Newslog - August 10, 2022

August 10, 2022

Vol. 51  No. 15


Profits Push Higher for GBA Members: GBA’s Annual Financial Survey Results Published

GBA Business Practices Committee

Business Brief

Backlog trends exceed record highs, and some overhead costs are declining as the trend for GBA firms to be more profitable continues. GBA’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Annual Financial-Performance Report shows health and identifies areas of concern as we enter an inflationary cycle.

Get on top of your game. In addition to building your reserves, areas to watch are decreasing utilization and increasing DSO. Although backlog is soaring, be concerned about the significantly reduced investment in marketing costs. Lay the groundwork now for potentially tougher times ahead.

How does your firm stack up?


Find GBA Resources Easier: Case History Digest

GBA Resource Collaboration Committee

One of the most valuable resources GBA offers are a vast library of Case Histories that provide unprecedented real-world learning examples related to project and business management. Our members can learn where others went wrong, how they handled their problems, and how they can avoid the same problems in the future.

With over 110 Case Histories GBA’s Resource Collaboration Committee created the Case History Digest to help you find Case Histories much easier.

With colorful titles including:

  • Cheap Contractor Paves Way for Problems

  • Clear Communication Saves Big Bucks

  • If You Don’t Have $13M Sitting Around You Need to Read This

  • Cutting Corners Leads to Big Change Orders

  • Did Your Engineer Really Say That?

The document includes a short summary, lessons learned, and indication to its related industry (Geotech, COMET, Environmental, Practice Management) make it easier to sort when you search for Case Histories with keywords.  And each case history is directly linked so you can retrieve them in one easy step to download and share with your firm’s employees.

Download now and propel your firm forward!


Registration Open for GBA 2022 Fall Conference – A Virtual Event

GBA Conference Program Committee

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 they can bundle registrations for their 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.

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.


Peer Review Committee is Offering a Free Training Course for Peer Review Captains

GBA Peer Review Committee

The Peer Review Committee is refreshing the process of the peer reviews and the list of available Peer Reviewers and Team Captains.

The Committee also is scheduling a Peer Reviewer and Team Captain training course on September 21st at 1:00 PM Eastern via Zoom. This training will include the recently developed guidance on virtual peer reviews. Please plan to participate in this training if you are interested in being a Peer Reviewer or Team Captain.


4th Friday 40 Webinar Series Continues with Steve Farber

GBA Multimedia Delivery Committee

Best Selling Author and past GBA Conference keynote speaker, Steve Farber rejoins GBA as the next presenter for the 4th Friday 40 Leadership Series. This 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.

Attend and earn one-half of a Professional Development Hour (PDH) for each webinar.

Free to all GBA Members.

Put the 4th Friday Leadership on your calendar and invite your friends and colleagues to join you. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now!

GBA Events Calendar


Special Projects Planning Leader joins Pennoni


Pennoni, a multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia, welcomes Stan Slachetka, FAICP, PP, as the firm’s special projects planning leader out of the Camden, NJ office.

“Stan’s experience and expertise will help the firm elevate our planning capabilities. We are excited to have Stan on board and use his guidance to expand business endeavors with new and existing clients,” says Ed Guetens, vice president and office director at Pennoni.

Stan has more than 35 years of experience in managing numerous award-winning planning projects including master plans, redevelopment plans and transit-oriented development plans. He is a recognized authority on redevelopment and a leader in resiliency planning who spearheaded the modernization of New Jersey’s redevelopment laws and developed innovative planning techniques to explain and visualize resiliency and sustainability.


Chene Flood Control Structure

Eustis Engineering

Eustis Engineering L.L.C. worked closely with Sealevel Construction Inc to perform highly technical and complex dynamic pile testing over water within Bayou Chene. Our dynamic pile testing led to an optimized foundation design using site-specific test results by increasing the supporting load each foundation could withstand. Our collaboration with Sealevel Construction Inc, APTIM, T. Baker Smith, St. Mary Levee District, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana allowed us to use our geotechnical engineering expertise alongside the design and construction of one of the largest flood control structures of its kind in the United States.


Combustible Dust: Identifying and Mitigating Risks


Combustible dusts are fine particles that when suspended in air under certain conditions, can present an explosion hazard. Even materials that do not burn in larger sizes, given the proper conditions, can be explosible in dust form. A dust explosion can cause catastrophic loss of life, injuries, and destruction of buildings.


Universal Engineering Sciences Strengthens Footprint in Texas By Acquiring Rock Engineering & Testing Laboratory

Universal Engineering Sciences

Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading engineering and consulting company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting, has acquired Rock Engineering & Testing Laboratory, LLC (RETL), a geotechnical engineering, geotechnical drilling, and construction materials engineering testing firm based in Texas. This acquisition expands UES’ coverage and depth in the Texas market.

Rock Engineering & Testing Laboratory has more than 85 team members based in offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin / Round Rock. The team serves industrial, municipal, infrastructure, and commercial development clients throughout the southern portions and coastal areas of Texas.  Significant recent projects include the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan's Wonderland (The MAC), the San Antonio Spurs Training Facility, and the State Highway 211 Extension.


BLE Named as a 2022 Best Place to Work in SC

Bunnell Lammons Engineering

Bunnell Lammons Engineering has been named one of the 2022 Best Places to Work in South Carolina.

The award is given by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

To be considered, BLE had to complete a two-part process which included an employer questionnaire about policies and procedures, along with other information, and an employee survey with eight focus areas. Those areas included work environment, pay and benefits, leadership and planning, and overall engagement. Overall rankings reflect a combination of the questionnaire and the survey data.



Building the Future with Self-Healing Concrete and Biocement

Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on Earth. With applications from housing and industry to coastal defense and infrastructure, concrete and cement are at the cornerstone of life, quite literally.


Smart Stormwater: Data is Critical in Natural Hazard Planning/Response

Webinar: A data-driven response to flooding, erosion, and other natural hazards. 


Differing on DSC – Tunnel Saga Appeal

Construction Risk

Washington State Department of Transportation v. Seattle Tunnel Partners: appellate court affirms denial of differing site conditions (DSC) claim.


Professional Exposure

National Society of Professional Engineers

Engineers employed in private practice, construction, industry, government, and education often have questions relating to their potential professional liability exposure. Here are some answers.


Turning the Cleanup Crank

Bloomberg Law

OxyChem expands cleanup offer in superfund site liability fight.


Not the Same Old Road

New Civil Engineer

Do waste derived asphalts cause more harm than good?


The Arsenal of Dangerous Impacts from Ever Fiercer Storms has Three of the Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas in the Crosshairs


Modeling from the National Hurricane Center for three critical regions — New York City, Washington, D.C., and Miami-Dade County — found future sea rise alone could expose about 720,000 more people to flooding in the decades to come.


We Live and Work in a Media Saturated World Delivering Information Like Water From a Firehose. Trends Say It’s Only Just Begun.

Visual Capitalist

The Evolution of Media: Visualizing a Data-Driven Future.


Boomers Are Exiting the Workforce in Droves, Leaving More Job Vacancies Than There Are People to Fill Them


Where have all the workers gone? Don't blame COVID, economists say.


A New Plan to Reroute How Water Moves From Wetter Northern California to Drier Southern California Takes Shape

ABC News

California outlines 45-mile underground water tunnel plan.


Modeling Earthquake Induced Pipeline Ruptures

Full-scale soil-pipeline-fault rupture interaction testing apparatus is capable of simulating fault rupture effects with as much as 1.8 m (70-in.) of strike-slip fault offset on pipelines as large as 600 mm (24-in.) in diameter.



"The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion."

- Paulo Coelho


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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