental-housing project to be constructed in four phases on the site of an abandoned, suburban railroad yard.
- Prepare a Complete Proposal
- Recognize That If It Isn’t in Writing, It Didn't Happen
- Educate Clients About Project Risks
- Be Wary of Project Delays.
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 20: GBA Member performed a geotechnical-engineering study, developed foundation-design recommendations, and provided construction-materials engineering and testing (CoMET) services at a marine chemical terminal
- Be Wary of Residential Projects
- Take Aim at Shoddy Experts
- Recessionary Periods Increase Risk
Lessons Learned Include:
- Experience Counts
- Be Clear about Risks
- If It Isn’t in Writing, It Didn’t Happen
- Cutting Corners Leads to Problems
- Don’t Accept Foolishness.
WEBINAR: CREATING A PROFITABLE CULTURE THROUGH ACCOUNTABLE LEARNING
COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR FOR GBA MEMBERS
September 13, 2017 at 1:30 P.M. Eastern Time
Sign Up Now – September 13, 2017 1:30 PM – REGISTER HERE
- Free to all GBA Members
- 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) by a certified provider
- Accessible anywhere through remote connectivity.
This GBA sponsored workshop immediately prior to the 2017 Fall Conference to help you "jump-start" your business. This 10-hour course includes instruction and group exercises geared toward propelling your business to the next level.
Consider investing in your business by attending this workshop before the 2019 Fall Conference. For more information contact Sara Menase at Sara@Geoprofessional.org.
- October 18th to 19th, 2017
- J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix Arizona
- 10 Hours of Coursework
Join geoprofessionals from across North America October 19-21, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona at GBA's Fall Conference for two amazing days of education, experience sharing, networking, and fun!
The Conference Theme: Confronting Risk for Our Firms and Our Clients: Navigating Successfully in a Dynamic Business Climate will be supported by keynotes from celebrated authors and brilliant speakers, concurrent sessions that focus on your interests, and business roundtables on a variety of timely topics. In addition to the presentations you will be welcomed at GBA's fun-filled networking sessions where old friendships are renewed and new friendships are seamlessly developed.
Please join us at the GBA 2017 Fall Conference.
GBA Fall Conference – More Information
2017 GBA Fall Conference Registration
Healthy finances provide the first element of risk management. Are your accounts receivable where you want them to be, paid in a timely manner that supports healthy cash flow? If not, maybe it is time for a refresher.
A valuable resource GBA Members have is a recently published, comprehensive 21- Chapter guide called Getting Paid. Each Chapter is focused on a specific technique to achieve prompt payment while avoiding some clients’ efforts to avoid payment altogether.
Just a few of the new guide’s chapter titles include:
GBA Getting Paid
- Rely on Effective Billing and Payment Language in Your Contract,
- Consider Carrots and Sticks,
- Be Mindful of the Client’s Payment Language,
- Obtain a “Creditworthiness Guarantee,”
- Use Lump-Sum Pricing More,
- Use a Well-Designed Invoice,
- Obtain Cash on Delivery, and
- Require Collectors To Abide by the Ten Commandments of Effective Collectors.
GBA Poll - Emergency Management Plans|
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all GBA member firms, their employees, and their clients impacted by the devastating weather in the Southern and Southeastern United States. Many have reported they have executed on pre-developed emergency management plans (or emergency response plans) but not all firms have developed plans.
Does your firm have an emergency management plan or emergency response plan?
Please answer poll HERE
S&ME, an ENR Top 100 engineering firm, announces exciting changes to its corporate identity. Effective immediately, the firm has launched a new future-facing brand focused on versatility.
years of growth, S&ME had comfortably established itself as a national leader with a diverse range of services and expertise," said Randall (Randy) Neuhaus, S&ME's President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. "But we knew we had reached a crossroads. Using our past as a foundation, we set out to create a bold new vision for our firm."
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
As the home of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, has long been recognized for world-class healthcare. Now, with Destination Medical Center moving ahead at full steam, the City is poised to become a top global destination for health and wellness—and so much more.
Destination Medical Center (DMC) is a unique, $5.6 billion economic development initiative for the next 20 years. It's the largest of its kind in Minnesota history. In addition to the growth of Mayo Clinic, it includes provisions for public infrastructure and other projects—centered around six development sub-districts—to support the DMC vision.
