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Vol. 49 No. 61
Early Registration Discounts Available
Join your associates and fellow industry professionals from across North America and beyond for GBA’s virtually delivered, interactive education experience.
Educate your entire team with access to the exceptional line-up of distinguished speakers, who will provide valuable take-aways benefiting your firm and each staff member.
Register Today and join us for 4 half-days of collaboration and networking through participation in committee meetings, business round table up to 7.5 PDH credits. Member fees are $195 before September 8th.
- A panel of seasoned GBA leaders will share personal views on leadership behaviors, business strategies, and proven tactics critical to improving corporate performance beyond crisis.
- GBA’s signature Business Round Table Sessions will focus on specific topics relevant to today’s business environment. Individuals will share experiences and discuss best practices.
More Information: HERE
GBA would like to extend an invitation to you, your significant other and your friends to experience a unique virtual wine tasting event in the comfort of your own home with JJ Williams (wine maker) with Kiona Vineyards and Winery and wine expert Ray Zemke with West Mountain Wine Retreat.
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GBA’s Executive Director, Joel Carson has been appointed to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Academy of Geo-Professionals’ Board of Trustees. He will serve a three-year term as the Public Member of the Board representing the interests of the general public whom the members of AGP serve. He shared, “This is an incredible opportunity to both represent GBA and serve the geoprofessional community as we all look for ways to elevate our profession.”
Mr. Carson replaces Theresa Engler, Executive Director of the Deep Foundations Institute after she served two terms on the AGP Board.
More Information and Registration Details: HERE
GBA Emerging Leaders Class
GBA is legendary for engaging with amazing speakers at each of our conferences and in this series we reconnect with past keynotes that have become old friends of GBA to see where life has taken them and learn from their journey, they are American heroes, best-selling authors, business leaders, executive coaches, all experts in their fields and brilliantly engaging.
Episode #5 – Patrick Schwerdtfeger
(Keynote Fall 2019)
Direct link to episode #5 with Patrick Schwerdtfeger: HERE
- Data analytic trends during the pandemic
- Technology advancements
- The future of remote workforces
- Big data’s impact on our businesses
- The Silver Lining in all of this is…
Episode #6 – Jonathan Edison
(Keynote Spring 2016)
Direct link to episode #6 with Jonathan Edison: HERE
- Shift how you see the world.
- This is a time for focus and gratitude.
- Meet your employees where they are.
- Focus on results for the best outcomes
- The Silver Lining in all of this is…
This series is being edited and produced by GBA’s Emerging Leaders Class under the leadership of Tiffany Vorhies (SME), Donald Blackburn (Blackburn Consulting), Shawn Leyva (Crawford & Associates), and Ryan White (PBS Engineering and Environmental).
Access podcast series: Encore Performances, Reconnecting with GBA Friends: HERE
Winners Receive Prizes
GBA is committed to promoting the value of geoprofessionals and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2020 Photo Contest, we’d 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 begins July 1, 2020 and ends August 31, 2020. Winners will be featured during our 2020 Fall conference. Additionally, awards and recognition for category winners including gift cards and plaques for overall winners.
Contest Rules: HERE
Maximize your company’s brand recognition, increase your visibility, and reinforce your reputation as an industry leader. GBA Fall Conference sponsorship will help you achieve your goals by providing premium visibility to geoprofessional leaders from across North America.
2020 Fall Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
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Join Us! – 2020 Fall Conference: A Virtual Event
A few weeks ago, at the mid-point of 2020, we transitioned the role of Chief Executive Officer to Barret Cole, fifteen years to the day after I accepted the title from Paul Sanborn. The Board of Directors unanimously supported this transition at its December 2019 meeting, and going forward, Barret will now hold the title of President and CEO. From my perspective, this transition is highly significant in two ways. I’d like to share these with you.
First, the transition marks an important career achievement for Barret. Barret took over the role of President in 2015 and has shown himself to be an exceptional leader ever since. He is adept at the many nuances and complexities of our business. He brings a thoughtful and balanced perspective and is always well prepared, no matter the issue. He has excellent focus, and the ability to see the most critical things that need his attention. And, perhaps most importantly, he is a promoter of our culture and leads by example in his every-day actions.
On August 1, we completed the acquisition of multi-discipline civil engineering and land survey firm SITEC, Inc. (SITEC). The Dartmouth, Massachusetts-based firm was co-founded in 1989 by its current president, Steven Gioiosa, P.E. The decision is part of our ongoing strategy to grow and diversify the capabilities of our existing operations.
Our Boston-area operations will now include the firm’s existing office in Raynham, Massachusetts, and SITEC’s existing offices in Dartmouth and Fall River, Massachusetts. The acquisition allows us to better support our clients in southern Massachusetts and throughout New England.
SITEC has provided design and engineering for the development of residential and commercial subdivisions, shopping centers, marinas, and office and industrial buildings. The firm’s solar energy experience includes more than 20 large-scale projects for local and national solar power companies.
