GBA - Newslog - February 9, 2022

February 9, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 3


Registration is Open: GBA Spring Conference

Registration is open for GBA’s 2022 Spring Conference in San Diego, California.  This is our opportunity to gather as a geoprofessional community to reflect on our value as we THINK BIG. ACT BIGGER.

We will do what GBA members have done for more than 50 years: identify emerging opportunities, solve common problems, strive to improve our businesses, and elevate our profession. We will reconnect as a community, share experiences, and plan for the future.

Topics include:

  • Extreme Leadership
  • Emerging Technology
  • Private Equity Investments
  • Growth Through Diversification and Expansion
  • Embracing Diverse Voices
  • Partnerships and Teaming Agreements

Encore performance by bestselling author and Extreme Leadership Coach, Steve Farber.

Join Your Peers:

  • Business Roundtables
  • Social Networking
  • Annual Awards Banquet
  • San Diego Harbor Cruise

Invite a guest and join us at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel, April 7-9, 2022.

Register for GBA’s 2022 Spring Conference:  HERE

Customized Engagement Reports Delivered

GBA created and delivered customized engagement reports to all members to help you evaluate the value of membership and identify ways to receive more value in the future. 

The feedback from our members was outstanding! 

“Kudos on a really great membership engagement report.  I think that is a cool outreach to members and a helpful way to drive further engagement.  Good stuff!”


“Very helpful.”


“Great report!  No other association does this!  Love it!”

To review the customized engagement report for your company, please check with your GBA Ambassador or contact our staff.

It is important to us that you receive full value from your membership.  Engagement of your employees is often a good indicator of the value of your investment. 


Annual Project Excellence Award: Applications Deadline February 15, 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 will 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 February 15, 2022.


CMT Engineering Laboratories – NEW GBA MEMBER

GBA is thrilled to announce CMT Engineering Laboratories (CMT) has joined our Association after their recent acquisition of Paradigm Consultants, Inc.

CMT is a full-service consulting engineering, construction engineering management, highway and structural inspections, testing, and analytical laboratory services company. Established in 1978, CMT has served the government, defense, educational and commercial clients throughout Utah and surrounding states.  Since 1978, CMT has provided technically accurate, cost-effective, and timely solutions to our clients’ problems.  CMT has the experience and the essential components to provide a superior service on your project.

Welcome to GBA!


GBA Updated Best Practices: Commentary on the Model Request for Proposal

Ask the right questions before you submit a proposal.

The “Model Request for Proposal” document outlines many virtues of a well-planned out proposal request for geoprofessional activities for a project. The document discusses exploration approaches, the need for clarity in the planned construction and site configuration and offers discussion points for owners and their design team for consideration.

Further, the document can be used amongst geotechnical engineers and geologists in a firm as a training basis on the baseline requirements for a solid proposal.


Toddies with Tom: February 25, 2022

You are cordially invited to join GBA’s President Tom Blackburn for a casual afternoon of information and social networking with friends and colleagues from across GBA. Tom will introduce you to friends as we wind down the week and toast the weekend with a seasonal beverage. Please join us for a fun and informative hour.

Date:  February 25, 2022
Time:  5:00 PM Eastern
Register:  E-mail GBA HERE

ABMS Endorses GBA’s Proposed Best Practices for the Engineer of Record for Tailings Dams

The Brazilian Association of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ABMS) recently declared that the Proposed Best Practices for the Engineer of Record for Tailings Dams, published by the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), is a comprehensive guide and has the tools needed to apply the Registration Engineer concept for mining tailings dams in Brazil.

ABMS endorses this guide as a reference to the management and safety of dams, a theme of great relevance for Brazilian engineering and society today.



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Sanborn Head Celebrates New Board Members and Shareholders

Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.

Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the election of two new members to our Board of Directors and the addition of two new shareholders in the firm.

“We are excited to celebrate these leadership milestones for Sanborn Head,” said Barret Cole, President/CEO. “The addition of two new shareholders to our organization and the election of two new Board members demonstrate our firm’s solid foundation to support growth and success over multiple generations of leadership and ownership, as well as multiple generations of projects, technical innovations, clients, and people.”


Leadership Changes at BSK

BSK Associates

The promotions of Belinda Vega and Tim Rodriguez to Chief Operations Officers of the Laboratory and Engineering divisions are very deserving. Their proven expertise and dedication combined with existing working knowledge of BSK will help us to further push our strategic objectives while building a focus around excellent employee and client experiences.

I am also pleased former CEO, Rich Johnson, has chosen to stay on board with us as a Principal Geologist.  Rich will not only be working on new projects, but will also be taking on roles to assist with Risk Management and Mentorship.


