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Vol. 50 No. 16
If you are a dynamic, engaging speaker with valuable content to share with industry leaders, the Geoprofessional Business Association invites you to submit an abstract for GBA’s 2020 Spring Conference. Our members gather at GBA conferences to network, share best practices, learn how to improve their business performance and elevate the industry.
Successfully Navigating Emerging Risks
Emerging risks result from events occurring suddenly and are often characterized by uncertainty in terms of probability, expected loss, and potential impact. Over time, these risks develop and evolve requiring review and proactive actions to be taken in order to manage and mitigate the impact to the business.
Many associations are worthy of support. Which should your firm choose? This GBA Best Practices provides guidance, suggesting that firms should only support those groups that provide a return on their investment of time and money. This applies to all levels of firm personnel, for purposes of brand identity and marketing, and to younger staff who can also learn valuable leadership lessons. Strategic association involvement also benefits the organizations that a firm selects, because the firm’s representatives do far more than attend meetings and pay dues.
Strategic Association Involvement: Download HERE
GBA’s Winter Leadership Summit is an annual event where committee members and GBA’s Board of Directors convene, usually in person, for strategic planning and working sessions. Due to the continued COVID crisis, GBA will hold this event virtually on Thursday and Friday, January 28 & 29, 2021. It is a valuable opportunity for our volunteers to complete assignments together for the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2021 and to identify and prioritize actions to focus on for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
All committee members are invited to participate in this virtual event.
There is no registration fee to attend the 2020 Winter Leadership Summit and registration will be available soon.
Read More: GBA | Winter Leadership Summit
The GBA LinkedIn Group is growing. If you are not yet a member, please join the group and check it out!
GBA LinkedIn Group: HERE
Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog.
The Pipeline to Diversity and Inclusion in the Geoprofessions
Employee Engagement Book
Join Bob Kelleher for the world premiere of the 2020 update of our viral video "Who's Sinking Your Boat?" on December 2nd @ 12pm EST.
Register Here: Webinar Registration - Zoom
An in-building component of telecommunications, an Emergency Responder Radio Communication System (ERRCS) is an extension of the outdoor wireless two-way radio system that First Responders (Fire, Police, EMS, etc.) currently use. Still, the radio coverage is limited to just the interior of the building where the system is installed. Today, the system is primarily used for voice communications, but applications containing important information such as a first responder’s physical condition, location, live video streams, mixed reality lenses, sensor data, and other innovative applications are planned for the near future.
Read More: Staying Connected in Crisis: Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems
As water/wastewater projects continue to increase in complexity, collaborative delivery methods for project execution are becoming increasingly favored among clients. As this shift gains momentum, clients need to be able to trust that their design-build contractor will help them realize the benefits of the collaborative delivery approach throughout the life of the project. The list below outlines several key qualities a water/wastewater client should expect from their design-build contractor.
Read More: Kiewit Newsroom – Top 3 Qualities to Expect from a Quality Design-Build Contractor
Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce Ryan Benson, PE has joined the Braun Intertec team in Hibbing, Minnesota. Benson brings more than 20 years of experience in geotechnical consulting, foundation system design, design of value engineered ground modification foundation systems, project management and land development.
TTL’s November webinar featured a presentation from Bo Cristwell, PE on Special Inspections and Design vs. As-built Conditions. Bo discussed what special inspections are, the differences in special inspections and jurisdictional inspections, Special Inspection team roles, what special inspections are required by the International Building Code and examples of design vs as-built conditions.
Click here to download Bo’s presentation.
Wood has hired Naeem Farooqi as director of sustainable transit and transport asset management solutions in Canada, a move that further strengthens the company’s leadership in urban mobility, and growth in the transit and transportation decarbonization markets.
Read More: Transit innovator Naeem Farooqi joins Wood’s growing sustainable infrastructure practice
Sanborn Head & Associates
An article co-authored by Sanborn Head’s Stephen Zemba, and Sarah Pope along with the University of Vermont’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Appala Raju Badireddy has been published in Scientific Journal of Biology & Life Sciences.
The article, “Ecological Risk and Bioremediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances,” discusses ecological risks of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and bioremediation of PFAS including the need for substantial research.
Read More: Scientific Journal of Biology & Life Sciences Publishes Article by Zemba & Pope
Whatever you do, please don’t make your office holiday party just another Zoom session. Here’s how to have some fun and celebrate the season safely.
Without the option of a face to face reconciliation, how can you manage conflict in virtual teams?
World Economic Forum
Businesses have a role to play in building vaccine trust.
Sensor technology aims to help US cities extend the life of aging pipelines.
Catastrophic failures make for good reminders when balancing form and function.
Geotechnical investigation 1 of many steps toward boater safety in Mentor Harbor channel.
Why a newly approved plan to build a tunnel beneath Stonehenge is so controversial.
Idaho National Laboratory
Private-public partnership will use nuclear energy for clean hydrogen production.
Charleston weighs wall as seas rise and storms strengthen.
NASA model reveals how much COVID-related pollution levels deviated from the norm.
The mining industry’s use of IoT has revealed that it is helping the sector meet environmental regulations and corporate social response.
Words of Wisdom
“You can’t change the past and the future is yet to be written; the only thing you really have control over is what you choose to do next.”
- Chris Hadfield
President: Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700|
President-Elect: Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494|
Secretary/Treasurer: Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon / San Antonio, TX), 210/641-2112
Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc. (Kiewit / Montreal, Canada)
Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc. / Wilmington, DE) 302/ 239-6634
Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC), 336/553-1245
Matthew "Matt" R. Poirier, P.E. (Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc. / Concord, NH) 603/ 229-1900
Steve Wendland, P.G. Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE (Kleinfelder, Inc. / Prairie Village, KS ) 913/475-5851
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