GBA - Newslog - March 9, 2022

March 9, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 5

  GBA NEWS

Early Registration Discounts End March 11 – 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


See What Your Peers Are Using: GBA’s Top 10 Downloads

GBA Nominating Committee

GBA provides hundreds of highly effective resources developed to satisfy the unique needs of geoprofessionals, giving members essential tools for achieving success. However, we also know that it can be overwhelming to sort through them all. So to help, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 GBA resources by numbers ordered over the last six months. This is a great place to start your exploration of GBA’s resources, or to get acquainted with a publication loved by your peers and “new to you”.

The list below is the top 10 GBA resources, in order by popularity. Topics cover a wide range of geoprofessional business issues, so there is certain to be something on this list that could help your business succeed. Select a title to learn more and order it today.

  1. CONTRACT REFERENCE GUIDE, FOURTH EDITION

  2. GBA BEST PRACTICES: GO NO GO CHECKLIST

  3. GBA BEST PRACTICES AVOIDING ABSOLUTES

  4. GBA BUSINESS BRIEF FINANCIAL SURVEY: FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020

  5. GBA BEST PRACTICES: BRIDGE THE GAP

  6. PRACTICE ALERT 05: TABOO WORDS

  7. THE ASFE GUIDE TO THE IN-HOUSE REVIEW OF REPORTS

  8. GBA BEST PRACTICES: SLIPSHOD SYNONYMS

  9. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GEOTECHNICAL-ENGINEERING REPORT

  10. FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS

GBA's Top 10 Downloads for Members

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was an article about a recent acquisition by member-firm, Terracon.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP

GBA

Please consider joining a GBA Committee.  GBA is built on a foundation of collaboration and contribution that benefits all, and GBA committee and council service fosters valuable relationships and leadership skills.

If you have questions about GBA Committees or where you can contribute most, please contact Dina Vann, GBA’s Committee Coordinator.

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 EVENTS

Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar

 MEMBER NEWS

NOVA Announces Leadership Change, Willenborg New VP of Operations

NOVA Engineering and Environmental

NOVA Engineering and Environmental, a multidisciplinary firm with 515+ employees and ranked among the top 500 design firms in the US by Engineering News Record, is excited to announce the promotion of Steve Willenborg, PE to serve as Vice President of Operations. Congrats, Steve!

NOVA’s tremendous growth over the past several years has led the firm to expand its corporate team to include a dedicated operations leader, focused on technical efficiency, quality, and consistency throughout each of its 18 offices and for all of NOVA’s service lines. In the coming months, Steve will continue to work closely with NOVA’s President, Bob Hughes, and our other corporate leadership team for a smooth transition into this newly created role.

Since 2013, Steve has served as Vice President over NOVA’s Georgia operations and has been instrumental in that region’s success and growth. Supported by a solid technical team and business development staff, the Georgia region expanded its traditional geotechnical, environmental, and materials testing service lines, and also added building enclosure and municipal code support service lines during this period. This region represents about half the firm’s employees and revenue, having grown more than four-fold over this time.

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Geotechnical Materials Lab Opens in Georgia

GeoSynthetics Magazine

Golder Associates Inc. construction materials testing services laboratory destroyed by arson in March 2021 has been relocated, reopening Feb. 21 with the assistance of Golder’s parent company, WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy. The new lab is in Norcross, Ga., northeast of Atlanta.

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A Deep Dive Into the Life of an Environmental Scientist

Kleinfelder

What’s a career in environmental science look like? Alyssa Giannoni, a Project Manager and Sr. Environmental Scientist on the Environmental Management Team in our Adelaide, South Australia office, shares the perks of being an environmental scientist (snorkeling anyone?!) and why she pursued that career path.

Alyssa explained that her day-to-day work involves environmental and heritage impact assessments, environmental compliance, development approvals, and vegetation surveys. Working in both the office and field, Alyssa’s field work has taken her on some pretty amazing adventures, from deep beneath the ocean’s surface to coastal wetlands.

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Depyper Joins SME’s Louisville Metro Office

SME

As SME continues to expand in the southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky region, we are pleased to announce that Adam DePyper has joined our New Albany, Indiana office.  

