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Vol. 49 No. 52
Register Now – Complimentary 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
Anirban Basu, MPP, MA, JD - Chairman and CEO (Sage Policy Group, Inc.)
Register Now for: The Impact of the Unprecedented COVID-19 Supply Shock
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Lee James, CPA, CBI, CMC®, F.GBA (Lee James & Associates, Inc.)
Register Now for: Planning for the Looming Recession
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
E. Lynn Price, J.D. (Lynn Price Consulting, LLC)
Register Now for: Negotiate It!
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F.ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc.)
Register Now for: Recession Tune-up (Overhaul)
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM (Eastern Time)
Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist (The Economic Outlook Group, LLC)
Register Now for: An Economic and Geopolitical Outlook Past the Media Headlines
Register Now for Complimentary: 2020 Spring Conference Presentations
Volunteers that serve on the GBA Board of Directors dedicate significant time and energy providing leadership to our Association. Not all our Board Members take the same path to leadership. In this spotlight, read about Ken Johnston’s path to leadership as he took a road less traveled.
Read about Ken Johnston’s road less traveled:
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.
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. Johnston 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 Now for this meeting: Annual Business Meeting
GBA Peer Review Committee
GBA’s Peer Review program has for decades provided member firms the business perspective they need in times of relative normality. In the fall of 2018, GBA’s Peer Review Committee launched a related program (Peer Groups) designed to provide continuity and sustain a network for confidential peer perspective on business best practices among participants. The first Peer Group (5 executives from firms with little competitive overlap) was launched and remains engaged, especially during the crisis we all face with COVID-19 and the financial impacts to our businesses.
More Peer Groups are being formed. For more information about how you can join a GBA Peer Group, please contact GBA Staff or Stu Thompson (CTL-Thompson), Chair of GBA’s Peer Review Committee.
GBA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
Diversity + Inclusion (D+I) is used frequently in business today but is often not well defined.
The Geoprofessional Business Association’s (GBA’s) D+I Task Force joined forces with the Emerging Leaders Committee to survey its membership and the broader geoprofessional community to learn what D+I initiatives member firms employ, the landscape of participants, and the perceived success of these programs in employee retention.
Information from this brief survey will be used to support future GBA programs on D+I, business brief or best practices documents, podcasts, and potentially development of affinity groups. The information will also support an article GBA is preparing for GEOSTRATA magazine later this year as part of a special issue on D+I.
The brief survey is being provided to GBA Members and others in the geoprofessional community for voluntary response, Your involvement will take less than three minutes to complete and the information you provide will be extremely important to understanding D+I within the geoprofessional community!
Please take GBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Survey HERE
Senior leaders of GBA Member firms have been invited to attend Pop-Up Town Hall meetings each of the past three weeks in response to the dynamic events related to the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss issues that impact geoprofessional firms. Panels of experts have discussed operational issues, health and safety, and leadership through these unprecedented times.
Thank you to all who volunteered their time to be panelists on the Town Hall Meetings and thank you to the more than 150 leaders who attended.
April 3, 2020 - Operational Leadership
April 10, 2020 - Health and Safety Leadership
- Mark Kramer, P.E., CEO at SME
- Martin LaRoche, P. Eng. Vice-President Operations at SNC-Lavalin
- Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, President at Duffield Associates, Inc.
April 17, 2020 - People Leadership
Please contact GBA to access recordings: Recordings of the Town Hall Meetings
- Richard “Rick” Ecord, Senior Vice President of Health, Safety and Learning (GZA)
- Paula Loht, Corporate Director of Safety (Gannett Fleming)
- James “Jim” Wright, Director of Safety and Health (Terracon)
Engineering Consulting Services
Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is pleased to announce Tony Fiorillo has been promoted to President of the ECS Group of Companies effective as of April 15, 2020.
Previous president, Henry Lucas will be the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the remainder of 2020 and Chairman of the Board of Directors through 2022.
Beginning May 1, 2020 GEOMAT will be opening a new office in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
BHATE Geosciences Corporation
BHATE Geosciences Corporation (BHATE) celebrates 45 years of providing innovative engineering solutions that save our clients time and money.
Uday Bhate, Senior Principal Engineer, founded BHATE in Birmingham in 1975 with a simple belief that we would serve our clients better than anyone in the industry – and we continue that pursuit every day. Our deep gratitude goes out to our outstanding clients and loyal team. We invite our clients, team members, sub-consultant partners and vendors to celebrate this 45th milestone with us.
