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Vol. 49 No. 40
Geoprofessional consulting firms continue to join GBA to access the many benefits of membership. Please join us in welcoming the following firms who have joined GBA since the beginning of our fiscal year:
Associated Engineers, Inc. (Madisonville, KY)
Castle Rock Geotechnical Engineering PLLC (Bozeman, MT)*
Carolinas Geotechnical Group (Charlotte, NC)
CDG Engineers and Associates (Andalusia, AL)
GeoStrata (Bluffdale, UT)
Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates, Inc. (Annapolis Junction, MD)
Morell Engineering, Inc. (Athens, AL)
Patrick Engineering (Lisle, IL)*
Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A. (Wichita, KS)
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) (Watertown, MA)
* indicates a returning GBA Member-Firm
GBA Member Directory Here
Retaining field personnel has become an increasingly important concern for GBA-Member Firms that experience seasonal slowdowns, most commonly during winter months. The lay-off-then-rehire-later tactic of years past is a high-risk option now, given the strong demand for qualified personnel and the time and cost associated with hiring and training. (At the very least, field personnel need to understand company policies and procedures and liability loss prevention techniques, considering that a licensed professional usually must accept full responsibility for whatever a field representative says or does.)
From our archives, Practice Alert titled Retaining Field Personnel can be a valuable resource as we plan for seasonal slowdowns.
Download Practice Alert Retaining Field Personnel Here
The most Popular Article from our last issue of GBA NEWSlog:
GBA 2019 Fall Conference Videos Available
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.
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Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now
For more information: GBA EVENTS CALENDAR
- Winter Leadership Summit 2020: January 25-26, 2020 in Denver, Colorado
- Spring Conference 2020: April 23-25, 2020 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Fall Conference 2020: October 22-24, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel, in Minneapolis, MN
- Spring Conference 2021: April 22-25, 2021 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, CA
Three of Shannon and Wilson’s Portland office staff, Christine Maher, Megan Worthington, and Lauren Sherman were recently recognized in DJC Oregon's Women of Vision 2019 magazine! Find them on page 36 among the other great women of the Oregon A/E/C industry.
Klohn Crippen Berger
Canadian Occupational Safety awarded KCB a Silver award at the 2019 Canada’s Safest Employers Awards in the Mining and Natural Resources category on October 22nd in Toronto. Andrea Murray, an Aquatic Biologist based in our Sudbury office, accepted the award on behalf of the company. This is the 2nd year in a row that KCB has won this award.
Langan won the 2019 Acterra Award for Sustainability for being a role model for sustainability in the A/E/C industry and local community.
Langan was recognized for providing dramatically positive environmental and social contributions through engineering design services for client projects. The firm has made diligent efforts to expand sustainable design expertise to over 20 service areas, ranging from coastal resiliency to greenhouse gas reduction planning to green building design. Langan, a carbon-neutral firm, operates on the belief that individuals and organizations will thrive in a future built on the principles of sustainability.
Kleinfelder announced today that Todd Eldridge has joined the firm as Senior Program Manager for the Midstream Market. Located in Kleinfelder’s Atlanta, GA office, Eldridge will focus on further growing Kleinfelder’s stake in the oil and gas market.
On Saturday, October 26, over 60 girls ages 8-18 came together at the Harvard University Science Center for the Transportation YOU summit. Hosted by WTS Boston, MassDOT, and the MBTA, the summit is an annual event filled with hands-on workshops introducing the young participants to a wide variety of transportation and STEM-based careers.
Gannett Fleming’s Chief Technology Officer Kevin Switala accepts the Philly CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award in the corporate category for organizations with up to $500 million in annual revenue.
Mixed reality. Cybersecurity. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Kevin Switala, Gannett Fleming’s chief technology officer (CTO), is facing the great technical challenges of our time with unparalleled energy and strategic insight. That, paired with his passion for employee development and community involvement, is why his peers recognized him with the Philly CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award in the corporate category for organizations with up to $500 million in annual revenue.
St Louis Today
Insurance company Safety National Casualty Corporation plans to start construction next month on a $32 million expansion of its Maryland Heights headquarters.
“The new building addresses our recent growth over the past decade and prepares us for projected future organizational development,” said Duane Hercules, president of Safety National. “We planned for this expansion as phase II of our 2004 master plan, and, with nearly triple the employee base since then, we finally have the need to proceed with this phase of the project.”
The strongest leaders are those who lead by example. Executive Vice President, Barry Roziewski spent a day with the Living Lands & Waters organization hauling debris and trash out of Fort Loudoun Lake in Tennessee. Since their founding in 1998, Living Lands & Waters has worked on 24 rivers in 21 states and, with the help of more than 100,000 volunteers, removed 9.9 million pounds of debris from U.S. waterways. Small changes everyday make the biggest impacts. You make NOVA proud.
Hillis-Carnes ranked No. 41 on the Baltimore Business Journal (BBJ)’s recently published “Baltimore’s Fast 50” list. Hillis-Carnes was among the list of private companies in the Greater Baltimore area with the highest average percentage of revenue growth between 2016, 2017, and 2018.
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)
Despite 2019 bringing architecture and engineering (A/E) firms some of the most robust market demand in years, they may not be so lucky in 2020. PSMJ’s latest Quarterly Market Forecast (QMF) report shows some of the slowest proposal activity in more than 10 years in key client markets.
NBC Bay Area
The Bay Area marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17th. If you were in the Bay Area on that day in 1989, you knew where you were and what you were doing at 5:04 p.m. when the 6.9 quake rocked the region.
Indemnification in California still includes automatic duty to defend, court relies on Crawford v. Weather Shield once again as precedent in adverse decision involving design professional.
By mixing recycled plastic bottles with chewed up asphalt, the new process repaves a road without adding any new asphalt—and makes it from a material that lasts longer.
A street in downtown L.A. will soon be repaved, but the road won’t be quite the standard asphalt road we’re used to. Instead, it will be covered with a material made, in part, from recycled plastic bottles. The plastic is a key in a new process for street paving: For the first time, the city will be able to grind up the existing road and fully recycle it in place, using the plastic to actually make the pavement stronger than it was before.
With the prevalence of “defend my belief at all costs” attitudes, it is a good time to be reminded of the essential elements of the scientific method… admitting when you are wrong and learning from mistakes are two. Astronomer Phil Plait shows in a recent Ted Talk how science progresses through a robust amount of making and correcting errors.
Climate engineering is often referred to as geo-engineering. The use and inferences associated with term geo-engineering should be watched carefully by geoprofessionals, both for the potential opportunities associated with this growing field and the confusion it presents with our traditional geotechnical engineering services. One way to keep up with the use of the term is to track the many articles that address this practice such as the recent “Geoengineer the Planet? Scientists Now Say It Must Be an Option”.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finding its way into construction planning and simulation. René Morkos is the founder and CEO of ALICE Technologies. ALICE combines a first-of-its-kind construction planning platform with a powerful AI engine and promises big savings on construction projects.
Listen To Podcast Interview Here
It’s that time of year in many firms, time for the annual performance review. In the current workplace, the annual performance review isn’t your only opportunity to tell your employees what's working and what's not. 96% of employees say that they want to hear feedback regularly. Statistics on performance reviews and their effects on employee engagement are surprising.
Safety and Health Magazine
Zero injuries! There are many aspects of developing a safety culture in your organization that can help assure the zero injury goal is achieved. One is to form a safety committee for employees to have a voice in overseeing the safety of the organization and bring their best safety stories and ideas forward. Safety and health experts came up with six guidelines to consider when forming a safety committee.
Words of Wisdom
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
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