GBA - Newslog - May 4, 2022

May 4, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 8


GBA and Cal Geo Execute a Memorandum of Understanding

On April 7, 2022 the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) and the California Geotechnical Engineering Association (CalGeo) formalized an agreement to work together on common goals in an effort to advance engineering, science, continuing education, and public understanding of the geoprofession.

This effort was the result of several months of discussions between the leaders of both groups in support of a common understanding that when we work together, we can elevate the value of the geoprofessions.

A special thank you to the signatories, GBA President Thomas W. Blackburn, PE, GE (Blackburn Consulting), CalGeo President Mike Moscrop, PE, GE (GMU Geotechnical, Inc.), CalGeo Treasurer Mike Cazeneuve, PE, GE, CEG (Taylor Group, Inc.), and CalGeo Executive Director, Nick Bundra. 


GBA Welcomes New Members

We are thrilled by the addition of two new members! Please join us in welcoming:

TREK Geotechnical Inc.

TREK Geotechnical Inc. is an employee-owned consulting firm that provides professional engineering services in the geotechnical, hydrotechnical and environmental disciplines as well as aggregate, concrete and asphalt testing services. While our approach to engineering is based on sound principles and rigorous analysis, our approach to business is centered on cultivating employee and client trust. Our business advantage is our people and we continue to develop their talents to serve our clients at the highest level.


Taylor Group, Inc.

TGI provides professional services in three main disciplines:

  • Geotechnical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Environmental Site Assessment & Remediation

We serve a growing list of clients in both the public and private sectors who rely on TGI to deliver comprehensive, multi-disciplinary solutions for their projects.

Our ability to provide a range of professional services under one roof streamlines project delivery, reduces costs and manages risk.


Look no further than GBA member firms for the best and most effective geoprofessional firms in the industry.


In Memory of Kenneth E. Darnell, P.E. Former ASFE President

On April 27, 2022 Kenneth E. “Ken: Darnell, P.E. of Loudon, Tennessee passed away. Ken was a significant contributor to our Association and served on the Board of Directors and as the President of ASFE in 1995-1996. He recognized the importance of mentorship. During his Presidency, he was instrumental in starting the Fundamentals of Professional Practice program which was for many years a rite of passage for rising stars in geoprofessional firms across North America.

Friends of Ken Darnell shared their memories: HERE

Coming Soon! GBA 4th Friday 40 Leadership Webinar Series

Starting May 27, 2022, GBA has scheduled a year-long webinar series to be held on the 4th Friday of each month.  This series, titled 4th Friday 40 will focus on high-value topics to help leaders to be smarter, stronger, and more successful. The webinars will be led by high-impact subject matter experts and they will be available free to all GBA members.

More information about the 4th Friday 40 webinar series will be included in our next issue of GBA NEWSlog.


Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Industrial Hygiene Services Corporation Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, a Minneapolis-based engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce Industrial Hygiene Services Corporation (IHSC), a Minnesota-based consulting firm, has joined Braun Intertec. IHSC brings experienced consultants known for their expertise in occupational health, industrial hygiene and environmental compliance.

“Protecting the health and safety of clients and our employee owners is one of our company’s core values and we are thrilled IHSC joined Braun Intertec to expand our industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety service capabilities,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec.


VHB and Employees Donate $30k to Support Ukrainian Refugees


Employees across our footprint come together to give back.

Since March we have all watched in disbelief at the devastating war and humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine. As a company founded on the principles of stewardship and giving back to our communities, many VHB employees began thinking about how to support the people of Ukraine.

When President and CEO Mike Carragher announced that VHB would match all donations to the USA for UNHCR, employees across our footprint came together and showed their support. In just a few short weeks, VHB raised $30k to support humanitarian and refugee relief in Ukraine.


Klohn Crippen Berger Celebrates Two CEA Awards at 25th Annual Showcase Awards Gala

Klohn Crippen Berger

Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) held their 25th Annual Showcase Awards Gala on April 8, 2022. The evening recognizes excellence in projects completed by the Alberta consulting engineering community. Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) received two Awards of Excellence in the categories of Community Development and Water Resources for the Glenmore Dam Infrastructure Improvement Project.

