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$25B CA project to benefit geoprofessionals, lawyers; real cost could be $70B
San Jose Mercury News
California is moving forward on Governor Jerry Brown's $25-billion plan to build two 35-mile-long, 40-foot-high tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to move more water from Northern California to Central Valley farms and cities in Silicon Valley and the Los Angeles area, while reinforcing hundreds of miles of delta levees to better withstand earthquakes and restoring 147,000 acres of wetlands and other habitat for endangered species. Proposed as one of the largest public-works projects in U.S. history, it may also involve one of the largest environmental-impact assessments yet produced: 25,000 pages.
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"Getting to the C Level"; "Only Losers Sue White Knights": When your client representative works at the organization's C level, your scope is more robust, as is your project involvement; the financial and intellectual rewards can be gratifying. But how do you get to the C level? It's not nearly as difficult as you might believe, as John Bachner explains. Next up, Barry Thacker, P.E., who notes that lawyers and environmentalists benefit from doing pro-bono work, so why not geoprofessionals? Learn how to use your skills to solve problems in your community, so others see you as the proverbial "White Knight."
"Climate Change: Assess, Design, Act": Climate change is redefining risk within our industry, if only because historic events are no longer reliable predictors of future conditions. As such, converting climate-change theory into implementable practices is the most-pressing challenge design professionals and planners now face. Lisa C. Dickson, P.G. provides guidance on how to assess and prioritize the risk in order to make informed decisions about resiliency and investment.
Geoprofessional services needed to forecast all-important local sea-level rise, new study shows
A new study shows that sea levels along the mid-Atlantic coastline (from New York to Virginia) rose faster during the 20th century than during any of the 43 centuries before it. The geoscientists who conducted the study combined sediment records of prehistoric sea levels with modern data, including readings from tide gauges and satellite instruments. Published in the new journal Earth's Future, the study warns that regional planners will need to consider local rates of sea-level increase when making decisions about any long-lasting infrastructure.
Call for abstracts: Fall Conference in San Francisco
Have a creative idea for a presentation at the ASFE/GBA Fall Conference in San Francisco, October 23-25, 2014? Here's your chance to share it with us. Just download, complete, and submit the submission form for consideration by the ASFE/GBA Conference Committee. The theme of the conference is "Confronting Risk: Leading in an Era of Rapid Change."
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New pile-cutting system eliminates waste
Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering has launched the UK's first driven-precast-pile-cutting system. Able to eliminate piling waste, the new system cuts precast-concrete piles above the ground with diamond-tipped blades. The pile's trimmed section is then used as the lead part of the next pile. For one project requiring 4,500 piles, the cutting system saved 3,600m of pile waste.
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Webcast: "Maximizing Success on the Road to a World-Class Safety Culture"
"Highly valuable to our member firms"
"Timely and applicable"
"Great safety lecture and reminder to us all"
In this session from GBA's 2013 Spring Conference, now available on demand, speakers look at the "what" of safety and changing a company's culture. AMEC Western Regional Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Manager John Mazur discusses the regulations, standards, and expectations applicable to our work as well as current trends in safety. S&ME CEO Randy Neuhaus presents a case study of how his firm went about changing its safety culture (it's a process, not a program).
You can earn a professional-development hour (PDH), too! Absolutely free if your firm sent someone to the meeting, and only $40 for all other members. Watch this must-see program today!
"Judicial Hellholes" Report: California No. 1
American Tort Reform Foundation
The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRA) has issued its annual Judicial Hellholes report, naming civil courts in California, Louisiana, New York City, West Virginia, Southwestern Illinois' Madison and St. Clair counties, and South Florida among the nation's "most unfair."
HUMAN-RESOURCES DEPARTMENT: Are you sacrificing too much?
You sacrificed to become a leader of your firm, and now that you have that position you're sacrificing even more. How much is too much and what can you do about it? Well, if any of the following six situations applies to you, chances are you need to create some better boundaries for yourself.
• You sacrifice your family time for work.
• Your work and leisure time always intersect.
• You can't take time off.
• You're constantly living in stress and anxiety.
• Your gadgets are always on.
• You have no friends except those at work.
Want to do something about it? We have suggestions.
New version of ASFE/GBA app
The ASFE/GBA app has been updated for both Android and iOS devices. It now looks better on large-screen devices like the iPad and generally looks better all around. If you already have it installed, it should have updated automatically. If you don't have it yet, why not download it today?
