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GBA is a volunteer organization. Almost all the resources we produce for our members, our contributions to the geoprofessional community, and our conferences are mostly driven by volunteer leaders. Each Spring, during our conference we recognize those that have contributed to GBA in a significant wa...

May 4, 2021

The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) recently provided testimony to the International Code Council (ICC) to support a proposed change to the 2024 edition of the International Plumbing Code (IPC). The proposed code revisions would change how sanitary sewers are designed and constructed in a...

May 3, 2021

Thomas W. “Tom” Blackburn, P.E., G.E., F. ASCE, F. ACEC (Blackburn Consulting) is the new President of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), a not-for-profit association of geoprofessional firms. Mr. Blackburn took office during ceremonies at GBA’s annual meeting held virtually o...

May 3, 2021

Manage Risk and Improve Loss Prevention GBA is partnering with the California Geotechnical Engineering Association to deliver a two-part interactive web-based workshop series focused on managing risk and improving loss prevention through thoughtful terms and conditions in geoprofessional contracts. ...

Apr 29, 2021

GBA Resource Collaboration Committee This Best Practices document identifies words that should be considered “taboo” in professional practice. They are: • certify • defend • determine • inspect • monitor • represent • safety • supervise The six are not necessarily dangerous in an...

Apr 21, 2021

Business Practices Committee A Member-Firm with multiple offices became the victim of foreign hacking enterprise. When an employee of the firm opened an email from an unsuspected contact, and clicked on a link, the hackers reached the Firm’s management systems. Once they got access to the systems,...

Apr 5, 2021

Resource Collaboration Committee “Slipshod synonyms” (a.k.a. careless, sloppy, botched, faulty, inaccurate synonyms) are words that are used incorrectly in written and oral communication, from the belief they mean something that other words mean. One of the most common of these shows up only in ...

Apr 5, 2021

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 correcti...

Mar 23, 2021

Geotechnical Business Committee Bridge the Gap presents the recommendations developed by a Special Task Force formed by GBA to address the gap between the responsibilities of the geotechnical engineer of record (GER) and the geotechnical-specialty constructor (GSC). This document discusses the reaso...

Mar 17, 2021

Abundant Opportunities Provide Career of Growth When I was three years old, whenever I went outside I would grab handfuls of dirt and eat it. My mother told my doctor about this odd habit, and the doctor told her not to worry about; it was not harmful. “You are what you eat”; I ate soil as a to...

Mar 16, 2021

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 correcti...

Mar 9, 2021

Conference Program Committee Are you a dynamic and engaging speaker with valuable content to share with industry leaders that can help improve their businesses and elevate the profession? Are you an experienced professional and an outstanding leader? If you answered yes to any of the above then, the...

Mar 4, 2021

Emerging Leaders Class 4 Case Histories have been written and read for more than 30 years. Now, they are available as podcasts so you can download, listen, and learn from anywhere. Follow along as our narrator shares the highlights, engages with subject matter experts, and delivers the lessons learn...

Feb 23, 2021

Mark Kramer, P.E., F. GBA, (SME) You can say I grew up with GBA (formerly ASFE). My father attended early ASFE meetings and I was fortunate to attend many meetings growing up. I still remember skiing at Keystone while attending an early ASFE meeting in the late 70’s. I enjoyed the resorts and I r...

Feb 9, 2021

Resource Collaboration Committee GBA just published a Best Practices document titled Avoiding Absolutes. This is an update from a Practice Alert of the same name that was published  many years ago to help our members improve technical writing and verbal communication skills in managing their risks....

Feb 9, 2021

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