GBA - Newslog - January 12, 2021

January 12, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 1


Message to Design Professionals - Updated

This publication spells out the risks architects, civil engineers, and other design professionals assume when they develop geotechnical-engineering scopes of service and solicit proposals or bids. Guidance is given on techniques for reducing the design team's liability exposure, principally through reliance on qualifications-based selection (QBS). A superb, quickly read, easily understood client-education tool that includes details on:

Step 1:  Choose a firm based on merit.

Step 2:  Mutually develop a geotechnical scope of service.

Step 3:  Meet to discuss findings and recommendations

Step 4:  Finalize the recommendations through construction observations.

Step 5:  Engage the geotechnical-engineering firm during construction, not a replacement firm.

GBA’s Message Flyers are available FREE for all GBA Members.


BIG NEWS! Winter Leadership Summit will be held Virtually

Out of consideration of current airline travel challenges and for the health and safety of our members and their families, GBA’s Winter Leadership Summit will now be held as a virtual event on January 28, 2022.

The Winter Leadership Summit is an annual gathering where the Board of Directors and Committees convene to discuss opportunities and issues that are impacting our members and the greater geoprofessions. It is a chance for our volunteers to network, collaborate, and complete assignments together for our current fiscal year and to identify actions to focus on for the next fiscal year.

All committee members are invited to attend, participate, and connect on important issues with their peers. Please join us!


Annual Project Excellence Award Applications Accepted through January 31, 2022

GBA is excited to announce the 2022 Outstanding Project Award. With this prestigious award, GBA will recognize some of the most outstanding projects by its members who live and demonstrate the vision of GBA to great accomplishment. Winners of this award will truly showcase their hard work and contributions to society in front of all of their peers, clients and other professionals from across North America.

Winners receive a plaque, will be recognized at GBA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in April 2022, and present their project at GBA’s 2022 Fall Conference.

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.


Emerging Leaders Class 5 is Launching – 3 Slots Remaining

The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) is launching our fifth class of the Emerging Leaders Program in 2022, only three slots remain and nominations for the class end January 14, 2022!

This short video explains why this is such a valuable opportunity. HERE

The class will be comprised of up to 20 GBA member-firm geoprofessionals from across the United States and Canada.  The class will meet for approximately 2 years, with the intent to expose participants to GBA and its host of benefits, including business-education resources associated with leadership, risk management and business performance optimization.

Space is limited and only 3 slots remain. Emerging Leaders Class 5 Applications will be received through January 14, 2022.


GBA Adds to Staff – Committee Coordinator

During a recent GBA Board of Directors meeting, Committee Chairs voiced their request to have additional Staff support for our Committees.  We are very happy to announce Dina Vann has been selected to be GBA’s first, dedicated Committee Coordinator.  In that role she will be working directly with our Committees leaders to help them plan, schedule and promote meetings, identify and complete assignments, and communicate with committee members on important initiatives.

You may already know Dina as she has augmented our staff at several past Conferences.

Please join us in welcoming Dina Vann to the GBA Team.


Most Popular Articles from 2021

Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was the important information about code changes every geoprofessional should know about.



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


CMT Engineering Laboratories Acquires Paradigm Consultants, Inc.

CMT Engineering Laboratories

We are pleased to announce that CMT Engineering Laboratories (CMT) has acquired Paradigm Consultants, Inc. (Paradigm), a materials testing, engineering, and consulting company, effective December 20, 2021. Paradigm and CMT share the same values and standards in the consulting engineering industry, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the CMT Family!

The combined business will operate under CMT and be led by Doug Watson (President). There will be no change to Paradigm’s leadership or management teams. Woodward L. “Woody” Vogt, P.E., D.GE, and Ray Meyer, P.E., will become shareholders in CMT and continue to work with the senior management and executive team in their current roles.


Renea Rangell to Become BSK Associates Next CEO

BSK Associates

The BSK Associates’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce today that   Renea Rangell will be the firm’s next CEO effective January 1, 2022. Ms. Rangell, a seasoned and successful member of BSK’s leadership team for over 8 years, will succeed CEO Rich Johnson who is stepping down from the position after his many years of valued executive leadership.

