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Tales from Academia: Ryan Hupfer on the R/V Roger Revelle

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Bob McClennan in Extra, Field Services, Scientific Research & Problem Solving, Shared Expertise, Special Interest

Recently, I read about the christening of the R/V (Research Vessel) Neil Armstrong at the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). In 2010, the U.S. Navy announced the construction of two new research vessels. After working with the scientific community to design the ship, the competition to operate the new vessel began. Later that year,… Read More

When Guidance Becomes Rule

Posted on June 02, 2016 by Tripp Fischer in Helpful Resources, Regulatory & Advisory Groups, Remediation, Technical Writing

I outlined before what makes a great guidance document, but that doesn’t automatically make the guidance a rule.   Guidance documents which standardize a set of procedures are typically not only relevant, but may even be required by policy or law. Federal law and policies, such as the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119 (revised January 2016),… Read More

Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan – Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on May 21, 2016 by Guest Writer in Helpful Resources, Legal Counsel, Manufacturing/Industry, Real Estate Stakeholders, Regulatory & Advisory Groups, Shared Expertise

Preparing for disasters is just as important for business as individuals, as many families’ livelihoods can depend on a business keeping its doors open. Business continuity planning often focuses on IT and data preservation for good reason, but think through all aspects with some of the many resources available online and through emergency management offices… Read More

Identify Your Trusted Sources of Information for a Hurricane Event – Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Nicholas Santella in Helpful Resources, Legal Counsel, Manufacturing/Industry, Real Estate Stakeholders, Regulatory & Advisory Groups, Shared Expertise

Take simple steps to keep you alerted.   Staying aware of developing weather is critical to taking timely action for the safety of personnel and property. Tracking weather may not be high on your list of priorities during a busy workday, so take the time now to make sure that information will come to you when… Read More

Strengthen Your Business – Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Nicholas Santella in Helpful Resources, Legal Counsel, Manufacturing/Industry, Real Estate Stakeholders, Regulatory & Advisory Groups, Shared Expertise

NOAA mentions the importance of strengthening your home if you plan to ride out a storm, but a business owner needs to remember to prepare a second abode for bad weather: the workplace. It’s important to make sure your building is strong enough to hold up against a natural disaster. Vulnerable businesses and other sites can… Read More

Assemble Disaster Supplies – Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Guest Writer in Helpful Resources, Legal Counsel, Manufacturing/Industry, Real Estate Stakeholders, Regulatory & Advisory Groups, Shared Expertise

    Every business needs to be stocked and ready.     It is important to have disaster supplies available year-round. The days leading up to hurricane landfall allow for businesses, as well as employees, to finish obtaining supplies and getting items that may be more specific to certain needs (as discussed in FEMA’s Emergency… Read More

Secure an Insurance Checkup – Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on May 17, 2016 by Guest Writer in Helpful Resources, Legal Counsel, Manufacturing/Industry, Real Estate Stakeholders, Shared Expertise

  Weather the Storm Financially with an Insurance Checkup Profit, growth and stability are common businesses goals at risk when a natural disaster can demolish what may have taken generations to build. Many successful businesses transfer this risk through an insurance policy. The policy is a contract that should be periodically reviewed to help assure… Read More

Developing an Evacuation Plan – Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Nicholas Santella in Helpful Resources, Legal Counsel, Manufacturing/Industry, Real Estate Stakeholders, Regulatory & Advisory Groups, Shared Expertise

Plan out where everyone and everything must go.   Historically, industry has been concentrated along or near waterways. As a result, many businesses handling hazardous materials as well as many brownfield sites are vulnerable to flooding. With hurricane season just around the corner, those with businesses or homes in flood and storm surge prone areas need… Read More

Determine Your Risk – Hurricane Preparedness Week

Posted on May 15, 2016 by Nicholas Santella in Helpful Resources, Legal Counsel, Manufacturing/Industry, Real Estate Stakeholders, Regulatory & Advisory Groups, Shared Expertise

  Every business should be prepared. As NOAA notes, hurricanes are not just a coastal hazard; inland flooding is a serious issue that can cause severe damage and is known to be the most common cause of hurricane-related deaths. Hurricanes, flooding, strong winds and resulting power outages can reach far inland and hit businesses that… Read More

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Your Desk

Posted on April 22, 2016 by Bob McClennan in Extra

  Every April 22nd, people get to take a day to celebrate our Earth and demonstrate how we care about the future of our planet. Something I quickly noticed about BSTI when I started working here is that every day is Earth Day. From the company garden to coworkers devoting time to community service and… Read More

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    John & Debbie Kollmeier receive the 2019 Circle of Excellence Award from PSMJ’s David Burstein at the firm’s annual THRIVE Conference, The Growth, Profit, and Success Summit for A/E/C Firm Leaders earlier this month in New Orleans. PSMJ designed the Circle of Excellence to highlight successfully managed firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such… Read More

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