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Welcome to the GBA Podcast, where we present information and expertise from geoprofessionals around the globe to provide you with wisdom and insight to help in your pursuit of knowledge.
 
GBA was founded over 50 years ago to serve geotechnical, environmental, and other geoprofessionals by giving them proven tools to achieve business success by confronting risk and optimizing performance.

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Welcome to the GBA Podcast, where we present information and expertise from geoprofessionals around the globe to provide you with wisdom and insight to help in your pursuit of knowledge.
 
GBA was founded over 50 years ago to serve geotechnical, environmental, and other geoprofessionals by giving them proven tools to achieve business success by confronting risk and optimizing performance.

    #2 - GBA Audio Education - The Duty of Care

    #2 - GBA Audio Education - The Duty of Care

    GBA Audio Education Series – The Duty of Care

    Episode Summary:
    In Episode 2, Ryan and Tiffany take a closer look at what it means to be a professional and how that relates to the duty of care and standard of care at a job site. Centered around a GBA Audio Education module, this episode provides practical examples and commentary by Ryan and Tiffany on how they’ve seen these concepts play out in their experience as engineering professionals. Learn about these important legal terms in a fun and conversational way!


    Series Summary:
    Tiffany Vorhies and Ryan White recently uncovered a treasure trove of valuable content, GBA's outstanding audio-education series. In order to make this more accessible, they turned these into a podcast series. This series was originally available as downloadable audio files, designed for one-on-one listening by field representatives, or as material to spur discussion during brownbag seminars or other informal training sessions. Like other GBA audio education programs, Fundamentals of Field Representation uses dramatization to make its points. The roles are played by professional actors, supplemented by sound effects. In each episode, Tiffany and Ryan play the original audio and follow up with a discussion, including their own personal lessons learned from many years of experience in the industry as both field reps and technical leaders.


    Resources


    GBA Audio Education: Fundamentals of Field Representation - The Duty of Care


    Lunch & Learn: Risky Language


    GBA Best Practices: Avoiding Absolutes


    GBA Best Practices: Taboo Words


    Contract Reference Guide, Fourth Edition


    eBrownbag Webinar – Dirty Words click here to get a discount code for free access to the online streaming version of episodes 1-10


    What does walking steel mean?


    Guys eating lunch on a steel beam suspended in the air


    Model Daily Field Report for Geotechnical Field Observation


    Model Reporting Forms for Geoenvironmental Field Observation


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    This episode was produced by the following GBA Members:



    Tiffany Vorhies, NACE CIP-2 – Vice President/SME
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.
    Jennifer Sanborn, PE – Project Director/Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
    Elizabeth Brown, PE - Geotechnical Services Manger/Atlas Technical Consultants

    • 35 min
    #1 - GBA Audio Education - Field Representatives and the Law

    #1 - GBA Audio Education - Field Representatives and the Law

    GBA Audio Education Series – Field Representatives and the Law

    Episode Summary:
    In Episode 1, Ryan and Tiffany discuss the importance of field representatives knowing the seriousness and risks of the work they perform. This episode provides a real world example about a casual comment made while onsite about trench safety that turned into a legal case. Ryan and Tiffany talk about the relationship between contractors and field representatives and how these relationships can affect decisions made while on project sites. Tune in to hear more about how field representatives are not immune to the litigation that can occur on projects.


    Series Summary:
    Tiffany Vorhies and Ryan White recently uncovered a treasure trove of valuable content, GBA's outstanding audio-education series. In order to make this more accessible, they turned these into a podcast series. This series was originally available as downloadable audio files, designed for one-on-one listening by field representatives, or as material to spur discussion during brownbag seminars or other informal training sessions. Like other GBA audio education programs, Fundamentals of Field Representation uses dramatization to make its points. The roles are played by professional actors, supplemented by sound effects. In each episode, Tiffany and Ryan play the original audio and follow up with a discussion, including their own personal lessons learned from many years of experience in the industry as both field reps and technical leaders.


