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|January 31, 2018 ||
Vol. 48 No. 20
Joel G. Carson, Executive Director of GBA
The history of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) began when principals of ten consulting geotechnical engineering firms – then known as soil and foundation engineering firms — met in a Chicago airport hotel in December 1968 to resolve a common problem that threatened their companies: Professional-liability claims were at an all-time high and professional-liability insurers worldwide refused to cover them.
With a spirit of collaboration, the ten formally launched what is now GBA as Associated Soil and Foundation Engineers, Inc. (ASFE) in May 1969 to identify the causes of professional liability claims and losses and to develop programs and materials to help geoprofessionals avoid such exposures in the future.
Almost 50 years later that spirit of collaboration lives!
I just returned from the 2018 Winter Leadership Conference where over 60 Member-Firm leaders from over 26 States and Provinces travelled to Denver, Colorado to address common issues and solve them to benefit all Member-Firms and elevate our profession. They finished ongoing initiatives and brainstormed on new projects that will support GBA’s Purpose, Strategy, and Value Proposition. These volunteers donated their weekend to help us continue helping our members and their clients to confront risk and optimize business performance by creating unique professional resources, programs, and services.
They are working on Case Histories, Business Briefs, Best Practices, and future programs to be delivered on-line, at future conferences, and at regional and national events. The level of effort and the creative thinking was off-the-charts and will continue to create value through unique experiences that are not available elsewhere.
Thank you to everyone who supported GBA's 2018 Winter Leadership Conference, especially those that donated their weekend and contributed to the overall success of the event. It was inspiring!
Please consider joining a GBA Council, Committee, or Task Force.
The Spring Conference agenda has been finalized and it is shaping up to be an awesome event. The theme for the conference is Leading from the Heart helping our members to recognize that exceptional leadership requires we lead from our hearts and our heads.
Business owners who genuinely lead with their heart — not just their head — are also more equipped to connect with the emotional needs of employees. They understand that people have the need to be valued, respected, listened to and involved. By acknowledging and honoring the human element, heart-centered leaders possess the wisdom and capacity to positively transform any organization and run extremely successful and profitable businesses.
Lead from the Heart
Mark C. Crowley – leadership consultant, business leader, noted keynote speaker, and author of “Lead from the Heart”.
Speak from the Heart
John M. Vautier – communication specialist, executive coach, and author
Compassionate Leadership — Leading with the Heart and the Head
Stewart G. Osgood P.E. – President and CEO of DOWL, a GBA Member-Firm
Empathy is the NEW Black — A New Way of Looking at Leadership!
Bob Kelleher - best-selling author, international keynote speaker, and consultant who travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends
Conference will also include:
This is a conference you won't want to miss. Registration will go live on February 9th but plan now to attend on April 5-7, 2018 in Chicago.
- Wine Tasting Event
- Annual Awards Banquet
- Local Color Night
- GBA Signature Receptions
- Gifts for all registrants
GBA welcomes the following new members in January 2018.
Founded in 1982, Landau Associates is an employee-owned consulting firm that provides scientific and engineering services throughout the western United States. With offices in Washington and Oregon, we provide environmental site management and engineering, geotechnical engineering, and permitting and compliance services to clients in the public and private sectors.
Knight Piésold is an employee-owned global consulting firm that provides specialized services to the mining, power, water resources, infrastructure, and oil and gas industries. We are engineers, environmental scientists, geoscientists, and technologists who focus on creating value at every stage of a project through quality driven, sustainable solutions. Established in South Africa in 1921, we have expanded our reach into a global network of over 750 professionals based in offices in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.
Willmer Engineering Inc. provides superior geotechnical engineering, environmental services and engineering, and construction services to meet today's complex client demands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Willmer Engineering serves both public and private clients throughout the United States.
Element Materials Testing
Element Materials Testing is a Wyoming based construction materials testing and inspection services company that includes field and laboratory testing of asphalt, concrete, and soil. They are ARML accredited with offices in Lander and Laramie.
2018 Fall Conference — October 18-20, 2018
Omni Houston Hotel — Houston, TX
Are you a dynamic, engaging speaker with something valuable to teach industry leaders involved in the Geoprofessional Business Association? If so, we’d love to receive an abstract submission from you for our upcoming conference in Houston, TX, IL. There, 150+ senior leaders of GBA-Member geoprofessional firms will gather to network, share best practices, and improve their business performance and elevate their industry.
