GBA - Newslog - February 23, 2022

February 23, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 4


Titus, Moler, Marcozzi Lead GBA’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors Slate

GBA Nominating Committee

GBA's Nominating Committee has announced its slate of officers and directors for the May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023 fiscal year.

GBA President-Elect and Board Chair-Elect, Leo Titus, Jr., P.E. (ECS, Ltd.) will become President and Chair of the GBA Board of Directors

Those nominated for the other two officer positions are, for President-Elect and Board Chair-Elect, Christopher Matthew “Matt” Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc.), and Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F.ASCE (Verdantas) for Secretary-Treasurer.

Those nominated to serve as Directors-at-Large are: Victor R. Donald, P.E. (Terracon) Martin LaRoche, P.Eng., M.Sc. (Kiewit Engineering); Bradley M. Melocik, P.E., P.H. (DOWL); Teresa L. Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O&M, ENV SP (Gannett Fleming); Daniel. K. Schaefer, P.E. (Froehling & Robertson, Inc.) and Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G, D.GE (GeoEngineers).


Lessons From My Mother-in-Law

Tom Blackburn – GBA President

This is the February 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 valuable lessons from his Mother-in-Law.


Space is Limited: Register Now for 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, and 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

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

Environmental Justice: A Primer for Geoprofessionals

GBA Environmental Business Committee

Environmental justice (EJ) involves the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income as it relates to development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. 

GBA’s Environmental Business Committee prepared a primer on this topic to help all understand:

  1. What is Environmental Justice?

  2. What do Federal Regulatory Agencies Recommend?

  3. What are the Potential Business Opportunities for Geoprofessional Consulting Firms?



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Terracon Acquires Wang Engineering Inc. of Illinois


Terracon, an employee-owned firm with a long history of providing excellence in engineering consulting services, is pleased to announce it has acquired Wang Engineering Inc. (Wang) of Lombard, Illinois, which specializes in geotechnical engineering, construction inspection, and materials testing services.

Over the past 39 years, Wang has provided geotechnical services to a wide range of clients throughout the U.S. including state and federal government as well as the private sector. The company has extensive experience performing geotechnical services for the City of Chicago, the Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation, and on other public transportation projects including highways, tollways, and railroads.

A subsidiary company, Wang Testing Services, Inc., has been sold separately and was not purchased by Terracon as part of the acquisition. Wang Engineering and Terracon will continue to work with Wang Testing Services, Inc. as a teaming partner.


Scott Hillman Joins Kleinfelder as Senior Vice President and General Counsel


The Kleinfelder Group, Inc. (Kleinfelder), a leading engineering, design, construction management, construction materials inspection and testing, and environmental professional services firm, announced today that Scott Hillman has joined Kleinfelder as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In this role, Scott will lead Kleinfelder’s multinational legal, compliance, and ethics responsibilities, and serve as corporate secretary to the Board of Directors.

“We are excited for Scott to join Kleinfelder.  His industry understanding coupled with his accomplishments as a legal and compliance leader underscores Kleinfelder’s commitment to growth and our future,” commented President and CEO Louis Armstrong.


VIVID Engineering Group Inc. Announces Leadership Changes

VIVID Engineering Group

VIVID Engineering Group Inc., a Colorado based business established in 2016 and recognized for providing exceptional geotechnical, environmental, and construction phase services to its commercial, local, state, and federal partners throughout the Central and Western United States is announcing several leadership Changes.

VIVID appoints William (Bill) Barreire P.E. as its new CEO and President as Scott Sammons, P.E. takes a position with Engineering Ministries International.


PFAS Can No Longer Be Ignored


ASTM International Phase I ESA Standard and Emerging Contaminants

Environmental regulations and best practices are constantly evolving. As a consulting firm, it’s our job to help our clients understand the regulatory landscape and predict how changes may affect their business. Right now, we’re watching PFAS.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a class of synthetic fluorine compounds known for their ability to repel water and oil. PFAS are used in a variety of consumer products and in firefighting foams. They are also persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. PFAS are as widespread as they are difficult to remediate. They have been detected in every type of environmental media—from sediments to surface water—and even in wildlife tissue.

On November 1, 2021, ASTM International acknowledged PFAS for the first time in its newest Phase I ESA standard (E1527-21). PFAS are not yet federally regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but we expect the EPA to adopt these new ASTM standards within the next few months to a year.  ASTM now recommends that PFAS (and other emerging contaminants) be included in Phase I ESAs as “non-scope considerations,” especially in states like Michigan and Alaska that have defined the contaminant as hazardous. This will be critical in future years as more states and regulatory agencies pass PFAS regulations, and owners will need to make informed decisions about their risks. 


Local Oil-Spill Clean Up Efforts Lead by Verdantas Team


A rollover crash resulted in 2,000 gallons of spilled oil that ran downhill along Route 42 in Cheshire, Connecticut. The crash happened around 11:30am on Friday, February 11, 2022. Thankfully, the driver was not seriously injured, but the hazardous conditions created by the accident—including proximity to conservation land and nearby residential homes—meant the spill needed to be addressed quickly. 

Local Verdantas staff were contacted and on the scene within five hours of notice. They worked throughout the evening and over the weekend to get containment and clean-up measures in place. Work was carried out alongside a remedial contractor and the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP), including the Commissioner of CTDEEP and the Governor of Connecticut who were both involved given the nature of the incident and the nearby sensitive receptors.



Navy Publishes Updated Version of NAVFAC DM 7.1 Soil Mechanics

DoD US Navy

A new version of NAVFAC DM 7.1 has been in the works over the last few years. The Navy has recently published the manual, making it available for public use.


Revised Phase I ESA Standard Released by ASTM

ASTM International

ASTM International released its revised standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments on November 1, 2021. The new standard (ASTM E1527-21) updates the 2013 version of the standard (ASTM E1527-13), which is widely used by the commercial real estate industry.


Consider These Marketing Projects for 2022


Brand audits, website refreshes and more in this article that discusses the top 6 professional services marketing projects for 2022. GBA Members need to be nimble and adaptive.


Reconnecting in a Disconnected Workplace

Harvard Business Review

Another way to think of the Great Resignation is as the “Great Disconnection.” In the wake of the pandemic and the vast shift to flexible work from anywhere policies, 65% of workers say they feel less connected to their coworkers.


Welding Standards Change Coming for Highway Projects

The Fabricator

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has changed the minimum design standards that states have to use for resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation projects on freeways, including interstate highways. The agency is putting into its regulations American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1/D1.1M:2015, Structural Welding Code—Steel


Three Critical Elements for Organizations To Attract And Retain Premier Engineering Talent


The technology industry is booming. Companies are accelerating transformations and capabilities on a global scale, making the technology workforce more valuable now than ever. And thanks to the shift to remote work, organizations now have greater access to talent without geographic constraints.



"If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."

- Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


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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