GBA - Newslog - January 26, 2021

January 26, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 2


Sign Up Today: Winter Leadership Summit This Week

GBA’s Winter Leadership Summit will now be held as a virtual event this week on January 28, 2022.

Learn About GBA Updates

  • 2024 Strategic Plan
  • 22 by 2022 Recruiting Campaign
  • Elevate Geoprofessional Value
  • Best Practices for Committee Leadership

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.

If you are not a committee member and want to join one, please join us!

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.


President's Update

Tom Blackburn - GBA President

This is the January installment of President Tom Blackburn’s monthly updates to GBA members.  “It is my way to better connect you with GBA’s leadership, provide some lessons learned, show you how we continue to make GBA better and improve your GBA experience.” 

In this update, Tom shares an update on his initiatives during his term.



Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was an updated message to design professionals intended to educate them on the value of selecting the right geotechnical consulting firm for their projects.



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Pennoni Expands Pennsylvania Presence with Snyder, Secary &
Associates, LLC


Pennoni, a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm, has hired the staff and acquired the assets of Snyder, Secary & Associates, LLC, of Harrisburg and York, PA. Effective December 31, 2021, the staff will be working in the Snyder Secary Division of Pennoni. The addition of the Snyder Secary Division strengthens Pennoni’s civil engineering, land use planning, and development consulting services throughout Pennsylvania

Founded in 2008 and recognized as a Top 50 Fastest Growing Company by Central Penn Business Journal, Snyder, Secary & Associates has been a leader in providing comprehensive land development services for commercial, residential, industrial, and community projects.

“The Snyder Secary Division expands our service offerings throughout Pennsylvania and brings a wealth of experience to a market that Pennoni has long been committed to serving,” said Pennoni’s President & CEO David DeLizza. “They have developed a solid reputation in the region, and we look forward to having them as a part of the team as we serve our clients.”


Stay Tuned! A New Look for Gannett Fleming

Gannett Fleming

Throughout our evolution over more than a century, Gannett Fleming has innovated alongside our clients and pioneered key engineering and design solutions. We continue this tradition today, as we tackle some of our communities’ most pressing infrastructure challenges while helping our clients achieve their goals.

We’re excited by change and the opportunities and challenges it brings. The latest change is the modernized logo you see on our website and social media channels.

Gannett Fleming’s brand icon was created by our founder nearly one hundred years ago. Just as we continue to take inspiration from our storied past while evolving and adapting, so, too, does our logo.

What does it stand for? Our people are our strength and solid core, represented by the red triangle. The open circle represents our inclusive and collaborative culture. The diamond is the spark of continual innovation and ingenuity that we bring to everything we do.


Terracon Rebrands after 55 years


Terracon has grown and evolved for more than 55 years. Our refreshed brand embodies our long history of integrity, curiosity, and excellent client service. It also represents our future as explorers – meeting our clients where they’re at and providing innovative solutions at every turn.

Our national network of professionals, in more than 175 offices across the country, are ready to explore your next project with you.


Sanborn Head Announces Promotions

Sanborn Head

Sanborn Head lists those that were promoted in a January 12, 2022 posting.  Congratulations for all that you have accomplished and for all the great things yet to come in 2022.


Atlas Awarded $3 Million for LOR Contract With Antelope Community College District

Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc

Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATCX) (“Atlas” or the “Company”), a leading Infrastructure and Environmental solutions provider announced today that it has been awarded the Antelope Valley Community College (AVC) District contract to serve as the Laboratory of Record (“LOR”) for ongoing construction materials testing and inspections. The college is located in Lancaster, California, and the $3 million contract term is for five years.

“Atlas has over 30 years of Geotechnical Engineering, Materials Testing and Inspection experience and a depth of expertise and resources that are unmatched in the industry, “said Atlas Chief Growth Officer, Priya Jain. “We are pleased to support the Antelope Valley Community College District with testing and inspection services and solutions that will minimize risks, reduce costs and optimize performance for various building projects on campus.”


Building and Structure Sciences Expert Timothy Tonyan, Ph.D. Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec is pleased to announce Timothy Tonyan, Ph.D. has joined the company as vice president for the building and structure sciences (BaSS) group. With nearly 40 years of experience as a forensic consultant and operations leader for consulting engineering firms, Tonyan will lead a team of building envelope and forensic consultants, structural engineers as well as firestop inspectors for the 100% employee-owned geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and testing firm.


