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We are coming out of the most disruptive business cycle in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic but most of our members report record financial performance.
How does your firm stack up?
For more than 15 years, GBA has been collecting key financial metrics from member-firms so our members can measure their success, improve business performance, and optimize efficiency. The newest GBA Business Brief -- available only to members is free for all members and compiles data from GBA Business Practices Committee's 2020-2021 Financial-Performance Survey in a short report, covering key financial-performance issues of surveyed firms.
This report includes more data and trendlines so our members can track their progress on key financial indicators for companies that match your firm’s size.
In the spirit of our Association, GBA publications are a collaborative effort of GBA Member-Firms. They are provided to GBA Members to make them stronger, smarter, and more successful and they are FREE to all members.
More Information: 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, 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.
As a special gift for early registrants, the first 50 GBA Members that register for the 2021 Fall Conference in July 2021, will receive a $50 Amazon Gift card upon their arrival at the Conference. (some restrictions may apply.)
Dates: October 21-23, 2021
Location: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, Henderson, Nevada
Register for 2021 Fall Conference: HERE
GBA’s Spring Conference scheduled for April 7-9, 2022 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel in San Diego, CA. The Conference theme is:
THINK BIG. ACT BIGGER.
THINK BIG: Looking into the long-term consideration or the eventual outcome of things; do not just investigate the immediate consequence. When planning for anything, assess the long-term feasibility and see if the same rules will be applicable to the increased scale or extended duration of the inputs.
ACT BIGGER: Tying visions to actions – getting beyond the stories and excuses, the self-imposed limitations, preconceived notions, and constraining structures – and becoming the best version of who you are and what you want to be.
Do you have valuable content to share with industry leaders that can help improve their businesses and elevate the profession? Are you an experienced professional or an outstanding leader?
Call for Abstracts: HERE
More Information about GBA’s 2022 Spring Conference: HERE
Our most popular article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog was President Tom Blackburn’s June Update.
President’s Update: Personal Growth within GBA
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
Universal Engineering Sciences
Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading engineering and consulting company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting, has acquired Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences; exploration; geotechnical engineering; underground consulting services; soils, rock, and construction materials testing; non-destructive testing; special inspections; geophysics and deep foundation testing in the Midwest and Midsouth regions. The Geotechnology family of firms has been part of thousands of major construction projects, with nearly 300 team members and 10 locations in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. AEC Advisors, LLC advised Geotechnology in this transaction.
Geotechnology’s Ed Alizadeh, a 32-year veteran of the business, will serve as UES President of the Midwest Division. Pat Donovan will continue as President of Geotechnology, LLC overseeing geotechnical, environmental and materials testing services. Jim Howe will continue as President of Geotechnology Exploration, LLC overseeing exploration services throughout the Midwest Division.
“We are incredibly excited about the potential this partnership unlocks for us in the years to come,” said Ed Alizadeh, Geotechnology CEO and new UES President of the Midwest Division. “We share a common vision of our culture, growth, teamwork and opportunity with UES. We believe we can provide greater impact and better service to our clients and more opportunity for our employees through this partnership. Joining the UES family is an incredible milestone for our business, and a testament to the outstanding team we have assembled, the business that we have run, and the high regard our firm enjoys in the industry from our clients.”
GeoEngineers has acquired Cascadia Associates, LLC, a 12-person, full-service environmental consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon. The acquisition deepens the combined firms’ experience and resources for tackling environmental challenges nationwide.
This move is a homecoming for Cascadia owners Chris Breemer and Kurt Harrington, who both worked for GeoEngineers more than a decade ago before founding Cascadia Associates. Together with Cascadia’s third primary owner, Principal Hydrogeologist Amanda Spencer, they set out to build an environmental firm with the kind of down-to-earth values that GeoEngineers shares. Years later, we still have a lot in common with a people-first culture and commitment to client experience.
“We’ve kept an eye on Cascadia and their excellent work in Portland over the years, and we’re thrilled that our separate stories are becoming one again,” said GeoEngineers COO Lindsay Flangas. “In a way, it’s a family reunion.”
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc.
Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATCX) on (“Atlas” or the “Company”), a leading Infrastructure and Environmental solutions provider, announced that it has completed the acquisition of O’Neill Service Group (“OSG”), a premier construction quality assurance and environmental services firm. With more than 90 employees, OSG delivers technical solutions to transportation, infrastructure, and commercial projects.