Earth Systems Appoints New Vice Presidents

Earth Systems

Earth Systems is pleased to announce the appointments of two new Vice Presidents, Amir Khodadadi, PE, and Nick Zoetewey, PE, GE. Amir and Nick reflect Earth Systems’ commitment to providing technical excellence and outstanding service to our clients, along with initiative and guidance for junior staff members. We are excited to have them join our management team.


Universal Engineering Sciences Appoints Chief Financial Officer Michael Dear

Universal Engineering Sciences

Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a privately-held national leading engineering and consulting company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting, appointed Michael Dear as Chief Financial Officer. Dear is an experienced finance leader with more than 30 years of global expertise in engineering services and construction with both privately held and public organizations. UES, recognized as the fastest-growing AEC firm in the U.S. and Canada, continues to expand its operations nationally. Universal Engineering Sciences has 67 branches in nearly 20 states, employing more than 3,100 professionals.


Sanborn Head Adds Two Senior Staff to Mid-Atlantic Office

Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.

Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. (Sanborn Head) is pleased to announce the addition of two senior practitioners in the firm’s Philadelphia area office. Lingke Zeng and Matthew Van Rensler bring additional resources to Sanborn Head’s environmental engineering and geotechnical engineering teams, respectively. Together, Lingke and Matt will partner with Sanborn Head’s client service teams to deliver engineering services to clients in the industrial, development, solid waste, and energy markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

“We’re excited to have Lingke and Matt join our team and help us expand our environmental and geotechnical practices in the region,” shares Sanborn Head’s Mid-Atlantic Operations Manager Colleen Costello.


Louis Armstrong Joins University of Michigan Webinar on Climate Change as a Panelist


In January, all Kleinfelder staff were invited to register for a free webinar event hosted by the University of Michigan Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, titled Adaptation to sea level rise: Dutch experiences and global challenges with Bas Jonkman.

Kleinfelder provided in-kind sponsorship of the event, and President and CEO Louis Armstrong served as a virtual panelist, alongside other industry professionals.

Following the webinar’s main presentation by Bas Jonkman, professor of Hydraulic Engineering at Delft University, the Netherlands and Chair of Integral Hydraulic Engineering, Louis and the other panelists helped answer questions related to the subject at hand – the effects of various sea-level rise scenarios and options for adaptation – as well as how students could get involved in the professions that will help solve these problems.


GZA GeoEnvironmental Welcomes Wetland Scientist, Permitting Specialist Theresa Albanese as Senior Project Manager

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing ecological, geotechnical, environmental, water, and construction management services, has named Theresa Albanese, SPWS, as a Senior Project Manager based in GZA’s Glastonbury office.

Albanese is a Senior Professional Wetland Scientist and ecologist with more than 34 years of experience as an environmental consultant serving clients in environmental permitting, compliance, and mitigation for a wide variety of utility, energy, transportation, and site development projects.



A Brief History Of Concrete

AZO Build

Ancient Babylonians and Assyrians used clay as their binding material to build their houses, tombs, and other infrastructure. Ancient Egyptians developed an even more sophisticated bonding substance that closely resembles today's concrete mixture. The Egyptians used lime and gypsum as binders which is typical of today's concrete.


Meta Liability Matrix

Computer Weekly

Regulatory concerns were expressed across a wide range of legal concepts in practically all corners of the metaverse environment.


We’ve Moved – Washington Landslide Investigation

The City of Bellevue, Washington launched an investigation after a landslide caused an occupied house to slide off its foundation and collapse on January 17. Officials said the investigation could take weeks or even months to determine the cause of the landslide.


New Clues Help Explain Why PFAS Chemicals Resist Remediation

University of Houston

New clues help explain why PFAS chemicals resist remediation. Work suggests new avenues for cleaning up these ‘Forever Chemicals.’


Your Virtual Firm

Harvard Business Review

How can brands enter the metaverse?


Show Me the Money


Many employees could be in for pay hikes of 5% or more in 2022.


C Grade? No, F!

NBC News

Investigators will look at ‘entire history’ of collapsed Pittsburgh bridge.


Excellence in Engineering

Black Engineer

The Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Conference’s awards continue to provide leading employers with the opportunity to share the achievements of minorities in STEM.


Technology Augmenting the Workforce

Engineering Change Lab – USA

The next Engineering Change Lab (ECL-USA) Summit (No. 14) entitled Augmenting the Engineering Workforce Through Technological Change is schedule for March 15, 2022.

Catch up on the progress of ECL-USA, consider attending the summit and learn more.



"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom."

- George Washington Carver


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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