After 16 years at the helm of BSK, it is time that I turn executive leadership of this incredible company over to Renea and her energetic and very capable team,” says Johnson. “Her vision, her inclusive style, and her drive make her the perfect choice to drive BSK to even greater success.”

Board Chairman Kurt Fraese shares that “The selection of Renea represents the most significant milestone in a well-executed and ongoing leadership transition process. BSK is poised to take its next transformative leap forward with Renea’s ability to leverage the firm’s exceptional service and commitment to growth.”


Nathan McKinney, PE and Julie L. Moore Appointed to Braun Intertec Board of Directors

By Braun Intertec | January 5, 2022

Braun Intertec, a Minneapolis-based engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce the appointment of Braun Intertec Vice President Nathan McKinney, PE, and a Fortune 500 company growth and business strategist Julie L. Moore to the company’s board of directors.

“I am pleased to welcome Nate and Julie to our board of directors,” says Braun Intertec CEO, Jon Carlson. “They are both accomplished business leaders who will provide strategic guidance to our company and team of senior leaders as we pursue our vision of becoming the consultant and employer of choice.”


Ricciardi Moves into the Role of CEO

Weston & Sampson

Weston & Sampson, an interdisciplinary firm with nearly 750 employees and nationally ranked among the top 140 design firms in the US by ENR, is excited to announce the transition of the role of Chief Executive Officer from Michael Scipione, PE, to Frank Ricciardi, PE, LSP as of January 1, 2022.

Weston & Sampson has been working proactively and thoughtfully on succession planning to ensure a successful shift in leadership. Frank has been working continuously with Mike and our corporate leadership team over the past year for a seamless transition.

Since 2005, Mike has served as CEO and has been instrumental in the firm’s success and growth. Guided by his leadership, Weston & Sampson diversified services centered on the needs of our clients to include energy (renewables, gas, efficiency), climate resiliency, facilities design, and landscape architecture while strengthening our practices in environmental, transportation, water and wastewater engineering, as well as operations and construction. Mike has led the geographic growth of the firm with additional offices throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Going forward, Mike will shift to a client-facing focus, bringing his technical expertise, consulting experience, and problem-solving skills to support our clients’ environmental and infrastructure projects.


Final Volume of 75th Anniversary Video Highlights Current Leadership

Eustis Engineering

In the final volume of Eustis Engineering's 75th Anniversary Video Trilogy, we hear from current leaders, Gwen Sanders and Chad Held, on how the company's strong history and traditions inspire present-day operations. As we conclude the 75th year at Eustis Engineering, it is important to cherish our past while heading toward a promising future.


Nobis Group Appoints Two New Directors to Board

Nobis Group

Nobis Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Adams, PE and Pete Delano, PE to the company’s Board of Directors.

Adams joined Nobis Group in 1999 and brings 24 years of design, construction, and management-related industry experience. He serves as Vice President of Operations where he oversees Nobis Group’s resources with a focus on technical growth, process efficiency, technology integration, and overall project delivery excellence.


Verdantas Launches as an Opportunity for Engineers, Scientists & Technical Experts to Build a Better Tomorrow


Five leading professional service groups have come together to form a national company, which today is launching under a new brand: Verdantas.

Round Table Capital Partners (“RTC Partners”) launched this new venture with the acquisition of Hull & Associates, LLC (“Hull”) in July of 2020, and has since expanded the organization with the acquisitions of Duffield Associates, LLC (“Duffield”), HSW Consulting, LLC (“HSW”), GeoInsight, Inc. (“GeoInsight”) and Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.(“Alden”).

Verdantas was started with a vision to build a consulting company focused on improving the world by addressing the toughest challenges facing our natural and built environments today. Over the past 18 months, Verdantas has brought together an outstanding group of consulting companies that share this common focus. The combined organization now offers a comprehensive suite of environmental, energy, water, civil infrastructure, and green and sustainable engineering services.


Desiré Mahanna, Promoted to Business Unit Manager


Exciting things are happening in our Orlando office!  Desiré Mahanna has recently been promoted to Business Unit Manager.  Having been with our firm for over 3 years, she consistently shines and impresses us with her industry knowledge and skill.  Way to climb that corporate ladder!

