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Vol. 49 No. 53
Kenneth R. “Ken” Johnston (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.) is the new President of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), a not-for-profit association of geoprofessional firms. Accepting office during ceremonies at GBA's annual meeting held virtually for the first time in GBA’s 50-year history.
Mr. Johnston is the 50th individual to serve as GBA's president and chair the group's board of directors. Other directors who will serve during GBA's 2020-2021 fiscal year are:
More about Mr. Johnston: HERE
- President-Elect: Thomas W. “Tom” Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting)
- Secretary/Treasurer: Leo Titus, Jr., P.E. (ECS, Ltd.)
- Chuck A. Gregory, P.E. (Terracon)
- Martin LaRoche, P. Eng, M.Sc. (SNC Lavalin)
- Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F. ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc.)
- Christopher Matthew “Matt” Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc.)
- Matthew R. “Matt” Poirier, P.E. (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.)
- Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE (Kleinfelder, Inc.)
During GBA’s 2020 Spring Conference, Mr. Johnston thanked the Association Members for their confidence in his leadership, especially during these challenging times for our Members and our Association.
GBA Emerging Leaders
GBA is excited to announce the launch of its first podcast series titled COVID Concerns. This series captures conversations with industry leaders on important topics that will help you lead your geoprofessional consulting firm, large or small, in response to the global pandemic.
GBA’s 4th Emerging Leaders Class lead the podcast effort in response to our members’ demand to deliver important loss prevention and business optimization topics as easily downloadable audio content.
On behalf of the GBA Board of Directors and Staff recognizes the efforts of the Emerging Leaders Class with gratitude.
GBA Council of Fellows
Charles “Charlie” L. Head, P.E., P.G. (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.) and Woodward “Woody” L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F. ASCE, F.ACI, F. ASTM (Paradigm Consultants) have been appointed to the prestigious Council of Fellows of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA).
The association established the Council in 1975 to provide guidance for GBA’s direction and to pursue other activities its members deemed appropriate. The appointments were announced during GBA’s 2020 Spring Conference by GBA President, Arthur G. “Art” Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE (Gannett Fleming, Inc.).
Please join us in congratulating Messrs. Head and Vogt for their appointment into the GBA Council of Fellows.
Those that attended GBA’s 2020 Spring Education webinar series agreed that the presentations were educational, entertaining, and inspiring. Now you can watch, listen to, and learn from these speakers too, on your own schedule.
The Return of the Economist: The Impact of an Unprecedented COVID-19 Supply Shock
Anirban Basu, MPP, MA, JD – (Sage Policy Group, Inc.)
Planning, Preparing and Executing for the Looming Recession
Lee James, CPA, CBI, CMC®, F.GBA (Lee James & Associates)
Negotiate It! How to Crush Your Fears, Develop Your Negotiation Muscle,
and Gain Power in the Workplace
Lynn Price, J.D. (Lynn Price Consulting)
Recession Tune-up (Overhaul)
Guy Marcozzi, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, F.ASCE (Duffield Associates, Inc.)
Gripped by COVID-19 - An Economic and Geopolitical Outlook
Past the Media Headlines
Bernard Baumohl (The Economic Outlook Group)
As added value to all members, GBA recorded the 2020 Spring Education Series and made them available to all through our on-demand platform. These videos make great lunch-and-learns for professional development of small groups or your entire staff.
Watch On-Demand: HERE
May 1st was the start of a new fiscal year for GBA. Membership renewal notices have been sent to all members and we have received a great response.
We recognize this time is challenging and unpredictable for your company and it is for GBA too. We appreciate everyone’s commitment to support us. Your backing will help us to continue providing services to those that really need it.
We are all in this together. Membership Renewal Form
GBA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
A 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 to support GBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and their projects for the fiscal year.
Please take GBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Survey HERE
One of our avid readers provided a playlist for all to enjoy during our time to stay-in-place, social distance, and quarantine. It is titled “QuaranTunes”
Download on your Apple Device: QuaranTunes
Edmonds, WA, April 28, 2020 – Landau Associates, Inc., a regional environmental, geotechnical, permitting and compliance services consulting firm, announces that President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Bower will retire from the company effective May 13, 2020, after 7 successful years as CEO and 22 years with the firm. Chip Halbert formerly the Chief Operating Officer, is the firm’s new CEO.
We are all dreaming about getting back to normal but the life we knew before March 2020 will never be the same. It wasn’t easy quickly transitioning our teams to work at home and it will take much longer and much more detailed planning to get them back to the office.
