ASFE - Newslog - October 20, 2021

October 20, 2021

Vol. 50  No. 39


Town Hall Meeting – Vaccination Mandates

On Friday, October 15, 2021, GBA hosted a Town Hall Meeting to explore Executive Order 14042 and other vaccination mandates and understand their impacts on member firms. The panelists at the Town Hall meeting were:

     •  Art Hoffmann, CAO at Gannett Fleming

     •  Andra Kidd, COO at Round Table Capital Partners

     •  John Murphy, COO at GZA Geoenvironmental

     •  Mike Yost, Chief Legal Officer at Terracon. 

They discussed federal, regional, local, and client vaccination mandates and shared their approach to the mandates, and the impacts on their respective firms. 

To review a recording of the Town Hall Meeting, please contact our Executive Director, Joel Carson – HERE

Last Chance! Register for Virtual Attendance Now

This week GBA will reunite to learn, collaborate, network, renew friendships, celebrate successes, and connect with fellow geoprofessionals from across North America.

Virtual Registration ends at midnight on October 20, 2021

We will do what GBA does best. We will focus on business & educational resources, specifically risk management and business performance optimization for geoprofessional firms.


GBA Launches Emerging Leaders Class 5!

GBA is launching its fifth class of the Emerging Leaders program in 2022.  The class will include up to 20 GBA member-firm geoprofessionals from across the United States and Canada.  The class will meet regularly for approximately 2 years with the intent to expose participants to GBA and its host of benefits, including business-education resources associated with leadership, risk management and business performance optimization. 

GBA has had four previous Emerging Leaders classes in the past, and each have contributed greatly to the organization.  This is a great opportunity for an Emerging Leader in your firm to meet, interact, and engage with other professionals to better your firm, themselves, and our profession.


Call for Abstracts – Spring 2022 Conference

GBA invites dynamic and engaging speakers to submit an abstract for our Conference.  Share your valuable information with industry leaders to help improve geoprofessional businesses and elevate our profession.


Welcome New Member – Barr Engineering Co.

GBA welcomes new Member-Firm, Barr Engineering, Corp.  Barr provides engineering and environmental consulting services to clients across North America and around the world.

"We have been employee owned since 1966 and trace our origins to the early 1900s. Our engineers, scientists, and technical specialists work together to help clients develop, manage, process, and restore natural resources.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, we have offices in Duluth and Hibbing, Minnesota; Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jefferson City, Missouri; Bismarck, North Dakota; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Denver, Colorado. In 2010, we launched Barr Engineering and Environmental Science Canada, Ltd. with an office in Calgary, Alberta.

In addition to our primary offices, we meet the needs of regional and national clients through satellite offices in Reno, Nevada; Rock Springs, Wyoming; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Fort McMurray, Alberta."



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Edwards-Pitman Environmental Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, a premier geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting and testing firm, is pleased to announce it has acquired Edwards-Pitman Environmental, a Georgia-based environmental compliance consulting firm. Edwards-Pitman Environmental brings a team of experienced environmental consultants known for their expertise in compliance and permitting on transportation, governmental and infrastructure projects in the Southeastern region of the United States.

“I am thrilled we are adding talented environmental managers, archaeologists, planners, ecologists, biologists, engineers, and historians who specialize in transportation projects to our team of employee-owners,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “The service offerings of Edwards-Pitman Environmental are strategically aligned with our company’s vision as we expand our technical capabilities and geographic footprint. We are eager to support their continued trajectory of growth and client excellence.”


Aspect at 20 – The Story of our First Two Decades

Aspect Consulting

Aspect Consulting is proud to reach our milestone 20th anniversary.  You – our clients, stakeholders, and team – are the reason we’re here today. Twenty years ago, Aspect started from a handful of staff and today we’re over 120 colleagues across 8 PNW Pacific Northwest offices. Thank you for being our beacon for Earth+Water client services to light the way.

Together with our clients, we are a union, invested in tackling the rising complexities of land and water resources in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the West. To celebrate, we created this “Story Map” highlighting Aspect’s journey over the years.


Geogirl is Back! New Issue Available Now!