Braun Intertec, a Minneapolis-based engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce Jeff Smith, a 30-year veteran of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), has joined the Braun Intertec Environmental Consulting Group as a principal scientist and director of environmental compliance and permitting for the Upper Midwest.
Missouri Historical Society
As a follow-up to a previous article, this video gives the full story of Geotechnology’s role in re-discovering English Cave in St. Louis.
In March of 2020, a team of St. Louis cave enthusiasts got a glimpse into the long-lost English Cave...and they didn't do it by finding an entrance. English Cave had been known since the earliest days of St. Louis's history and served many uses until the early 1900's. A cave of legend and folklore, it had been over 100 years since anyone is known to have caught a view from inside the cave.
Join us as we welcome JR Kozera to the Business Development team in Tampa! Bringing more than 20 years of AEC experience, JR will be spear-heading the Central Florida market where he will research and secure job leads, as well as manage client accounts. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, where he earned a BBA in Marketing.
Kleinfdelder, an industry leading engineering and design firm, and AltaML, an applied artificial intelligence and machine learning product company, announced a partnership aimed at drastically enhancing safety and efficiency in the oil and gas industry.
Haley & Aldrich
Join Haley & Aldrich’s Meredith Hargreaves and Alex Gururajan will be presenting “Running Effective Virtual Meetings” from 1 to 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 23. This free webinar hosted by APPA will focus on methods for running effective meetings.
During this unprecedented time, more people are working from home than ever before. For some of us, this change has come quite suddenly, and it can be an unfamiliar challenge to separate home from work. We’ve enlisted the help of Graphic Designer Rachel Rogge, who has worked from home at DOWL for nearly three years, to pass along some tips she has found helpful to stay productive and sane when your home is also your place of work.
We hope these tips can help you as well!
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
AET is part of team working to assess the current condition and determine the remaining service life of a landmark bridge. If you’ve driven from Duluth, Minnesota, to Superior, Wisconsin, you’ve probably traveled across the Blatnik Bridge. This truss bridge has towered 120 feet above the St. Louis Bay for nearly 60 years, cementing its status as a local landmark. The bridge’s age has also earned it a spot on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s bridge replacement list.
Gary DeJidas, PE, MBA, GAI Consultants, Inc.
As I write to you today, concerns and precautions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have altered the world landscape–and as we all focus on society’s health, businesses are challenged to find new ways to work. I’d like to take a moment to reassure you all—valued clients, partners, stakeholders, and friends—of GAI’s commitment to you all as we travel through a new and different time together.
What is ‘force majeure’? The legal term you’ll be hearing a lot during the coronavirus crisis. Businesses that find it impossible to fulfill contracts may be saved by clauses that void the contract due to acts of god. But “not all force majeure clauses are created equal.”
The world's engineers are needed to support these services that are deemed essential.
Geologists in Canada have found that an ancient continent was 10 percent larger than previously estimated after analyzing rock samples dug up during diamond exploration work.
Things are a little different when evaluating remote workers as there is no daily in-person interaction to evaluate. While you can apply some traditional methods used with your in-office employees to measure their performance, there are some other ways experts in the industry suggest to evaluate your remote employees.
Generating electricity from heaps of garbage isn't a new concept, but climate change is intensifying interest in an industry with potential to slash both methane and carbon dioxide emissions. The technology for incineration to produce power from trash that would otherwise end up in a methane-emitting landfill has gained some key backers.
In 2015, Bill Gates foretold the risks of a global pandemic and suggested ways to prepare for it, in the calm before the storm. We should have done better in following his advice. Watch this classic TED talk here:
The long duration of the COVID-19 pandemic puts a strain on people and their lives, yet we've seen this kind of slow crisis happen elsewhere.
From inside her living room in London, Paula Koelemeijer can feel the world around her growing quieter. Koelemeijer, a seismologist, has a miniature seismometer sitting on a concrete slab at the base of her first-floor fireplace. The seismometer has registered a sharp decrease in the vibrations produced by human activity.
The coronavirus is often compared to one of the most severe outbreaks of the 20th century: the 1918 flu pandemic. NPR's History Podcast Throughline investigates how that pandemic differs from today.
If you haven’t been able to get out much to walk, run or ride a bike recently, then this 3-minute video compilation featuring the Mexico to Canada thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail may for the moment fill the need. In the very least it is a great geological journey.
For Construction Pros
To survive and thrive beyond COVID-19, contractors must find better ways today to collect and share field data and deploy agile cloud-based resource management solutions that allow contractors to rapidly respond to any project issues with real-time data.
Words of Wisdom
Everyone needs resilience, because one thing is certain, life includes adversities.
-Karen Reivich, PhD
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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