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Vol. 49 No. 54
GBA Member Firms will soon be looking beyond the COVID-19 crisis to recovery, revitalization, and resurgence of their businesses. If you are a dynamic, engaging speakers with valuable content to share with industry leaders, GBA invites you to submit an abstract for our upcoming conference. Our members gather at conferences to network, share best practices, learn how to improve their business performance and elevate the profession.
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GBA Emerging Leaders
GBA dropped the 4th episode of the podcast series titled COVID Concerns. This series captures conversations with industry leaders on important topics that will help you lead your geoprofessional consulting firm, large or small, in response to the global pandemic.
The recently published 4th episode focuses on GBA’s Emerging Leaders as they discuss the impacts of the pandemic to their work.
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Geoprofessional consulting firms continue to join GBA to access the many benefits of membership. Please join us in welcoming the following firms who have recently joined GBA:
Aspect Consulting - Aspect is hydrogeologists, geologists, and engineers focused on earth + water solutions. From eight Northwest offices, our staff of over 100 provides consulting services in five key practice areas:
Like our clients, we focus on implementation and outcome. Aspect delivers value.
- Data Mapping
- Environmental Services
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Water Resources Services
Employee Engagement Group - As a personal trainer for your corporate culture, The Employee Engagement Group will help you shift the dial from potential to performance by engaging both the minds and hearts of your employees. We will help engage your leadership team, your employees, even your clients. We will help you ignite the ingenuity of your workforce by unlocking doors to untapped creativity and real innovation, to mutual accountability and measurable results. Because when people bring their minds and hearts to any endeavor, it feels less like work and more like an adventure where the sky is the limit.
GBA Member Director: HERE
In 2005, GBA and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) instituted the Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award to promote and recognize civil engineering leadership in professional practice and ethics. The Foundation for Professional Practice, also established by GBA and ASCE, donated the funds to support this annual award which recognizes an engineer-leader for a specific accomplishment or for lifetime achievements that demonstrate superior ethics and leadership while participating in professional practice or service to the public.
Nominations are being accepted now through June 1, 2020. The award shall consist of a certificate and honorarium and the winner may be recognized at a future GBA event. Nominees should be licensed professional engineers but do not need to be a member of ASCE or GBA.
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GeoEngineers is pleased to offer a free educational activity book for children. It is one small way we can support parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The STEM at Home Children’s Activity Book is a fun and educational way to keep your children occupied at home.
The activities are meant to introduce children ages 2-10 to basic STEM concepts while giving parents a few precious moments of sanity. The booklet includes coloring pages related to earth science and engineering, along with interactive activities like rock painting and a scavenger hunt that will inspire kids to explore their backyards and local environment. To get your own copy of the booklet, download it here.
For some extra fun, snap a photo of your child completing an activity or their finished artwork and submit it to email@example.com to be highlighted on GeoEngineers’ social media. We hope that you’ll find these resources useful and pass them on!
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
As CEC’s Federal Program Manager within our Public Sector group, Paul will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of our initiatives to pursue and support design engineering and related services within the federal market sector. He also serves to support corporate operational efforts related to large federal contracts in terms of compliance and contractual management.
Haley & Aldrich
Haley & Aldrich, an engineering and environmental consulting company, today announced that Todd Parkington, P.E., has joined the firm’s Denver office as a Technical Expert. Parkington has over 25 years of geotechnical engineering experience, including in slope stability, foundation design, geotechnical analytics, geomechanics, tailings and retaining walls to mining, industrial, development, and transportation projects.
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure recently awarded the Stage 2 of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport Sky Train (PHX Sky Train®) project team with the Envision Gold Award for sustainability. Gannett Fleming is the lead designer for this project, and this is the first-ever Envision Gold Award win for the firm.(Phoenix, Ariz.)
Increasing service reliability. Encouraging travelers to use more sustainable modes of transportation. Improving energy efficiency.
ECS is pleased to announce that Walid Sobh, PE has joined the firm as a Construction Group Manager for the Charlotte, NC office.
Sobh has more than 19 years of experience working for ECS and over 25 years of experience in subsurface exploration for shallow and deep foundations, pile installations, Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) testing, construction materials testing, special inspection services and forensic engineering.
“We are excited to add Walid to our Charlotte family,” says Lee McGuinness, Charlotte Branch Manager. “His attitude, technical expertise, and GRIT will further strengthen our team.”
James Fillis, PE, has joined Kleinfelder–a leading engineering, construction management, design, and environmental professional services firm–as the Seattle Area Manager. Fillis will provide overall leadership to ensure Kleinfelder’s Seattle operations continue to grow and compete successfully in the Pacific Northwest marketplace.
