ASFE - Newslog - September 8, 2021

September 8, 2021

Vol. 50  No. 37


Chester Santos International Man of Memory to Keynote GBA's Fall Conference

Learn from the world’s leading memory skills expert! In this fun and interactive presentation, U.S. Memory Champion Chester Santos (“The International Man of Memory”) will help you develop life changing skills.

You will learn how to easily remember names to facilitate building better relationships with people. Chester will also help to fuel your professional and personal development by unlocking your mind's hidden power to easily remember facts/figures, presentations, processes/procedures, famous quotes, foreign languages, exam/training material, and much more.   This will be an entertaining, educational, and “memorable” program!

Watch Video: HERE

New Podcast - Case History #86: Dream Home or Nightmare?

GBA Emerging Leaders Class

GBA has published over 100 case histories based on real-life events that have happened to geoprofessional firms.  GBA Case Histories are unique because our members share real-life stories of problems that impacted their businesses.  They also include the outcomes of corrective action, and lessons learned.

This episode in the series explores Case History #86 where the GBA member firm conducted a geotechnical engineering study and performed COMET services during earthwork for a builder on a single-family home in an area where expansive shales are interbedded with sandstone. The member firm advised for slope-stability analyses. Eight months after construction was complete, the foundation started to move, creating distress in the slab and some walls. Remediation attempts were unsuccessful and as a result the project went to litigation.

Listen to Podcast:  New Podcast – Case History #86: Dream Home or Nightmare?

10 Reasons to Attend GBA's 2021 Fall Conference

  1. REUNION with Friends
  2. Collaborate with Peers on Common Issues
  3. Be Inspired by Others
  4. Get Outside Your Community Bubble
  5. Build Your Network with Industry Leaders
  6. Learn from Subject Matter Experts
  7. Grow Your Network with Geoprofessionals Across North America
  8. Hear About Important Industry Trends
  9. Fill Your Bucket
  10. Sharpen Your Saw

Dates:  October 21-23, 2021

Location:  Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, Henderson, Nevada



Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was the Board Spotlight article about Bradley Melocik, PE, PH (DOWL).


GBA Photo Contest Winners to be Announced in Next Issue

GBA’s 2021 Photo Contest was wildly successful. With over 90 photos submitted, the contest judges will be challenged to select winners for this year’s contest titled:

How do you depict the day in the life of a geoprofessional?

Winners will be announced in GBA's September 22, 2021, issue. Winning photographers will be presented with awards and featured during our 2021 Fall Conference.


Register Now: GBA Fall Conference

GBA is coming back together this October for our 2021 Fall Conference in Henderson, Nevada. 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.

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


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DOWL Elects Kristen Hansen to Serve as Chair of The Board


DOWL is pleased to announce new leadership for our Board of Directors, effective immediately. The Board selected the talented Kristen Hansen to serve in its highest role. She takes over the seat that was previously occupied by DOWL President and CEO Stewart Osgood, who will continue to serve in his existing roles.

Kristen joined the company in 2002 after a successful career with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Over the last 18 years, she has acquired additional ownership and taken on additional responsibilities in the firm while growing and diversifying the Environmental and Land Development Practice Area as its leader. Kristen has overseen some of our largest and most notable environmental projects and has added mining companies and energy clients to our client base.

Universal Engineering Sciences

Rice & Gardner Consultants Joins Project Control

Raba Kistner

Project Control has announced that Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc. has joined forces with our firm today. Based in Houston, Rice & Gardner will operate as a division of Project Control.

Led by Jim Rice, Rice & Gardner was established in 2005 with core competencies of program management and building commissioning.

Rice & Gardner is well respected in the project management and building commissioning fields due to their experienced, diverse staff and commitment to serving their clients and the Houston community.  They are a great cultural fit for Project Control and the entire Raba Kistner enterprise and, as a result, will support multiple components of our firm’s strategic growth plan.


GZA names Deborah Zarta Gier To Lead Its Bedford, NH Operations

GZA Geoenvironmental

GZA has named Deborah M. Zarta Gier, to lead its Bedford operations. 

A Certified Natural Resources Professional, Zarta Gier has 28 years of experience in natural resources management and planning, focusing on site assessments, stormwater management, environmental remediation, regulatory implementation and compliance, and construction compliance monitoring and holds a bachelor’s degree in resource management and engineering from the University of Connecticut. Zarta Gier also leads GZA’s companywide Natural Resources & Siting and Permitting services, and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.