Canal expansion creates major opportunities for geoprofessional firms
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released The Panama Canal Expansion Study, the first of a two-part shipping-patterns and industry-costs study undertaken to help the United States prepare for the Panama Canal expansion's impact on the nation's ports, waterways and intermodal freight systems. The expansion — scheduled for completion in 2015 — will give the much larger "Post Panamax" vessels more access to U.S. ports on the East and Gulf Coasts and to inland states located east of the Mississippi River.
DR. ENGLISH: Who's that?
Briefly, but not unimportantly, people are whos; things are thats. It's a simple rule of English grammar, but one that seems unknown or forgotten. Right: The project manager who wrote the report for the firm that won the award…. Wrong: The project manager that….
Familiar with IoT? You should be!
IoT is the newest acronym to push its way into the construction industry. It stands for Internet of Things. It's also known as M2M (machine-to-machine), involving devices with sensors, RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags, and other smart systems that enable connectivity between machines, devices, and people. In construction, it could mean tagged equipment or tools to quickly learn where an item is located, for example. Construction projects have also used RFID for tracking materials, tracking safety, and more.
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YOU'VE JUST GOT TO BE KIDDING: Harvard wouldn't do that
Who could ever forget Sally selling seashells by the seashore or Peter Piper and his peck of pickled peppers? MIT researchers could, that's for sure, given the esteemed Cambridge, Massachusetts institution's announcement that its personnel had created what some claim is the most difficult tongue twister of all time: "Pad kid poured curd pulled cod." That may be all well and good, but what does the sentence — assuming it even is one — mean? We have a real mind-bending tongue twister that is a sentence. Bet you can't say it ten times fast: "I'm on the hook for $55,000 a year to MIT so my kid can stumble over a meaningless tongue twister?"
Bachner honored for 40+ years of service
October 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of John P. Bachner's affiliation with ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA). His vision and engagement have helped to advance careers, businesses, and the geoprofessions. Over the years, Bachner has led the charge in helping geoprofessionals and their clients confront risk and optimize performance. Under his leadership, ASFE/GBA has enhanced geoprofessionals' writing skills, improved contracts, developed the concept of limitation of liability, and coached geoprofessionals in the business aspects of selling and practicing their profession. ASFE/GBA celebrated Bachner's 40-year milestone with an evening of recognition on October 11 during the 2013 ASFE/GBA Fall Conference in Boston.
$50 million flood-protection project underway in Queens, NY
New York Daily News
N.Y. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a $50 million project to protect Howard Beach, Queens, from future storms like Hurricane Sandy. To counter floodwaters and protect homes and businesses, project designers will place sand dunes, salt marshes, and other vegetation on a 150-acre tract along Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay. Engineering studies and design work will begin in 2014; construction will last about a year, state officials said. The $50 million will be covered by federal recovery funds.
LA plans to identify quake-prone wooden apartment structures
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city building officials say it will take more than one year to identify the estimated 5,800 "soft-story" wood-frame apartment buildings from among the 29,226 city apartment buildings constructed before 1978. Soft-story structures often are built over carports and supported by slender columns that easily collapse during shaking, causing upper floors to crash into ground-floor apartments. About 200 of these structures were seriously damaged or destroyed by the 1994 Northridge earthquake, killing 16 people in the Northridge Meadows apartment complex alone.
Webinar: "Expectations Management"
When you manage a client representative's expectations, you can almost always meet or exceed them. As simple as that sounds, all too many folks just don't get it. Not only do they not manage expectations, they set them impossibly high. And because they do, they’re perceived as being liars when they fail to fulfill their promises. Learn how to do it right, or at least how to not do it wrong by watching this fast-paced on-demand webinar led by John Bachner. This webinar may qualify for one professional-development hour (PDH).
2013-2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kurt R. Fraese, L.G.
(GeoEngineers, Inc., Seattle, WA)
Steven D. Thorne, P.E., D.GE
(Terracon, Somerset, NJ)
Gordon M. Matheson, Ph.D., P.E., P.G.
(Schnabel Engineering, Inc., Glen Allen, VA)
Joel G. Carson
(Kleinfelder, Omaha, NE)
Stewart G. Osgood, P.E.
(DOWL HKM, Anchorage, AK)
Laura R. Reinbold, P.E.
(TTL, Inc., Nashville, TN)
Woodward L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE
(Paradigm Consultants, Inc., Houston, TX)
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