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Vol. 48 No. 16
We have all seen the headlines and our attention on workplace harassment is elevated. GBA Member-Firms have a unique opportunity to promote proven business practices to educate our employees about workplace harassment.
GBA's Business Practices Committee has taken the opportunity to refresh and update a lunch and learn titled Workplace Harassment. Those taking the training will learn:
The process is simple. Download the Lunch & Learn instructions and PowerPoint. Review the contents and modify as you see fit for your firm.
- Each is personally responsible for their workplace behavior
- We all have a role in maintaining a harassment-free work environment
- We need to support an environment of respect and value of individuals
- Skills to set boundaries and confront harassment
GBA's Education Committee developed the Lunch & Learn seminar series to help GBA-Member Firms conduct high-quality, to-the-point seminars for members of staff and, possibly, others, including client representatives and colleagues. Each Lunch & Learn seminar outlines key points to be made, and includes note-taking forms participants can use to help reinforce key lessons learned, as well as a PowerPoint presentation. Each seminar uses GBA materials that members can obtain free of charge, in unlimited quantity. Many of these also are available to nonmembers, for a fee.
Download: Workplace Harassment — Lunch & Learn
GBA's Business Practice Committee has compiled information from several GBA Member Firms to develop a complete Ethics and Professional Conduct Training. The materials have been developed for GBA member firms so that they can perform comprehensive ethics training for all employees in small, manageable parts that will enhance discussion and retention. The four-part PowerPoint presentation and support information consist of the following:
This training is recommended to be facilitated by a Senior Leader within your firm, and can be performed in a lunchtime learning environment or in small group settings.
- Part 1 – Introduction to Ethics
- Part 2 – Codes of Ethics
- Part 3 – Ethical Decision-Making Guidelines
- Part 4 – Business Conduct
Download Ethics & Professional Conduct Training
Where Will You Focus in 2018?
Many of GBA's member-firms are in the process of planning and budgeting for next year. Which of the following areas of your business will need the MOST attention in 2018? (pick one):
Please answer poll HERE
- Recruiting New Employees
- Retention of Staff
- Business Development/Marketing
- Information Technologies
- Quality Assurance/Quality Control
- Loss Prevention
- Leadership Transition
A summary of results will be included in our next GBA NEWSlog.
Eustis Engineering will provide geotechnical design services for the highly anticipated Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project. The project is expected to get under way soon near Myrtle Grove in Plaquemines Parish. Engineering, geotechnical, surveying and other technical services will be included in the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's (CPRA's) $1.3 billion project.
From its advanced survey vessel, the Fugro Equator, skilled survey personnel from Fugro will use a state-of-the-art multibeam echosounder to conduct a bathymetric survey and a sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicle for close examination of the search area.
One of the most complete triceratops skeletons ever found was uncovered last summer by the watchful eye of Dan Wagner, engineering technician in Terracon's Denver office. While Dan was working on site, inspecting drilled piers, he noticed something out of the ordinary, grabbed a shovel, and discovered a bone. "Right away, the initial reaction was, 'Wow look at that; that really could be a dinosaur,'" said Dan.
Canadian Parking Association
Parking lots play a vital role in the success of the buildings they serve, serving as a de-facto lobby and delivering the initial impression of the property. A run-down parking lot creates an unattractive and unwelcoming image that makes the entire complex seem less appealing and inviting. Perhaps more importantly, a derelict lot can also pose potentially hazardous conditions for visitors and employees and their vehicles. Not only can this undermine a business by making its location less attractive to potential customers, but it can also lead to costly legal liability if visitors or employees suffer personal injury or damaged vehicles.
Determining the integrity of a material can be accomplished by intrusive or non-intrusive methods. Intrusive methods are more conventional, and include drilling, coring, or penetration via preinstalled conduits. These methods can include destructive testing (core samples) providing direct information about the condition of the structure under consideration, but may compromise the structural integrity once testing is completed.
Concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls have been widely used as architectural and structural elements in commercial and residential building for decades. Their strength, durability, fire resistance, sound transmission resistance and energy conservation qualities give them advantageous over other wall systems.
GZA, a multi-disciplinary firm providing environmental, geotechnical, ecological, water and construction management services, has announced that Senior Principal Gregg McBride has been appointed to the Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
What's the solution to keep loads off the existing underground storm water storage system? GeoStructures worked with Danis Construction Company to come up with a duel ground improvement system to control settlement and eliminate challenges of the nearby existing underground storm water storage system. READ MORE
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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
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
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Geoprofessionals know that construction sites are too often the scene of sexual harassment incidents. Here is how one organization in Canada is making it easier for these incidents to be reported.
Those geoprofessional firms who provide services for mining clients know what a rollercoaster the fortunes of this market sector can be. Here is a profile of the risks facing the mining industry in 2018.
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Communicating geoscience principles and findings with the public can be as challenging as the science itself. Here's fresh perspective and encouragement regarding our duty to communicate with the non-scientists all around us.
Last month, just over two years after Los Angeles passed a law requiring seismic retrofits of older, nonductile concrete buildings, the city's Dept. of Building and Safety began sending compliance orders to owners. The L.A. retrofit ordinance, which also includes requirements for weak first-story wood-framed buildings, was the first of its kind in the U.S.
A new NASA-led study shows that land in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, metropolitan area is sinking at highly uneven rates, with a few trouble spots subsiding 7 to 10 times faster than the area average. Whereas earlier estimates had suggested the area is subsiding evenly, the new study found that major differences in subsidence rates occur only a few miles apart.
Words of Wisdom
"Self-respect by definition is a confidence and pride in knowing that your behavior is both honorable and dignified. Respect yourself by respecting others."
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