Newslog - July 27, 2022

July 27, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 14


Registration Options for GBA 2022 Fall Conference – A Virtual Event

GBA Conference Program Committee

We are constantly looking for innovative ways to increase the value of your membership in GBA and allow more of your employees’ access to educational content that benefits them personally and professionally, and strengthens your firm. We hope to do that again this October during the 2022 Fall Conference, in a new way.

Enhanced Virtual Experience

Building on our 2020 and 2021 virtual conference experiences, GBA will host the 2022 Fall Conference using an enhanced virtual platform. To make this more valuable and interesting to all, your employees will experience keynotes presented live from a studio, equipped with digital backgrounds, multiple camera angles, studio lighting, and full production staff to create a unique and enhanced conference experience. Our goal is to deliver educational, entertaining, and inspirational topics to our members conveniently and without significant business disruption and while considering the impact of travel to our environment.  The conference will be further enhanced with small-group collaboration and networking opportunities.


To attend GBA’s 2022 Fall Virtual Conference, members may register as an individual or you may elect to bundle registration for your firm to save on registration costs.

Registration is simple. GBA members register as an individual or bundle registrations for your company to take advantage of the discounted rate.

Individual Member Registration:  $500 per person

Bundle Registration:  $400 per person

Our program includes:

  1. A virtual experience unlike any you have experienced.

  2. Attendance of a high production, studio setting conference with an extensive lineup of outstanding subject matter experts. Full program: HERE

  3. Up to 8 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for each attendee.

  4. Small group collaboration and networking using virtual breakout rooms.


Fall Conference Bundled Registration

GBA Staff

The following firms have already committed to sending a group of their employees to attend GBA’s Fall Conference.  For discounted bundle rates available to your firm, please contact Sara Menase. 

Thank you for your support:

  • Ackenheil Engineers

  • Blackburn Consulting

  • BSK Associates

  • CTL | Thompson

  • DOWL

  • ECS Limited

  • Froehling and Robertson

  • G2 Consulting Group

  • GeoEngineers

  • GeoProfessional Innovation Corp.

  • Geotechnical Consultants

  • Jorgensen Geotechnical

  • Kiewit

  • Kleinfelder

  • PBS Engineering and Environmental

  • SME

  • Terracon

  • Verdantas

Join your peers!  If your firm has not yet selected the bundle option for the Fall Conference, please contact Sara Menase.


GBA Welcomes Andrea Gorski as New Committee Coordinator

We are happy to announce Andrea Gorski has joined the GBA team as our new Committee Coordinator.  Andrea started in her new role in early July and has been working with Dina Vann through the transition into her new role.  She has attended several GBA Committee calls and will now be working exclusively with our Committees in a support role.

We appreciate everything Dina Vann did to help us and look forward to all the contributions Andrea will make to GBA in her new role as our Committee Coordinator.


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.

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 Ends August 31

GBA Awards Committee

Contest began June 1, 2022 and will end 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.



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


GZA Names Mark Westra, Margaret Panatera to Board of Directors

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

GZA has elected Principal Mark H. Westra to its Board of Directors and re-elected Associate Principal Margaret A. Panatera for a second three-year term on the board.

GZA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Sheehan said: “As GZA works to strengthen our ability to help clients solve today’s complex challenges involving everything from environmental remediation and renewable energy development to complex infrastructure projects, we’re grateful to add the rich expertise and leadership of Mark, Margaret, and Scott to our Board of Directors.”


Terracon Acquires Drilling Engineers Inc.


Terracon, an employee-owned firm with a long history of providing excellence in engineering consulting services, announces the expansion of their drilling services with the acquisition of Drilling Engineers Inc. (DEI) of Fort Collins, Colorado. For nearly 60 years, DEI has served public and private sector clients with a complete suite of subsurface drilling services and has a long history of collaboration with Terracon.

