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Vol. 49 No. 22
The GBA-Member Firm was retained to conduct a Phase I ESA on a 1000-acre tract of undeveloped land prior to the property sale. To save money, the client did not want the title information to be purchased from a third-party and instead told the Member Firm that they would provide title information for review. As it turned out, the client never provided the promised chain-of-title information that would have contained important historical information about pipeline easements. This combined with several other factors resulted in a valuable case history for all members to learn from.
Lessons Learned: This case history teaches six important lessons:
Comments of the GBA Member
- It's risky to work for both the seller and buyer of real estate.
- Inappropriate verbal communications can increase risk of liability.
- When the client agrees to provide important project information, make sure you receive it. And if you don't, report it.
- Understand what scope is minimally acceptable to meet the project objectives.
- Check if your firm has done a previous study on or in the vicinity of a new project site.
- Make appropriate staff assignments.
The experience with this project caused the firm to rethink our approach for environmental assessment and remediation project opportunities. Out of bad came good as we implemented important changes.
GBA has a tradition of collaborating on issues that impact the geoprofessions through GBA Case Histories. GBA Case Histories provide unprecedented real-world learning examples related to project and business management. Learn where others went wrong, how they handled their problems, and how you can learn from their experiences to avoid the same problems in the future.
GBA Case Histories are FREE to all members.
GBA's Nominating Committee has announced its slate of officers and directors for the May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020 fiscal year.
GBA President-Elect Arthur G. "Art" Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE (Gannett Fleming, Inc.) 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, Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.) and, Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting) for Secretary-Treasurer.
Those nominated to serve as Directors-at-Large are: Saiid Behboodi, P.E., P.G. (PBS Engineering and Environmental); Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon); Martin LaRoche, P.Eng., M.Sc.(SNC Lavalin); Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc.); Matthew R. "Matt" Poirier, P.E. (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.) and Leo Titus, Jr., P.E.(ECS, Ltd.).
GBA's Current Board of Directors
In February 2019, the United States Society on Dams (USSD) announced their endorsement of GBA’s recently published Proposed Best practices for the Engineer of Record (EOR) for Tailings Dams.
Their endorsement stated, "USSD views this Proposed Best Practices for the Engineer of Record for Tailings Dams guidance document prepared by the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) as a comprehensive guidance document on the subject of the Engineer of Record for tailings storage facilities for the mining industry as a whole. The opportunity for USSD to collaborate with the GBA to review and provide input to the guidance document was appreciated. USSD endorses this document as a critical reference document for the industry."
Please join us as we kick-off a yearlong celebration of GBA's 50th Anniversary at the Spring Conference at the Grand Wailea Hotel on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii.
The agenda has been finalized and you won't want to miss this one.
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- Spring Conference 2019: April 4-6, 2019 at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii
- Fall Conference 2019: October 3-5, 2019 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky
- Winter Leadership Summit 2020: January 25-26, 2020 in Denver, Colorado
- Spring Conference 2020: April 23-25, 2020 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
GeoStructures is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas Prozinski to the Geo family.
Thomas Prozinski recently joined GeoStructures as the Director of Sales based in Purcellville, VA. Tom comes to us from Maxim Crane Works where he was the Regional Vice President of Mid-Atlantic. Tom's 25+ years of experience in sales and engineering will provide customers with the specialized attention needed to provide solutions to their ground improvement and foundation support challenges.
Wood PLC reports the decontamination schedule at a US Air Force base in Michigan has been brought forward with reduced costs and liability, thanks to the use of paperless processes, online models and coordinated GIS systems.
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Gerald Burnette's software for managing surface water quality data, the Data Management and Analysis System for Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (DASLER, pronounced like "dazzler"), has been designated as the only officially supported software for this purpose by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (U.S. ACE). This designation paves the way for integration of DASLER with the U.S. ACE's Water Management System (CWMS). Also, because the project was funded with public money, any company that wants to manage water quality data may now obtain and use DASLER for no charge.
Haley & Aldrich, an engineering and environmental consulting company, today announced that Rory Bakke has joined the firm in their Walnut Creek, California office as a Senior Sustainability Associate. Bakke brings 25 years of experience working across the full sustainability spectrum, from corporate sustainability strategy and policy development, to climate action planning, national and international sustainability impact reporting, and executive coaching and employee engagement on waste prevention and recycling.
Gannett Fleming, a global infrastructure and engineering firm, recently appointed 13 new senior associates. These thought leaders will continue to drive strategic growth in their respective business lines with a focus on employee and client relations, innovation, and upholding the firm's corporate values.
President: Woodward L. "Woody" Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc. / Houston, TX), 713/686-6771|
President-Elect: Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE, (Gannett Fleming, Inc. / Harrisburg, PA), 717/763-7211|
Secretary/Treasurer: Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E., (PBS Engineering + Environmental / Portland, OR), 503/417-7707
Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494
Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon / San Antonio, TX), 210/641-2112
Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC), 336/553-1245
Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Sky News via YouTube
It's the space rover that's been credited with transforming our understanding of Mars but NASA has declared its veteran explorer "Opportunity" is now officially dead.
Researchers have developed a new manual to show geotechnical engineers how to conduct the CPT and use the data it gathers. The guide walks engineers through the process of CPT-based foundation design for sand and clay soils in deep and shallow foundations, helping engineers put the best technology to use.
Is it the tick of Earth's heartbeat, or a ticking time bomb? Either way, instruments that monitor a 14-month pattern in seismic activity could serve as an super-early warning system for the "Really Big One," the massive earthquake that's expected to hit the Pacific Northwest sometime in the next few centuries.
The seismic ticks are known as episodic tremor and slow slip events, and they've been known about for more than a decade.
So what can mangers do to minimize the threat of fake metrics? Identifying genuine human activity associated with your website, app, chatbots, and data will remain a systematic struggle for the years ahead. Business managers must keep an eye out for how social engineering — deception that manipulates people into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes — can erode credibility with analytics.
If you don't have a clear sense of the outcome for a difficult conversation with an employee the discussion won't be productive or useful to you or the employee. Before you schedule the meeting or talk to your employee, consider your objectives. What do you want to cover in the meeting? What do you hope to gain out of having this conversation?
And occasionally, the we win…. A contractor sued an engineer for damages it claimed it sustained as a result of negligent design that the engineer prepared for a project owner. While the contractor’s evidence established that errors existed in the project and bid documents, it didn’t demonstrate a genuine, material issue for trial concerning whether errors constituted a breach of the applicable standard of care. For that reason, the court granted the engineer summary judgment which was affirmed on appeal.
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Though Leader Communications
Company leaders may miss hundreds of opportunities to communicate effectively throughout the year with their employees. There are several ideal qualities of a mature executive communications functions to consider when seeking improvement in this area.
Most of the attention on the big fiscal 2019 spending package enacted on Feb. 15 understandably has focused on one item, the $1.375 billion the legislation contains for southwest border barriers, far short of the $5.7 billion President Trump has pushed for.
But for construction officials, the rest of the package is critical, setting the full-year 2019 funding levels for important federal infrastructure programs, including those at the Dept. of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration.
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