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DR. ENGLISH: A period piece
When using the expression "also known as" in abbreviated form, should you show it as aka or a.k.a.? To some extent, either is acceptable, because the self-appointed guardian of our language - the Associated Press, via...


ASFE Changes Its Name to Geoprofessional Business Association
Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) is the new name of the organization formerly known as ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association. According to GBA President Steven D. Thorne, P.E., D.GE...


DR. ENGLISH: Wise to the Words
Geoprofessionals write more than just about any other professionals, are constantly under the gun to produce now, and are personally liable for every word they write in their professional capacities. And because the best legal evidence always...


42 Organizations Now Endorse Recommended Practices for Design Professionals Engaged as Experts in...
Forty-two organizations now endorse Recommended Practices for Design Professionals Engaged as Experts in the Resolution of Construction Industry Disputes, an annotated list of 13 "shoulds and should-nots" originally developed by the...


CoMET Business Council Prepares Third CoMET Tales; Available Free
Dealing with Confusing Language in the Quality-Requirements Section of Construction Specifications is the title of the third publication in the new CoMET Tales series of practice briefings developed by the Construction-Materials...


Now Available: Practice Alert 59: Fiscal Year 2013-14 Financial Performance Survey Report
See how your firm compares to fellow GBA-Member Firms when you review this report of the results of the latest financial performance survey. If you'd like to learn how to gather these statistics for your own firm, check out the free...


Charles L. “Charlie” Head, P.E., P.G. Appointed to the GBA Board
The GBA Board of Directors has appointed Charles L. "Charlie" Head, P.E., P.G. to fill the Board vacancy created by the resignation of Stewart G. Osgood, P.E. (DOWL HKM), as reported in the April 30, 2014 NewsLog. Charlie is the president...


EDITORIAL: Hoover Was 100% Wrong
Most engineers are familiar with Herbert Hoover's 1954 article in Engineer's Week, where he wrote: To the engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort, and hope. No doubt as years go by people forget...


DR. ENGLISH: Read This Successfully
Software professionals are seldom lauded for their English-language skills, but their words have a major effect on us. We see them so often we begin to believe their way of saying something is the correct way, even when it's not. For example, Dr. E just..


WE GET LETTERS: New P.E. Compensation
Q. I would appreciate any thoughts you may have on how we should compensate an employee for becoming a PE. My personal view is that there is a real difference in personal liability exposure the day someone becomes a P.E. That doesn't seem...