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Vol. 48 No. 14
GBA has been documenting the Standard of Care for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) since 1987. While the process has evolved, the purpose of these studies overall remains the same, to document a "national standard of care" for Phase I ESAs, a useful tool for managing the risks associated with environmental conditions on or near a property where a project is taking place.
In June, the State of the Practice study was released. The study, performed by GBA's Environmental Business Council (EBC), includes the review of 197 reports from 2007-2010, gathered from all over the country from various sources such as corporate archives, GBA member firms, and other consultants.
The EBC thanks all those who participated in this study and those that compiled the data to prepare this valuable report. This is another example of GBA helping our members to manage business risk by collaborating on common issues. GBA helps members to be smarter, stronger and more successful in business.
MEMBERS DOWNLOAD HERE: ESA STANDARD OF CARE REPORT
On a recent Friday afternoon, nine geoprofessionals representing seven consulting firms joined in a teleconference to discuss leadership. The meeting was the first of a pilot program to promote growth and collaboration of GBA Members using TED Talks.
Employees of: Anderson Engineering; Fraese and Associates; Haley & Aldrich; Kleinfelder; Reed Engineers; Terracon; and Universal Engineers watched "Leading with Greatness" and discussed its contents during a facilitated book club format.
Those participating noted that there are often talent gaps for the highest positions in geoprofessional consulting firms. They agreed that our world is dynamic and that we cannot rely on historic means to identify and groom future leaders. The group also agreed that growing as leaders, requires we need to surround ourselves with diverse thinkers, look for trends that will impact our businesses, and to be courageous to abandon the past. "We had a powerful discussion on leadership development." said Joel Carson, GBA's Executive Director. "This is another example of GBA leaders collaborating on a common issue to make us all smarter and stronger."
The next GBA TED Talk group will be discussing How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek. Together we will learn, share, and grow.
Friday: December 1, 2017
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
How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo.
"Optimizing Performance for Our Firms and Our Clients by Leading from the Heart"
2018 Spring Conference — April 5-7, 2018
Westin Chicago River North Hotel — Chicago, IL
GBA IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD SPEAKERS!
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 Chicago, IL. There, 150+ senior leaders of GBA member-firms geoprofessional firms will gather to network, share best practices, and improve their business performance and elevate their industry.
The Conference Theme:
Optimizing Performance for Our Firms and Our Clients by Leading from the Heart
As GBA convenes in Chicago, IL for our 2018 Spring Conference, we will focus on helping those in attendance to recognize that exceptional leadership requires that we lead from our hearts.
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.
Our Conference will include presentations on subjects that will help our members to embrace a heart-centered approach to business and recognize true power means listening to and from the heart and having a commitment to humility.
ACCESS CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FORM
GBA has teamed up with Champion System to create top of the line team athletic wear which is now available to all GBA members! You can order from a catalog of biking and running apparel (ie shorts, tights, singlets, jerseys, vests, and jackets) for winter or summer sporting events.
Order now by contacting Sara Menase in the GBA Office. She will send you images of the apparel options and a price sheet. We will be submitting a GBA group order on December 1, 2017.
BONUS: When you order your GBA Team Gear, you will be given a coupon to support your next walk/run/bike registration fee.
HOW DO YOU TRAIN PROJECT MANAGERS?|
GBA Members agree, having skilled project managers (PMs) assigned to your firm's projects has a direct impact on client relationships, profitability and loss prevention. Member firms engage in a range of training and professional development measures for project managers.
Please answer poll HERE
A summary of results will be included in our next GBA NEWSlog.
GeoConcepts Engineering, Inc. (GeoConcepts) is proud to join Terracon, an employee-owned consulting engineering firm currently ranking 30th on Engineering News-Record's list of Top 500 Design Firms. By aligning our capabilities with the support of Terracon's powerful presence, we offer our clients and the community a greater depth of resources. Terracon is a dynamic and growing firm with a 50-year track record of delivering success for employees, clients and communities nationwide through a network of more than 140 local offices.
ATC via YouTube
ATC entered the Industrial Hygiene Market in 1984 with our first Asbestos Abatement project in Miami, Florida. Learn more about ATC's history in the company's 35 Year Anniversary Video.
Killeen Daily Herald
The Killeen Independent School District is making plans to fund future development projects. Member firms Langerman Foster Engineering Company and Kleinfelder have been recommended to provide engineering services for two different projects.
Global design firm Stantec is bolstering its growing environmental service presence and capabilities across northern California by acquiring Redding, California-based North State Resources Inc. (NSR). Founded in 1986, NSR is a 60-person environmental consulting firm with additional offices in Sacramento and Chico, California. The transaction closed on Friday, Oct. 27. READ MORE
Please send us your MEMBER NEWS for inclusion in a future GBA NEWSlog.
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
Future Training for GBA Member-Firms
Developing Superstar Project Managers — November 29, 2017
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
The client relationship is central to assuring future opportunities and revenues for our geoprofessional firms. Even the best long standing client relationships can be lost if significant mistakes are made or the services provided do not measure up to expectations. When a client is "lost," what steps should you consider to "win" them back? Here are some ideas worth considering.
Michigan Technological University
No matter how smart you are, your insights and ideas may mean nothing unless they can be effectively communicated to others, particularly in writing to those outside the "nerdy" scientific and engineering fields as highlighted in this two-part blog.
Part 1 READ MORE
Frontiers in Psychology
Advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions is a critical success factor for geoprofessional enterprises. The results of research into what challenges such advancement extends beyond a traditional hieracle management view as presented in this article.
What happens during construction is a primary focal point of risk management for our member firms. Here's a brief summary of a recent publication that provides valuable insight into the perspectives of building owners, general contractors (GCs) and trade contractors on risk management.
U.S. News & World Report
Even the most driven workers may suffer from periods of low capacity and motivation. How can you get back your motivation edge and sustain it? This article offers some great tips.
Over the past two months, the U.S. and its territories have been inundated with what might seem like a never-ending string of natural disasters. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Nate and Maria caused hundreds of billions in damage, with Morgan Stanley reporting that it expects insurance industry claims of approximately $100 billion for this year's storm season.
The American opioid crisis was declared a national public health emergency recently, but the U.S. construction industry does not seem ready to take action regarding its own significant role in the deadly epidemic. The trillion-dollar industry has been hit harder than almost any other sector of the economy in a health crisis that takes nearly 100 American lives each day.
A rain hovering over its tracks and zipping up and down the East Coast at speeds exceeding 300 miles an hour — turning hours-long trips into mere minutes — might sound like an overly ambitious, futuristic venture. But developers believe now might be the right time for a technology that America has flirted with for decades to actually take shape.
The Seattle Times
The Highway 99 tunnel construction project moved into a new direction last week. Northbound. The upper, southbound deck is almost finished, which clears enough room beneath for assembly to begin for the lower deck that will carry traffic north from Sodo to South Lake Union.
Between 1980 and 2014, more than 850,000 people were killed by earthquakes and their fallout. These disasters are estimated to have cost the global economy more than $750 billion. By studying what happens when an earthquake hits a city, we have learned valuable lessons that are enabling engineers to design safer and more resilient buildings for the future.
"Technology does not run an enterprise, relationships do."
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