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Vol. 49 No. 39
Those that attended GBA’s 2019 Fall Conference in Louisville 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, and without leaving your office.
EMBRACING BIG DATA AND DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION
Patrick Schwerdtfeger (Business Futurist)
ADVANCED DATA ANALYTICS IN GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
Nick Machairas (New York University)
50 YEARS OF CASE HISTORIES: WHAT LESSONS HAVE WE LEARNED?
Woodward L. “Woody” Vogt, P.E., D.GE, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc.)
BIG DATA, SMALL FIRM
Thomas W. “Tom” Blackburn, P.E., G.E., and Bryce W. Moore (Blackburn Consulting)
BUSINESS LESSONS FROM THE KENTUCKY BOURBON INDUSTRY
Bill Samuels, Jr. (Chairman Emeritus, Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc.)
THE PROXIMITY PRINCIPLE: THE RIGHT PEOPLE + THE RIGHT PLACES= OPPORTUNITIES
Ken Coleman (Best Selling Author and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host)
THE SEVEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS OF EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS SUCCESS
John D. Doehring, CMC® (J. Doehring & Co.)
PLANNING, PREPARING, AND EXECUTING FOR THE NEXT RECESSION
Lee James, CPA, CBI, CMC® (Lee James & Associates, Inc.)
As added value to all members, GBA records all presentations at our twice annual conferences and makes 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.
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Good times were had by all as GBA gathered earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky for GBA’s 2019 Fall Conference. Check out the photos from our Hatitude fundraiser and the fabulous Run for the Roses Reception.
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GBA’s Winter Leadership Summit is an annual meeting where the Board of Directors and members of GBA’s Committees and Task Forces convene for strategic planning and working sessions. It is an opportunity for our volunteers to complete assignments together for the current fiscal year ending April 30, 2020 and to identify and prioritize actions to focus on for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
The most Popular Article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog:
Top Download Updated: Important Information About This Geotechnical Engineering Report
As we continue to honor our 50th year as an association, let’s take a look back 15 years to September/October 2004 NEWSlog. The issue features many articles pertinent to those times and today including: unionization issues; guidance from Terra on clients being named as additional insureds on their consultant’s professional liability policies; finding the right words to describe the firing of an employee; ethics and the MBA; and avoiding workplace harassment claims.
Read September/October 2004 Issue Here
Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. (Sanborn Head), a firm headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire that provides integrated engineering and science consulting services for earth, energy, and environment, is pleased to announce the opening of a new Philadelphia office.
This new location expands Sanborn Head’s geographic footprint following its Strategic Plan to better serve existing clients and projects through expansion into the Mid-Atlantic region.
STRUCTURE GROUPS, a woman-owned, California based Corporation founded on the core strengths of Structure Consultants Group and Structure Materials Group to provide professional engineering services to the construction industry is proud to announce their new website. Structure Groups is a GBA Member Firm lead by President Elizabeth Clarke.
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Klohn Crippen Berg
Alex Sy, Ph.D., P.Eng., Vice President, Technical at Klohn Crippen Berger received the G. Geoffrey Meyerhof Award on September 29, at the 72nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference (GeoSt.John’s 2019). This award is given each year by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) to an accomplished geotechnical engineer with outstanding contributions to soil mechanics and foundation engineering.
Dr. Sy has made outstanding contributions to foundation engineering in Canada and abroad. His project experience spans a wide range of projects from foundations for heavy industrial sites, ports and harbours, bridges, hydroelectric dams, and tailings dams. He also teaches and mentors young engineers.
Engineering Consulting Services
Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is pleased to announce that Mark Fletcher, Director of Business Development, will expand his territory within the firm. Previously serving the ECS Williamsburg and Chesapeake offices, Mr. Fletcher adds the Fredericksburg, Winchester and Charlottesville regions to his portfolio.
Colorado Real Estate Journal
Standing 14,115 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is home to majestic views, a National Historic Landmark, more than a half a million visitors per year and, today, the highest ongoing construction site in North America. Crews are in the second year of construction of the new $56 million, 38,000-square-foot Pikes Peak Summit Complex, a three-building campus consisting of a visitor center with dining and rooftop terraces, observation decks and interactive displays, and a high-altitude research and communications center.
