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Vol. 49 No. 51
2020 Virtual Spring Conference
Although we are not meeting in Florida for our 2020 Spring Conference; the show must go on. We are ready to deliver, important elements of the Conference virtually including Committee Meetings, the Annual Business Meeting, and conference presentations by noted experts, authors, and leaders.
Committee and Task Force Meetings
Committees and Task Forces will meet virtually on Thursday, April 23, 2020 starting at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Committee Chairs will be sending meeting invitations and agendas with support material to all Committee members.
If you are not already a member: Join A Committee
GBA will host its annual Business Meeting during which our current President Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE. and our President-Elect Kenneth R. Johnson will share their thoughts on GBA and its role in helping members manage risk and optimize performance during these challenging times. This is also the time where we officially elect and transition to our new Board of Directors.
Please plan on attending this important meeting on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.
Register in advance for this meeting: Annual Business Meeting
Full Schedule: 2020 Virtual Spring Conference
Register Now – Spring Educational Series
We are offering 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 registration information is presented below.
Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM Eastern Time
The Return of the Economist: The Impact of the Unprecedented COVID-19 Supply Shock
Anirban Basu, MPP, MA, JD - Chairman and CEO (Sage Policy Group, Inc.)
Register in advance for: The Impact of the Unprecedented COVID-19 Supply Shock
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Planning, Preparing and Executing for the Looming Recession
Lee James, CPA, CBI, CMC®, F.GBA (Lee James & Associates, Inc.)
Register in advance for: Planning for the Looming Recession
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Negotiate It! How to Crush Your Fears, Develop your Negotiation Muscle, and Gain Power in the Workplace
E. Lynn Price, J.D. (Lynn Price Consulting, LLC)
Register in advance for: Negotiate It!
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Recession Tune-up (Overhaul)
Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F.ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc.)
Register in advance for: Recession Tune-up (Overhaul)
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Gripped by COVID-19: An Economic and Geopolitical Outlook Past the Media Headlines
Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist (The Economic Outlook Group, LLC)
Register in advance for: An Economic and Geopolitical Outlook Past the Media Headlines
Full Details Here: Access GBA’s 2020 Spring Education Flyer
Your Opinion is Extremely Important
On March 30, 2020, you were 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 2023 Strategic Plan, improve the programs, services, and materials we offer to all geoprofessionals in private practice.
Please check your e-mail for a message sent on April 6, 2020 titled “Your Opinion Is Extremely Important to The Geoprofessional Business Association”
Our most popular article for the second consecutive issue of GBA NEWSlog is the regularly updated COVID-19 resources.
COVID-19 Coronavirus MEMBER RESOURCES
Following CDC guidelines, GBA Staff has been working remotely for several weeks and they will continue to do so 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
St. Louis Magazine
St. Louisans finally locate a mysterious, hidden lagering cave in Benton Park. They could have easily missed. “This is the Area 51 of the St. Louis caving scene. This is the grand mystery."
Two feet was the difference on Friday afternoon between failure and success, and the effort to find English Cave succeeded. For the first time in 100 years, contact was made with one of the most mysterious and inaccessible historic beer caves in St. Louis. And to think, if the drilling derrick used to make that first contact had only been two feet to the west, it would have missed the void in the limestone bedrock completely.
J. Doehring & Co.
Heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson once remarked that “everyone has a plan until he gets punched in the mouth.”
We’ll here we are (most of us) – punched, staggered, dazed – and wondering what to do next. Our first instinct is surviving, but soon we’ll need to recover, recalibrate, and recommit to the fight – or quit.
Haley & Aldrich
Haley & Aldrich, an engineering and environmental consulting company, today announced that Athena C. DeNivo, P.E., has joined the firm in its New York office as an Associate and Geotechnical Engineer. She brings 25 years of geotechnical experience managing complex development and infrastructure projects in the New York City tri-state area.
“Athena is a welcome addition to our growing practice in New York City,” said Lizetta Fennessy, P.E., Senior Vice President and General Manager of Haley & Aldrich’s Buildings & Infrastructure Business Unit. “Her commitment to delivering exceptional client service and value-driven solutions will help our clients tackle the tough issues they’re facing.”
Kleinfelder announced the hire of Tom Sardo, PE, as Vice President, Client Account Manager for the firm’s California transportation market. In this role, Sardo will be responsible for fostering relationships with transportation clients, advancing Kleinfelder’s position in the marketplace, and partnering with operations teams in Southern and Northern California to develop client-centric delivery teams capable of meeting client requirements and expectations.
Each year, more than 2 million people visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo has changed drastically in the last 55 years, and Kiewit Building Group Inc. has been there every step of the way.
