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Iron-Titanium Ore

Iron-Titanium Ore (magnetite – ilmenite), from the Tahawus Mine in Newcomb, NY. 

BSK’s Lynne Baumgras, Ph.D., PG,CEG, PMP, and BSK Enviromental Group Manager, educates us about an Iron-Titanium Ore rock, that she has in her collection for Earth Science Week!

This rock is from the Marcy massif of the Grenville complex which forms the core of the Adirondack Mountains.  This rock is Precambrian in age and is one of the oldest rocks found on the planet at an age of more than 1 billion years old.  As this rock is a titaniferous magnetite, it has magnetic properties.  Because it contains iron, it is also extremely heavy!  The formula for magnetite is Fe3O4, and the formula for Ilmenite is Fe2TiO3.

The History

The Tahawus Mine is located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York State, near the headwaters of the Hudson River.  The mining community settlement of Tahawus was settled there in the 1800s and was visited frequently by Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900s, but is now a ghost town.   This deposit where this rock was found was discovered in 1826 when a party crossed the Hudson River.

Mining in the Tahawus Mine began in the 1830s and by the 1840s it was supplying ore for the first cast-steel plant in America (Adirondack Iron and Steel Company, Jersey City, N.J.).  Eventually, the iron ore was thought to be uneconomic because it was tainted with the black ilmenite ore which contains titanium.  In 1908, a French metallurgist discovered the suitability of titanium for use as a white paint pigment.  The mine was extensively developed during, and after, World War II where it was exploited for titanium.  Titanium was used during the war for smoke screen chemicals, among other uses.  The mine was operated until the 1980s by the National Lead Company.  Titanium is used today for alloys and light metals.  Titanium is as strong as steel but much less dense.

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BSK Pays it Forward

BSK pays it forward at the Central California Food Bank

BSK Associates Fresno staff volunteered at the Central California Food Bank Saturday, September 14th, 2019. Our volunteers assisted by preparing for local distribution for our communities; such as building school bags, packing meal boxes, and sorting food donations for 5 local counties.

“Once you start getting into giving back, it’s addictive.” Said Carmen Chacon, Office Administrator at BSK.

Central California Food Bank serves Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, and Madera counties. The work they have done in their fight against hunger is impressive. The program feeds approximately 280,000 people each month. Moreover, the Central California Food Bank has several programs set up to help reach everyone in the community. Some programs include the Mobile Pantry Program, set up to distribute food in rural communities in the area. The Neighborhood Market Program, which sets up a free farmers market type event in disadvantaged areas of the community. Or, the BackPack Program, which supplies local children with a backpack full of food that will last through the weekend.

BSK Pays it Forward

BSK Pays it Forward

Their fight against hunger is a cause BSK Associates wants to help fight! Not only did BSK employees show up to the event but they brought their children and family too.

“I found more joy in seeing all the children working so hard and having fun”. Chacon said.

BSK strongly believes in giving back to the communities. We believe the well-being of our communities has a direct bearing on the success of BSK and our employees. Our community involvement goals are to have the most positive impact on the communities which we serve and, have our employees continue to make a difference in their communities through personal, office and firm sponsored activities.

 

 

BSK rides Olli to Work

BSK rides Olli to Work: first ever co-created, 3D printed, self-driving shuttle.

Featuring Morgan Antaramian, Geologist at BSK Sacramento office.

BSK rides to work in Olli, first ever co-created, 3D printed, self-driving shuttle. Olli was developed by Local Motors and launched for the first time in National Harbor, Maryland in June of 2016. This August, Olli made his introduction at the White Rock Corporate Campus business park, in the City of Rancho Cordova, home to BSK’s Sacramento office.

Olli takes innovation to the next level! This environmentally friendly, self-driving shuttle also acts as a personal assistant during your journey. For instance, curious about the weather forecast, ask Ollie. Want some advice on local restaurants, Ollie can assist. Olli comes equipped with IBM Watson LoT technology to help answer any questions you may have during the duration of your ride, and Olli can be customized for the riders and cities in which he is located.

Featuring Kevin Grove, BSK’s Environmental Group Manager of the Sacramento office.

This 8-passenger shuttle can see 360 degrees and its riders are always being monitored by a human. Thus, making Olli a relatively safe way to get around. The Rancho Cordova Olli has an attendant on board with an emergency brake for added safety.

“Riding Olli is an excellent solution for the first/last mile dilemma that has plagued public transit. I can not wait to see this at airports, sporting events, and downtown!” Kevin Grove, Environmental Group Manager of the Sacramento office, said.

Rancho Cordova has the privilege of being the first city to test Olli’s capabilities in a business park setting. Will it cut down on traffic? Will it be easier to get to work or go on a lunch break? Well, we don’t have the answers to that question yet, but we sure do know it’s fun to ride!

 

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BSK: Proud Sponsor for the AWWA-PNWS

BSK: Proud Sponsor for the AWWA-PNWS Golf Tournament

BSK Associates Analytical Laboratory, Vancouver, Washington was a proud sponsor for the American Water Works Association Pacific Northwest Section, or AWWA PNWS, Annual Golf Tournament. This is our 5th year sponsoring this amazing event which raises funds for Water for the People and helps provide scholarship funds. We are proud to announce that approximately two thousand dollars will be going toward some fantastic causes.

Supported Causes

Water for the People was originally established in 1991. There focus is on sustainable water and sanitary services for everyone. They currently serve nine countries around the world. Eventually, it’s their goal to help provide safe drinking water for every country. Another portion of the funds raised will go to scholarships for water related education.

The AWWA, a nonprofit scientific and educational society focused on water related affairs, holds several fundraisers for water related causes throughout the year. Since 1881, their advocacy for safe and sustainable water has helped thousands throughout the world. Thus, making them community leaders in the water industry.

