Field Notes
BA or BE, What’s the Difference?
By Lisa Berntsen–Jan 13, 2012
People both inside and outside the company ask me at least a dozen time a year about the difference between a Biological Assessment (BA) and a Biological Evaluation (BE). The easiest way to remember is to think about it in this way: The BE is ‘Easy’ and results in a ‘no effect’ and the BA is the...

Geoengineering at a Crossroads
By –Jan 5, 2012
Here is an interesting read for those with a background, or interest, in earth sciences and engineering... The following is an excerpt from the executive summary of this National Academies Press report, Geological and Geotechnical Engineering in the New Millennium: “The field of...

Why GeoEngineers Does What It Does
By –Jan 5, 2012
I’ve been thinking about change, leadership and innovation. During some recent reading and video-viewing, I was inspired by this TED talk by Simon Sinek, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” Sinek’s primary point that stuck with me is that if a company can figure out WHY they exist, or WHY they...

Strategic Planning for a Changing World
By Lisa Berntsen–Jan 17, 2012
For a company, strategic planning refers to the mechanism by which the organization produces a plan for the future and an attempt to predict the desired outcomes of that plan. In short, it provides a pathway to direct a company to its ‘North Star,’ or guiding principles, and how to get there. If...

New Approaches to Business for a New Year
By Lisa Berntsen–Jan 23, 2012
Every December when we are spending time being grateful for our families, friends and business associates, I also contemplate in what ways might I provide more meaningful value to our clients and associates. After diving into this question, I want to put forth three ideas that I have been working...

Facebook’s Farmville and a New Way to Plan and Fund Wetlands Restoration
By –Jan 19, 2012
What if Facebook games aren’t games at all? What if they are a mechanism for collaboration, design and funding restoration? GeekWire today posted an interesting, and potentially game-changing “game.”  University of Washington students have used the Facebook game Farmville to design...

High-Performance Concrete
By –Jan 25, 2012
I found this article from AZoBuilding.com very innovative: "New Building Material to Improve Concrete Infrastructure." Why demo and replace infrastructure when a new concrete technique provides high performance and longevity at a lower cost, using less materials? Talk about innovation. And with...