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Vol. 49 No. 18
On behalf of the GBA Board of Directors and Staff, I wish you great prosperity in 2019! We are all excited about the year ahead. We have exciting plans to provide our members with more tools and resources to benefit your business. This year we will also launch a year-long celebration of our 50th Anniversary!
This issue of GBA NEWSlog highlights the Top 12 articles you found to be most thought-provoking during 2018 in hopes they will provide renewed value as you prepare for another successful year.
As we leap into 2019, we continue our commitment to help you to be stronger, smarter, and more successful! We are grateful for your support and inspired to provide more value to our members in the future.
From June 6: If you own or operate nuclear densometer gauges, you must read this GBA Case History. After three destroyed gauges and numerous other violations, a Member-Firm was facing civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation and revocation of their license to own and/or operate nuclear gauges. They paid a $150,000 settlement but more importantly developed a compliance program hailed as "a model for the industry."
Learn from their mistakes and from their commitment to change their culture through immediate action to create, test, launch, and monitor sustainable, institutional controls to address the underling causes of the violations, as well as specific regulatory compliance issues.
GBA Case Histories are unique because our members share real-life stories of problems that impacted their businesses. They also include the outcomes of corrective action, and lessons learned.
Every Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) must read this!
Download Here: GBA Case History #103 Nuclear-Gauge Management
From Feb. 28: The Geotechnical Business Council of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) has updated the guide to help identify the roles and responsibilities of the geotechnical engineer of record, client, and owner involved with the geotechnical-engineering aspects of a conventional design/bid/build construction project.
The guideline addresses the range and nature of services that should be included in the geotechnical engineer's scope of service if the geotechnical engineer is to sign and seal instruments of professional service, and accept the geotechnical engineer of record designation.
The updated guideline delineates responsibilities of the geotechnical engineer of record, the range and nature of basic services that should be included in the geotechnical engineer of record's scope of service, and additional services that may apply. Obligations of the client and the owner are outlined and various terms are defined.
From Jan. 17: As scientists and engineers, we understand that taken literally, "balancing" work and life means equal time spent on both. Such balance, particularly in this day and age of everything being electronically connected, seems out of reach. Perhaps we must aim for the graceful integration of work and life, as this article and its related links suggest.
From June 20: Before you develop new strategies for winning the war for talent perhaps you should learn why employees may want to leave your firm in the first place. The answer may surprise you.
From March 28: In April 1988 Ralph B. Peck presented an extensive history of what would later be called the geoprofessions when he delivered a presentation titled Growing Pains of a New Profession, Soil Mechanics 1925-1940. In the presentation he emphasizes the practice of soil mechanics, which later evolved into geotechnical engineering did not start in the United States as the result of any single event. He highlights world events, lists milestone projects, and identifies key leaders that are responsible for the development of the geoprofessions.
Thirty years later, geoprofessions now include various technical disciplines that involve engineering, earth and environmental services applied to below-ground ("subsurface"), ground-surface, and ground-surface-connected conditions, structures, or formations. The principal disciplines include geotechnical engineering; geology and engineering geology; geological engineering; environmental science and environmental engineering; construction-materials engineering and testing; and other geoprofessional services.
GBA captured the text of Dr. Peck's presentation in an informative and educational monograph available FREE for all member-firms.
From Sept. 12: Imagine the added profits to your firm if you could collect money owed by your clients by just 3-days!
In an ideal world, design and environmental professionals’ bills would all be paid within 30 days. Recognizing that we do not live in an ideal world, the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) developed a brief but comprehensive guide to getting paid faster. Titled Getting Paid, the 19-page guide comprises 21 chapters, each focused on a specific technique to achieve prompt payment while avoiding some clients' efforts to avoid payment altogether.
Getting Paid is available for FREE to all GBA Members.
Download Here: Getting Paid
From Oct. 10: A seasoned project manager assigned an experienced field representative to be on site full time to observe construction of the building pad and MSE wall. Confident in the field representative's abilities, the project manager confined his involvement to occasional site visits and preparation of written progress reports. Unfortunately, communication between the two was poor, field reports were not thoroughly reviewed, and significant issues that compromised the project including changes in design were missed.
