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10.22.13 Industry Snapshot Shows Steady Financial Improvement for Geoprofessional Firms, But Less Optimism...
Slightly better financial performance over the past six months has been reported by firms that comprise the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA). The “GBA Industry Snapshot” survey report, prepared by the GBA...
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10.12.13 GBA President Fraese Sees Bright Future Ahead for Geoprofessionals
“As has always been a hallmark of this organization, we are responding to the future, not the past, so that – when the future arrives – we’ll all be there to greet it. We intend to be a continuing, long-term asset of service to you by staying...
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10.07.13 DR. ENGLISH: Ellipsis
An ellipsis is a series of three or four periods used to indicate that a writer has omitted something from a quotation. When do you use three periods and when do you use four? Glad you asked!...
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09.30.13 DR. ENGLISH: Observation
We get letters, thank goodness! Like this one: “I have a question about the use of ‘observation’ versus ‘observations.’ To me it makes sense to be singular when used as an adjective, as in ‘observation protocol,’ but it...
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09.23.13 U.S. Infrastructure Improves, ASCE Says; up from D to D+
The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE's) 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure gave the nation's infrastructure an overall grade of D+, up a tick from the D it received in 2009. It's the first time since 1998 - when ASCE started...
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09.19.13 DOCTOR ENGLISH: Worthless Words
Remember the old days when you had to submit a paper that contained at least 1,500 words, so you did everything you possibly could to add words when your count came up short? All the words you added were worthless, of course...
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09.16.13 Project Owners and Design Teams Can Tame “Wild” but Needless Risks, New Publications Explain
Geoprofessional issues are the principal source of construction-industry claims, says John Bachner, executive vice president of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), "and many of those claims - probably most - are avoidable...
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09.12.13 YOU'VE JUST GOT TO BE KIDDING: Disappearing Bridges
"What the...?" is probably how most residents of a small village in the Gölçük district of Turkey's Kocaeli's province began a brief, interrogative sentence indicating confusion when, on the morning of March 11, 2013, they noted the...
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09.09.13 Philanthropists Donate a Quarter-Billion for Engineering
With public funding of engineering education drying up, universities have had to reach out to wealthy alumni for support. And my how alumni have responded, says The Chronicle of Philanthropy! Consider the following top-ten private gifts, not...
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08.29.13 Dr. English: Something Is Not Rotten
This brief Q&A may be instructive. A GBA member wrote, "I had a former boss who would say if you do not have one you cannot have more than one; e.g., 'No sign of rot was observed.' instead of 'No signs of rot were observed.' An opinion?"
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