Haley & Aldrich
Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.(“Montrose”), a high-growth environmental services company, and Haley & Aldrich subsidiary, Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies, Inc. (“ECT2”), a global leader in cutting-edge solutions that mitigate the impact of emerging contaminants in air and water, today announced that Montrose has acquired ECT2 from Haley & Aldrich. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Golder’s Stefano Marconetto, PFAS Global Practice Leader and Archana Kukreti, Senior Consultant, were recently interviewed by the Environmental Business Journal for their 2019 Remediation & PFAS special edition. In their interview, Stefano and Archana discuss some of the trends they see in remediation in the U.S. market and their global perspective on PFAS regulatory landscape, remediation challenges, and future treatment opportunities.
The following is an excerpt of the interview, from the Environmental Business Journal.
The City of Boston continues to advance climate resilience initiatives with the recent adoption of the Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors. The new design guidelines apply to existing and future developments, ensuring buildings are built or adapted to withstand the flooding risks posed by sea level rise and storm surge.
As part of the consultant team led by Utile, Inc., Kleinfelder was integral in the development of the Guidelines, providing architectural, engineering, and planning support for technical analyses, including mapping products, resiliency strategy recommendations, zoning review and guidance, and support for building type case studies.
The work wasn’t done for GAI’s Community Solutions Group (CSG) after successfully tackling the award-winning OBT Next master plan project in Orlando, FL—members of GAI’s CSG team are taking volunteer action to support educational and family-oriented activities that benefit local residents near and within the project area.
“We pride ourselves on the fact that we are not just planners, economists, and landscape architects,” said Tom Kohler, Economist and Sr. Director with GAI’s CSG. “We really care about the communities we serve—so when opportunities present themselves for us to commit individually or corporately to assisting neighborhoods become better places to live and work, that’s what we do.”
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)
The Weather Channel
Weather patterns impact geoprofessionals as they plan seasonal field work. Take a look at how this winter may impact your business.
Do you have your eye on emerging vertical agriculture technology? The convergence of engineering and farming expertise is used to grow food in challenging environments such as deserts, mountainside towns, with precision agriculture methods and skyscraper-like (“plantscrapers”) designs.
There's two times more carbon in the earth's soil than in all of its vegetation and the atmosphere -- combined. Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe dives into the science of soil and shares how we could use its awesome carbon-trapping power to offset climate change. "[Soil] represents the difference between life and lifelessness in the earth system, and it can also help us combat climate change -- if we can only stop treating it like dirt," she says.
Watch TED Talk Here
Whether you are expanding into a new space, renovating, moving operations, consolidating laboratories, or decommissioning a facility, laboratory clean-out and relocation can be complicated and costly, and the stakes are very high; your research is your life’s work, and it is irreplaceable. When relocating a laboratory, every detail is critical. As a result, many laboratories are including transition planners and move managers on their projects.
Wall Street Journal
This season, the league is debuting a puck and player tracking system that promises to unleash a tsunami of data about player speed and execution.
In the last decade, data and analytics have turned
baseball into a bonanza of home runs and strikeouts, basketball became a game won or lost behind the arc and even prompted football coaches to start going for it on fourth down.
Hockey, however, has barely evolved…until now.
Sand castle building competitions are popular in beach communities all over the globe. They also can be a great team building and marketing events for those firms that live near a beach. With all of our expertise, geoprofessionals should be leaders in constructing these art forms. Here are some tips on how to build a word class sand castle.
We should integrate the ethical principles of professionalism, proper scientific methodology and respect for others into our field practices, and hopefully impart these practices to students. There are three outstanding variables to ponder when considering the ethics of fieldwork: values, integrity and perception. Geoscience fieldwork is very visible to the public, so it is important that we lead by example.
Though it might not be obvious to the millions of people who spend their days surrounded by this apparently innocuous material, concrete costs the health – and often the lives – of thousands of construction workers world-wide every year. The chief culprit is silica dust, which hangs in the air on building sites.
Words of Wisdom
"We are part of the earth and it is part of us ... What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth"
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