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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

GBA CASE HISTORY NO. 103: If you own or operate nuclear densometer gauges, you must read this GBA Case History.

Phase 1 ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS 2007-2010: The study focuses on whether Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) reports were written in compliance with either the “All Appropriate Inquiry” (AAI) or the ASTM International Standard E1527 – and to what extent compliance was met during 2007-2010, thus establishing a Standard of Care for Phase 1 ESAs.


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.

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 has developed, with support of member-firm volunteers, a Project Manager essential skills training course to support and augment training available by member-firms.

PRACTICE ALERT 05: TABOO WORDS: GBA reminds us regularly, words and phrases are critical to the success of geoprofessional consultants.  It is critically important that we are aware some words and phrases have troublesome meanings and can create costly problems.

GBA GUIDE TO THE IN-HOUSE REVIEW OF GEOPROFESSIONAL REPORTS: The publication provides step-by-step instructions – as well as overarching concepts – for report writers and reviewers, with a focus on a report’s ability to satisfy the contractual obligations it was intended to fulfill; the quality of its technical and risk-management content; and the clarity of presentation.

GBA BUSINESS BRIEF: FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017: For more than 15 years, GBA has been collecting key financial metrics from member-firms so our members can measure their success and improve business performance and optimize efficiency.  (This Business Brief has been updated with 2017-2018 Business Brief)

GBA CASE HISTORY # 16: The Member Firm’s client decided that it was not necessary for the firm to observe construction. Problems occurred because the firm’s recommendations were misinterpreted.

GBA CASE HISTORY # 35: A civil engineer failed to follow a geotechnical engineer’s recommendation in order to save several hundred dollars. The geotechnical engineer took appropriate defensive measures as a result of the corner-cutting, and thus did not have to contribute to the $125,000 cost overrun that ultimately had to be paid by the civil engineer.

GBA BUSINESS BRIEF: FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 FINANCIAL-PERFORMANCE-SURVEY: For more than 15 years, GBA has been collecting key financial metrics from member-firms so our members can measure their success and improve business performance and optimize efficiency.