GBA - Newslog - June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 10


2022 GBA Photo Contest

GBA Awards Committee

GBA is committed to promoting the value of geoprofessionals and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2022 Photo Contest, we would like to know: “How do you depict the day in the life of a Geoprofessional?” Is it field activities? Is it meeting with colleagues and clients? Is it performing testing in the laboratory? How is safety incorporated into your work? How are you positively impacting the world? Capture those vibrant moments and express what being a geoprofessional means to you!

Contest begins June 1, 2022 and ends August 31, 2022. Winners will be featured during our 2022 Fall conference. Additionally, awards and recognition for category winners including gift cards and plaques for overall winners.


Construction Safety Helmets vs. Hard Hats: It is Time for a Change

GBA Executive Director

During Construction Safety Month, I started hearing about a new tool for worker safety that seems like a no-brainer.  Historically looked upon as the first choice for head protection, traditional hard hats are no longer the best option. The primary purpose of a hard hat is to protect the head from objects falling from above. We all know, construction sites may have hazards coming from a number of different directions, such as moving beams or stray tools, and donning a safety helmet may better protect the back and sides of the head.

Change is hard. Hard hats are a longstanding symbol of the construction worker. In an effort to provide the best protection for your team, please consider moving beyond the 40-year-old traditional hard hats, embrace change, and improve safety of your employees.


Work Safely This Summer - GBA Best Practices

GBA Resource Collaboration Committee

Sun and UV-Ray Exposure ~ Heat ~ Lyme Disease ~ Poison Ivy ~ West Nile Virus

Working outdoors when it's hot can create an array of safety challenges that firms, and individuals need to be aware of and plan for. Some of the key issues include sun and UV-ray exposure, heat, Lyme disease, poison ivy, and West Nile virus are all risks associated with working outdoors.

Our Safety Committee has prepared a GBA Best Practices to help you and your employees confront the risks of working outdoors in warmer climates. GBA helps our members to be smarter, stronger, and more successful and all our publications are FREE to members.



The most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was the announcement of the 4th Friday 40 Leadership Series. With limited space available, there is still time to register for this yearlong webinar series.

4th Friday 40 Leadership Series Registration: HERE

Connect with Your Peers! JOIN US!

The GBA LinkedIn Group is growing. If you are not yet a member, please join others in the geoprofessions!

GBA LinkedIn Group: HERE


Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Klohn Crippen Berger Opens New Office in Ecuador

Klohn Crippen Berger

Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) continues to expand its presence in Latin America with a permanent office in Quito, Ecuador.

The company opened a satellite office in 2018 to support regional projects, including its work at the Fruta del Norte mine in Los Encuentros.

KCB has been working with clients throughout Latin America since the 1980s and is currently involved in projects in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Guyana.


Sercel Acquires Geocomp, a Leading US Provider of Infrastructure Monitoring


Geocomp announced today that it is being acquired by Sercel's Sensing & Monitoring Division. Sercel is a division of CGG of Paris, France. CGG is a global technology and High Performance Computing leader that supports clients in efficiently and responsibly solving complex digital, energy transition, natural resource, environmental and infrastructure challenges for a more sustainable future. With CGG continuing to accelerate its development of a portfolio of unique technologies focused on rapidly growing beyond the core markets, this acquisition gives Sercel access to the US infrastructure market and will accelerate deployment of its S-lynks and S-scan infrastructure monitoring solutions.


Burns & McDonnell Delivers on the First Beddown for the B-21 Raider

Burns & McDonnell

Through planning, design and construction services, Burns & McDonnell established the framework for successful B-21 project delivery, vital to U.S. national security.

Challenge: To prepare the home of the new B-21 long-range bomber, Ellsworth Air Force Base required a detailed assessment of its existing facilities and infrastructure for the aircraft platform, as well as the design of new and renovated facilities and infrastructure to meet mission requirements.


Allison Ruddock Promoted to Environmental Services Director


VHB is pleased to announce that Allison Ruddock has been named Environmental Services Director for VHB’s New York City office. Allison’s promotion is part of an ongoing strategy to advance VHB’s environmental prominence in our Northeast region by pursuing and delivering complex public and private projects across all markets. In her new role, Allison will grow and develop client relationships, broaden the environmental practice in New York City, and strengthen an environmental team of big picture thinkers.


Braun Intertec Volunteers with Adopt a Highway

Braun Intertec

Several of our employee-owners recently volunteered their time to clean up a two-mile segment of I-94 as part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) Adopt a Highway Program. Braun Intertec has participated in the program since 2015, which has volunteers pledge to pick up litter along Minnesota’s state highways at least twice a year. During our most recent clean-up, Braun Intertec employee-owners picked up approximately 140 bags of litter.


Olsson Names Sarah Foster Water Practice Leader. Announces Scott Ingvoldstad New Leader of Western Region


Olsson, a nationally recognized engineering and design firm, announced today that Western Region Leader Sarah Foster has been named the firm’s new leader of its Water practice. The firm also announced the hiring of Scott Ingvoldstad to replace Foster overseeing the Western region, which consists of operations in Colorado and Arizona.



Home Office Feature: Bow Wow


Your dog is not ready for you to return to the office.


Rising Up from Labor Pitfalls

Agile Frameworks

There are things we can control, and those we cannot. The labor shortage has brought great operational challenges and impact to your bottom line—it is one of the uncontrollable outcomes of the pandemic. Among those industries hit the hardest include AEC and engineering services. Although demand is rapidly growing (ref: 2021 infrastructure bill), there remains a challenge to acquire and retain the quality talent needed to perform high quality work.


National Say Something Nice Day

National Today

There’s an adage that says that people may not remember what you do, but they’ll certainly remember how you made them feel, and at no time is that more true than on National Say Something Nice Day, observed on June 1 each year. 


ACEC Publishes “Climate Change and the Built Environment”

ACEC National

Check out ACEC’s recently published “Climate Change and the Built Environment” book. The roles--and responsibilities--of the design professional are discussed by some of the authors in a recent podcast.


Engineering Change Lab focuses on Ethical Tech


Technological stewardship, an Engineering Change Lab – USA Summit Presented in Collaboration with Engineering Change Lab – Canada will be held June 14.


Tax Credits Available: Due Your Research


What A/E/C companies need to know about the changing treatment of research and development (R&D) expenditures and related tax credits.


Surfside Condo Update: Settlement Reached

Tampa Bay News

Nearly $1 billion settlement reached in Surfside Condo collapse includes developers and engineers.


Engineering Feature: Big Builds

My Comply

The world is building state-of-the-art infrastructure at a breakneck speed and a booming construction industry across the globe brings some incredible construction projects into the spotlight.


COMET Feature: Changes to Residential Code

GBD Magazine

A new change in the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC) requires better performing vapor barriers under the concrete slabs.


COMET Feature: Innovations in Cement Industry

New Civil Engineer

Six innovations backed to clean up cement industry.


Environmental Feature: Plastic Pac Man


AI-designed enzyme can devour plastic trash in hours.



"In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers"

- Fred Rogers


President - Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E. (ECS /Chantilly, VA) 703/471-8400

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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