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) recently welcomed three veteran professionals to the firm’s Environmental Engineering and Sciences practice. Bruce E. Dumdei, Ph.D.; Scott Wilson, CIH, CSP, CHMM; and Joseph J. Zlogar will be based in the firm’s Chicago office where they will expand environmental, air quality, and process safety-related service opportunities in the Chicagoland and Midwest regions, as well as in markets across the CEC corporate footprint.
Following the disappearance in March 2014 of the Malaysia Airlines flight, the southern Indian Ocean search, led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), was acknowledged as one of the largest marine surveys ever conducted. Geoscience Australia supported the ATSB, providing specialist advice and capability and an understanding of the remote environment in which the search was conducted.
Fugro deployed specialist survey vessels, equipped with sidescan and multibeam sonar equipment mounted on towed and autonomous underwater vehicles, to collect high resolution sonar images of the seafloor. The 278,000 square kilometres of data collected also included additional bathymetry data from Fugro’s survey vessels as they transited to and from the remote search area.
The Rockville, Sterling and SEDC offices pulled together to support Henry and Tito Flores as they collected items and money to help family and friends in their hometown of Houston, stricken by the hurricane. Henry and Tito work for Schnabel through the TECs subcontractor construction phase services contract doing site foundation and concrete inspections in and around D.C., plus travel to Georgia and Alabama for dams jobs.
Mark your calendar for these outstanding GBA get-togethers, and be on the lookout for announcements about others being finalized.
Future GBA Conferences
October 19-21, 2017
GBA Fall Conference
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort
January 26-28, 2018
GBA Winter Leadership Conference
April 5-7, 2018
GBA Spring Conference
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
October 18-20, 2018
GBA Fall Conference
Omni Houston Hotel
Future Events Supported by GBA
AEG 2017 Annual Meeting — September 10-16, 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO
IFCEE 2018 — March 5-10, 2018 in Orlando, FL
Future Training for GBA Member-Firms
Business "Jump Start” for Geoprofessional Managers" — October 18-19, 2017
Creating a Profitable Culture Through Accountable Learning — September 13, 2017
Developing Superstar Project Managers — December 13, 2017
GBA EVENTS CALENDAR
President: Charles L. Head, P.E., P.G., (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. / Concord, NH), 603/229-1900|
President-Elect: Woodward L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc. / Houston, TX), 713/686-6771|
Secretary/Treasurer: Kimberly F. Morrison, P.E., R.G., (Morrison Solutions, Inc. / Denver, CO), 303/989-1480|
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E., (PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. / Portland, OR), 503/248-1939
Thomas W. Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA)
Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE, (Gannett Fleming, Inc. / Harrisburg, PA)
Kenneth R. Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700
Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
GBA helps its members confront risk. You'll notice we don't say "avoid risk," because you can't help but encounter risks each and every day. Confronting risk requires models for doing so, here's an interesting take on new methods for that:
Savitt Bruce & Willey, LLP
Many of our member firms provide services related to slope stability and landslides. Government and private interests converge when it comes to addressing the risks and responsibilities in this area, read more on this here:
Harvard Business Review
Attracting and retaining talented geoprofessionals is essential for your business success. What top talent is seeking in their employment goes way beyond a pay check as described here:
As stated above in this issue, healthy finances provide the first element of risk management… the confidence to turn away from a risky assignment or client. It helps to keep your AR in order. Are your accounts receivable where you want them to be, paid in a timely manner that supports healthy cash flow? If not, maybe it is time for a refresher with some good tips here:
The weight of water can deform the Earth's crust, if there's enough of it. And we can measure that change with the ultraprecise global-positioning satellites humans have launched into orbit.On Sept. 4, Chris Milliner of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted a simple map visualizing data from the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory. It showed that the GPS data from special stations around Houston detected that the whole area had been pushed down roughly two centimeters by the weight of the water that fell during Hurricane Harvey.
The Associated Press via The Mercury News
State and federal environmental regulators issued a blanket waiver on Monday for Florida electricity companies to violate clean air and water standards without penalty for the next two weeks. The Environmental Protection Agency said the so-called No Action Assurance granted through Sept. 26 came at the request of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
"Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing."
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