Adam is a Project Engineer with nine years of experience providing construction materials services for industrial, commercial, government, medical, and transportation projects. He has experience with concrete testing, mix designs, mass earthwork, subgrade stabilization, masonry, and reinforcing steel inspections. Adam also has experience utilizing ground-penetrating radar to identify reinforcing steel, post-tensioned steel, and electrical conduit in concrete floors and walls. He has performed locating in hospitals, hotels, parking garages, warehouses, and food processing plants. Adam is a graduate of Trine University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

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What’s Under Your Airport Runway Pavement?

S&ME

Every day, more than 2.9 million airline passengers and 45,000 flights take off in the United States.

More than half of all Airport Improvement Program funds are allocated to constructing or rehabilitating airport runways, taxiways, and aprons. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pavement standards help protect this investment, setting guidelines based on years of research and testing, so that pavements last as long as possible with routine maintenance.

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Partnership Taps the Teaching Power of the Outdoors

Olsson

Ten years ago, city officials and community leaders in Denver, Colorado, helped preserve a 5.5-acre property scheduled to become a 12-story commercial building. This action created an opportunity to accomplish a nonprofit’s 25-year-long dream to build a facility and launch Denver’s first nature education park.

The nonprofit is Denver-based Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), which now has its first facility on the horizon. ELK serves Denver’s far northeast neighborhood of Montbello and introduces under-resourced Black, Indigenous, and people of color to science, leadership, and careers.

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Issaquah Office Relocates to Accommodate Growth

PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. (PBS) has announced the relocation of its Issaquah, Washington office to a new facility that will accommodate the expansion of its engineering division.


PBS has announced the relocation of its Issaquah, Washington, office. Located minutes from I-90 in Issaquah, the new location within Eastpointe Corporate Center offers double the square footage to facilitate the continued expansion of the firm’s engineering operations in the Puget Sound region.

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ECS Announces New Construction Materials Department Manager

ECS Limited

ECS Midwest is excited to announce the addition of David Potoma, PE as Construction Materials Department Manager in the Cleveland, OH office.


In addition to managing the materials testing and laboratory operations, David is committed to the growth of the department through a strong emphasis on marketing and business development. David’s experience starting out in the field and working his way into the office provides a strong foundation to best connect field and office personnel.

“I am honored and excited to be taking on the role of Construction Materials Department Manager and getting the opportunity to work with so many talented people,” says David. “I’m looking forward to growing the ECS Cleveland office”.


A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, David graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

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  INDUSTRY NEWS

A Fist Bump Agreement

Fortune Magazine

It’s not just you—the world is beginning to rethink the handshake.

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Private Equity: An Increasingly Attractive
Alternative for AEC Firm Sellers

BDC Network

AEC firms contemplating ownership transition should consider private equity as a viable option. Here is why.

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Spoilation of Evidence: Homeowner Tore Down Retaining Walls

Construction Risk

A design professional and a contractor were sued for defective services concerning extensive rock retaining walls they designed and built, but the walls were torn down by the owner before the defendants could inspect them. This is an excellent discussion of the importance of preserving evidence and the sanction available if a custodial party destroys evidence.

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Recordable vs. Reportable: Terms Matter

Safety and Health Magazine

Do you know the difference between a recordable and reportable safety incident? Understand the difference.

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Load Test Feature – Helical Piles

GeoEngineer.org

5 Questions about load tests on helical piles answered.

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Surfside Condo Collapse: Rising Sea Levels Contributing Factor?

NBC News

Surfside collapse exposes an overlooked threat: Saltwater rising from underground. Researchers are trying to sound the alarm about the danger rising seas could pose to coastal buildings.

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Unlocking Potential with 6 Essential Skills

AEC Business

From BIM to extended reality: six essential skills to succeed.

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Don’t Get Blogged Down: 20 Mistakes to Avoid

HubSpot

Firms are increasingly using blogs as a key component of their story telling and marketing strategy.  There are at least 20 blogging mistakes to avoid.

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WORDS OF WISDOM

"Peace is not something you wish for. It is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away."

- Robert Fulghum

 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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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