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Vol. 48 No. 18
GBA's Most Downloaded Resources in 2017
GBA provides hundreds of highly effective resources to satisfy the unique needs of geoprofessionals and giving members essential tools for achieving success. However, we also know that it can be overwhelming to sort through them all. So, to help, we've compiled a list of the top 10 GBA resources by numbers ordered in 2017. This is a great place to start your exploration of GBA's library, or to get acquainted with a publication loved by your peers and "new to you".
GBA's CASE HISTORIES were very popular in 2017 with over 1,100 downloads of updated Case Histories during the year.
The list of most downloaded GBA resources of 2017, cover a wide range of geoprofessional business issues, so we are certain that you will find something on this list that could help your business succeed. Select a title to learn more and download it today.
The top five downloads are:
Access List Here: Top 10 GBA Resources for 2017
- FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS
- PHASE 1 ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS 2007-2010
- PRACTICE ALERT 05: TABOO WORDS
- GBA BEST PRACTICES: DO's and DON'Ts for FACTS WITNESSES
- GBA BUSINESS BRIEF: FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017
Click on any title to order your copy today. All reference documents are free for members.
The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) has published new editions of two important legal references, both prepared for design professionals without use of "legalese"; both available free of charge. Limitation-of-Liability Case Index and Economic-Loss-Doctrine Case Index were prepared for GBA's Legal Affairs Committee by Seattle (WA) law firm Skellenger Bender, P.S.
GBA introduced the 400-year-old limitation-of-liability (LOL) concept to the design and environmental professions in 1969. By applying the concept, now upheld in most states, a client agrees to limit a design professional's liability to a given amount, most commonly $50,000 or the fee, whichever is higher. The Index describes each case in terms of its background and the points or holdings involved, and — to support additional research — identifies the case by name, jurisdiction, and citation. The cases span the period 1956 to 2017.
The economic loss doctrine (ELD), another important protection for design professionals, bars use of tort claims (e.g., professional-negligence and negligent-misrepresentation claims) to recover purely economic losses, such as those stemming from property damage or construction delays. In states that uphold the ELD in full, claimants against design professionals may recover purely economic damages only via breach-of-contract suits, limiting claimants to design professionals' clients. In other states, third parties, like constructors, can sue design professionals directly. Economic-Loss-Doctrine Case Index provides a state-by-state status report on the economic-loss doctrine, describing the cases involved and providing the additional information required for more research.
Download Limitation-of-Liability Case Index
Download Economic-Loss-Doctrine Case Index
Refreshed GBA Case Histories have been downloaded over 1,100 times in 2017 and they are being used by GBA members for loss prevention discussions in support of professional development and mentoring. Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeating mistakes of the past which is why GBA case histories are so valuable, and why GBA is updating them all, while adding new ones, too. Five more case histories have been refreshed, updated, and reissued.
Case History 21: The GBA-Member Firm completed a geotechnical -engineering study for a one-story elementary school on a 20-acre site in a growing suburban community.
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 22: Perform a geotechnical-engineering study to evaluate slope stability and develop recommendations for site development and foundation design for a condominium project located on a hillside.
- Effective Go/No-Go Analysis is Critical
- A Written Contract is Essential
- Try to Establish a Relationship with the Actual Client
- Be Alert to Subtle Indications of Problems
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 23: While working for an individual who was buying a house, a GBA-Member Firm examined the structure of a 40-year-old house that had experienced significant settlement.
- Be Wary of Clients That May Take a Casual Approach
- Failure to Communicate Is Unacceptable
- Propose a Complete Service
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 24: A GBA-Member Firm was retained to develop less-expensive options to design a tieback wall to create a platform for new, underground-mining facilities with an entry on the side of a steep slope then observe its construction.
- Purchase Professional-Liability Insurance
- Be Extremely Cautious When Dealing with Homeowners
- Charge a Reasonable Fee
Lessons Learned Include:
Case History 25: Assess the feasibility of constructing a new elementary school on the site of an existing school that had been severely damaged by subsidence assumedly caused by the failure of an underlying, abandoned coal mine.
- Be Wary of Added Risk Associated with Innovation
- Be Wary of Corner Cutting
- Inform Clients of Likely Outcomes
Lessons Learned Include:
Thank you to all who contribute to GBA. The refreshed Case Histories are a collaborative effort of GBA's Editorial Review Committee and a team of consultants.
- Insist on Performing Construction-Phase Observation Services
- Review All Appropriate Plans and Specifications Prepared by Others
- Produce Comprehensive Documentation
- Exhibit Financial Fortitude
GBA has a rich history of uniting to tackle tough problems, collaborating on common issues, and working together to elevate our profession.
