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GBA’s FY2020-2021 Annual Report was prepared for the Board of Directors and all Member-Firms to report progress and highlight key accomplishments of the Association during the fiscal year 2020-2021. It is intended to keep all members current with significant accomplishments of the Board, Committees, and Task Forces and all the volunteers who support it.
GBA is committed to promoting the value of geoprofessionals and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2021 Photo Contest, we would like to know: “How do you depict the day in the life of a Geoprofessional?” Is it field activities? Is it meeting with colleagues and clients? Is it performing testing in the laboratory? How is safety incorporated into your work? How are you positively impacting the world? Capture those vibrant moments and express what being a geoprofessional means to you!
Contest ends August 31, 2021. Winners will be presented with awards and featured during our 2021 Fall Conference.
More Information: HERE
Welcome back to GBA Giles Engineering Associates, Inc.
Giles Engineering Associates, Inc. (Giles) is a national consulting engineering firm specializing in geotechnical (soils), environmental, subsurface exploration (drilling), and construction monitoring and materials testing services. Founded in 1976, Giles has been providing these services throughout North America to private, commercial, industrial, financial institution and government clientele for 40 years. Giles also provides Property Condition Assessments prior to real estate transactions and Forensic Engineering services on all types of soil or foundation related failures.
The Giles corporate headquarters is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with full-service offices located in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Manassas, Virginia; and Baltimore, Maryland.
More about Giles: HERE
GBA is coming back together this October for our 2021 Fall Conference in Henderson, Nevada. As we enter the post-pandemic world and have the opportunity to gather together after a long period of separation, GBA will reunite in person to learn, collaborate, network, renew friendships, celebrate successes, and meet with fellow geoprofessionals from across North America.
We will do what GBA members have done for more than 50 years: Identify emerging opportunities, solve common problems, and strive to improve our businesses and elevate our profession. We will reconnect as a community, share experiences, and plan for the future.
Reuniting at this conference will bring us back to the basics of what GBA does best. We will focus on business & educational resources, speciﬁcally risk management and business performance optimization for geoprofessional ﬁrms.
Dates: October 21-23, 2021
Location: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, Henderson, Nevada
Registration will be live on June 25, 2021. More Information: HERE
Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was the promotion of an updated essential reference document.
GBA Guide to Third-Party Reliance
Thank you to all members who quickly renewed membership in GBA for this fiscal year. More than 80% of our members have committed to renewing membership as we continue adding new members weekly. Your quick response and support helps our Association to continue to serve all efficiently.
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GBA Member-Firms are recognizing 2021 Pride Month in June in press releases and social media posts. We compiled a group of their recognitions so you can see how our members celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.
GCI is delighted to announce the promotions of Bob Hiles to Vice President, Director of Field Services and Todd Meek, PE, LEED AP to Vice President, Director of Engineering!
In his new position, Bob is responsible for managing GCI’s Field Services Division for all GCI offices.
Bruce Savage, C.P.G. President of GCI, said, “Bob has guided the Field Services Division through years of significant growth in both volume of work and expansion of the services GCI provides. Under Bob’s leadership, Field Services added IBC Special Inspections, Building Envelope Consulting, and Structural Steel Testing/NDE testing services.”
In Todd’s new position, he is responsible for managing GCI’s Geotechnical Engineering activities for all GCI offices.
Dominic Agyepong, PE has been promoted to Group Manager in the Manassas, VA office. Mr. Agyepong has been a part of the Manassas operation since the doors opened in Prince William County in 2006. In his new role, Mr. Agyepong leads an office of engineers and field technicians in the coordination of subsurface exploration studies and geotechnical engineering analyses, and construction materials testing services for a wide range of projects, including commercial and government buildings, high-rise buildings with multiple below-grade levels, residential land development, DOT roadway projects, and geotechnical instrumentation.
“Dominic’s leadership and technical expertise have been instrumental to the growth of our Manassas operations,” says Drew Shontz, PG Office Manager. “We are very excited for Dominic in this new role and know that he has the drive and management experience needed for the continued growth in the Prince William County market.”
Haley & Aldrich
Haley & Aldrich, an engineering and environmental consulting company, today announced that Nick Machairas, Ph.D.,has joined the firm as its Data and Analytics Leader. Machairas is an expert in advanced geotechnical and geoenvironmental data analytics, combining artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to offer sophisticated data-driven workflows and recommendations that go beyond traditional approaches, leading to safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective solutions.
“There is tremendous untapped potential for the use of advanced data analytics and AI for our clients and for the geo-profession in general,” said Haley & Aldrich’s Chief Innovation Officer Ben Chandler. “The opportunities are endless – from better characterization of the subsurface more quickly, to delivering more accurate models for contaminant transport, to predicting catastrophic failures in dams, tunnels, and other critical infrastructure systems, among many others. We’re thrilled that Nick has joined Haley & Aldrich and can partner with our staff and clients to uncover that potential.”
We are excited to announce Bulent Hatipoglu, Ph.D., P.E. as our new Chief Geotechnical Engineer & Director of Business Development - FL. He is a registered PE in Florida in addition to six other states and is located at Willmer’s Tampa office! Bulent has over 30 years' experience in civil/geotechnical engineering, serving both the consulting and the construction side of the business. His experience is built upon a wide range of projects from transportation, renewable, nuclear and fossil fuel power plants to commercial/residential projects.