In order to ensure the safe and healthy return to work, most businesses will need to make substantial changes to their space, work and meeting practices, employee remote work policies and even client interactions.
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.”
We’re committed to providing the highest quality service to our clients, so we’re investing in significant growth of our capabilities in the Cleveland area.
GNCB Consulting Engineers
St. Mary’s Catholic Parish of New Haven (St. Mary’s), dedicated in 1874, is the oldest catholic parish in New Haven, Connecticut and the second oldest in Connecticut. The church is constructed of external unreinforced masonry walls and timber scissor trusses supported by timber posts. These trusses frame the church Nave and support the roof and ceiling structure. The church has two side aisles that are constructed of buttress frames aligned with the Nave trusses and which support the ceiling and roof structure in a similar nature. The decorative ceiling of St. Mary’s is constructed of timber-framed barrel vaults covered in wood lath and plaster.
Earlier this week, Governor Kay Ivey made an exciting announcement regarding economic development in North Alabama and we are so excited to be a part of it.
Toyota Boshoku will be building a facility in Athens, AL to support the new Toyota-Mazda plant. Toyota Boshoku is investing $50 million dollars into their new facility and will be creating 400 new jobs. This is incredible news for the Athens-Limestone area and we are thrilled to welcome them into the community.
This was also an exciting day for Morell Engineering. We now get to speak about the exciting work we have been able to provide to Toyota Boshoku!
To Our Valued Clients, Partners, and Industry Representatives,
With news changing every hour in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, S.W. Cole Engineering (S.W.COLE) has elected to take several preventative measures to keep our employees and clients safe and projects on schedule to the best of our ability. This message will be updated as the situation evolves in the coming days and weeks.
Sanborn Head is proud to announce that Lisa Damiano’s and Eric Steinhauser’s article has been published in the April/May 2020 edition of Geosynthetics.
The article, “A Guide for Specifying Drainage Geocomposites,” discusses how ASTM D7931 provides a guideline for calculating engineering properties related to drainage geocomposites.
S&ME recently named Angela Musselwhite, PE, F.NSPE as Director of Geotechnical Services. Angela is currently based out of the Greenville, South Carolina office and provides leadership and strategic direction to the Geotechnical Services Business Unit. She is a Vice President and a newly elected member of the S&ME Board of Directors. Over her 35-year career with S&ME, she has served the geotechnical and construction testing/inspection needs of many clients across the Southeast. Her many years of experience have also provided the opportunity for her to mentor countless young engineers.
United States Geological Survey
New Unified Geologic Map of the Moon with shaded topography from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). This geologic map is a synthesis of six Apollo-era regional geologic maps, updated based on data from recent satellite missions. It will serve as a reference for lunar science and future human missions to the Moon.
Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the moon? Well, the USGS has just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space.
For the first time, the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped and uniformly classified by scientists from the USGS, in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute.
Before a professional consulting firm agrees to assist its client with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis, a key question to answer is whether the firm will be insured for such services.
An immersive civil engineering game has been developed. Without ever leaving the room where they are studying, civil engineering students can now transport themselves into the field where they must take measurements, make observations, and understand the impact of the environment on their designs, and their designs on the environment. This unique pedagogical approach is being made possible by an immersive mixed reality experience.
It very easy to be judgmental of colleagues these days. What your coworkers need is compassion.
Designing a healthcare space can be quite complex, involving many stakeholders. It’s also an ever-evolving process that constantly seeks the most efficient, safe and research-based methods of delivering care. A new source of data, the COVID-19 pandemic, is sure to have an impact on how these facilities are built in the future.
Utah Geological Society
Geology departments at universities across the nation have had to replace their traditional field camps with virtual field camps. The Utah Geologic Survey is doing their part to provide material for this transition. High-resolution geologic map overlays of the St. George and Panguitch 30′ x 60′ quadrangles, draped over the landscape on virtual globes such as Google Earth™, allow viewers to see geology in three dimensions. The virtual geologic field guides are KMZ file “tours” that highlight dozens of unique and interesting geologic features within each 30′ x 60′ quadrangle.
What do workers miss most about being in the office? Most of the answers having nothing to do with productivity.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed construction by placing an emphasis on clean work sites where technology is often used to ensure proper distancing between employees. The pandemic is also likely to make projects take longer while increasing demand for distribution and warehouse facilities, experts say.
Words of Wisdom
He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.
Strong convictions precede great actions.
~ Louisa May Alcott
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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