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Thomas W. “Tom” Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F. ASCE, F. ACEC (Blackburn Consulting) is the new President of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), a not-for-profit association of geoprofessional firms. Mr. Blackburn accepted office during the ceremonies at GBA's annual meeting held virtually on April 21, 2021.
Mr. Blackburn will serve as GBA's president and chair the group's board of directors. Other directors who will serve during GBA's 2021-2022 fiscal year are:
During GBA’s 2021 Spring Conference, Mr. Blackburn thanked the Association Members for their confidence in his leadership and shared his plans to update GBA’s Strategic Plan, increase communication, and grow the membership.
- President-Elect: Leo Titus, Jr., P.E. (ECS Group of Companies)
- Secretary/Treasurer: Christopher Matthew “Matt” Moler, P.E. (S&ME)
- Martin LaRoche, P. Eng., M.Sc. (Kiewit)
- Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc.)
- Bradley M. Melocik, P.E., P.H. (DOWL)
- Teresa L. Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O+M, ENV SP (Gannett Fleming, Inc.)
- Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE (GeoEngineers, Inc.)
GBA Resource Collaboration Committee
This Best Practices document identifies words that should be considered “taboo” in professional practice. The six are not necessarily dangerous in and of themselves. How they are used and their context are important. Nonetheless, the consequences of using any one of them improperly can be so severe, many risk managers believe the words should be used only on a carefully considered, by-exception basis.
GBA is a volunteer organization. Almost all the resources we produce for our members, and for the geoprofessional community, are mostly developed by volunteer leaders.
Each Spring, during our conference we recognize those that have contributed to GBA in a significant way. During the 2021 Spring Conference, awards were given to firms and individuals who exhibited extraordinary support and meritorious performance during our 2020–2021 fiscal year. Some of the awards from the Annual Awards Ceremony include:
Member Engagement Award Winners
- Building & Earth Sciences
- Crawford & Associates
- MC Squared
Award of Excellence
Woodward L. “Woody” Vogt, P.E., D. GE, F. GBA, F. ACI, F. ASCE, F. ASTM
In recognition of his meritorious leadership and achievement culminating in the publication of GBA’s Case History Library Updates
Project Award of Excellence
DOWL for their work on the Alaska Energy Authority, West Fork Upper Battle Creek Diversion Project
David L. Coduto
In recognition of his many contributions that support GBA’s purpose and strategy through leadership, influence, ingenuity, and outreach to alliance organizations.
Congratulations to all recognized. See the full list of award winners: HERE
The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) recently provided testimony to the International Code Council (ICC) to support a proposed change to the 2024 edition of the International Plumbing Code (IPC). The proposed code revisions would change how sanitary sewers are designed and constructed in areas with expansive clay soils. The changes would reduce the risk of sewer failures and thereby reduce the professional liability exposure for consulting geotechnical engineers. The proposed code changes, which are referred to as Proposal P8-21 by the ICC, were initiated by the Structural Engineers Association of Texas and are also supported by the American Institute of Architects and American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Texas. GBA’s testimony was provided virtually by Mr. Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., DGE of GeoEngineers, Inc. Steve serves on GBA’s Board of Directors and has significant experience in the topics addressed by the proposed code revisions.
Legal Affairs Committee
GBA is partnering with the California Geotechnical Engineering Association to deliver a two-part interactive web-based workshop series focused on managing risk and improving loss prevention through thoughtful terms and conditions in geoprofessional contracts.
May 19 and 26, 2021 from Noon to 1:00PM Pacific Time
Fee: $50 for GBA Members
Register for the Workshop: HERE
More information: HERE
VHB, a multi-disciplined environmental and energy services leader throughout the East Coast, is acquiring Survey Engineering Resources, LLC (SER). SER is a 20-person surveying firm with an office in Westbrook, Maine. The merger of SER practice areas with VHB means a significant expansion of the company’s surveying capabilities throughout New England, and a more vigorous integration of innovation and technology.