    GBA Resources


    GBA Audio Education: Fundamentals of Field Representation - Field Representives and the Law


    Lunch & Learn: Risky Language


    GBA Best Practices: Avoiding Absolutes


    GBA Best Practices: Taboo Words


    Contract Reference Guide, Fourth Edition


    eBrownbag Webinar – Dirty Words click here to get a discount code for free access to the online streaming version of episodes 1-10


    Model Daily Field Report for Geotechnical Field Observation


    Model Reporting Forms for Geoenvironmental Field Observation


    Subscribe



    Subscribe to the GBA Podcast https://www.gbapodcast.com/subscribe


    This episode was produced by the following GBA Members:



    Tiffany Vorhies, NACE CIP-2 – Vice President/SME
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.
    Jennifer Sanborn, PE – Project Director/Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
    Elizabeth Brown, PE - Geotechnical Services Manger/Atlas Technical Consultants

    • 33 min
    #3 - Diversity Equity Inclusion - Allies in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    #3 - Diversity Equity Inclusion - Allies in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    GBA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series – Episode #3 – Allies in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Summary


    In this episode of the DEI series, we will be discussing allies in diversity, equity, and inclusions. Allies can be essential to drive systemic improvements to workplace policies, practices, and culture. But what does it mean to be an ally? How can allies impact the recruitment process? What effect does allyship have on the retention of employees? And what can we do to create more allies?


    Our Guest


    Charlie Head, PE, PG Founding Principal / Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. [Link to Profile]


    Charlie is a co-founder of Sanborn Head. He serves as the Chair of the company’s board of directors and oversees the implementation of the firm’s strategic plan.


    Charlie actively steers initiatives related to the expansion of the firm’s services and markets. Charlie remains active in Sanborn Head’s professional practice, with particular emphasis on environmental assessment and remediation, including due diligence for clients globally. Charlie received his bachelor’s degree in geology from St. Lawrence University, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and a master’s degree in civil and groundwater engineering from Colorado State University.


    For Charlie, the real thrill of working at Sanborn Head is the creative problem solving and collaboration that fosters deep relationships—among staff and with clients. In his current role, Charlie enjoys focusing on the growth and sustainability of the company and helping to create opportunities for the next generation.


    Charlie is a Professional Engineer in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia; he is a Professional Geologist in New Hampshire.


    Topics for discussion include:



    What does it mean to be an ally?
    Addressing the “leaky pipeline”.
    How DEI can affect the recruitment process.
    The effect an ally can have on the retention of employees.
    Recruiting more allies.


    Lessons Learned:



    Understanding and evaluating our own biases.
    DEI initiatives should go hand in hand with the recruitment process.
    There’s no shame in making mistakes.


    Calls-to-action:



    GEOSTRATA: The Pipeline to Diversity and Inclusion in the Geoprofessions
    Visit the GBA Website at https://www.geoprofessional.org for other training resources and reference materials and/or to become a member.
    Visit https://www.gbapodcast.com for future Podcast Episodes
    Contact us at info@geoprofessional.org with any podcast-related questions or comments


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    This episode was produced by the following GBA Members:



    Veronica DeFreitas, PE (host) – Geotechnical Department Manager/Universal Engineering Sciences
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

    • 56 min
    #2 - Diversity Equity Inclusion - Understanding Your Workforce

    #2 - Diversity Equity Inclusion - Understanding Your Workforce

    GBA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series – Episode #2 – Understanding Your Workforce

    Summary


    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a term often used in the workplace, but its meaning is often not well understood. People often mistakenly think that, with the creation of a diverse workplace, inclusion will automatically follow. Yet, inclusion should exist in tandem; it’s the climate where diversity thrives.


    In this episode, we will be discussing the how other professions tackle diversity, equity, and inclusions within their organizations and the importance of understanding the needs of your workforce in relation to diversity and inclusion.


