GBA BUSINESS BRIEF: The Future In-Focus: Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

The Emerging Issues and Trends (EIT) Committee held the latest of its widely acclaimed Crystal Ball Workshop (CBW) series in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 2 and 3, 2019 and their efforts have been published. The CBW confronted the exponential rate of technology-driven change in what has been termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Central to this revolution are the roles of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. EIT expects that these technologies will forever change the nature of how geoprofessionals will deliver their services.

The GBA-hosted CBW was co-sponsored by ASCE’s Geo-Institute, ACEC’s Geoprofessional Coalition, and ADSC (The International Association of Foundation Drilling).

We extend our appreciation to Bradley Melocik, PE, PH (DOWL) and Teresa Peterson. P.E., C.M.E., (Gannett Fleming, Inc.) for their efforts in leading the Crystal Ball Workshop and preparing the GBA Business Brief all the volunteers and staff who participated in planning the event. We also appreciate the thought leaders who contributed to the success of the Crystal Ball Workshop. They are:

Chris Bellusci, (Aspect Consulting, LLC)

Stephen Brockwell, MSc (Esri)

Allen Cadden, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (Schnabel Engineering, Inc.)

Benjamin Crawford, P.E., G.E. (Crawford & Associates, Inc.)

Kyle Davy, AIA (Kyle V. Davy Consulting)

John Doehring, CMC (J. Doehring & Co.)

Vic Donald, P.E. (Terracon)

Kurt Fraese, L.G., F.GBA (Fraese and Associates, LLC)

Jeffrey Gebhard (Braun Intertec Corporation)

Roy Kern, Jr. (Equipment Corporation of America)

Mark Kramer, P.E., F.GBA (SME)

Bryan Layman, P.E., P.P.S.S., A.O.S.E, LEED AP (ESC, Ltd.)

Nick Machairas, (New York University)

Jay Martin, P.E. (WOOD)

Bradley Melocik, P.E. P.H. (DOWL)

Mike Moore (ADSC – The International Association of Foundation Drilling)

Teresa Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O&M, ENV SP (Gannett Fleming, Inc.)

Laura Reinbold, P.E., F.GBA (Terracon)

Gerald Salontai, P.E., F.GBA (Salontai Consulting Group, LLC)

Marty Taube, P.E., P.G. (Menard Group USA)

Dan Thome, P.E. (Nicholson Construction Company)

Steven Thompson, P.E. (8260 Consulting Group, LLC)

Gordian Ulrich, Dipl.Ing. (Equipment Corporation of America)

Kord Wissmann, Ph, D, P.E., D.GE (Geopier Foundation Company)

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