New Podcast Episode: Case History #105 – Friends Don’t Sue Friends….Most of the Time

GBA Emerging Leaders Class

GBA has published over 100 case histories based on real-life events that have happened to geoprofessional firms. GBA Case Histories are unique because our members share real-life stories of problems that impacted their businesses. They also include the outcomes of corrective action, and lessons learned.

This episode in the series explores Case History #105 where a GBA member-Firm was hired to perform a geotechnical engineering study of the project site and provide a written report describing its subsurface conditions. This same firm provided construction materials engineering and testing (CoMET) during site development and construction of a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall. Failed communication between the field representative, member firm’s project manager and the design team during construction of a MSE wall led to cracks in the building slab and in the wall blocks and ultimately a claim.

Podcast Guest: Dan Schaefer, P.E. (Froehling & Robertson, Inc.)
Dan has more than 30 years of experience specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction inspection and materials testing, and environmental consulting. In addition to his branch management duties, he continues to serve as a senior engineer on a wide variety of site development, building, and transportation projects with particular emphasis in foundation, retaining wall, pavement and slope design. Dan is actively involved with the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) and has been a member of the GBA CoMET Business Committee for more than 10 years, currently serving as that body’s Chair.

Podcast Host: Bryce Moore (Blackburn Consulting)
Bryce Moore is the Director of Construction Services. Founded in 1998, Blackburn Consulting provides geotechnical, geo-environmental, construction and forensic services from offices in Auburn, Fresno and West Sacramento, California. We specialize in geotechnical design/construction evaluation and provide recommendations for transportation projects, levees and dams, water and wastewater, structures, parks and recreation and geologic hazards.

Listen to Podcast: New Podcast – Case History #105