“Joining Kleinfelder’s Seattle Area Operation is a great professional opportunity to work with a well-established business with excellent potential for growth. I look forward to working with the team in serving our existing clients at the highest level and promoting our capabilities in new areas,” commented Fillis.
The COVID19 pandemic has created business disruption, stress, and regulatory confusion. One such disruption came from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on March 26, 2020, when they announced a broad, but temporary, policy of enforcement discretion in reaction to the employee shortages and work challenges faced by many industries as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
USEPA’s decision will result in lower levels of environmental enforcement from both the federal and state agencies. This enforcement discretion will likely be tied to specific conditions related to cause and effect of the COVID-19 outbreak but will need to be documented by the regulated entity. This does not mean companies are no longer required to maintain compliance with permits, permit conditions, monitoring, record keeping, reporting, etc. associated with their operation. However, the USEPA is providing some discretionary latitude should normal resources not be available to perform and complete these activities.
Pons & Associates
Isabel Ledesma (B.S., Engineering) joins Pons & Associates. Isabel is a proud graduate of James Madison University's Department of Engineering, a program known for a strong focus on sustainability, holistic design, and systems. We look forward to Isabel's contributions to our firm and our clients as we continue to provide sustainable geo-engineering solutions.
New Civil Engineer
Project starts in civil engineering fell by 34% in April, compared to the same period last year, according to new figures released by construction industry analyst Glenigan.
The coronavirus pandemic has shocked U.S. construction into needing to adopt new technologies to maintain social distancing and monitor jobsites remotely. Those adaptations, some construction leaders say, should have been adopted in the first place, before the pandemic forced contractors to implement them.
National Science Foundation
A supercell thunderstorm pelted a city center in Argentina with hailstones so large that scientists have suggested a new category to describe them -- gargantuan hail.
The response to Italy’s first round of COVID-19 restrictions issued in the north was exactly what should have been expected. After a presumed period of shock, denial and anger, many residents began bargaining―the “you should make an exception for me because . . . ” stage. Many continued going about their daily lives. The virus continued to spread.
Twin Cities construction and development company Mortenson Co. will pay Colorado authorities $650,000 for the company's alleged role in a bid-rigging scheme for the renovation of the Colorado Convention Center, the Colorado Attorney General's Office announced Monday.
The new intelligent monitoring system installation is nearly complete on the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge and will be fully operational mid-May.
Here’s an in-depth look at what the intelligent monitoring system is all about and what information we hope to gain from it.
Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio talks about his latest book, Galileo: And the Science Deniers, and how the legendary scientist’s battles are still relevant today.
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We are generating unprecedented and ever-increasing amounts of data.
As well as its benefits, this trend is consuming energy and generating waste at unsustainable levels.
We need a paradigm shift in the way we use, store and analyze data if we are to realize its full potential.
Is your company struggling with how to create a virtual onboarding program? There are seven tactics that may be helpful.
Whether for business or pleasure, you may have more time to read books right now. Here is a list of 30 of the greatest books related to engineering of all time:
Next to water, sand is our most consumed natural resource. The global demand for sand and gravel stands between 40 billion and 50 billion tonnes annually, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and its scarcity is an emerging global crisis.
“Can we please put a moratorium on emails starting with, ‘Hope you’re doing well in these crazy times!’… We don’t need to be reminded all the time. A simple, ‘We hope you’re doing well’ will suffice.”
“Think twice before you hit Send” has long been solid advice for email. Now, we need thoughtful emails more than ever.
Engineering Change Lab
One of the second focus areas of the recent Engineering Change Lab USA Summit 8 was the stewardship role of engineers with respect to climate and extreme weather challenges. Read the summit report on this topic:
As we get closer to summer and with most travel plans still on hold, maybe it is time to take a virtual vacation. Find out about the best virtual vacations available from the comfort—and safety—of your own home.
The Big Reset. In the post COVID-19 era, there’s going be a lot of things that DON’T change. But, I’m hoping that we use this disruption as an opportunity. An opportunity to make a change. COVID19 is a tsunami that has the ability to melt away bureaucracy, hierarchy, nostalgic ideas and practices. It could be the lightning rod for new opportunities. And, the tipping point that we needed for a creative revolution.
Words of Wisdom
There is nothing I believe more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.
President: Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700|
President-Elect: Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494|
Secretary/Treasurer: Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon / San Antonio, TX), 210/641-2112
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
Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC), 336/553-1245
Matthew "Matt" R. Poirier, P.E. (Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc. / Concord, NH) 603/ 229-1900
Steve Wendland, P.G. Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE (Kleinfelder, Inc. / Prairie Village, KS ) 913/475-5851
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