Newslog - June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 12


New Fellows Announced

GBA Council of Fellows

The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) recently announced the appointments of new Fellows to the prestigious Council of Fellows of the GBA. The organization established the Council in 1975 to provide guidance for GBA’s direction and to pursue other activities its members deemed appropriate. David E. Lourie, P.E., D.GE (Lourie Consultants) Chair of GBA’s Council of Fellows, announced the appointments.

  • Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E. (PBS Engineering + Environmental)

  • Gary DeJidas, P.E. (GAI Consultants)

  • Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon)

  • Arthur G. “Art” Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE. (Gannett Fleming)

  • Kenneth “Ken” Johnston  (GZA GeoEnvironmental)

  • Stewart Osgood, P.E. (DOWL)

  • Alex Sy, Ph.D., P.Eng. (retired Klohn Crippen Berger, Ltd.)

Please join us in congratulating all for their appointment into the GBA Council of Fellows.

Plan for the Next Recession Now – Three Resources to Help You

No one knows when the next recession will arrive, but most economists agree that another recession is certain. Most also agree that we’re getting closer to the next recession. GBA has three valuable resources available for members as they plan now for the next recessionary cycle. 

Business Brief: Planning for the Next Recession Now

GBA Business Practices Committee

What can geoprofessionals do now to prepare?

  • Create or Update Your Strategic Plan

  • Strengthen Client Relationships and Increase Your Brand Equity

  • Identify Ways to Increase Cash Availability

  • Examine Your Financial Structure and Results

  • Align Your Corporate Culture with Your Strategy

These themes are presented along with practices to deal with the recession once it arrives. The Business Brief focuses on how to help you prepare for and thrive during the next recession.


Planning, Preparing and Executing for the Looming Recession

GBA 2020 Spring Conference

This presentation expands upon the What, When, Where, Who, Why and How of planning, preparing, and executing for a future recession. Lee James, CPA, CBI, CMC®, F.GBA (Lee James & Associates, Inc.) shares with you best practices and lessons learned from prior recessions; challenges and specifics to help you be better prepared; and the importance of being proactive in planning, preparing, and executing to best survive and thrive through a recession. Everyone will benefit from this presentation. (76 minutes)


Recession Tune-Up (Overhaul)

GBA 2020 Spring Conference

The last few years have been boom times for many GBA firms. Experience suggests that the business environment is cyclical, and wow did the conditions just change! Tune-ups are best done before a breakdown, but better late than never. The best practices of a tune-up should enable your firm to weather the changing business season in a timely, responsible, and empathetic manner. During this presentation, Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F.ASCE (Verdantas) shares a tool kit for your business tune up which includes considerations in aligning your team and business practices and developing an emotional bank to draw from while making hard decisions. Make the appointment to tune up your business for a healthy recovery. (82 minutes)


2023 Spring Conference Theme and Call for Abstracts

GBA Conference Program Committee

“Accelerate Leaders Success” is one of GBA’s Strategic Plan objectives. In support of that objective, GBA will provide a platform during the 2023 Spring Conference that promotes development, optimizes influence, and facilitates achievement for leaders at all levels within GBA member-firms. Effective and engaged leaders seeking growth will benefit from attending this conference. It will focus on the role leaders play in providing a culture that satisfies employees’ desire for gratifying work, engaging assignments, and meaningful relationships.

Additionally, topics will enable leaders to build their careers, contribute to increased shareholder value, and improve their community through active engagement. Exemplary leaders know how to meet the expectations of their team. These leaders love what they do and are well equipped to lead dynamic, dedicated, and dependable high-performance teams.

GBA invites you to submit an abstract for consideration for our upcoming Spring Conference scheduled for April 20-23, 2023 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Porte Vedra Beach, FL.


2022 GBA Photo Contest

GBA Awards Committee

Contest begins June 1, 2022 and ends August 31, 2022.  Winners will be featured during our 2022 Fall conference. In addition to that, the award winners will also receive gift cards and plaques.


4th Friday 40 Webinar Series Feedback

4th Friday 40 Leadership Series is a monthly webinar for GBA leaders at all levels to promote professional development, optimize influence, and facilitate achievement. In short, we want to help you to be a stronger, smarter, more successful leader.

After two events, and with over 500 registrations, the feedback is extremely positive. Here is one example:


Nominate a Peer for Ethics Award

Honor an engineer-leader for a specific accomplishment or for lifetime achievements that demonstrate superior ethics and leadership in professional practice or service to the public.

