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|March 25, 2020 ||
Vol. 49 No. 50
Dear GBA Members,
We are living through unprecedented times. Family, loved ones, friends, employees, co-workers, neighbors, society are foremost in our minds at this time. We’re also very concerned about our livelihoods, our firms and the economy. I realize that GBA is a very minor item in a world in which such important things are brought into such sharp focus.
I send you this brief message to let you know that the Board of Directors of GBA and our wonderful staff are thinking about all of you today. We’re also doing everything we can to make sure that GBA remains a strong organization and that we continue, to the best of our ability, to provide value and help you address risk and business performance In that regard, we will continue publishing important reference material, updating our website, and plan to deliver key elements of the 2020 Spring Conference virtually. Additionally, we will continue working together to connect with our members and manage our Association efficiently.
Please take the advice of the experts and follow all the recommendations and directives that have been shared with us over the last few weeks so we can all come through this safe and healthy and together.
Looking forward to raising our glasses in a huge toast with all of you in October in Minneapolis for GBA’s 2020 Fall Conference!
Be Safe and Healthy.
All the best wishes to you all,
Out of consideration to the health and welfare of our members and in our global efforts to combat to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic we will not be meeting in Florida for our 2020 Spring Conference; however, important elements of the Conference will take place, virtually.
The GBA Board of Directors will hold their scheduled meeting virtually on Thursday, April 23, 2020 starting at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.
Committee and Task Force Meetings
Committees and Task Forces will meet virtually on Thursday, April 23, 2020 starting at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Chairs will be sending meeting invitations and agendas with support material to all Committee members.
Our bylaws require we hold an annual business meeting. President Art Hoffmann and President Elect Ken Johnston will share their thoughts on GBA and our role in helping members manage risk and optimize performance during challenging times. Please plan on attending this important meeting on Friday, April 24, 2020.
We are also setting up a web-based platform to deliver our outstanding conference content on April 27-May 1, 2020 as our Conference theme “RESILIENCE: Preparing for the Next Downturn” has become more timely than ever. All GBA Members are welcome to join these free webinars and earn professional development hours. A schedule of presentations and web conferencing information will be provided in the next few weeks.
2020 Spring Conference Information
On March 30, 2020, you will be asked to participate in an extremely important survey that addresses the image of our association and the needs of geoprofessional practitioners like you. Your feedback is critical to helping prepare GBA’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, improve the programs, services, and materials we offer to all geoprofessionals in private practice.
Our most popular article from the last issue of GBA NEWSlog.
COVID-19 Coronavirus MEMBER RESOURCES
Following CDC guidelines, GBA Staff will be working remotely for the next several weeks. We will continue working diligently for you and for all our members so that we can maintain our position as the preferred source of business-education resources, specifically risk management and business performance optimization for geoprofessionals. If you have questions or comments about anything above please contact Joel Carson, our Executive Director
ATC Group Services, An ATLAS Company
As an ATLAS company, ATC Group Services LLC (ATC) is a national provider of integrated environmental consulting and engineering services. ATC announced today that they are currently providing Novel Coronavirus consulting services to clients, which include safety planning, exposure pathway assessments; cleaning protocol development and disinfection oversight for multiple clients at over 20 locations throughout the country.
A short fun video of BSK’s employees as they work through the issues of working from home.
This is a message of optimism and hope, of an opportunity long awaited that is finally set to arrive. But you need to read to the end to get to the positive, encouraging part. The next two paragraphs are not comforting at all. If you are already feeling redlined trying to chart a course for your practice and the staff who look to you for leadership, skip a bit, brother, and pick up when I get to the exciting part about Adam Smith and 18th Century economic theory.
Pennoni is excited to announce Drew Di Sessa, PE, PP, CME, LEED AP, has been promoted to Office Director to lead the firm’s Newark, NJ office.
“As Office Director, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Newark to make our office successful, while also helping them achieve their personal goals,” said Drew of his appointment.
Once again, GeoEngineers is offering free geotechnical study sessions to prepare engineers for the Professional Engineering (PE) Exam this Spring. The study sessions are open to local civil engineers of all backgrounds, and will cover geotechnical material for the morning (breadth) section of the exam.
SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) is pleased to announce the nomination of Ms. Mary-Ann Bell to the Board of Directors as part of the ongoing renewal process focused on meeting the evolving needs of the Company and supporting its strategic objectives and long-term sustainability.
|Messages from Our Members Regarding COVID-19|
To our valued business partners from your friends at TTL,
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and in good health! Like you, TTL has implemented operational guidelines to keep our employees and your employees safe from the COVID-19 virus. This includes practicing good and routine personal hygiene, allowing staff, as applicable, to work from home, limiting contact with people by suspending meetings in our office and at client offices, and suspending any attendance at events with large crowds.
The evolving reality of COVID-19 is one we are facing virtually together (and physically at a social distance). Our company has a deep belief in being the best we can for people – you, our employees, and everyone we work around. Throughout this challenging time, we have been working to create responsible actions that respect our communities, protect the safety of our employees, and maintain operations to meet the needs of our clients.
Dear Valued Client of Hillis-Carnes,
We would like to share an update on how Hillis-Carnes is responding to the rapidly changing environment surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
With safety as our primary concern, Hillis-Carnes is taking the necessary precautions, with decisions oriented around our people, our clients, and the community. We are well prepared to maintain all services and acknowledge adjustments may be necessary as we navigate through these unprecedented times. We highly value your business and appreciate your patience during this period of disruption.
Klohn Crippen Berger
We’ve been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation since January and continue to strictly follow the guidance and recommendations from applicable health agencies and governments across the world on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Without question, our top priority is the health and well-being of our employees and their families, our clients and our communities. This is an extraordinary time and one that calls for us to support each other as we adapt to an ever-changing social and business climate.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and our communities respond, we share your care and concern for the people all around the world who are affected. At Sanborn Head we are monitoring the evolving situation very closely and navigating and updating our response as we obtain new information and recommendations. While there is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty about how and when this will resolve, we are certain about our priorities:
To our clients and partners:
SME’s top priority during this COVID-19 pandemic is to keep our team, families, clients, and communities safe and healthy. We are also working hard to limit its impact on our services for your projects. While COVID-19 makes this more challenging, SME is taking significant actions to balance the health and safety of our team and yours, as well as continuing to provide responsive service as we always have. As we work through this tumultuous time, we intend to continue to be responsive to your needs, while respecting your health and safety precautions and help you meet your project goals.
As a former Navy SEAL, I’ve been far removed from the battlefield for quite some time. But there continue to be many lessons we can extract from the global war on terrorism when it comes to preparedness, planning, vigilance, resilience and leading through constant change during tumultuous times.
Brent Gleeson was a keynote speaker at GBA’s 2019 Fall Conference.
Three words stand out to construction attorney Steve Lesser when thinking about how U.S. contractors should react to the negative effects of the global coronavirus pandemic: Wait and see.
Lesser, the chair of Becker’s construction law practice, said he thinks the best thing for contractors to do is nothing at all, as the fallout from the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. is far from complete and no one can predict its full impact.
A crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse. Here are 34 big thinkers’ predictions for what’s to come.
Never before have workers telecommuted on such a broad scale. Millions of people are trying to work from home — if they can, of course. There are good tips for doing so effectively.
Can the government quarantine someone against their will? The short answer is probably “yes”. Your legal rights in a quarantine, explained. The truth is, your rights aren’t particularly well defined.
The Engineering Change Lab-USA website has been revamped. The new website is mobile friendly, so you can look at it on the go.
As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, though not every outbreak reaches pandemic level as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has.
Today’s visualization outlines some of history’s most deadly pandemics, from the Antonine Plague to the current COVID-19 event.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Salt Lake City area on March 18 morning, cutting power to tens of thousands and suspending work at Utah's public health lab amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
Bird heroes are showing materials physicists how it's done...with strong and lightweight compound materials.
Words of Wisdom
The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”
- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
President: Arthur “Art” Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE (Gannett Fleming, Inc./ Harrisburg, PA), 717/763-7211|
President-Elect: Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700|
Secretary/Treasurer: Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E., (PBS Engineering + Environmental / Portland, OR), 503/417-7707
Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon / San Antonio, TX), 210/641-2112
Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC), 336/553-1245
Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc. (SNC-Lavalin / Montreal, Canada)
Matthew "Matt" R. Poirier, P.E. (Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc. Concord, NH)
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