GBA is sponsoring a program to promote growth and collaboration, interested GBA Members will independently watch the TED Talk "The Puzzle of Motivation" then gathering together to discuss the contents in on a webinar in a facilitated "book club" format. Together we will learn, share, and grow.
Friday: January, 5, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 PM Central, Noon Mountain, 11:00 AM Pacific
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitated by: Joel Carson
Space is limited: Sign Up Here
The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
Pennoni is pleased to announce the addition of Richard "Rich" Butala to the firm’s Strategic Growth division as Vice President and Strategic Growth Principal. In this role, Rich brings more than 30 years of corporate growth experience to Pennoni and will be responsible for the firm’s business development and strategic expansion in Florida and other designated areas within Pennoni's geographic footprint.
The Associated Press via The Courier
The ground has broken for construction of Detroit's tallest building. GBA-Member Firm SME is excited to be a part of the team providing geotechnical consulting and testing services. An 800-foot-tall centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Mark your calendar for these outstanding GBA get-togethers, and be on the lookout for announcements about others being finalized.
January 26-28, 2018
GBA Winter Leadership Conference
April 5-7, 2018
GBA Spring Conference
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
October 18-20, 2018
GBA Fall Conference
Omni Houston Hotel
Future Events Supported by GBA
IFCEE 2018 — March 5-10, 2018 in Orlando, FL
GBA EVENTS CALENDAR
President: Charles L. Head, P.E., P.G., (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. / Concord, NH), 603/229-1900|
President-Elect: Woodward L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM, (Paradigm Consultants, Inc. / Houston, TX), 713/686-6771|
Secretary/Treasurer: Kimberly F. Morrison, P.E., R.G., (Morrison Solutions, Inc. / Denver, CO), 303/588-8289|
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E., (PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. / Portland, OR), 503/248-1939
Thomas W. Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, (Blackburn Consulting / Auburn, CA)
Arthur G. Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE, (Gannett Fleming, Inc. / Harrisburg, PA)
Kenneth R. Johnston, (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. / Norwood, MA), 781/278-3700
Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E., (ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA), 703/471-8400
Most people make personal resolutions for the new year, is your business making resolutions as well? While the following article focuses on resolutions for small businesses, these seem to apply for geoprofessional businesses of all sizes.
Now is a great time to reflect on your commitments from the year that has passed and those that you have made for the upcoming year. Are there some that are conflicting? Here is an article that will help you identify your competing commitments and help you do something about them.
Lots of firms are looking into their crystal ball to identify trends they expect to see emerge or continue in the upcoming year. Here is an interesting piece on construction industry trends expected to have impact in 2018.
What business risks should be anticipated for your firm facing in the upcoming year? Here is an in-depth study of executive perspectives on the top risks for 2018. How many of the items listed are on your list?
2018 is the Year of Engineering (at least in the the UK). Read about their impressive campaign here.
If you accept the premise that your firm is perfectly "designed" for the results you get, then you should also consider the premise that improvements you seek will require changes to your firm. Check out this list of things professional services firms should consider as they seek to build their reputation as experts in 2018. These suggestions might spark change in your organization.
Numbers are deeply embedded in the construction industry. As 2017 ends, we take a look back at some of the key numbers that tell the story of what construction looked like throughout the past 365 days. From trillions of dollars to hundreds of units, each number represents an important facet of the industry.
As 2017 came to a freezing close, millions of citizens in New York state kept themselves warm and comfortable in their homes thanks to a plentiful supply of cheap natural gas. This despite the fact that their state government chose to outlaw the conduct of hydraulic fracturing in their state, denying thousands of New Yorkers the freedom to exercise their property rights.
The new year could bring an increase in massive and devastating earthquakes, research from October suggested. But as our prediction of earthquakes becomes better, so does our ability to prepare for these natural disasters. About four years ago, the Earth's rotation slowed slightly. Although the decrease was not enough to notice, the Earth's slower rotation may spark an increase in severe earthquakes for 2018.
On Dec. 15, Virgin Hyperloop One conducted the third demonstration of its not-to-scale system in the desert outside of Las Vegas, sending its magnetically levitating pod through a nearly airless tube at 240 mph. It was a significant increase over the team's previous record of 192 mph, but far less than the hyperloop's theoretical maximum speed of 700 mph.
Usually state policies dictate the growth of the solar industry. Not so much last year. A high-profile trade case and last minute provision in the GOP's tax overhaul have overshadowed any consequences from state policies, analysts said. Statewide policies are a major driver in the solar sector, analysts say, but market dynamics propelled growth even more, especially in the distributed generation and utility-scale space.
Words of Wisdom
"One resolution I have made, and always try to keep, is this: to rise above the little things."
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