The Kleinfelder Group, Inc., a leading engineering, design, construction management, construction materials inspection and testing, and environmental professional services firm, announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Garcia and Associates (GANDA). The transaction, which closed on August 24, 2020, adds integral environmental planning and permitting services to Kleinfelder’s West Division.
We’re excited to launch our new website. Along with the new look and feel, we’ve added over 100 staff bios, 30 project stories, and more robust experience for job seekers.
Check it out here
Construction is underway in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood on two buildings that will house over 150 affordable apartments for the Mt. Baker Housing Association (MBHA).
The first building, called Maddux North, is on the site of a former dry cleaners that released significant amounts of contaminants into the neighborhood soils and groundwater. The second, Maddux South, is across South McClellan Street on land with its own history of contamination from use as a gas station and auto repair shop. The costs to clean up these properties and similarly affected ones around the city usually leave the valuable land beyond the reach of nonprofits like MBHA. In the past few years, Aspect has partnered with the Washington State Department of Ecology and legal experts on the Healthy Housing Remediation Program to help organizations navigate regulatory pathways and fund cleanup efforts to get these urban sites ready for redevelopment as housing. You can learn more about this innovative funding model on our Affordable Housing page.
At Braun Intertec we believe in giving back, especially during times like these, it’s as important as ever to continue doing that. We recently asked our employee-owners to send in some ways they have been giving back or helping others, and Boyd Branch, from our Wichita Falls office, is doing just that in his race to fight children’s cancer, literally! He will be participating in the Great Cycle Challenge, a 200-mile ride during the month of September that raises awareness for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). Boyd has a strong connection to this cause, stating, “As a parent of a 13-year-old son who is a cancer survivor, I would tell anyone to never give up hope.”
Kleinfelder announced that Dan Harpstead has been named Director of Risk Mitigation and Rita Fordiani has been named Technical Director.
A California-based water bottler has been fined USD $5 million for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste created from filtering arsenic out of spring water at its facility near Death Valley National Park.
Launched soil nails are a unique technology for geotechnical hazard mitigation. These 6m long, 38mm diameter nails are installed in a single shot using a compressed air cannon at velocities of up to 400kph and rates approaching 250 nails/day.
The Red Guide
In the restoration of sites after fires, very little attention is given to the toxicity of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), heavy metals, or the composition of particulate matter and smoke residues. Tens of thousands of toxic chemicals, gases, acids, and hazardous substances are created in structure fire settings. Most concerns regarding toxic or hazardous substances are focused primarily on two federally regulated materials: asbestos and lead. However, dioxins may pose the biggest threat.
Advancing Earth and Space Science
Landslides represent a whole class of geologic hazards that destroy lives and infrastructure on a weekly basis. Check out The Landslide Blog to keep up with the latest in worldwide landslide news.
Holland & Knight
Politics in the Workplace? How to preserve employee productivity and harmony during election season.
Underground tunnels have been used by warriors and smugglers for thousands of years to infiltrate battlegrounds and cross borders. A new analysis published in the Open Journal of Soil Science presents a series of medieval and modern case studies to identify the most restrictive and ideal soil and geologic conditions for tunneling.
Around 1 a.m. on August 4, 2014, a worker withdrawing water from the Mount Polley, British Columbia tailings pond dam was puzzled when he noticed he suddenly had no water. He would not know until later that, at the other end of the 250-hectare dam, a portion of the north-facing embankment had collapsed, sending a torrent of 25 million cubic metres of water and mine slurry into Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake.
The force of the deluge took out two bridges and obliterated Hazeltine Creek. Had the worker been on the north-facing berm at the time, he would almost certainly have been swept to his death.
The business case for inclusion and diversity (I&D) is stronger than ever. For diverse companies, the likelihood of outperforming industry peers on profitability has increased over time, while the penalties are getting steeper for those lacking diversity.
Energy Live News
A consortium of energy giants plans to build ‘world’s first carbon capture and storage network.’ The first phase of the project will see the capture of 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year and its permanent storage 2,500 meters below the seabed in the North Sea.
Now that it seems you’ll have to “home office” for the foreseeable future, have you taken the time to design your work space at home for comfort and productivity? There are plenty of tips out there.
Designers, architects, doctors, psychologists, logisticians and more were surveyed on the topic of what they would do to redesign the world for the Covid-19 era and beyond. The results shed light on how can we rethink the way we live to make ourselves safer, healthier and even happier, now and in the future.
Our grid is outdated and rundown, but utilities aren't willing to do much about it.
The US power grid needs updating, but utilities aren't often willing to spend the money.
As Tropical Storm Isaias swept the East Coast earlier this month, more than two million people were left without power. The outages went on for days in some places. In Connecticut, more than 4,000 people lacked power a week after the storm.
As climate change progresses and infrastructure crumbles, such blackouts may become more common. Outages have been on the rise in recent decades, and utilities might be ill-prepared to take on the dual challenge of responding to intensifying weather events and upgrading aging facilities.
Words of Wisdom
“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices."
- Betsy Jacobson
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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