The New Geotech: Geoenvironmental Engineering

by Donald T. Goldberg, Chairman; GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, Inc., Newton Upper Falls, MA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1990, Vol. 60, Issue 10, Pg. 80-81

Document Type: Feature article


Technical, societal and business forces will continue to dictate the course of professional practice throughout the 1990s. The author's firm, begun in 1965 to practice soil mechanics, had by 1989 grown to some 350 employees providing diversified services that can be called geoenvironmental. These include environmental site assessments, wetland conservation, disposal of toxic materials and industrial solid waste management. A choice had to be made about the future of the firm. It could grow geographically and acquire in-house remediation (construction) capability, or remain a regional consulting firm. The shareholders (principals and associates) formed a new public corporation, raising some $11 million in capital by selling about one-third of its stock. The consulting form and remediation company operate as subsidiaries of the new holding company.

Subject Headings: Geotechnical engineering | Remediation | Consulting services | Social factors | Professional practice | Soil mechanics | Employees | Environmental issues

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