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|April 12, 2017 ||
Vol. 47 No. 23
Charles L. Head, P.E., P.G. (Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.) is the new president of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), a not-for-profit association of geoprofessional firms. Accepting office during ceremonies at GBA's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Mr. Head is the 47th individual to serve as GBA's president and chair the group's board of directors. Other directors who will serve during GBA's 2017-18 fiscal year are:
Mr. Head is the CEO of Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc., a multidisciplinary, New Hampshire-based firm serving industry, development, solid-waste, and energy clients nationally and internationally. Licensed as both a professional engineer and a professional geologist, Mr. Head has 30 years of professional experience with a focus on groundwater engineering. He has been active in GBA for more than a decade, most recently as chair of GBA’s Emerging Issues and Trends Committee. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in geology (St. Lawrence University) and civil engineering (University of New Hampshire) and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University.
- President-Elect Woodward L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM
(Paradigm Consultants, Inc.);
- Secretary/Treasurer Kimberly F. Morrison, P.E., R.G.
(Morrison Geotechnical Solutions, Inc.);
- Saiid Behboodi, PE, GE (PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.)
- Thomas W. "Tom" Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F.ASCE (Blackburn Consulting);
- Arthur G. "Art" Hoffmann, P.E., D.GE (Gannett Fleming, Inc.);
- Kenneth R. "Ken" Johnston (GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.); and
- Leo Titus, Jr. P.E. (ECS Limited)
During his acceptance speech at GBA's 2017 Spring Conference, Mr. Head emphasized the future is bright for GBA.
READ Letter from GBA President
Possibly the most important of all GBA loss-prevention/risk-confrontation resources is its unique series of case histories; 101 examples of how projects begun with optimism can unexpectedly end in dispute. Each provides details of the project, its background, the role of the GBA-Member Firm, the problems encountered, and lessons learned. They're sometimes painful lessons, but better to learn from others' lessons than your own.
BIG NEWS! GBA Executive Director Joel Carson has announced that GBA is committed to update and expand the Case History Series. The original cases all will be refreshed, with new graphics and keywords. There will be continuous additions to the library. According to Joel, “The first five are done and they look fantastic!”
Check them out for yourself. Download refreshed Case History #1 through #5 here:
GBA Case History #1 — Perform a preliminary geotechnical-engineering study to estimate foundation construction costs.
GBA Case History #2 — Perform subsurface exploration, provide foundation recommendations, and identify features, such as potential groundwater problems, that the client should consider during design and construction.
GBA Case History #3 — Conduct a subsurface exploration at the direction of the client and provide engineering consultation when requested.
GBA Case History #4 — Perform subsurface exploration, prepare a geotechnical-engineering report with foundation-design recommendations and observed drilled-shaft construction.
GBA Case History #5 — Perform a limited-scope geotechnical-engineering study to advance borings and then provide boring logs and a brief letter report to the structural engineer.
Register Now! One-Day Seminar in the Boston Area
The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) and Lee James & Associates have teamed up to present a one-day seminar titled: Project Financials Management to be taught on April 28, 2017 in Boston, MA.
This training program will arm participants with skills to assess and win work, improve pricing, communicate with client and peers, positively start projects, track and report project progress, timely bill and collect, complete changes while building relationships with clients and successfully manage all size projects.
Numerous real-life experiences and case studies are used to teach and bring to light the principles taught. Sessions are highly interactive with active learning occurring throughout the seminar.
This is a "must-attend" class to improve project financials management.
Registration closes April 20, 2017
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Building Design + Construction
Don't believe it? You’d better take a look at the research.
Today, an AEC firm's website is the single most common source of information about the firm for buyers.
Traditional sources of information like references have fallen out of favor, given the easy availability of information online. Now, buyers turn to your website, Google, and social media for answers. This is how they evaluate firms — and if you don't pass muster, you're going to lose ground to the competition.
Even a referral doesn't always translate into new business. When a buyer receives a referral, they'll do their due diligence online. And about 52% of the time, they'll rule out the firm they were referred to before even speaking with them. Why? Because of the firm'a poor marketing and branding.
It's clear, then, that your website is critical. So how do you know if your website needs attention, and how do you bring it up to speed so you can help your firm grow?
Business 2 Community
Over the last several years, the war for talent—especially in the A/E/C industry — has been escalating. And now, winning the battle for the best and brightest talent in a competitive marketplace necessitates new approaches to recruitment and talent acquisition.
For years, marketing and human resources (HR) have coexisted in a friendly, but somewhat detached, relationship. Marketing has been focused on helping position their firms for new business, while HR has been focused on attracting and engaging employees. And truthfully, there's not been much of reason for the two groups to really collaborate. But as firms look to gain a competitive advantage in the recruitment arena, an alignment of these two functions is becoming essential to winning the talent war.
One way is to enlist your employees as social brand advocates.
So how exactly can A/E/C firms bridge the gap between marketing and HR? Read the article and see 5 examples.
Mark your calendar for these outstanding GBA get-togethers, and be on the lookout for announcements about others being finalized.