Lessons Learned include:
GBA has a tradition of collaborating on issues that impact the geoprofessions through GBA Case Histories. GBA Case Histories provide unprecedented real-world learning examples related to project and business management. Learn where others went wrong, how they handled their problems, and how you can learn from their experiences to avoid the same problems in the future.
- Project Risk is Inversely Proportional to Project Size and Complexity
- If It Isn't in Writing, It Didn't Happen
- Project Managers Must Stay Engaged with Their Projects
- Field Reports Need to Be Treated As the Important Documents They Are
GBA Case Histories are FREE to all members.
From May 23: Spring has arrived and most GBA Member-Firms are adding interns and seasonal employees to address the increase in field work that comes with warmer, drier weather. GBA can help you to train new (and long-term) employees to work safely, manage your risk, and represent your firm professionally.
Fundamentals of Field Representation — Audio on Demand
GBA audio training programs are easy to download and entertain while they educate. Topics cover a range of issues common in professional practice. GBA audio education programs available as MP3s can be downloaded to mobile devices, enabling employees to listen to them at a time and place that's convenient for them.
- Field Representative and the Law
- The Duty of Care
- Effective Reporting
- Personal Diplomacy
- Briefing and Being Briefed
Construction Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) — Online Training Documents
GBA's CoMET Business Council has compiled a series of videos and reference material to train or retrain field and laboratory professionals to complete a variety of standard testing procedures. The library includes references from ACI, ASTM, and APNGA.
ACCESS TRAINING DOCUMENTS HERE
- How to perform a slump test
- How to test concrete temperature
- Basics of Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens
- Nuclear Gauge Basics
- Calibrating a Pressure Meter
The Field Representative's Reference Guide
Construction materials engineering and testing (CoMET) field representative, are an extension of your professional staff; so much so, that professional staff is personally responsible — and liable — for everything they say and do on site. That's why your field representatives need to have a crystal-clear understanding of their role on each site and the impact their actions can have.
GBA's Field Representative's Guide can help. Use it in training or as a quick reference so your staff can better deal with some of the many "nontechnical" challenges they confront every day.
Keep it handy and use it on a regular basis.
From Aug. 29: Have you been asked by your client to review your competitor's report? It is an honor to conduct a geotechnical peer review and can be a critical step forward, or backward, in becoming the consultant of choice for your clients. This is a critical client touch moment, and as such it's important to approach a peer review with the right mindset before proceeding.
From April 25: The related fields of engineering, construction and environmental science require lots of photographs. We take photos to show our clients the status of a work site, document a task, promote our project and expertise or even just for fun. Read the top five things to remember when taking photos at a project site, or any time.
From Feb. 14: Engineers are too often portrayed as uninteresting, or even unlovable, in popular culture. This article makes a strong case that choosing an engineer to love has many upsides.
From Oct. 24: Combining technology disruption with talent shortages on top of chronically low productivity and profitability in the construction industry poses this serious question.
DOWNLOAD EXECUTIVE BRIEF HERE
Future GBA Events: Mark Your Calendars Now
Winter Leadership Summit 2019: January 26-27, 2019 in Denver, CO
Spring Conference 2019: April 4-6, 2019 at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii
Fall Conference 2019: October 3-5, 2019 at the Omni Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky
Winter Leadership Summit 2020: January 25-26, 2020 in Denver, Colorado
Spring Conference 2020: April 23-25, 2020 at the J.W. Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
For more information: GBA EVENTS CALENDAR
President: Woodward L. "Woody" Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc. / Houston, TX), 713/686-6771|
President-Elect: Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE, (Gannett Fleming, Inc. / Harrisburg, PA), 717/763-7211|
Secretary/Treasurer: Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E., (PBS Engineering + Environmental / Portland, OR), 503/417-7707
Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA), 530/887-1494
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
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