Murray Engineers Inc

Geogirl, Murray Engineers' very own comic book superhero, fighting geohazards since 2016 is back! Outfitted with the latest technologies, great balance, and an uncanny ability to sense unstable earth conditions, GeoGirl combats geologic hazards to save citizens and their structures from catastrophic disasters.


Bringing Environmental Justice to Life


The last eighteen months have highlighted many of society’s deep disparities. For many vulnerable and minority populations, these gaps are a lived reality that others are just being awakened to. The increasing occurrence of natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustices from Black Lives Matter to gender inequality from the me-too movement – many of us have reassessed what we value. That value is not simply an economic measure but can be considered more broadly to include health and wellbeing, access to housing and mobility, availability of social services and employment, safety and justice, and community cohesion.


Terracon Recognized Among the 2021 Kansas City Best Places to Work


Terracon is pleased to be recognized as an honoree of the 2021 Kansas City Best Places to Work, which is designated by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Terracon is one of five companies in the Kansas City Area recognized by the publication on September 3, 2021, as a Best Place to Work in the large category (251 – 500 employees) for creating exceptional workplaces their employees value highly.


Pittsburgh Landslide Remediation Showcased on National TV

Gannett Fleming

Discover more about this landslide remediation project featured on the Science Channel.


Fossils 101

Earth Systems

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 was National Fossil Day and the 12th Anniversary of the annual celebration. It happens each year to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology.

Fossils are the preserved remains, or traces of remains, of ancient organisms.


VHB’s Sierra LePore Appointed Florida Airports Council Corporate Committee Vice Chair


Sierra LePore, CM, ENV SP, LEED AP O+M, was recently appointed Vice Chair for the Florida Airports Council (FAC) Corporate Committee. The FAC is an association of publicly owned and operated airports across the state, committed to continued improvement of aviation facilities in Florida and professional development of its members.

The Council consists of roughly 100 airports statewide and more than 250 corporate, educational, affiliate, and student members.



Business Leaders Expect Supply Chain Turmoil to Last Well into 2022

CNN Business

The ongoing supply chain crisis isn't going to end anytime soon, according to a new survey of chief financial officers.

The majority of the CFOs, who represent a wide range of businesses across multiple industries, expect the challenges to last "well into" 2022. They warned their companies are experiencing supply chain disruptions that have fueled production and shipping delays as well an increase in materials prices.


How to Take Politics Out of Vaccine Mandates

Quartz at Work

The idea of vaccine mandates in the workplace is less divisive than its critics would suggest. But US president Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 directive to businesses with 100 or more employees—that they prepare to request proof of vaccination or test employees weekly for Covid-19—is being cast as a totalitarian edict by those who oppose vaccines and by those who oppose Biden’s politics.


Legal Catalyst?


Head of legal. Chief legal officer. General counsel. Chief legal advisor. Whatever you want to call it — the role is a key position for startups (and in the corporate world) as a company’s primary source of legal advice.

Does an in-house lawyer help or hinder a company’s growth?


Deep Excavation Model


Deep excavation and shoring support in Bahrain: PLAXIS Real Life Project is a game-changing tool for projects that are 3D in nature.


Still Tarred and Feathered

NBC News

How we clean oil spills hasn't changed in decades. These scientists want to change that. Researchers say reusable sponges that can sop up oil without absorbing water could make cleanup efforts more effective and more efficient.


PFA Contamination Crisis


Mapping the PFAS contamination crisis: New data shows that 2,854 sites in 50 states and two territories are contaminated as of August 2021 and growing at an alarming rate.


Digital Digits

CPA Practice Advisor

A new survey focused on the state of automation in accounting and finance found that 76% of accounting and finance leaders have stated that COVID-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of the accounts payable process.


Play Offense and Defense

Info Systems

Maintain a confident security posture by implementing proactive and reactive cybersecurity plans to detect and contain attacks in the context of the global rise in cyber attacks.


Get Better Soon


UCF offered a timely insight as employees return to the office with a recent study that found that workload often determines how co-workers treat sick colleagues.


Words of Wisdom

"I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage, or bravery, or generosity, or anything else… "

- Roald Dahl


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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