NOVA Adds Archaeologist, Sara Battaglia


We are taking our environmental capabilities to a whole new level! Sarah Battaglia, MA, RPA has joined our Florida Panhandle team as our first Archaeologist on staff.  Welcome!

Sarah spent her college years studying Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of West Florida where she earned her Bachelor’s in 2003 and a Master’s in 2008.  She brings 13 years of experience in the construction industry, specifically in the environmental consulting sector.

Her career led her to a site in Pensacola that spoke to her soul.  After completing the archaeological and environmental investigation in an area once occupied by a late 19th-century family, Sarah put pen to paper and began writing a book about her research and findings.  While not yet complete, this book promises to tell an amazing story.

Whether you find old graveyards spooky or serene – Sarah finds them intriguing.  Cemeteries in Northwest Florida are some of her favorite hangouts as she enjoys photographically documenting gravesites.  Very cool, Sarah.


Kleinfelder Positions for Solar Market Growth, Naming Derek Brown National Solar Leader


With the continued infrastructure evolution and growth of the solar industry, Kleinfelder has named Derek Brown National Solar Market Leader.

In this role, Derek will be responsible for developing and implementing Kleinfelder’s growth strategy for the solar market. Functioning on a nationwide scale, Derek will collaborate with business development, technical, and operational leaders to expand Kleinfelder’s solar services, leverage emerging technologies, and advance business relationships with major solar developers/owners.

“Kleinfelder has earned a great reputation in the solar market by consistently providing exceptional engineering and environmental services,” Derek said. “I’m excited to work more closely with the teams who founded our solar practice and see what we can build together – an even stronger ecosystem, a deeper base of well-served clients, and a growing business that continues to lead the way in the industry.”


Olsson Announces 12 Employees Earn PE or PLA Certifications


Ten employees from Olsson recently passed standard required exams and earned professional engineer (PE) certification. Two employees passed the landscape architect registration exam (LARE) to become professional landscape architects (PLA).

To earn PE certification and be promoted to associate engineer, a person must complete four years of professional experience under a licensed PE and pass the PE exam. A PLA must complete three years under a licensed professional and pass four exams. The 11 Olsson employees are named here:



United Van Lines 45th Annual National Movers Study Reveals the Top States People Moved To and From

United Van Lines

United Van Lines released the company’s 45th Annual National Movers Study today, which indicates Americans were on the move to lower-density areas and to be closer to their families throughout last year.

The annual study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ state-to-state migration patterns, determined Vermont as the state with the highest percentage of inbound migration (74%) with United Van Lines. Topping the list of outbound locations was New Jersey (71%), which has held the spot for the past four years.


Inflation is here. Plan Ahead and Protect Your Business

South Florida Business Journal

If you’re worried about the effects of inflation and resource scarcity on your business, taking early action to maintain profitability is essential. Here are three ways you can continue success in 2022.


The Obstacle Course


Scientists from historically excluded groups face a hostile path. Inclusive and equitable geoscience requires the identification and removal of structural barriers to participation.


What is Driving Record-Setting M&A Activity?

Waste Today

What is driving the environmental services industry’s record-setting pace of M&A activity?


Virtually There - The Future of Video Calls

Touchzen Media

Hologram tech may soon replace video calls.


2021 Climate Disasters in the U.S.


The US was hit by 20 separate billion-dollar climate disasters in 2021, NOAA report says.


San Diego Engineering Legends

San Diego Engineers

As GBA looks to our Spring Conference in San Diego, it’s a great to check out the “San Diego Engineers” website celebrating engineering legends.


Lawsuit Against Engineering Company Proceeds?

Metro Times

Judge allows Flint water lawsuit against engineering company to proceed.


Geotechnics Can Make Life Simpler, Safer, and More Certain


For any transportation project, it’s essential to have a clear view of the subsurface and any problems that may arise. What ‘lies beneath’ will invariably have a major impact on project progress and budget adherence – and geotechnics has a key part to play in revealing it. “The first rule of communicating geological engineering is don’t talk about geological engineering!”


Point A to Point B: Administrations Program to Fix Bridges


Program and funding to fix 15,000 bridges across the country.



"Not only can engineering be used to solve problems, but engineers can work to make the world a better place, improve conditions and improve lives."

- Eleanor K. Baum


President - Thomas "Tom" W. Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F. ASCE, F.ACEC (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA) 530/887-1494

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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