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Vol. 48 No. 15
This week we have the opportunity to rest and spend time with our families and friends while we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. It is also an opportunity to reflect and give thanks.
This year I am especially thankful for the support that I regularly receive from so many. I am thankful for the support of our member-firms who contribute their resources so generously to GBA. I am thankful for all the people that volunteer their time and talent to GBA, especially those that have accepted leadership roles. I am thankful for the GBA staff, they are a dedicated and passionate team. I am thankful for our diverse support team of consultants, vendors, and suppliers that fill in the gaps when we need them.
GBA has a rich history of helping our members achieve success and GBA's future is bright. With the support of so many, we will continue to confront risk and optimize business performance by delivering unique professional resources, programs, and services that make our members stronger, smarter and more successful.
Please take time this week to relax, recharge, and have fun. Most importantly, be safe in all that you do.
Joel G. Carson, Executive Director
In observance of Thanksgiving, GBA's offices will be closed on November 23rd and 24th and will return on Monday, November 27th. We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
As we start planning for the kick-off of GBA's 50th anniversary in May 2019, we are dusting off files, opening storage boxes, and reviewing our archives. One of the most interesting finds are the boxes of historic NEWSLOGs (currently titled NEWSlog). This discovery prompted us to see what was happening 20-years ago in our association.
NEWSLOG Volume 27, No. 3 from September/October 1997, included discussions on:
Many of the issues discussed in the 1997 issue of NEWSLOG were items on which GBA built a foundation. They are also issues which still require our unified support so we can continue be the preferred source of business-educational resources, specifically risk management and business performance optimization, for geoprofessional firms.
- Fiduciary Liability Claims,
- ASTM Standards,
- Contract Guides,
- El Nino Impacts,
- PECG Initiative in California, and
- Writing Right.
Throughout our almost 50-years, GBA has helped its members and their clients confront risk and optimize business performance by delivering unique professional resources, programs, and services that make them stronger, smarter and more successful.
READ MORE — to access NEWSLOG from September/October 1997
The next GBA TED Talk group will be discussing How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek. Together we will learn, share, and grow. Please join us!
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.
DEADLINE — December 1, 2017
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.
NEWSlog Readers Poll Results:
EXTERNAL? or INTERNAL? — Project Manager Training Approaches
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 a range of training and professional development measures for project managers.
Our recent GBA NEWSlog Readers Poll indicates more frequently, our members are seeking input from external resources to develop and train PMs. Most frequently used are on-line training and GBA publications and reference material.
Three GBA resources commonly used by our Members include:
Fundamental Elements for Project Managers — 11 Module Project Manager Course
Effective Project Managers are key to the success of all geoprofessional businesses. GBA recognizes development of highly effective Project Managers requires training, experience, and mentorship in numerous areas. GBA has developed, with support of member-firm volunteers, a Project Manager essential skills training course to support and augment training available by member-firms.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS, PROGRAM — 12-Part Audio Series on MP3 Format
Part of GBA's outstanding audio-education designed for one-on-one listening by project managers, and/or as material to spur discussion during brownbag seminars or other informal training sessions
eBROWNBAG — 10 part Audio/Video Presentation
eBrownbag is THE training tool for managerial, professional, technical, field, and clerical personnel of technical professional organizations: engineering firms of all kinds, environmental firms, architectural firms, other technical consulting firms, industrial organizations, and government entities.
The Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) applied for, and received, a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Partnering with SME, a consulting-engineering firm with experience in Brownfields Assessments, five properties throughout the county have been assessed.
NTH is an employee-owned firm through its Employees Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) which means that all staff are employee-owners. We hire people who want to take stock in the company, go the extra mile to do a good job, and maximize creativity as trusted advisors to our clients. We are owners of our firm, in control of our destiny, and committed to investing in ourselves and the tools that will bring future success.
ATC Group Services
On June 1, 2001, the Massachusetts Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) required the annual inspection of certain aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) in Massachusetts, specifically ASTs containing greater than 10,000 gallons of liquid "other than water," pursuant to 502 CMR 5.06.
SNC-Lavalin is pleased to confirm the successful completion of its 100-day integration plan following the acquisition of Atkins. The integration plan has identified the cost synergies, business development and revenue synergy opportunities, for delivery partially in 2017 and mainly in 2018.
What brought me to Riverview Park this past cold Sunday afternoon was a worm pile. Tim Nuttle had shown me the video one night last week at the Monterey Pub, our local on the North Side. I was eating my shepherd's pie when Mr. Nuttle introduced himself as a wildlife biologist and, before long, pulled up this most unappetizing video on his phone.
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
If there is no difference between your firm and the competition, then your customers should choose the low cost provider. A key to staying ahead of such commoditization is to find your firm's differentiators and exploit them for advantages. Here are some tips on how to do so.
Engineers and scientists approach their work in some fundamentally different ways. What is being taught to aspiring students about the differences between the scientific method and the engineering design process? Here is a simple explanation of the two approaches that is useful for students of all ages. Viva la difference!
Breaking new ground with an enterprise takes courage and an entrepreneurial spirit that sometimes can get lost in the routines of daily selling. Here are some ideas from Sir Richard Branson on the 5 skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur.
Traditional construction methods are being challenged and evolving with the onset of "smart" building technologies. Geoprofessionals should keep up with the opportunities and the risks involved with these innovations. Here is some insight on the topic.
Are you using drones on your projects? Are clients and contractors deploying this areal technology during construction? Find out here how drones are transforming how we build things.
Coastal communities count on beaches for recreation and for protection from large waves, but beaches are vulnerable to threats such as erosion by storms and flooding. Whether beaches grow, shrink or even disappear depends in part on what happens just offshore. How do features like shifting sandbars affect waves, currents and the movement of sand from the beach to offshore and back?
Los Angeles Times
So much for the storm of the century. A new study suggests that massive hurricanes like Harvey are expected to strike Houston and Texas with much greater frequency in the future than they do now. Why? Blame our changing climate. According to a study published in PNAS, the odds of Harvey-like rains drenching the city of Houston will grow from 1 in 2,000 at the beginning of the 21st century to 1 in 100 at the end of the century.
Washington State University researchers say landslides on logged forests will be more widespread as the Northwest climate changes. In a study modelled on clear-cut lands on the Olympic Peninsula, they anticipate the climate of 2045 and conclude that there will be a 7 to 11 percent increase in the land that is highly vulnerable to landslides.
With an array of palm-size devices strapped across her chest and connected wirelessly to her smartphone, Gail Merritt discovered the air in the South Loop might be a lot dirtier than expected. Merritt and her group of volunteer pollution hunters had assumed the low-cost sensors they carried during daily walks would confirm their fast-growing neighborhood had relatively decent air quality.
The White House and members of Congress have begun crafting President Trump's long-awaited infrastructure package, according to a top House Republican. The Trump administration has been trading paper with lawmakers in recent days about ideas for the rebuilding effort, though the process is still in the early stages, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) told The Hill.
Colorado drivers may be the first to escape traffic thanks to a new partnership between state officials and a Los Angeles-based hyperloop tech company. Arrivo founder Brogan BamBrogan joined Colorado transportation officials in Denver to announce a partnership to create a network of roadside tubes at the congested heart of the city that promises to whisk drivers and their cars to their destinations at speeds of up to 200 mph.
A trio of researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a new tool to map sea level rise for major cities depending on which parts of the Earth's ice sheets melt and by how much. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, researchers describe the tool and the ways it can be used.
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