OSG was formed in 2008 as an environmental and geological services provider in the Pacific Northwest and has since expanded its product offerings to adapt to the increasing demand for support on large scale infrastructure and transit projects. The acquisition of OSG deepens Atlas’ presence in the Pacific Northwest and provides an opportunity to cross sell broader services to clients and increase market share. OSG’s addition to Atlas will also help in deleveraging Atlas’ balance sheet.
OSG’s founder, Dennis O’Neill, will continue to lead the OSG team in coordination with Atlas’ senior leadership.
“This transaction represents the next chapter of OSG’s successful growth journey, and I am excited to bring our team’s capabilities to Atlas,” added Mr. O’Neill. “We take pride in our collaborative approach, technical expertise, responsiveness and commitment to client service, and are thrilled to be joining a company that shares those same values. We believe Atlas will give us a platform to drive additional value to our clients and employees for years to come.”
CTL | Thompson
This year marks 50 years in business for CTL | Thompson. Take a look at some of our company history and highlights as we share the projects and innovations that have led to where we are today.
Kleinfelder announced that it has opened a new office location in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania. The new space – located at 1088 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 – strengthens Kleinfelder’s presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania where construction professionals, engineers, and scientists are already supporting infrastructure projects for clients in the commercial, industrial, and education market sectors.
The opening of the new office, which includes a construction materials testing laboratory, demonstrates the firm’s commitment to providing clients throughout the greater Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region with high quality services delivered by local personnel.
“We are very excited about the future growth opportunities for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team,” commented Kleinfelder Project Manager Chad Batdorf. “With a rapidly growing portfolio of local work and a strong team in place, we look forward to playing a pivotal role in the development of the region’s infrastructure.”
As part of the $8 billion five-year Capital Investment Plan aimed at modernizing infrastructure, improving accessibility, and providing safer transit within the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) has begun the replacement of six bridges along its Framingham/Worcester, Lowell, Haverhill, and Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail lines. The Bacon Street, Intervale Road, High Line, Parker Street, Lynn Fells Parkway, and Commercial Street bridges are all included in the MBTA’s Rail Bridge Replacement Project and deemed as nearing the final stages of their useful life. When completed, the new bridges will have an expected service life of 75 years and will improve the state of good repair of the T’s commuter rail system.
Dangerous storms threaten our infrastructure every year with hurricane force winds, storm surge, and flooding. How do we best prepare our structures for the next big storm? From large scale projects like Opal Sands Resort on the Gulf of Mexico, to municipal buildings and residential sites up and down the East coast, our High Wind Design experts have designed hundreds of buildings with hurricanes and severe storms in mind. In addition to new design, we often complete vulnerability studies on existing structures and provide a list of changes to implement to help strengthen those buildings. The decisions we make with our clients and partners have impacts far beyond the design process and we are prepared to face the challenges of the next storm head on.
Workers want pet-friendly post-pandemic offices.
Friedman & Partners
These are confusing times for AEC firms wondering where their markets are heading. Most sectors are recovering as economies in the U.S., Canada and across the globe emerge from the pandemic-induced slowdown. Some – particularly in the commercial and educational spaces – continue to struggle in many locations. Add to this the threat of inflation in materials pricing leading to escalating project costs, and the potential of a $1.9 trillion U.S.-government-backed infrastructure package, and you have an industry in flux.
With employment up, more people are voluntarily leaving their jobs.
National Law Review
What role can “whistleblowers” play to prevent tragedies like the Miami condo collapse?
Experts are closely examining a 2018 report that identified numerous issues with the Miami-area condo that collapsed this week, including “major structural damage” to a concrete structural slab below its pool deck that needed to be extensively repaired.
U.S. West faces little-known effect of raging wildfires: contaminated water.
The convergence of innovation and information at industrial companies is setting the stage for exponential growth potential.
How do you make concrete more environmentally friendly?
For those in the south and east hurricane season is here with its potential to threaten lives, property and livelihoods.
Visit the Ready.Gov Website to refresh your hurricane prep skills: HERE
Wildfire season is here and it promises to be another record breaking year in North America’s west. Are your field crews prepared? Is your home prepared?
Visit the National Fire Prevention Associations Website to keep up with the latest prevention and safety tips: HERE
Words of Wisdom
"If you want to be big, you have to start behaving big.”
- Pooja Agnihotri
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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