GBA - Newslog - April 6, 2022

April 6, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 7


New Podcast Series Launched!

Multimedia Delivery Committee

GBA’s newly formed Multimedia Delivery Committee just published the first two episodes of a new audio-education series for field professionals. This series was originally available as downloadable audio files, designed for one-on-one listening by technicians who work in the field. Like other GBA audio education programs, Fundamentals of Field Representation uses dramatization to make its points. The roles are played by professional actors, supplemented by sound effects.

In each episode, Tiffany Vorhies (SME) and Ryan White (PBS Engineering and Environmental) play the original audio and follow up with a discussion, including their own personal lessons learned from many years of experience in the industry as both field reps and technical leaders.

Episode 1 - Field Representatives and the Law
Episode 2 - The Duty of Care

Peer Review User's Guide – Updated

Peer Review Committee

GBA Peer Review is a voluntary program through which knowledgeable peer practitioners evaluate policies and procedures affecting the quality of a firm’s services and assess the effectiveness with which those policies and procedures are implemented. GBA recommends that firms undergo a GBA Peer Review at least once every five years. The GBA Peer Review program is open only to GBA members.

The Peer Review Committee recently updated the Peer Review User’s Guide, to include both an on-site review option and a virtual review option.  This valuable resource is available free for all members.



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




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.



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Shannon & Wilson Responds to the Crisis in Ukraine

Shannon & Wilson

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, CARE has organized a fundraising effort to reach 4 million Ukrainians with immediate aid and recovery, including food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance. 

By matching our employees’ donations, Shannon & Wilson and our staff quickly raised $28,000 for CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which will provide emergency assistance to the Ukrainian people.

Please consider adding your support:


Atlas Technical Consultants Acquires 1 Alliance Geomatics

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 acquired 1 Alliance Geomatics, LLC (“1 Alliance”), a provider of geospatial services to transportation and water resources markets in the Pacific Northwest.

“The acquisition of 1 Alliance adds another highly technical service to the Atlas portfolio that aligns with our goal to expand our service offerings with critical services for all infrastructure and environmental projects,” said L. Joe Boyer, Atlas’ Chief Executive Officer.


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.

“Wang is a well-respected provider of geotechnical engineering services in Illinois and Indiana with an impressive track record,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon chair, president, and CEO. “We look forward to the addition of Wang’s highly qualified team as we expand our services to transportation and infrastructure clients.”


Fugro Suspends Operations in Russia


Over the past weeks we have seen, with disbelief and great sadness, the tragic war in Ukraine unfold. We are deeply moved by the suffering of the Ukrainian people and our hearts go out to them. We strongly oppose the use of force and violence by Russia against Ukraine.

Fugro’s purpose is to help build a safe and liveable world. The current events have no place in such a world. To underline this, Fugro is suspending its limited operations in Russia.


Universal Engineering Sciences Appoints Sheila Norden as Chief Human Resources Officer

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, has appointed Sheila Norden to the role of Chief Human Resources Officer.

“Sheila is a well-respected change leader with expertise in all HR disciplines and proven successful people leadership,” said UES President Brian Kirkpatrick. “Her expertise in leading the HR due diligence process and integrations for acquisitions and mergers will prove invaluable as we continue our rapid growth.”


A Prescription – for Trouble?

John Doehring: Jolt Wire

Everywhere you listen in today, there are conversations about work from home. New virus cases are waning, vaccine progress is accelerating, and pandemic restrictions are rapidly loosening. Business leaders are wrestling with the path forward – what work should look like in three months, or six – or next year. From what I see, most of these efforts are off track.


Pennoni Strives for a More Sustainable Future


The world is changing, and we must change with it. While already deeply integrated in sustainable and resilient design practices, Pennoni recently increased its commitment to a more sustainable future. We are achieving this commitment with the use of new tools, task forces, key initiatives, and sustainability/resiliency offerings.

Over the next five years, Pennoni’s strategic plan and key initiatives aim to consider sustainability in all aspects of our practice, while strengthening and growing our sustainability and resiliency programs.


Concrete Burns: What Are They and How Can You Avoid Them?

By Brett Buxbaum, CESCO, COSS on March 07, 2022

Concrete work is usually hard physical labor that presents many different hazards for the individuals who work in this field. While there needs to be a steady or even fast pace at times, it is important to take the time to recognize the hazards of the work and mitigate them. A common hazard that needs to be discussed and addressed when working with concrete is concrete burns (also called cement burns).


Wood Strengthens Leadership Team with New Executive President of Strategy and Development


Wood announces the appointment of Jennifer Richmond as Executive President of Strategy and Development and the latest member of the executive leadership team.

In her new role, Richmond will assume executive responsibility for Wood’s growth through strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and marketing and communications.


Robin Watson, Chief Executive at Wood, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jennifer to Wood at a pivotal time as we evolve our strategy to focus more on energy transition and industrial decarbonization.


Randy Daub – GTA’S Newest Associate


We are pleased to announce that Randy Daub, P.E., has been promoted to Associate of GTA.

Randy manages GTA’s Northeastern Ohio (Alliance) and Pittsburgh Metro (Beaver Falls) offices which focus on providing geotechnical engineering and construction observation and testing services for civil engineers, architects, owners and developers, public and private schools and universities, municipalities and counties, general contractors, and earthwork contractors.



Client Relations Feature: Host Your Client Guests

Help Scout

111 client service statistics and facts you shouldn't ignore.


Litigation Feature: Damages

NBC News

Jury awards $150M for 2019 Seattle crane collapse.


Geotechnical Engineering Feature: Natural Design


Nature is infrastructure. Let’s engineer it that way.


Tech Feature: This Might Be the Best iPhone Feature You Never Knew Existed

Fast Company

Did you know that you could tap the back of your phone to make it quick-launch apps, settings, and shortcuts?


Slope Stability Feature: Stability Singed


Regions that never used to burn are now suffering from forest fires — and that raises the risks of dangerous mudslides that are hard to forecast.


Foundations Engineering Feature: Fabricating Strength

Geosynthetics Magazine

Reinforcement over soft soils with high-strength geogrids.


Geology Feature: Geologic History of San Diego County

San Diego Miramar

Learn the geologic history of GBA’s 2022 Spring Conference host region.


Safety Feature: Sad Pattern

Boston Globe

Worker death latest in string of accidents at construction sites in Greater Boston.


Human Resources Feature: Questioning Your Questions

Apollo Technical

25 top questions to ask when interviewing job candidates.



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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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