Welcome to the team, Bulent!
Each and every one of us has been touched by cancer, whether it has been personally, or through friends or family. Once again, Geotechnology will be participating in Pedal the Cause to help raise funds for cancer research! Join us in the fight won’t you? Follow this link to donate or join our team today!
As we celebrate our 50 year anniversary, we look back at some of the major milestones of our individual departments and offices.
Since its opening in 1984, our Colorado Springs office has provided engineering consulting services for numerous projects in the area, including the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, the UCCS campus, The Broadmoor hotel, the zip line park near Seven Falls, and the recently completed Pikes Peak Summit Complex - just to name a few. When pressed about his favorite or most fulfilling project or client, senior engineering consultant Bill Hoffmann instantly cited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. From transforming the great ape exhibit at this national landmark and conservation facility to working on the design of the giraffe catwalks that bring you face-to-face with the tall, slender beasts, the zoo has been entirely rebuilt during his tenure.
The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $82,254 in grants and scholarships. The Terracon Foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work.
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Len Murray, President & CEO, is pleased to announce the following Associate appointments.
Geo-Technology Associates, Incl
We are pleased to announce that Randy Daub, P.E., is now managing and working out of GTA’s Alliance, Ohio office which is centrally located between Youngstown, Akron, and Canton.
Over the past 25 years, Randy has focused on providing geotechnical engineering and construction services for civil engineers, architects, owners and developers, public and private schools and universities, municipalities and counties, general contractors, and earthwork contractors. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, specializing in geotechnical engineering and construction observation and testing services. He is now responsible for managing our Northeastern Ohio office and will continue to manage projects performed by our Pittsburgh Metro office.
“We are very excited to have Randy manage our Northeastern Ohio location. During his 25+ years of practice, he has earned a great reputation for solving geotechnical problems and providing a high level of personal service. Randy will lead the office and will help GTA develop a strong regional presence to serve new clients, and better serve our existing clients in the Northeastern Ohio area,” said GTA Vice President, Jon Raab, P.E.
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATCX) (“Atlas” or the “Company”), a leading Infrastructure and Environmental solutions provider, announced today its selection for an $11 million, five year contract with the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). The Company will work as part of a joint venture with OLH (Atlas-OLH JV, LLC). Under this contract, the JV will provide construction support personnel to perform construction management and inspection services for USBR facilities.
“Working in close collaboration with OLH, we will offer our combined technical expertise and resources to support the Bureau in their mission,” said Atlas CEO, L. Joe Boyer. “Our Mentor-Protégé Agreement with OLH under the All Small Mentor Protégé Program (ASMPP) is a testament that with our expanded ESG focus, we can enhance the development of smaller companies in our industry; expand contracting opportunities and widen their experience.”
Professional services firms: this is your new star employee.
There are some work habits that won’t just reflect badly on you in the workplace – but could be so toxic that they backfire on your career ambitions, too.
So if you’re disorganised, don’t speak up enough, too focused on your job and even overworking, you had better curb these habits sooner rather than later.
“Most of us can name one or two bad habits that in an ideal world we’d change about ourselves, but when it comes to work, certain traits can actually hinder our career progression, putting promotions and pay rises at risk,” Indeed head of career insights Jay Munro said.
Stanford SOCIAL INNOVATION Review
Many organizations endeavored to institute structural changes to racial equity efforts. Countless companies released statements, and some took actions that focused on anti-racism instead of mere inclusion. Yet, while attention to culture and new ideas can be modes of influence, organizations—whether dot org, dot gov or dot com—ultimately make their most significant changes through internal policy.
CS Engineering Magazine
Ground improvement techniques continue their advance.
Companies often purchase specific cyber insurance plans to help protect their systems and cover any losses from a cyberattack. And ransomware, which allows hackers to take over computer systems (or even physical infrastructure) and extract fees running into the millions of dollars to unblock them, has only boosted the demand for that insurance.
But this lifeline may also be getting harder to access for companies because of rising costs, more stringent requirements from insurers and increased scrutiny from the government when foreign hackers are involved.
It looks a little like magic: When a crack forms in this new concrete, the material begins to fill in the gap itself. The process uses an enzyme found in red blood cells to make one of the most ubiquitous materials on the planet much more durable—and help shrink the concrete industry’s giant carbon footprint.
Why don't A/E firms talk about value creation?
How can companies create a positive and safe working environment for all employees, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression? 7 Ways To Be More Inclusive.
What professional service firms must do to thrive.
How to reduce unconscious bias at work.
An earthquake lasted 32 years, and scientists want to know how.
The challenges of fieldwork for LGBTQ+ geoscientists.
How portable technology can reveal landscape-scale environmental changes.
Words of Wisdom
"When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different,
we become wiser, more inclusive, and better as an organization.”
- Pat Wadors
President: Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F. ASCE, F. ACEC (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494|
President-Elect: Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400 |
Secretary/Treasurer: Christopher Matthew "Matt" Moler, P.E. (S&ME, Inc. / Greensboro, NC), 336/553-1245
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
Steve Wendland, P.G. Steve Wendland, P.E., R.G., D.GE (GeoEngineers, Inc. / Prairie Village, KS ) 913/475-5851
Teresa L. Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O&M, ENV SP (Gannett Fleming / Harrisburg, PA) 717/763-7211
Bradley M. Melocik, P.E., P.H. (DOWL / Redmond, WA) 800/478-3695
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