About the show

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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Episodes

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

    September 7th, 2021  |  28 mins 42 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    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 erred when transferring information from the member's report to a set of plans. Serious problems resulted.

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

    April 6th, 2021  |  52 mins 39 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, dei, diversity, environmental, equity, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer, inclusion

    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.

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

    March 23rd, 2021  |  37 mins 35 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    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 erred when transferring information from the member's report to a set of plans. Serious problems resulted.

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

    March 9th, 2021  |  16 mins
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    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!

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

    February 23rd, 2021  |  46 mins 49 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    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.

  • #61 - Case History - Don't lie to yourself about the risk of small projects

    February 9th, 2021  |  31 mins 33 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    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 #61, which stems from an environmental site assessment conducted as part of a property transfer, and that highlights the importance of strong contract language, report limitations, diligent information gathering, professional liability insurance, adequate training, and much more.

  • #11 - Encore Performances - Val Ries

    September 29th, 2020  |  15 mins 49 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    GBA is known for engaging with amazing speakers at our conferences and in this series we reconnect with past keynotes that have become old friends of GBA to see where life has taken them and learn from their journey, they are American heroes, best-selling authors, business leaders, executive coaches, all experts in their fields and brilliantly engaging.

  • #10 - Encore Performances - Jeff Tobe

    September 22nd, 2020  |  19 mins 15 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    GBA is known for engaging with amazing speakers at our conferences and in this series we reconnect with past keynotes that have become old friends of GBA to see where life has taken them and learn from their journey, they are American heroes, best-selling authors, business leaders, executive coaches, all experts in their fields and brilliantly engaging.

  • #09 - Encore Performances - Bob Kelleher

    September 15th, 2020  |  35 mins 58 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    GBA is known for engaging with amazing speakers at our conferences and in this series we reconnect with past keynotes that have become old friends of GBA to see where life has taken them and learn from their journey, they are American heroes, best-selling authors, business leaders, executive coaches, all experts in their fields and brilliantly engaging.

  • #08 - Encore Performances - Nancy Watt

    September 8th, 2020  |  30 mins
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    GBA is known for engaging with amazing speakers at our conferences and in this series we reconnect with past keynotes that have become old friends of GBA to see where life has taken them and learn from their journey, they are American heroes, best-selling authors, business leaders, executive coaches, all experts in their fields and brilliantly engaging.

  • #07 - Encore Performances - Brent Gleeson

    September 1st, 2020  |  28 mins 29 secs
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    GBA is known for engaging with amazing speakers at our conferences and in this series we reconnect with past keynotes that have become old friends of GBA to see where life has taken them and learn from their journey, they are American heroes, best-selling authors, business leaders, executive coaches, all experts in their fields and brilliantly engaging.

  • #06 - Encore Performances - Jonathan Edison

    August 25th, 2020  |  30 mins 1 sec
    case histories, civil engineering, comet, environmental, gba, gba podcast, geoprofessional, geotechnical, geotechnical engineer

    GBA is known for engaging with amazing speakers at our conferences and in this series we reconnect with past keynotes that have become old friends of GBA to see where life has taken them and learn from their journey, they are American heroes, best-selling authors, business leaders, executive coaches, all experts in their fields and brilliantly engaging.