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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.

    #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
    #1 - Diversity Equity Inclusion - Pipeline Into the Geoprofessions

    #1 - Diversity Equity Inclusion - Pipeline Into the Geoprofessions

    GBA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series – Episode #1 – Pipeline Into the Geoprofessions

    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 findings presented in the article titled: The Pipeline to Diversity and Inclusion in the Geoprofessions which was published in the 2020 November/December Edition of GeoStrata magazine. Focusing first on diversity reveals that the geosciences are the least diverse of all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the U.S. (American Community Survey Report, National Center for Science & Engineering Statistics and U.S. Census).


    DEI is a concept that affects all of us but it is important to recognize that it affects the bottom line. By limiting the talent pool and accepting high attrition rates from women and other minorities, the geoprofessions are exerting additional and wasted resources on hiring and training, and potentially missing out on growth, profitability, and innovation opportunities.


    Our Guests


    Jonathan Knudsen, P.E., National Project Executive / Universal Engineering Sciences [Link to Profile]


    Rachel Ebner, Development Director / Stevens Construction, Inc. [Link to Profile]


    Topics for discussion include:



    U.S. Pipeline into the Geoprofessions
    Compensation Inequity
    GBA’s DEI Survey Results
    Why is Diversity and Inclusion Important?


    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.

    • 52 min
    #64 - Case History - Good communication is key to a successful project!

    #64 - Case History - Good communication is key to a successful project!

    GBA Case History Series – Case History #64 - Good communication is key to a successful project!

    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 #64 where the GBA Member Firm's civil engineer client developed the geotechnical engineering scope of services for exploration on and around an existing landfill, without adequately conveying the project goals to the geotechnical engineer. The civil engineer then erred when transferring information from the member's report to a set of plans. Both the civil engineering firm and Member Firm settled the ensuing claim, but paid more than they believed was merited for their respective involvement.


    Our Guest


    Eric S. Steinhauser, P.E., Principal and Senior Vice President / Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. [Link to Profile]


    Eric earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University. For over 30 years he has been involved with the design, permitting, and construction of solid waste, remediation, geotechnical, and energy projects throughout New York, New England, and the mid-Atlantic states. Eric has published and presented papers, both nationally and internationally, on engineering topics including innovative uses of geosynthetics, in-situ geotechnical testing, LFG management, solid waste facility design and operations, stormwater management and erosion and sediment control, and bioreactor landfill design and operation.


    Eric is a licensed Professional Engineer in 15 states, holds professional certifications in erosion and sediment control and stormwater quality, is a member of ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, is the President and New Hampshire representative for the Northeast Chapter of the International Erosion and Sediment Control Association, and is a member of New Hampshire Chapters of ASCE and NSPE and several Chapters of SWANA. Eric also serves on the City of Concord, NH Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and the New Hampshire Waste Management Council.


    Topics for discussion include:



    Introduction to Eric Steinhauser, PE, PCESC, CPSWQ [1:16 min.]
    Case History 64 background and scope [1:58 min.]
    Site Location Technical issues, review with Eric Steinhauser [4:23 min.]
    Project contract background (limitation review) and implications through civil design [5:53 min.]
    Contractor change order claim, implicating Geotech firm [11:08 min.]
    Lessons Learned [12:50 min.]
    Conclusion – Thank you Eric!!! [36:31 min.]


    Lessons Learned:



    Be Alert When Price Is Most Important to Your Client
    Perform a Complete Professional Service
    Encourage Effective Communication
    Conflicts are Often Contagious


    Calls-to-action:



    Download Case History #64: https://www.geoprofessional.org/news/new-release-case-history-64/
    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:



    Jennifer Sanborn, PE (host) – Project Director/Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
    Elizabeth Brown, PE - Geotechnical Services Manger/Atlas Technical Services
    Donald K. Blackburn, MBA – Business Manager/Blackburn Consulting
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

    • 37 min
    #103 - Case History - Nuked in the Bud!

    #103 - Case History - Nuked in the Bud!

    GBA Case History Series – Case History #103 - Nuked in the Bud!

    Summary


    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 #103. 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. They paid a $150,000 settlement but more importantly developed a compliance program hailed as “a model for the industry”. Learn from their mistakes and from their commitment to change their culture through immediate action to create, test, launch, and monitor sustainable, institutional controls to address the underling causes of the violations, as well as specific regulatory compliance issues. Every Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) must hear this!


    Topics for discussion include:



    Introduction to the contents of this podcast. [min. 0:54]
    What is a “nuke gauge”? [min 1:51]
    Why are nuke gauges regulated by state and federal governments and what is required of nuke gauge owners? [min. 3:18]
    Discussion of Case History 103 [min 5:30]
    What actions did the member firm take to correct their numerous nuke gauge violations? [min 10:05]
    What can we learn from this case history? [min 11:58]
    Conclusion and outro [min 13:58]
    How does a nuke gauge work? [min 14:48]


    Calls-to-action:



    Download Case History #103: https://www.geoprofessional.org/news/new-release-case-history-103/
    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:



    Bryce Moore – Director Of Construction Services/Blackburn Consulting
    Carrie Foulk, PE, GE – Senior Geotechnical Engineer/BSK Associates
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

    • 16 min
    #108 - Case History - Out of Scope Assistance Causes Problem

    #108 - Case History - Out of Scope Assistance Causes Problem

    GBA Case History Series – Case History #108 - Out of Scope Assistance Causes Problem

    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 #108, where a GBA-Member Firm provided suggested changes to a sewer pipe design in order to keep construction moving forward on a five-story senior-living facility. Four years later, swelling clays caused the sewer line to back-up and the lower-level slab began showing heaving related distress. That good deed with other project related complications resulted in a $25 million claim that required an extensive defense of contract limitations of liability, standards of care, and project documentation.


    Topics for discussion include:



    Project background [min. 2:10]
    What were the major issues and causes of issues on the project? [min 8:00]
    What was the claim by the client? [min. 9:00]
    What was limitation of liability on the project? [min. 10:40]
    What were findings? [min. 11:28]
    Beginning of interview with Joe Geo. [min. 13:27]
    Impacts to firm. [min. 18:10]
    How did daily field reports contribute to this issue? [min. 25:30]
    Discussion on Colorado law regarding residential work. [min. 27:15]
    What does firm do differently now because of this case regarding residential work? [min. 29:15]
    What happens when your insurance company gets involved? [min.30:57]
    Where can you get a copy of this case history? [min 32:22]
    Lessons learned. [min. 32:36]
    Big takeaway. [min. 44:40]


    Lessons Learned:



    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
    Prevent Recommendations from Becoming Requirements
    Do Not Unilaterally Deviate from the Scope of Services
    It Pays to Be Your Brother’s Keeper
    Documentation Can Be Your Best Defense
    Consider Limitation of Liability During Your Go/No-Go Analysis


    Calls-to-action:



    Download Case History #108: https://www.geoprofessional.org/product/gba-case-history-no-108/
    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 – Senior Geotechnical Engineer/BSK Associates
    Ryan White, PE, GE – Principal Geotechnical Engineer/PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

    • 46 min

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Very insightful content for geoprofessionals. Keep it up!

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