DEI is now known as Terracon and will continue to operate from its Fort Collins location with support from Terracon’s existing Fort Collins office and additional Front Range locations in Denver, Greeley, Longmont, and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and more than 175 locations nationwide. All DEI employees will join Terracon.

“With the largest drilling fleet of any engineering consulting firm in the United States, the addition of DEI further enhances our ability to quickly mobilize to support changes in workload and project demands and we are excited to welcome their team to Terracon,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon chair, president, and CEO.


Waste Not, Want… RNG? Opportunities Abound with Renewable Natural Gas

Sanborn Head

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), though not a new concept, has emerged in recent years as an exciting opportunity for society to capture methane that may otherwise be released to the atmosphere for beneficial reuse within industries that have been grappling with the challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Though the residence time of methane in the atmosphere is far shorter than carbon dioxide, methane possesses a warming potential on the order of 80 times greater than CO2, so an emphasis on methane emission reduction has been elevated among both regulators and industry. That said, with every challenge lies great opportunity and this challenge is no different. Through a combination of technological innovation and market-based regulatory incentives, a robust market for RNG has emerged.


ECS Southwest Hires New Business Development Manager

ECS Limited

ECS is pleased to announce Evan Tantum has joined ECS’ Southwest Services as a Business Development Manager working out of our Austin, TX office. Evan brings over 15 years of experience to ECS where he credits his unique career path and proven track record across multiple industries for his success.

As a Business Development Manager, Evan will be responsible for implementing business development strategies, generating leads, maintaining a client database, and building strong and lasting relationships for ECS. He will be primarily responsible for the Austin, TX market.


Terracon Names Lori Cathcart Director of Corporate Sustainability

Yahoo News

Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has named Lori Cathcart director of corporate sustainability. Cathcart is responsible for developing and implementing internal corporate sustainability strategies, policies, and procedures including stakeholder engagement, materiality assessments, risk analysis, and reporting.

“Over the past several years, Terracon has brought increased focus and intentionality to becoming a more sustainable organization, both internally and through the services we provide our clients,” Cathcart said. “I’m excited to be contributing to this important effort.”


Something’s Brewing in Arkansas


Andy Brewer is an Olsson technical leader based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. At work, he focuses on all things transportation. He thinks about transportation after hours, too. In his spare time, he founded a professional organization for transportation engineers that was the first of its kind in Arkansas.

Andy noticed the national organization, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), lacked a formal, local Arkansas chapter for transportation professionals. He changed that.



Do You Live in One of the Worst Infrastructure States?


These are the states with America’s worst infrastructure.

A key component of the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law late last year by President Biden is direct aid to state and local governments. Consulting firm McKinsey and Company estimates the law opens up a whopping 240 separate streams of funding for things like roads, bridges, the power grid, and much more.


Geotechnical Feature: Building A Brighter Future

Engineering the Future

Keithe Merl, P.E., Northeast Area Manager at Hobas Pipe USA, Inc talks about the different aspects of geotechnical engineering, geotechnical education, and what the future holds for geotechnical engineering.


Construction Undervalued by Billions

MIT News

Hurricane-resistant construction may be undervalued by billions of dollars annually.


Post-Vacation Re-Entry Stress

Huffington Post

Overwhelmed and stressed about returning to a mess of things to do after a vacation? Here are some tips to ease back into the grind.


Green Energy Feature: Well Sorted


'Sand battery' could solve green energy's big problem.


Geospatial Feature: Utilitarian


Underground asset register key focus for UK’s geospatial strategy next year.



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- Indra Nooyi


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


Connect with GBA

GBA Staff
Joel G. Carson, Execuive Director, 301-565-2733 (office) | 402-517-1819 (cell)
Sara Menase, Membership Services Manager, 301-565-2733
Phillip D. Pettway, Controller, 301-565-2733
Barb Nappy, Program Director, 301-565-2733 (office) | 727-457-2272 (cell)
Andrea Gorski, Committee Coordinator, 301-565-2733 (office) | 734-637-8581 (cell)

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