The Conference Theme:
Confronting Risk for Our Firms and Our Clients by Committing to Continuous Improvement
As GBA convenes in Houston, TX for our 2018 Fall Conference, we will focus on helping those in attendance to recognize the importance of continuous improvement, a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in order to manage risk, optimize performance, and improve the overall health of our businesses.
Our conference will include presentations on subjects that will help our members create constancy of purpose toward improvement and promote business practices that incrementally impact safety, quality, efficiency, employee retention, client service, and financial performance.
How You Will Benefit
For almost half a century, GBA's twice-a-year conferences have been the place to engage senior business leaders of the geoprofessional industry. You will gain visibility and credibility; create important new relationships; and generate valuable awareness of your expertise in our industry. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn from other subject matter experts also presenting at the conference.
More Information and Abstract Submittal Form
GBA POLL RESULTS
The lines between work and life are becoming more blurred. Our understanding of what constitutes "time" on the job and what defines an "office" are being challenged by the new norms of 24-7 communication and connectiveness facilitated by technology and globalization. Prior boundaries are being erased.
In our last issue, we asked readers for feedback on their employers’ expectations about when, where, and how much of their time is to be focused on work.
Thank you to all those who participated.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a nationally recognized leading environmental and geotechnical consulting firm, today announced the acquisition of Melick-Tully and Associates, P.C. (MTA), a New Jersey-based multi-disciplinary firm providing comprehensive geotechnical, environmental and geologic services to leading builders and developers in the northeast. The acquisition strengthens GZA’s position as a provider of geotechnical services in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic.
The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $86,390 in grants to six universities and 12 community organizations. The Terracon Foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work.
SME is excited to announce the opening of our newest office in Columbus, Ohio! Located in the Westerville Office Park on Park Meadow Road, this is SME's 12th office in the Midwest and third in Ohio. We look forward to being part of the vibrant community that is now the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City!
Knight Piésold is excited to announce that today we are launching our new logo, marking the most significant change in our visual identity in 27 years. The refreshed logo preserves our heritage while paving the way toward the next phase of the company's evolution, one focused on continuing value creation through innovative, technically excellent solutions.
TTL is pleased to introduce Peter Corley, E.I.T. as a Staff Professional in the Transportation Business Unit. Corley brings over eight years of technical expertise in construction, operations and logistics during his service in the United States Army. Mr. Corley obtained his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and a master's degree in geological engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. He is an Engineer In Training and a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Mark your calendar for these outstanding GBA get-togethers, and be on the lookout for announcements about others being finalized.
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
Outstanding geoprofessionals pride themselves on adherence to ethical practice. When was the last time you tested your firm's beliefs about ethics? Here's a helpful article that will dispel some common myths about ethics in your workplace.
What do you believe makes a successful manager? This article takes a swing at commonly accepted in this area.
"Myth Busters" is a popular TV series. Star Jamie Hyneman tackles common beliefs about engineering and engineers in this feature.
National Public Radio
The public perception of science has its own growing problem with "alternative facts." The book "Science Blind" by Andrew Shtulman tackles this timely topic and is summarized here.
Small Business Trends
A lot of firms have moved many, if not all, of their digital platforms to the cloud some others have been reluctant to make the move. What's holding them back? Test your beliefs about moving some or all of your business platforms to the cloud with this article.
B2B News Network
LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are among the social media platforms getting a lot of use in business circles. But what about Instagram? Here's a list of common "myths" about Instagram that may be holding many firms back?
When it comes to motivating employee performance in the workplace, little of Maya Angelou's wisdom has ever seeped into our leadership practices. We've traditionally assumed that workers made up their minds on whether to be loyal, committed and engaged in their jobs, so leaders have intentionally steered clear of their hearts.
A new self-healing fungi concrete, co-developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, could help repair cracks in aging concrete permanently, and help save America's crumbling infrastructure. Congrui Jin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University, has researched concrete and found that the problem stems from the smallest of cracks.
AT&T is hooking bridges up to the Internet of Things. At CES 2018, AT&T announced that it's testing a new "structure monitoring solution," a system of sensors to help cities, states and private transportation companies monitor the stability of bridges, and alert officials if they become unsafe. The battery-operated sensors can be applied to all bridges, from foot bridges to those that support roads and railways.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) loosened regulatory compliance standards Thursday for certain sources of air pollution previously considered "major." William Wehrum, head of the EPA's air office, put out regulatory guidance repealing the "once in, always in" policy, in which facilities like power plants or factories considered "major" sources of hazardous air pollutants were always regulated as such, even if the facilities' owners took measures to reduce pollution.
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