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GBA provides hundreds of highly effective resources developed to satisfy the unique needs of geoprofessionals, giving members essential tools for achieving success. However, we also know that it can be overwhelming to sort through them all. So to help, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 GBA resources by numbers ordered over the last six months. This is a great place to start your exploration of GBA’s resources, or to get acquainted with a publication loved by your peers and “new to you”.

The list below is the top 10 GBA resources, in order by popularity, with the most ordered resource at the top. Topics cover a wide range of geoprofessional business issues, so there is certain to be something on this list that could help your business succeed. Select a title to learn more and order it today.

Top 10 GBA Resources

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GEOTECHNICAL -ENGINERING REPORT: This report transmittal cover sheet identifies limitations in geotechnical engineering reports and stresses the need for the geotechnical engineer’s involvement throughout the course of the project.

GBA BEST PRACTICES: E-COMMUNICATION: This GBA Best Practices replaces Practice Alert 46 which focused on e-communications. It is revised to address recent usage and offers more suggestions to the problems. As its title suggests, covers e-mail, instant messaging texting, and the use of Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and so on. It is organized as a series of five problems, each accompanied by suggested solutions.

GBA BUSINESS BRIEF: FISCAL YEAR 2018-2019 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE – SURVEY REPORT: The newest GBA Business Brief, comprises the GBA Business Practices Committee’s 2018-2019 Financial-Performance Survey report, covering key financial-performance issues surveyed firms reported.

GUIDE TO ACHIEVING QUALITY IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (edition 4): This booklet is designed to help all firms help themselves, by presenting more than 150 best management practices addressed in terms of the nine core management components (CMCs) all firms deal with.

NATIONAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE FOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER OF RECORD: The Geotechnical Business Council of GBA has updated the guide to help identify the roles and responsibilities of the geotechnical engineer of record, client, and owner involved with the geotechnical-engineering aspects of a conventional design/bid/build construction project.

GBA BEST PRACTICES: DO’s and DON’Ts for FACTS WITNESSES: Geoprofessionals are often called to act as fact witnesses during lawsuits. This document provides considerations for geoprofessionals called upon to testify as a fact witness.

PRACTICE AERT 05: TABOO WORDS: This Practice Alert focuses on six “taboo words”: certify, inspect, monitor, supervise, safety, and represent. The six are not necessarily dangerous in and of themselves.

FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS: Effective Project Managers are key to the success of all geoprofessional businesses. GBA recognizes development of highly effective Project Managers requires training, experience, and mentorship in numerous areas.

GBA PROPOSED BEST PRACTICES FOR ENGINEER OF RECORD (EOR) FOR TAILING DAM: In January 2017, GBA hosted over 50 industry leaders, including subject matter experts, regulators, owners, and practitioners for a Tailings EoR Workshop in Denver, Colorado. This document was prepared with input from the workshop and additional contributions by several dam associations.

PRACTICE ALERT 11: RETAINING FIELD PERSONNEL: Retaining field personnel has become an increasingly important concern for GBA-Member Firms that experience seasonal slowdowns, most commonly during winter months. This document gives insight to how to retain the field personnel on seasonal slowdowns.

Top 10 Case Histories

GBA CASE HISTORY # 103: If you own or operate nuclear densometer gauges, you must read this GBA Case History. After three destroyed gauges and numerous other violations, a Member-Firm was facing civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation and revocation of their license to own and/or operate nuclear gauges.

CASE HISTORY # 54: A Member Firm had to spend well over one million uninsured dollars to extricate itself from a stadium rebuilding project. Problems arose when its original recommendations were not followed.

CASE HISTORY # 105: An experienced project manager assigned an experienced field representative to be on site full time to observe construction of the building pad and MSE wall. Confident in the field representative’s abilities, the project manager confined his involvement to occasional site visits and preparation of written progress reports.

CASE HISTORY # 106: The GBA-Member Firm was retained to conduct a Phase I ESA on a 1000-acre tract of undeveloped land prior to the property sale. To save money, the client did not want the title information to be purchased from a third-party.

CASE HISTORY # 65: Knowing that its proposal was accepted as submitted, a Member Firm did not examine the contract it received from its client, a municipality. There, in the “boilerplate,” was a reference to a construction specification that greatly expanded the Member Firm’s responsibility.

CASE HISTORY # 55: The GBA member, an environmental consultant, performed quickly, at the client’s request, to facilitate a sale. As predicted, more contamination was discovered, but the client claimed the consultant had failed to perform the work it said it would.

CASE HISTORY # 64: The GBA-Member Firm’s civil-engineer client erred when transferring information from the member’s report to a set of plans. Serious problems resulted and the geotechnical engineer took strong proactive measures to resolve issues.

CASE HISTORY # 63: A GBA member assigned an inexperienced field representative to observe a grouting project. The field representative began giving directions to the contractor, who was unfamiliar with local regulations and had staked out the project incorrectly.

CASE HISTORY # 52: The Member Firm was accused of an error it did not make, but its survey crew inadvertently said the firm was at fault. The survey crew chief’s remark, overheard by others, resulted in the firm having to pay a $65,000 award.

CASE HISTORY # 53: A GBA member performing bridge design ran afoul of changed conditions in a small area, causing failure of post-tensioning anchors.