GZA CEO Patrick Sheehan said, “Deborah brings tremendous technical depth and leadership to her new position as District Office Manager in our Bedford office.’’


BSK Celebrating 55 Years!

BSK Associates

BSK Associates is celebrating 55 years of history, experience, success, people, and community.


Matthew Koss, CSP, CHST Named Director of Corporate Safety

ECS Limited

Matthew Koss, CSP, CHST has joined ECS as our new Director of Corporate Safety and is based out of the Baltimore office. We look forward to his leadership as we continue to build and improve our already robust safety program.

Matt is a Board-Certified Safety Professional (BCSP) with over 10 years of construction safety management experience. He has developed and managed the implementation of safety programs and processes in the heavy, high-value construction arena including commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. Matt has an in-depth knowledge of OSHA, DOT and USACE (EM385) safety requirements. He is currently pursuing his master’s in engineering - Advanced Safety Engineering and Management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham online while working full time. Matt’s experience, vision and leadership will be an invaluable asset as ECS continues to grow our footprint and expand our influence in heavy industrial and energy market sectors.


How Significant are Emissions from Asphalt Paving Materials Facilities?

Sanborn Head Associates

Facilities that produce asphalt pavement mixtures (APM) typically qualify as minor sources of air pollution, but they nonetheless sometimes generate public concerns over siting and permitting.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extensively studied and characterized emissions from APM plants, examining both stack and fugitive emission sources, and also both criteria pollutants subject to National Ambient Air Quality Standards and air toxics subject to Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) regulations. 

On behalf of the National Asphalt Paving Association, Sanborn Head used this information to update a study that compares emissions from a typical APM plant to air pollutant releases from other commonplace sources.


DOWL Announces Kendall Gee as New Chief Risk Officer


As DOWL’s current Chief Risk Officer Maryellen Tuttell, AICP, prepares to retire, the company has selected Kendall Gee, PMP, to succeed her.

Maryellen has been instrumental in shaping DOWL’s risk team, and she continually looks out for the best interests of the company and its employees, working to improve processes, genuinely caring for the wellbeing of those under DOWL’s tent, and always being the first one to show up and participate in team-building and fun events.



Amid Delta Variant New Research Reveals the Safety of In-Person Business Events


As the Delta variant continues to cause some hesitancy about holding events, with a few shows cancelling and others taking place as planned, new research may hold the key to putting the industry’s mind at ease. 

According to findings from a research partnership between Freeman, a global leader in events, and Epistemix, a computational modeling software company, large in-person business events are safe and do not increase local COVID-19 case rates. 

“Based on the data we’ve seen, attending an in-person event is no riskier—in fact, less risky— than essential daily activities,” said Freeman CEO Bob Priest-Heck. 


10 Reasons Why Networking Is Essential For Your Career


Networking is not only about trading information, but also serves as an avenue to create long-term relationships with mutual benefits.  Continue reading to find out why networking should be at the core of your career.


The Great Resignation: Why Millions of People Are Quitting (and How Employers Can Earn Them Back)

Four million people quit their jobs in April alone. Money had little to do with it and has even less to do with earning the right to find the right people for your business.




Improving our understanding of hazards posed by future large earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone requires advancements in the methods and sampling used to date and characterize past events.


Down to the Last Drop


The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced a new kind of climate observatory near the headwaters of the Colorado River that will help scientists better predict rain and snowfall in the U.S. West and determine how much of it will flow through the region.


And Justice For All

Beveridge & Diamond Law

EPA headquarters prods cleanup programs on enforcement to strengthen environmental justice. After the Surfside Condo collapse, Miami engineers are swamped.


Two Way Street: Water and Agriculture

Farm Progress

Greater buffer zones around bodies of water and more consistent enforcement of water protection regulations sought to reduce agriculture-based pollution in the Western U.S.


Don't Panic

Continuity Insights

Leadership in Crisis Management: 10 effective ways to build resilience.


Are You Irreplaceable?

Ivy Exec

Is it possible for you to know so much that your employer would do anything to avoid losing you? Here are 7 things you need to be an “irreplaceable” employee.


Words of Wisdom

"Often we are so busy with sawing that we forget to sharpen the saw"

- Stephen Covey


President - Thomas "Tom" W. 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

Director - Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc.(Kiewit / Montreal, Canada)

Director - Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc. / Wilmington, DE) 302/239-6634

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


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