Future GBA Conferences
October 19-21, 2017
GBA Fall Conference
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort
January 26-28, 2018
GBA Winter Leadership Conference
April 5-7, 2018
GBA Spring (Annual) Conference
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
Future Events Supported by GBA
AEG 2017 Annual Meeting — September 10-16, 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO
Future Training for GBA Member-Firms
Leading Change to Improve Profitability — June 21, 2017
Creating a Profitable Culture Through Accountable Learning — September 13, 2017
Developing Superstar Project Managers — December 13, 2017
Project Financials Management — April 28, 2017 in Boston, MA
Project Financials Management — November 2017 in San Francisco, CA
GBA EVENTS CALENDAR
an or should a client that alleges negligence against its design professional use its contract's indemnity provision to sue for its alleged damages, and — by the way — just when does the statute of limitations begin to toll on a multiphasic consultant agreement? Both these questions were answered unequivocally in Hensel Phelps Construction v. Cooper Carry, Inc., 2016 WL 5415621 (U. S. District Ct., District of Columbia, 2016). The case began when Hensel Phelps, the constructor-in-charge, won a contract for a Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. In preparing its proposal, Hansel Phelps relied on the "preliminary design documents" prepared by an engineering firm engaged by the project owner. After Hensel Phelps got the award, however, the engineering firm contracted with the constructor to provide the balance of the design services. The constructor went on to claim that those services were flawed, requiring the constructor to make costly corrections to comply with code requirements. When the constructor filed suit to collect its damages, based upon the contract’s indemnity provision. The engineering firm responded by filing a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the three-year statute of limitations for breach of contract had lapsed and that the contract’s indemnity provision could be used only if damages resulted from third-party claims.
To learn what's important to employees, two companies — Justworks and SquareFoot — interviewed 314 U.S. small-business employees and 47 small-business owners. Their results were surprising: Employees said flexible work hours and remote capabilities were more important even than unlimited paid time off. Seventy percent of employees surveyed ranked flexible work hours as very important; 68% believe flexible hours have a positive impact on their teams. Similarly, 57% believe remote capabilities are very important, while 60 percent believe they have a positive impact on their teams. In fact, when ranking work benefits and perks against salary, 42% of the employees said they would take a lower-paying job if it offered more workplace flexibility. The ability for employees to shape their own work schedule and workplace factors are becoming growing considerations during the job-search process; 76% of the surveyed employers believe that allowing employees to work flexible hours or outside the office are must-have perks if they are to win the talent competition.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
When the ground shakes, there are usually consequences — and very often deadly. About 10,000 people die every year during and in the immediate aftermath of earthquakes. But so far, scientists have not had much luck finding ways to accurately predict earthquakes.
In 2007, the I-35 bridge carrying traffic over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed during evening rush hour. Thirteen people were killed and another 145 were injured. Built in 1967, the bridge had a life expectancy of about 50 years. Rebuilt, it includes new technology that promises to prevent such unforeseen disasters in the future.
Every so often, an ambitious project emerges that seems to electrify public sentiment about the renewable energy industry, giving hope that sustainable technologies will one day be the rule rather than the exception. Elon Musk, for example, founder of electric car manufacturer Tesla, has been advancing what amounts to a huge solar initiative on multiple fronts.
The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016 while spending less on clean energy development, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Global renewable energy capacity, not including large-scale hydropower, increased by 9 percent in 2016 as spending on clean energy sources such as wind and solar decreased by 23 percent from the year before, according to the report.
Potentially explosive methane gas may be lurking in groundwater, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Guelph in Ontario. The new research shows that the methane gas is leaking from energy wells and may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk.
Safety + Health
The Mine Safety and Health Administration needs to provide better oversight of coal mine operators' emergency response plans, according to a recent audit conducted by the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General. Underground coal mine operators are required to develop ERPs as part of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act, which was signed into law in 2006.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials recently made legions of metro Atlantans happy when they announced that reconstruction of the destroyed Interstate 85 overpass would wrap by June 15. Demolition of the damaged sections has been proceeding around the clock, in hopes the destruction phase will be finished within a week. Plans call for construction of the new bridge to proceed 24/7 until it's complete.
A federal court won't decide the legality of OSHA's electronic record-keeping rule until after the July 1 deadline for employers to comply with the rule, according to an April 3 judge's order. The rule also restricts safety incentive and drug testing programs that could encourage workers not to report on-the-job injuries and illnesses.
| || 2017-2018 GBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS|
Charles L. Head, P.E., P.G.
(Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. / Concord, NH)
Woodward L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ACI, F.ASCE, F.ASTM
(Paradigm Consultants, Inc. / Houston, TX)
Kimberly F. Morrison, P.E., R.G.
(Morrison Geotechnical Solutions, Inc. / Denver, CO)
Saiid Behboodi, P.E., G.E.
(PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. / Portland, OR)
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)
Leo J. Titus, Jr. P.E.
(ECS, Ltd. / Chantilly, VA)
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