Nominate a colleague by July 8 for the 2022 Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award. The winner will be presented a certificate and an honorarium. Send award submissions to, or questions about the award to



Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was about this issuance of GBA’s Annual Report.



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Atlas Releases Inaugural ESG Report: Leading with Heart


At Atlas, we lead with our Heart, and are passionate about creating sustainable and healthy communities as we deliver smarter, safer and more resilient solutions for our clients. On behalf of our more than 3,500 employees, we are excited to share our company’s inaugural Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, highlighting Atlas’ ESG strategy, programs, and goals to meet our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report aligns with globally recognized reporting frameworks including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and Task Force for Climate related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).


Universal Engineering Sciences Acquires McGinley & Associates, a Leading Environmental Engineering and Consulting Firm Headquartered In Nevada

Universal Engineering Sciences

Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading infrastructure company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting, has acquired McGinley & Associates, a prominent environmental engineering and consulting firm.  McGinley & Associates has approximately 40 environmental engineers, geologists, scientists, and environmental field technicians in Reno and Las Vegas who provide services throughout the Western region of the U.S. UES recently made a commitment to grow from an approximately $300 million privately held company to one more than triple its size, through both strategic acquisition and organic growth.


Olsson Promotes Brian Osborn to Environmental Practice Leader


Brian Osborn has been appointed Environmental practice leader at Olsson, a nationally recognized engineering and design firm that does business throughout the United States. Osborn had been overseeing the firm’s Nebraska-based Environmental and Water Resources teams.

As Environmental practice leader, Osborn is charged with supporting the firm’s growth strategy by expanding opportunities and developing technical expertise and project management capabilities within Olsson’s environmental discipline.


Sanborn Head Welcomes Nisha Mohanan to Philadelphia Office

Sanborn Head

Sanborn Head is pleased to announce the addition of Nisha Mohanan, PE as a project director in the firm’s Development Client Service Area. Nisha will serve as a senior leader for the firm operating out of Sanborn Head’s Philadelphia office and will oversee geotechnical, geo-environmental, and civil engineering projects for clients across the region.

“We are thrilled to have Nisha join our team,” said Sanborn Head’s Mid-Atlantic Operations Manager Colleen Costello, PG. “Her extensive experience is helping us grow our Mid-Atlantic practice while ensuring we maintain our focus on delivering outstanding client service and technical leadership.”


Significant Growth Prompts Kleinfelder San Jose Office Relocation


Kleinfelder announced that its San Jose, California office has relocated to accommodate a rapidly growing team of engineers, scientists, and construction professionals. The new office, located at 25 Metro Drive Suite 110, San Jose, CA 95110, provides additional space for the local team to expand its talent pool across multiple service lines to meet the needs of new and long-term clients.


US EPA Health Advisories for PFAS

Weston & Sampson

The US EPA has just announced NEW HEALTH ADVISORIES FOR FOUR PFAS COMPOUNDS, with the values being quite low for PFOA and PFOS.

  • Interim updated Health Advisory for PFOA = 0.004 parts per trillion (ppt)
  • Interim updated Health Advisory for PFOS = 0.02 ppt
  • Final Health Advisory for GenX chemicals = 10 ppt
  • Final Health Advisory for PFBS = 2,000 ppt

EPA has put together a lengthy FAQ which can be viewed here.



Sadly, A Necessary Reminder


June is National Safety Month. It’s a great time to sharpen your safety focus.


8 Different Safety Trends in Construction

We are the In Crowd

As with any industry, the construction industry is constantly changing and adjusting their processes and methods to ensure the highest level of safety for their employees. Many rules are mandated by law, so as to avoid unnecessary injury or death. But it is important that as technology advances, and new equipment is introduced, that new rules are put in place before anyone is injured or killed, rather than after.


Gravity Works – Injury Statistics You Should Know


2022 workplace injury statistics. Know the facts


Zero Tolerance

The Safety Mag

Sexual harassment on construction sites is a safety issue. The industry has had to rethink how it defines safety culture.


Rookie Season

Insurance Business Magazine

First-year employees are more at risk of workplace injuries.


Driving Is Unsafe and Unproductive

Drive Safely

The 10 Most Scary Driving Statistics Of 2022.


The Heat Is On


New heat exposure rules to watch for this summer.




Companies face billions in damages as PFAS lawsuits flood courts.


Technology Feature


Engineering Change Lab – USA’s (ECL) latest summit introduced the work of Engineering Change Lab – Canada in Technological Stewardship (TS) as a professional identity, broadening our perspective about potential impacts of our efforts, and bending the arc of technology towards greater good.



"It takes leadership to improve safety."

- Jackie Stewart


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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