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Vol. 48 No. 13
GBA's 2017 Fall Conference was held October 19th through 21st in beautiful and sunny Phoenix, Arizona. During the Conference, President Charles Head, P.E., G.E provided a midyear update on the progress of GBA.
He emphasized that GBA's future was bright and highlighted the elements of the 2020 Strategic Plan. They include:
He concluded his update by thanking our members for their support and collegiality, and for the work that they do to help make GBA strong and vital.
- Strengthen Our Brand
- Celebrate Success
- Turbocharge Member Experience
The conference was wildly successful with about 90 member firms represented. Those attending reported the addition of concurrent sessions enhanced their conference experience which included committee meetings, the always popular business roundtable sessions, and luxe networking receptions.
READ MIDYEAR LETTER FROM PRESIDENT HERE
"Optimizing Performance for Our Firms and Our Clients by Leading from the Heart"
2018 Spring Conference — April 5-7, 2018
Westin Chicago River North Hotel — Chicago, IL
GBA IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD SPEAKERS!
Are you a dynamic, engaging speaker with something valuable to teach industry leaders involved in the Geoprofessional Business Association? If so, we’d love to receive an abstract submission from you for our upcoming conference in Chicago, IL. There, 150+ senior leaders of GBA member-firms geoprofessional firms will gather to network, share best practices, and improve their business performance and elevate their industry.
The Conference Theme:
Optimizing Performance for Our Firms and Our Clients by Leading from the Heart
As GBA convenes in Chicago, IL for our 2018 Spring Conference, we will focus on helping those in attendance to recognize that exceptional leadership requires that we lead from our hearts.
Business owners who genuinely lead with their heart — not just their head — are also more equipped to connect with the emotional needs of employees. They understand that people have the need to be valued, respected, listened to and involved. By acknowledging and honoring the human element, heart-centered leaders possess the wisdom and capacity to positively transform any organization and run extremely successful and profitable businesses.
Our Conference will include presentations on subjects that will help our members to embrace a heart-centered approach to business and recognize true power means listening to and from the heart and having a commitment to humility.
How You Will Benefit
For almost half a century, GBA's twice-a-year conferences have been the place to engage senior business leaders of the geoprofessional industry. You will gain visibility and credibility; create important new relationships; and generate valuable awareness of your expertise in our industry.
ACCESS CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FORM
GBA has a rich history of uniting to tackle tough problems, collaborating on common issues, and working together to elevate our profession.
In a pilot program to promote growth and collaboration, interested GBA Members will independently watch the TED Talk "Leading with Greatness" then gathering together to discuss the contents in on a webinar in a facilitated "book club" format. Together we will learn, share and grow.
Friday: October 27, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 PM Central, Noon Mountain, 11:00 AM Pacific
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitated by: Joel Carson
Space is limited: Sign Up Here
Leading with Greatness: A TEDTalk by Roselinde Torres
Regardless if you are just starting your career or you are a business owner, you should strive to become a leader in your workplace. Roselinde Torres, a researcher in the field of leadership, spent twenty-five years observing and traveling around the world to study different leadership programs. Torres formulated three essential questions to ask oneself to be able to thrive as a leader at work. Through her TEDTalk, Roselinde proposes three crucial questions when trying to thrive as a leader.
NEWSlog Readers Poll Results: |
Project Manager Training Needed
"Project Managers make or break a geoprofessional consulting business." In the last issue of GBA NEWSlog, we asked readers what areas of Project Management does your firm provide training. In short we wanted to know how we can help augment training provided by members to make sure Project Managers have a full complement of training. It seems we are training about scope, schedule, and budget but not much on areas of communication, coordination, and negotiation.
Effective Project Managers are key to the success of all geoprofessional businesses. GBA recognizes development of highly effective Project Managers requires training, experience, and mentorship in numerous areas. GBA has developed, with support of member-firm volunteers, a Project Manager essential skills training course to support and augment training available by member-firms.
GBA's Fundamental Elements for Project Managers course will help you introduce and discuss the essential skills needed as a Project Manager. They are a GBA member benefit intended to enhance your existing Project Manager training program and can be augmented with other reference material provided for project managers by GBA.
These 11-module Project Managers course includes (in part) the following topics:
The PowerPoint format of this course has been developed so that it can be given in a group setting by a leader in your organization or used as a self-teaching tool by an individual. The course can be delivered all at once in an 8-hour day, or a module at a time as time permits. Each module contains a short quiz at the end to confirm clarity on the topics presented. Each module also includes a printable completion certificate. Module 11 includes a printable Course Completion Certificate for those that have completed all the modules of this course.
- Generating new business opportunities and winning proposals;
- Understanding client requirements;
- Planning the project scope, schedule and budget;
- Negotiating client contracts;
- Monitoring and managing cash flow, including invoicing and collections; and,
- Leading the project team.
Members can download it here:
Fundamental Elements for Project Managers
CAM Magazine's Special Issue 2017 is out. Check out the article on the Country Club of Detroit renovation project. G2 Consulting Group provided geotechnical engineering services on this amazing project.