Accepting the awards were members of the project team, from left to right, Peter Roy, Civil Engineer, Steve Dold, Leader – City Project Engineering Glenmore, Bob Stirling – GEC Architect, Associate, Mark Schultes, Civil/Structural Engineer, David Mack, Project Manager, and VP, Alberta; and Michael Grisdale, Civil/Structural Engineer. Project team members not in attendance at the event included Max Roberts, Electrical Engineer, Robert Beaumont, Mechanical Engineer, and Patrick Mackie – City Project Engineering Glenmore.


Sanborn Head Welcomes Tom Geiger to Philadelphia Office

Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.

We are pleased to announce the addition of Thomas Geiger, PE, LSRP to our growing Philadelphia office!

Tom will serve as a project director overseeing environmental consulting and regulatory work for clients in the Mid-Atlantic region and across the country. Tom’s arrival advances Sanborn Head’s technical capabilities in site characterization, remediation, brownfield redevelopment, permitting, and regulatory compliance.

“We’re excited to have Tom join our team,” shared Sanborn Head’s Mid-Atlantic Operations Manager Colleen Costello, PG. “Tom’s addition to Sanborn Head deepens our experience and our licensed site remediation professional (LSRP) services in New Jersey.”


Bridges to New Opportunities: Two Hires Bring Specialized Capabilities to S&ME


Two recent S&ME hires bring new expertise and service capabilities under our Transportation and Geotechnical team of talent.

Albert Neumann, PE, Geostructural Practice Leader

Al Neumann, PE, joins us as a Geostructural Practice Leader with 35+ years of experience in the construction and geotechnical industry, spending his former career with renowned contracting companies.

Yanko Castellanos-Ibanez, PE, Structures Discipline Lead

Yanko Castellanos-Ibanez joins S&ME as the Structures Discipline Lead with 15+ years of experience in transportation structural design with prominent national engineering firms. At S&ME, Yanko focuses on developing existing and new clients and providing structure design services to transportation clients, including contractors, fabricators, consultants, and owners. Outside of work, Yanko finds time to design turbomachinery for race cars, race boats, and race planes.


Kleinfelder Relocates Fresno Office to Accommodate Rapid Growth


Kleinfelder announced that its Fresno, California office has relocated to accommodate rapid growth driven by increasing demand for the firm’s construction materials testing, geotechnical, environmental, and design services in the region. The new office, located at 3649 West Holland Ave, Suite 105, Fresno CA, 93722, provides space for the growing talent pool and an accredited construction materials testing laboratory.

The expanded office and addition of a testing laboratory demonstrate the firm’s commitment to providing clients throughout the San Joaquin Valley with high-quality services delivered by local personnel. As the region continues to invest in new and rehabilitated infrastructure, the demand for Kleinfelder’s construction materials engineering and testing services has steadily increased. Localizing a construction materials testing laboratory with testing capabilities for soils, aggregates, concrete, and asphalt will allow Kleinfelder to meet the construction needs of new and long-term clients.



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Sustain Analytics

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Employee Health: A Vital Organ

ESG News

The Hartford’s new study finds employers believe worsening employee mental health is hurting financial performance.


Legal Feature: Devil in the Details

JD Supra

Three cases have come out in the last year that will significantly impact construction law in North Carolina. Are there lessons for other states?


Geotechnical Feature: New Approach to Expansive Soil

Frontiers in Built Environment

New approach for characterization and mitigation of soil swelling phenomenon.


Field Lab Innovations

CS Engineering Magazine

Innovations enable high-quality chemical analysis beyond the lab.


Due Diligence: Forever Chemicals


What are the impacts of 'forever chemicals' on real estate transactions.


COMET Feature: World of Asphalt 2022

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From the show floor to the jobsite, there are innovations headed your way.


Sage Advice

New Civil Engineer

There are benefits to be gained from both internal and external mentors.


And Not a Drop to Drink


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President-Elect - Christopher Matthew "Matt: Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. /Greensboro, NC) 336/553-1245

Secretary/Treasurer - Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Verdantas / Wilmington, DE) 302/239-6634

Director - Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc.(Kiewit / Montreal, Canada)

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

Director - Daniel K. Schaefer, P.E. (Froehling & Robertson, Inc. /Raleigh, NC) 919/828-3441

Director - Victor R. Donald, P.E (Terracon /Olathe, KS) 913/ 577-0391


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