Insight from Desiré: “NOVA’s culture is one that promotes professional and industry growth both on a personal and corporate level.  It’s truly been my honor to be a part of the NOVA family and to help develop and grow our business in the Orlando region.  My personal success with NOVA is a direct result of having remarkable leadership and an impeccable team of staff around me.  You’re only as good as those you surround yourself with and I am very fortunate to have the best in the business on my team and look forward to continued success and growth for all.”


Congratulations to Our 2021 Officers!


We are pleased to announce the promotion of eight S&ME employee-owners to Vice President.

Our officers are recognized as leaders, team builders, and mentors with positive influences on our company and culture. Officers also create an inclusive environment where individuals with various backgrounds can reach their full potential, instill a “can do” vision and attitude, actively promote collaboration between Business Units and locations, and genuinely engage with our colleagues.


Menard USA Adds a West Coast Presence with the Acquisition of Farrell Design-Build Companies, Inc.

Menard USA

Ground improvement specialist Menard USA acquired Farrell Design-Build Companies Inc. of Placerville, Ca. as of Dec. 1, 2021.

With 15 offices across the eastern half of the U.S., Menard USA has added its first West Coast location.

“Farrell will be a great partner for Menard’s expansion on the West Coast of the United States,” said Seth Pearlman, CEO of North America at Menard.

Tom Farrell will remain President of Farrell and added, “We are delighted to join Menard. With the support of a larger group, we can now offer more services to our California and West Coast customers.”



Not New Normal – CEO Predictions for 2022


CEOs across the market, economy agree on one 2022 prediction: More volatility, no end to Covid.


Preparing for Another Strong Year – 2022 Outlook


2022 should be another rewarding—but challenging—year, and the industry looks to be poised to capture growth opportunities.


Seeing Is Believing – Top 20 Visualizations of 2021

Visual Capitalist

The always interesting “Visual Capitalist” site recently released its Top 20 Visualizations of 2021.


Pace of Change – 2022 Tech Trends

Fast Company

The biggest tech trends of 2022, according to a survery of over 40 industry experts.


Training Announcement


TNSAVE is conducting post-disaster structural evaluation training. Currently, we have about 250 trained inspectors and our goal is to have 7000 trained inspectors. If you want to help people in their darkest hour using your professional training and experience, we invite you to sign up for TNSAVE and become certified by taking one of our upcoming classes.

TNSAVE is comprised of professional organizations whose objective is to help the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) develop and maintain a post-disaster building inspector program.

Avoiding another Florida tragedy. Wisconsin condo building evacuated due to structural issues identified in engineering report.


Employees are Tired, Stressed and Burned Out. Give Them 'Wellness Days.'

NBC News

Sick days raise the question of whether someone is really ill or just shirking work. These can be used for whatever workers think will improve their wellbeing.


Concrete Sensors: A Technology Still in Its Infancy

For Construction Pros

Contractors can utilize a concrete sensor to gain inside knowledge of what exactly is happening in their concrete, like a health monitor or a Fitbit stuck inside producing vital readouts of the inner workings of the mix reporting on temperature, and analyzing data to estimate maturity levels.


Architects Are the Latest White-Collar Workers to Confront Bosses

NY Times

Saying they are overworked and underpaid, architects at a prominent New York firm want to unionize. Others could follow.

For decades, architects have enjoyed a place alongside doctors and lawyers among the professionals most revered by pop culture and future in-laws.

And for good reason. Architects spend years in school learning their craft, pass grueling licensing exams, put in long days at the office.

How can I avoid holiday season burn out?


Never Easy

Construction Risk

In this case, engineer has no exemption from liability under statute providing insurance companies exemption from liability.


Rock On


Big questions and challenges in geoscience. How can geoscientists contribute to science, technology, economy, and policy?



"Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument."

- Desmond Tutu


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President-Elect - Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA) 703/471-8400

Secretary/Treasurer - Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC) 336/553-1245

Director - Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc.(Kiewit / Montreal, Canada)

Director - Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc. / Wilmington, DE) 302/239-6634

Director - Steve Wendland, P.G., P.E., R.G., D.GE (GeoEngineers, Inc. / Prairie Village, KS) 913/475-5851

Director - Teresa L. Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O&M ENV SP (Gannett Fleming / Harrisburg, PA) 717/763-7211

Director - Bradley M. Melocik, P.E., P.H. (DOWL / Redmond, WA) 800/478-3695


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