    Our Guest


    Cristina Bartolomei, Senior Program Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion / FDA [Link to Profile]


    Cristina Bartolomei is an accomplished strategist, speaker, and facilitator, with over a decade of experience in affirmative employment, EEO, and D&I. She attributes her passion for civil rights, social action, and equality to her upbringing in Puerto Rico, where she developed a lifelong passion for social activism. She has channeled this passion throughout her career. As a first-generation professional, she also believes in her role in making civil service accessible for all.


    In March 2021, Cristina joined the FDA as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Senior Program Manager, tasked with managing short and long-term FDA-wide DEI initiatives and advising senior management on the development, enhancement, and implementation of projects, practices, and procedures to maintain an inclusive and effective diversity management program. Prior to joining the FDA, she was a Senior Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Civil Rights, where she served as a key player in the development, implementation, and management of DEI programs and initiatives, which included the Inclusion is on US™ campaign and the First-Generation Professionals (FGP) Initiative – first-of-their-kind Federal initiatives promoting an organizational culture that respects, values, and engages all employees, regardless of their cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.


    Topics for discussion include:



    How to define Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    How to start formulation DEI initiative
    The importance of understanding your workforce
    Employee Satisfaction vs. Employee Engagement


    Calls-to-action:



    GEOSTRATA: The Pipeline to Diversity and Inclusion in the Geoprofessions
    Visit the GBA Website at https://www.geoprofessional.org for other training resources and reference materials and/or to become a member.
    Visit https://www.gbapodcast.com for future Podcast Episodes
    Contact us at info@geoprofessional.org with any podcast-related questions or comments


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    Subscribe to the GBA Podcast https://www.gbapodcast.com/subscribe


    This episode was produced by the following GBA Members:



    Veronica DeFreitas, PE (host) – Geotechnical Department Manager/Universal Engineering Sciences
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

    • 52 min
    #105 - Case History - Friends Don't Sue Friends….Most of the Time

    #105 - Case History - Friends Don't Sue Friends….Most of the Time

    GBA Case History Series – Case History #105 - Friends don't sue Friends….Most of the Time

    Summary


    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 fir 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.


    Our Guest


    Dan Schaefer – Vice President/Froehling & Robertson, Inc. (Link to Profile)


    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.


    Topics for discussion include:



    Case History 105 - Introductions - [1:20]
    Case History 105 - Overview - [1:58]
    Unfortunate events of Case History 105- [3:50]
    Did the client excluding the MSE wall testing services from your scope and fee raise any red flags? – [7:48]
    Several factors let to shrinkage cracks within the foundation slab– Why was the client & contractor initially unconcerned? - [12:16]
    Field technician – What could have been done differently during construction? – [15:00]
    If you were the project manager (PM) what would you have done differently? – [17:25]
    What are the pitfalls of residential projects? – [19:35]
    After litigation what did your firm do to prevent this from happening in the future? – [22:22]
    Could there have been better documentation by your firm, PM, or field tech? – [25:15]
    Discuss importance of PM and their tasks they should be performing- [26:20]
    What are some of the things your firm could do to reduce risk? - [28:30]
    After the lawsuit did your firm continue to work w/ client? – [29:45]


    Calls-to-action:



    Download Case History #105: https://www.geoprofessional.org/product/gba-case-history-no-105/
    Visit the following link to access all of GBA’s Case Histories: https://www.geoprofessional.org/gba-case-histories/
    An account is required to download the individual Case Histories, which are free for GBA Member Firms.
    Visit the GBA Website at https://www.geoprofessional.org for other training resources and reference materials and/or to become a member.
    Visit https://www.gbapodcast.com for future Podcast Episodes
    Contact us at info@geoprofessional.org with any podcast-related questions or comments


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    This episode was produced by the following GBA Members:



    Bryce Moore – Director Of Construction Services/Blackburn Consulting
    Shawn Leyva, PE – Associate Senior Engineer/Crawford & Associates
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

    • 32 min
    #86 - Case History - Dream Home or Nightmare instead?