NOVA Engineering and Environmental, LLC, a multidisciplinary firm with 480+ employees and ranked among the top 300 design firms in the US by ENR, is excited to announce the transition of the role of President from Randall Bagwell, PE, to Bob Hughes. Our firm has been focused proactively and thoughtfully on succession planning to ensure a successful shift in leadership. In the coming months, Bob will continue to work closely with Randall and our corporate leadership team for a seamless transition.
Since 2009, Randall has served as President and has been instrumental in the firm’s success and growth. Guided by his leadership, NOVA diversified services centered on the needs of our clients while strengthening our practices in environmental, transportation, geotechnical and materials testing engineering, as well as municipal code support services.
Not long ago, Newmont, the world’s largest producer of gold, faced a corporate challenge that could affect all aspects of its global operations. Across the business world, companies were increasingly focused on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues, and Newmont, which initiated a corporate ESG program nearly a decade ago, wanted to further distinguish itself as an ESG leader in the natural resources industry.
Article snapshot: Kim Morrison brought years of industry experience to gold miner Newmont Corp., and has helped improve sustainable operations at a critical time, with technology tailor-made for operational awareness.
One of its challenges: How could the company more effectively manage and monitor waste products, called tailings, created from the processing of ore? And how could it do so without impairing output, damaging the environment, or significantly affecting the bottom line?
Gosling Czubak would like to extend its thanks to Klaus Heinert, P.L.A. for his 18 years of service to the company and its clients across the state, and congratulations on his next venture. Klaus has retired from his full-time role leading landscape architecture services at Gosling Czubak.
Over his impressive career, Klaus has designed some of the region's most beautiful and unique recreation spots, while always advocating for the protection of the natural systems, organisms and resources upon which we all depend. As he pursues his passions related to environmental stewardship, we thank him for the years that he dedicated his talents in service to our clients, staff and community.
The hills of Western Tennessee are not what most of us picture when we think about earthquake risks, but we would be mistaken. Far to the east of the better-known subduction zones of California and the Pacific Northwest lies the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The area includes parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Mississippi—and it’s the source of the largest historic earthquakes in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. Experts tell us that a large event along the New Madrid Zone today would cause widespread building damage, bridge collapses, disruption of vital utility systems, and levee and slope failures across hundreds of miles or more. It’s a threat that those of us who live and work in the region simply can’t afford to ignore.
American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.
We are pleased to announce that Todd DeMico has rejoined American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc. as a Project Engineer.
Todd has 9 years of professional experience. While he previously worked with us, he was involved with major transportation projects for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Most recently, he served as an Area Manager at an Engineering Consulting firm in Spokane, Washington.
Haley & Aldrich
David is responsible for the growth, service delivery and quality, and profitability of Haley & Aldrich’s Hart Crowser Business Unit. In this role he collaborates closely with both clients and staff and is passionate about building reliable teams that deliver enduring results.
Prior to Haley & Aldrich, David was the CEO of Hart Crowser, a leading environmental and geotechnical engineering firm with strong roots in the Northwest U.S. He successfully led the acquisition of the company, as well as the integration of its people, operations, services, and technology into Haley & Aldrich. At Hart Crowser, David was instrumental in the company’s growth and establishing the firm as a highly respected geotechnical engineering and environmental consultancy.
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Words of Wisdom
"Love is not only appropriate in the context of business, it’s the foundation of great leadership, and, therefore, the very foundation of a thriving, competitive enterprise.”
- Steve Farber (Bestselling Author and Keynote from GBA 2021 Spring Conference)
President: Thomas W. "Tom" 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
Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc. (Kiewit / Montreal, Canada)
Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc. / Wilmington, DE) 302/239-6634
Steve Wendland, P.G. Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE (GeoEngineers, Inc. / Prairie Village, KS ) 913/475-5851
Teresa L. Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O&M, ENV SP (Gannett Fleming / Harrisburg, PA) 717/763-7211
Bradley M. Melocik, P.E., P.H. (DOWL / Redmond, WA) 800/478-3695
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