For nearly as long as it’s been called Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Kiewit has been building projects there. In 1963, Margaret Hitchcock Doorly donated $750,000 to the zoo with the stipulation that it be named after her late husband, Henry Doorly, chairman and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. Two years later, Kiewit began its first zoo project.
NOVA’s Tallahassee office recently moved
Fugro’s Houston laboratory, one of the largest private geotechnical laboratories in the world, has recently doubled its advanced soil testing capacity for three-way bender element triaxial and cyclic simple shear testing to meet the growing demand from offshore wind projects in the US. Three-way bender element testing is performed on triaxial tests and uses piezoelectric transducers to determine shear wave velocity in different directions, which is incorporated into the design of the offshore wind turbine foundations. Cyclic simple shear tests determine the dynamic soil properties used to analyze offshore wind turbines under wave and seismic loading conditions.
|Messages from Our Members Regarding COVID-19|
During these unprecedented times as a country and within our company, Eustis Engineering L.L.C. will remain open. The health and wellbeing of our employees, clients, and community remain our number one priority, and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it progresses.
Many companies are wrestling with keeping their employees safe right now, especially ones that must work in the field. GZA has been proactive in this regard, including special emphasis on providing best practices around COVID-19 to fieldworkers. We are happy to share these with you here.
Shannon & Wilson
As we respond to the COVID-19 situation and all that it means for our employees, clients, and communities, Shannon & Wilson remains committed to ensuring that our staff are afforded safe work environments and the tools necessary to continue to meet our client’s needs. Each of our 12 office locations are open virtually, with staff working remotely whenever possible.
Ackenheil Engineers, Inc. is a consulting firm providing services in geotechnical and civil engineering; materials testing of soil, rock, asphalt and concrete; and construction monitoring. Beginning in 1958, the firm has completed over seven thousand projects representing a total construction cost of approximately four billion dollars. We are dedicated to KEEPING OUR CURRENT TEAM TOGETHER. This crisis will pass but in the meantime remember we are all in this together. With over 60 years being in business, we are confident we can survive. We are here to help you survive too!
At Golder, our priority is to protect the safety and health of our employees and their loved ones and provide a safe working environment. We are sensitive to the growing concerns of our employees, clients, and community stakeholders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we are sharing the steps and actions we are taking as a company to respond to this dynamic and evolving situation.
The health and safety of employees, our clients, and consultant partners has always been our #1 priority, and it will continue to be during this uncertain time as we diligently monitor the COVID-19 situation and its impacts to our communities and workplace. VHB is following the CDC guidelines for businesses, including best practices for work environment safety and communicating with our employees.
In response to the pandemic, VHB has taken steps to ensure that work for our clients continues with minimal disruption. Our Business Continuance group has been activated and is meeting daily to monitor the situation and coordinate the firm’s response so that we can continue to meet our client commitments.
A few simple steps also make Zoom a safe and
secure platform to conduct business.
WITH SO MANY people stuck inside, Zoom has become the default
video chat platform for millions. Its
simple, accessible interface makes keeping in touch with family, friends, and
coworkers a cinch. At the same time, many have found Zoom’s default privacy and security features lacking, exposing users to trolls and unwanted oversight. If you're using Zoom, here’s how to stay safe and protected.
In an effort to combat COVID-19, companies across the country have shuttered operations, required employees to work remotely and limited services and business hours. As these companies—and the ones that haven’t been as quick to take action—face an uncertain financial future, they also face the possibility that their workers will contract the coronavirus and hold them accountable for not putting proper protections in place.
Engineering Management Institute
Covid-19. A wakeup call for civil engineers.
As companies adopt work-from-home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity is a growing issue. Cybercriminals are seeking to exploit coronavirus to target companies and individuals.
Nearly half of the country is under shelter-in-place orders, as of this writing. Fifteen states have orders, but they account for 43% of the U.S. population and 47% of the personal income, with updated information on orders on Wikipedia and income data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. (Update on 3/26/2020: 22 states, 48% of population, 52% of income.) Executive orders are generally available online; see, for example, California, Illinois and New York.
The orders allow people to go to work in essential sectors of the economy, but what is essential? It’s complicated.
In itself, Google Earth is a useful tool for investigate locations of interest. By default, you see things as they have appeared relatively recently. But the program's historical imagery tool can be useful in seeing how locations looked at different points in time.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.
Technology is making it easier to be ready for earthquakes and to keep track of seismic activity from around the world. Here are some of the best earthquake apps for preparedness, research, and knowledge.
Last week, Congress approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill to ease some of the effects of COVID-19 on the American economy. But this is just the start of recovering the economy after the pandemic; economists project that we might be heading into a major depression, and one estimate of future unemployment rates tops 30 percent. Meanwhile, the climate crisis hasn’t gone anywhere.
Words of Wisdom
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie
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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