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GBA is coming back together this October for our 2021 Fall Conference in Henderson, Nevada. As we enter the post-pandemic world and have the opportunity to gather together after a long period of separation, GBA will reunite in person to learn, collaborate, network, renew friendships, celebrate successes, and meet with fellow geoprofessionals from across North America.
We will do what GBA members have done for more than 50 years: identify emerging opportunities, solve common problems, strive to improve our businesses and elevate our profession. We will reconnect as a community, share experiences, and plan for the future.
Reuniting at this conference will bring us back to the basics of what GBA does best. We will focus on business & educational resources, speciﬁcally risk management and business performance optimization for geoprofessional ﬁrms.
Dates: October 21-23, 2021
Location: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, Henderson, Nevada
You are cordially invited to join GBA’s President Tom Blackburn for a casual afternoon of information and social networking with friends and colleagues from across GBA. Tom will introduce you to friends as we wind down the week and toast the weekend with a seasonal beverage. Please join us for a fun and informative hour.
Date: July 9, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM Eastern
Register: E-mail GBA Here
Topics will include:
Featured Refreshment: Summer Shandy
- “Critical Success Factors for a Healthy Business” David Coduto, (Terra Insurance Co)
- “How Do Member-Firms Keep Track of Subsurface Data?” - Carrie Foulk (BSK Associates)
- “Introduction to GBA’s Resource Collaboration Committee” Chuck Gregory (Terracon)
This month Tom suggests we all enjoy the refreshing taste of the Summer Shandy as we relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Read More: Here
Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was the announcement of the GBA's Annual Report.
GBA’s Annual Report Issued
Tom Blackburn — GBA President
This is the second installment of President Tom Blackburn’s monthly updates to GBA members. “It is my way to better connect you with GBA’s leadership, provide some lessons learned, show you how we continue to make GBA better and improve your GBA experience.” In this update, Tom shares his experiences with personal growth through his involvement with GBA.
Read President’s Update: HERE
GBA is committed to promoting the value of geoprofessionals and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2021 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 ends August 31, 2021. Winners will be presented with awards and featured during our 2021 Fall Conference.
More Information: HERE
Universal Engineering Sciences
UES Strengthens Geographical Footprint in the West and Reinforces Commitment to Growing to $1 Billion Through Strategic Acquisition and Organic Growth
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.
ECS Southwest, LLP is excited to announce the addition of Jordana Paker as Director of Business Development in Houston, Texas.
As the Director of Business Development, Jordana oversees the growth of new business within the Southwest region. She develops and maintains key customer relationships and fosters company growth through the execution of strategic business development activities.
“I’m excited to become part of this great team in Houston,” says Jordana. “I’m eager to use my strong relationship building skills and ability to quickly engage with key decision makers to grow the Houston market.”
Shawnee Mission Post
(Geotechnology is proud to have been a part of the team for the Shawnee Indian Mission Historical Society project in Fairway, Kansas. Check out Derek Duson running scans in the background of the photo they chose for the article!)
Shawnee Indian Mission Cemetery, often referred to as Johnson Cemetery because the county's namesake Thomas Johnson and his family are buried there, is looking into whether or not there are unmarked graves at the site. Located off Shawnee Mission Parkway, a ground penetrating study conducted Tuesday will have results of what lies in the subsurface in about three weeks. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.
Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway is trying to discover more about what officials call the Mission’s “complicated history.”
Nick Fontaine, PE, a Principal Professional in our San Diego, CA office, recently obtained his certification as a Design-Build Professional by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Nick was a member of the class that piloted Kleinfelder’s Alternate Delivery Program – a program that provides advanced Alternate Project Delivery (APD) training and preparation to obtain DBIA certification.
Having completed the education and certification program, Nick, who is also a member of Kleinfelder’s Spectrum Committee—a 12-person, self-nominated committee established to cultivate diversity, inclusivity, and equity within Kleinfelder through education, awareness, and promoting an inclusive culture—points to the commonalities of DBIA and Spectrum.
GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing ecological, geotechnical, environmental, water, and construction management services, congratulates Dr. Kimberly A. Hoppe Parr for earning the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) professional certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene.
Presented by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the CIH designation requires rigorous educational background and years of professional experience and culminates in an examination process. Less than seven thousand professionals worldwide currently hold a certification and have demonstrated knowledge and skills in rubric areas such as air sampling and instrumentation, toxicology, health risk analysis and hazard communication, and work environments and industrial processes.
Top 10 qualities of highly successful people include the following attributes: drive, integrity and patience. To have a candidate who has those 3 characteristics alone is a jackpot. NOVA is proud to say we’ve found another stellar candidate in Lisa Feeley who is coming on board as our National Healthcare Market Sector Leader!
Having been in Business Development and Marketing roles since 1986 and involved in Healthcare and Pharma market sectors since 2000, Lisa is a well-rounded professional within the Healthcare, Life Sciences, Architectural, Engineering and Construction fields. Her roles have included business development, strategic marketing, project management and more. She also is a Lean Six Sigma Master Blackbelt!
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Atlas) through its subsidiary Long Engineering (LONG), a leading provider of Subsurface Utility Engineering (“SUE”), was selected for a Statewide contract to provide on-call SUE services by the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT). The newly awarded contract will remain in effect for three years, with the opportunity to extend it for an additional two years.
“Locating underground utilities is critical to the design and construction of roadways. Slight adjustments in designs can produce substantial cost savings by reducing utility relocations and project delays. We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with GDOT and deploying our SUE expertise to support them in predictable delivery of their programs,” said Atlas CEO L. Joe Boyer.
Wishing our friends and colleagues a happy Canada Day on July 1. Celebrate by testing your knowledge of “The True North strong and free” by taking the Ultimate Canadian Geography Quiz:
And, to our many friends and colleagues in the U.S.A. enjoy a safe and celebratory 4th of July weekend.
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U.S. Geoscience Enrollments and Degrees Collapse in 2019-2020.
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Harvard Business Review
Are your company’s DEI efforts shallow?
Words of Wisdom
"If you think it’s expensive to hire a talented employee,
wait till you hire an untalented one.”
- Shane Parrish
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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