Mr. Scott Kurtz, Director, Environmental Sciences for Ninyo & Moore, has over 30 years of experience with all phases of environmental / Brownfields assessment and cleanup projects. He is responsible for the technical and administration operations of the Environmental Divisions throughout the firm. Scott is an active member of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).
BSK Associates Laboratories
BSK was among the first laboratories in the country certified for ALL methods approved for the EPA's UCMR4 testing program!
BSK Associates Laboratories is your partner in complying with the challenging requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR). Since the inception of UCMR, BSK laboratories has provided unparalleled sampling and analytical services during all three prior UCMR programs, and is now certified for ALL methods approved for the EPA's UCMR4 testing program in the United States!
The UCMR4 program begins in January 2018.
Kleinfelder is pleased to announce the addition of Caroline Brabrook to the West Division as the Seattle Area Manager. Caroline has 21 years of diversified experience in transportation design, construction, management and business development.
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. Over 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. Our brains are wired such that it's difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. READ MORE
Please send us your MEMBER NEWS for inclusion in a future GBA NEWSlog.
Mark your calendar for these outstanding GBA get-togethers, and be on the lookout for announcements about others being finalized.
Future GBA Conferences
October 19-21, 2017
GBA Fall Conference
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort
January 26-28, 2018
GBA Winter Leadership Conference
April 5-7, 2018
GBA Spring Conference
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
October 18-20, 2018
GBA Fall Conference
Omni Houston Hotel
Future Events Supported by GBA
IFCEE 2018 — March 5-10, 2018 in Orlando, FL
Future Training for GBA Member-Firms
Business "Jump Start” for Geoprofessional Managers" — October 18-19, 2017
Developing Superstar Project Managers — November 29, 2017
GBA EVENTS CALENDAR
President: Charles L. Head, P.E., P.G., (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. / Concord, NH), 603/229-1900|
President-Elect: Woodward L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc. / Houston, TX), 713/686-6771|
Secretary/Treasurer: Kimberly F. Morrison, P.E., R.G., (Morrison Solutions, Inc. / Denver, CO), 303/588-8289|
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E., (PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. / Portland, OR), 503/248-1939
Thomas W. Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA)
Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE, (Gannett Fleming, Inc. / Harrisburg, PA)
Kenneth R. Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700
Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Most geoprofessionals we speak with describe themselves as very "busy" and often overwhelmed or overcommitted. While this may be a sign of a stronger economy and business strength, it may also be a sign that your workforce may be burning out. Some firms are paying closer attention to "mindfulness" in the workplace to help their staff develop more sense of control and ability to sustain the energy that it takes to remain successful. Here is an entire website devoted to this mindfulness trend with plenty of good ideas to consider.
Professional engineers and scientists are technically schooled and trained, often at the expense of the softer skills required for sustaining successful relationships with clients, colleagues and the communities they serve. Here is a reminder that despite our technical brilliance, soft skills should not be overlooked.
Harvard Business Review
An unbridled urgency can be counterproductive and costly. If you're too quick to react, you can end up with short-sighted decisions or superficial solutions, neglecting underlying causes and create collateral damage in the process. But if you're too deliberative and slow to respond, you can get caught flat-footed, potentially missing an opportunity or allowing an emergent challenge to consume you.
Harvard Business Review
Do you have employees or colleagues who seem to have difficulty finding purpose at work? These questions can help guide them to a more purposeful and productive existence within your organization.
TRON, Star Wars, Blade Runner — engineering professionals are often portrayed in major motion pictures in ways that make us cringe. However, there are some films that do us proud. Here is a list of some of the better portrayals of engineers on the silver screen.
The University of British Columbia
A new seismic-resistant, fiber-reinforced concrete developed at the University of British Columbia will see its first real-life application this fall as part of the seismic retrofit of a Vancouver elementary school. The material is engineered at the molecular scale to be strong, malleable, and ductile, similar to steel — capable of dramatically enhancing the earthquake resistance of a seismically vulnerable structure when applied as a thin coating on the surfaces.
Colorado is very well known for its outdoor activities, including hiking and biking. In order to keep track with popular demand, the City of Fort Collins is now building its own system of hiking and biking trails. The idea of extending the Fossil Creek Trail beneath the BNSF railway tracks with the construction of a tunnel, emerged after the aerial crossing solution was judged as impractical and the open-cut undercrossing was ruled out, as BNSF would not allow for traffic interruption.
Scotland is known for picturesque highlands and tartan-wearing highlanders, but now the country boasts the world's first floating wind farm. The large turbines are floating in the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of the town of Petershead. The farm consists of five enormous wind turbines that stand about 830 feet tall (256 feet of that bobs beneath the water's surface).
As with hurricane season, winter brings the threat of storms and unique safety issues. Yet many of the dangers of winter weather are known quantities. That can make preparation easier compared to what is required for hurricanes, but planning for winter is still critical. We asked the experts what contractors can do now so work can stay on schedule when winter weather hits as well as to ensure workers will be protected.
"Mindful leadership keeps you cool and energetic in any
situation, so that you can make the best possible decisions."
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