BSK: Proud Sponsor for the AWWA-PNWS Golf Tournament

BSK: Proud Sponsor for the AWWA-PNWS Golf Tournament

We are excited to announce that the golf tournament was once again a success! We had the opportunity to provide prizes and refreshments throughout the day and speak with several individuals about analytical testing; but most importantly, we had the ability to collaborate with others about the importance of water quality and control.

“We looked forward to this event every year. It’s an opportunity to give back to the community because that’s what BSK is all about!”  said Elizabeth Bunger, BSK’s Vancouver Laboratory Director.

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Marsh Creek Road Bridge

Marsh Creek Road Bridge BSK’s Northern Regional Manager and Project Manager Tim Rodriguez

The Marsh Creek Road Bridge has made national news! 

The American Public Works Association (APWA) designated the Marsh Creek Road Bridge Replacement Project as the National APWA Public Works Project of the Year for 2019 in the category of Transportation for less than $5 million. This comes after the original APWA selection for being Project of the Year in Northern California in the same category.
The project replaced an existing 29.5 ft. wide by 44.5 ft. long steel girder bridge that was considered “Geometrically Intolerable” with a 91 ft. long California Bulb-Tee Girder featuring two 12 ft. lanes and two 8 ft. shoulders.

BSK’s contributions to the project included support source inspection of six 88’3” long girders, in addition to quality assurance materials testing services for earthwork, concrete, and hot-mix asphalt construction elements, including offsite plant sampling and testing. All work provided by BSK was as a subconsultant to Substrate, Inc., and under Hill International’s direction.
According to, BSK’s Northern Regional Manager and Project Manager for the project, Tim Rodriguez, “BSK is so proud to be a part of this national win. The team we were part of was a pleasure to work with and coordinated the quality assurance services we provided in a thorough and proactive manner. Many thanks to all of the BSK staff that provided support to the project and contributed to its successful completion.”

Support services from BSK were completed by their Livermore Branch and all work was performed in accordance with the Contra Costa County Quality Assurance Program and Caltrans Standard Specifications.

The $4.9 million Marsh Creek Road Bridge Replacement project, located in an unincorporated area east of Contra Costa County, was completed in less than a year; adhering to a strict environmental permit deadline during the process. All the while maintaining a flawless safety record of zero accidents or incidents. BSK looks forward to being part of the Contra Costa County project delivery team in the future!

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Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK

Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK!

Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK

 

We are proud to announce another successful Yosemite Cleanup Event with BSK Associates!

This year’s Yosemite Cleanup Event was organized by Danaige Tower from the BSK Livermore Office. The Annual Yosemite Cleanup consisted of 17 volunteers this year. This group of dedicated BSK employees were able to gather twenty 5-gallon buckets worth of trash. We are happy to say Yosemite National Park is now a little cleaner!

WHY WE DO IT?

According to data from the Yosemite National Park they collect approximately 2,200 tons of garbage a year. Yosemite officials say that equals 3,919 dumpsters of trash. Taller than any peak in the park and higher than any mountain in the lower 48 states. Now that is a lot of trash!

We are dedicated to giving back to the community.  BSK recognizes the importance of environmental and economic sustainability. We are committed to providing our services with a focus on reducing environmental impact and protecting natural resources. We strive to be an innovative company that benefits our clients, employees and affected communities while conducting business in a socially and environmentally ethical manner.

BSK strives to observe these sustainability practices

  • Development of a company culture that encourages efficient use and preservation of natural resources.
  • Minimize the carbon footprint of our business facilities and job sites.
  • Support our local communities through participation in organizations and activities focused on environmental preservation.
  • Apply environmentally friendly practices and design through our engineering and consulting services.
  • Learn, practice, and promote sustainable practices as a core responsibility.

The sustainability practices at BSK are a continually evolving, collaborative effort of our entire firm. We recognize that the efforts made today affect the environment and resources available tomorrow.

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GREAT PLACE TO WORK

BSK is certified as a Great Place to Work!

Happy employees make happy clients, and we couldn’t be prouder to be certified as a Great Place to Work 2019!

How did we earn this?

Our employees shared in our engagement survey and 81% of them said we were a GREAT place to work. Not a good place. Not a nice place. But a GREAT place! We also completed an intense culture brief where we shared our activities as a values-driven company to ensure we provide quality professional services to you.

More than 90% of BSK employees shared that…

  • People are treated fairly regardless of age, race, sex, and sexual orientation.
  • We trust our people.
  •  We are flexible, safe, and welcoming.

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BSK Blood Drive

BSK Blood Drive

BSK Blood Drive

 

The BSK Blood Drive 2019 was a success! A total of 19 people attempted and 16 were able to donate. We had several 1st time donors this year, which is always fabulous! A BIG THANKS to Mike Brechmann whose BBQ pork was as wonderful as always. There was a total of $54 donated which was taken to the Central Valley Blood Center by Shirley Leu who spearheaded the drive.

BSK strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which we work. We believe the well-being of our communities has a direct bearing on the success of BSK and our employees. Our community involvement goals are to have the most positive impact on the communities which we serve and, have our employees continue to make a difference in their communities through personal, office, and firm sponsored activities.

We look forward to giving back at BSK’s Annual Blood Drive events. According to the American Red Cross, just one donation can save up to three lives. And, we take great pride in knowing that this year we had enough volunteers to potentially save 50 peoples lives! Please join us at our next blood drive event and help us reach our goal of 25 donations. The Central Valley Blood Center also excepts cash donations, BSK was one of the first organizations to give cash donations, and we strive to continue that tradition each year.

Thanks again to all who participated.

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