    #86 - Case History - Dream Home or Nightmare instead?

    GBA Case History Series – Case History #86 - Dream Home or Nightmare instead?

    Summary


    GBA has published over 100 case histories based on real-life events that have happened to geoprofessional firms. This episode in the series explores Case History #86 where the GBA member firm conducted a geotechnical engineering study and performed COMET services during earthwork for a builder on a single family home in an area where expansive shales are interbedded with sandstone. The member firm advised for slope-stability analyses. Eight months after construction was complete, the foundation started to move, creating distress in the slab and some walls. Remediation attempts were unsuccessful and as a result the project went to litigation.


    Our Guest


    Carrie Foulk, PE, GE – Geotechnical Group Manager/Senior Geotechnical Engineer/BSK Associates (Link to Profile)


    Carrie Foulk is a senior geotechnical engineer at BSK Associates in Livermore, California. She has been in this business for about 20 years, and is the geotechnical technical lead for the company, as well as the geotechnical group manager in Livermore. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Washington (1996) and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from University of California at Berkeley (2002). She is professionally licensed as both a civil engineer and geotechnical engineer in California. She serves as chair of the Geotechnical Business Committee for the GBA and is currently part of the Emerging Leaders Committee. Her career highlights include taking 5 years off when her children were born to be a stay-at-home mom.


    Topics for discussion include:



    Case History 86 background. [1:42 min.]


    What is Shale? [1:56 min]
    What are pier foundation? [2:38 min]
    What are spread foundation? [2:54 min]

    The difference between pier foundations with a structural slab and spread foundation? [11:45 min]
    Benefits and drawbacks of a structural slab built on deep pier foundations [12:55 min]
    Imporatnce of soil removal and replacement (overexcavation). [14:40 min]
    Differential settlement and causes. [15:40 min]
    Standard of Care: Statewide vs. Local Standards. [20:04 min]


    Lessons Learned:



    Known risk of residential work. [21:25 min]
    Providing clients with multiple solutions - How to emphasize the importance of the foundation decision? [ 23:02 min]
    What went wrong with construction testing? [23:45 min]
    Why did the slope stability become such a big deal when it initially seemed like it was not? [25:25 min]
    Smaller projects do not equate to smaller risks. [26:40 min]


    Calls-to-action:



    Download Case History #86: https://www.geoprofessional.org/product/gba-case-history-no-86/
    Visit the following link to access all of GBA’s Case Histories: https://www.geoprofessional.org/gba-case-histories/
    An account is required to download the individual Case Histories, which are free for GBA Member Firms.
    Visit the GBA Website at https://www.geoprofessional.org for other training resources and reference materials and/or to become a member.
    Visit https://www.gbapodcast.com for future Podcast Episodes
    Contact us at info@geoprofessional.org with any podcast-related questions or comments


    Subscribe



    Subscribe to the GBA Podcast https://www.gbapodcast.com/subscribe


    This episode was produced by the following GBA Members:



    Tiffany Vorhies, NACE CIP-2 – Vice President/SME
    Carrie Foulk, PE, GE – Geotechnical Group Manager/Senior Geotechnical Engineer/BSK Associates
    Shawn Leyva, PE – Associate Senior Engineer/Crawford & Associates
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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cdf1910 ,

Fabulous conversation on DEI

Very commendable of GBA for having the conversation on DEI, especially now that times are changing, generations are changing, more females are thriving and achieving more educationally and professionaly. It is important for not only engineering companies to have this discussion but it also leads other companies into the vision and help forge the change.

jps628 ,

Great Content

Very insightful content for geoprofessionals. Keep it up!

Laura (Reinbold) Register ,

Listening to old friends

I’m enchanted by each GBA podcast. It’s visiting with old friends, celebrating catching up as we all learn together. I am grateful for Joel bringing us the next best thing to being together in person.