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N AT I O N A L E N G I N E E R S, A RC H I T E C T S & L A N D S U RV E YO R S W E E K Guam Legislature Resolution No.31-34 (COR) Related to recognizing and commending the Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors of our island community on the celebration of "Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors Week; "from February 19 through February 25, 2017, with this year's theme: Dream Big: Engineering Our World; and to further extending Un Dangkolo Na Si Yu 'os Ma'ase' to them for making a difference in our island community by improving the quality of life for all our citizens, and for their tremendous contributions in their respective field and in society.”

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ENGINEERS WEEK BRIEF Presented by: CAPT Stephanie Jones, USN, P.E. Regional Engineer, Joint Marianas, and Commanding Officer, NAVFAC Marianas



This year’s theme is Engineers Dream Big. Capt. Stephanie Jones spoke about the achievements of the year, including the Island Wide Power System crisis response, the reopening of the Tumon Maui Well and the establishment of The Officer in Charge of Const Marianas (MCM) on Guam. She emphasized the importance of Safety, iring contractors with excellent safety programs.

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NAVFAC Marianas met and exceeded all of its assigned Small Business targets in FY2016. More than $188M was awarded to small business pated in numerous events in an effort to reach out to the business community, including GCA & Guam Fair and the Annual Small Business Expo.


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At the joint At Engineers the joint Engineers Week luncheon Week luncheon meeting on meeting 23rd February, on 23rd February, NAVFACNAVFAC MarianasMarianas Commanding Commanding Officer and Officer and Regional Regional Engineer Engineer of Joint Region of Joint Region Marianas,Marianas, CAPT Stephanie CAPT Stephanie Jones Jones provided provided a review of a review ongoing of and ongoing futureand future construction construction opportunities opportunities on Guam.on Guam. The meeting The was meeting attended was by attended over 250 by over 250 individuals individuals from the engineering from the engineering and and construction construction industry. industry. The full power The full power point presentation point presentation can be viewed can beatviewed the at the SAME Guam SAME Post Guam website Postand website the GCA and the GCA web site. web The site. challenge The challenge for NAVFAC for NAVFAC and the industry and the this industry year includes this year the includes the following:following: 1.) Waiting 1.) on Waiting the Biological on the Biological Opinion for Opinion Marine forCorps Marine Cantonment Corps Cantonment site and the siteFiring and the Range Firing Site; Range 2.) The Site; 2.) The H-2B Situation; H-2B Situation; 3.) The Munitions 3.) The Munitions and and Explosives Explosives of Concern of (MEC) ConcernIssue; (MEC) 3.) Issue; 3.) The Government The Government Hiring Freeze; Hiringand. Freeze; 4.) and. 4.) Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity.

Some highlights Some highlights of the presentation of the presentation are are included included below. Note below. thatNote the following that the following information information is deliberative is deliberative in nature in and nature and is provided is provided as a courtesy as a for courtesy planning for planning purposes purposes only. Please only.continue Please continue to utilize to utilize web sites web suchsites as www.f such as bo.gov www.f and bo.gov and neco.navy.mil neco.navy.mil for officialforgovernment official government solicitations solicitations from NAVFAC. from NAVFAC.

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• Solicitation / Pending Award -J-001B Cantonnement Utilities & Site Improv. -P-715 Live-Fire Training Range Complex -J-755 Urban Combat Training

$250-500M $50-100M $100-250M

• Awarded / Under Construction -P-101A North Ramp Parking Phase II -P-109 Aircraft Hangar #1 -J-200 North Ramp Utilities Phase II -P-240 Marine Wing Support Squadron Facil -P-230 Ground Support Equipment Shops

$ 23M $ 54M $ 50M $ 16M $ 15M


• Completed -P-204 Apra Wharf I -P-1003 Military Working Dog Relocation -P-100 North Ramp Utilities Phase I -P-101 North Ramp Parking Phase I -P-204A Apra Wharf II -J-001 Apra Harbor Infrastructure -J-001A AAFB Gate and related Facilities

$ 94M $ 9M $ 14M $ 76M $ 15M $ 70M $ 26M


Note: The following three vehicles were put in place in FY16 1. SB Construction Management Services IDIQ 3. SBMACC (non-DPRI) 2. SDVOSB MACC (Minor construction)


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Guam’s Human Resource Incubators: GCA Trades Academy, Guam Community College, & University of Guam By: John S. Aguon



Training for Competency He is our champion. That would be Dr. Herbert (Bert) Johnston, Education Director for GCA Trades Academy. He's the guy that made it happen. At the GCA Trades Academy website, it states: We were established to provide a nationally recognized industry skills training center, support U.S. Department of Labor recognized apprenticeship training programs, and to support the skilled labor needs of construction contractors and related industries doing business on Guam. Also at the site it describes its offering: The GCA Trades Academy offers a wide variety of training programs in fields ranging from carpentry and automotive technology to project management and safety. With classes open to all abilities and levels, the GCA Trades Academy strives to improve skills and empower the region’s workforce. According to Dr. Johnston, "Of the post secondary educational facilities, GCA Trades Academy is the youngest; established in 2006, just over 10 years ago." So, they are essentially, the new kid on the block, but one of the hardest working, with over 3,000 course completions over GCA Trades' short tenure. Giving a backdrop to the buildup discussion, Dr. Johnston notes, "The magnitude of the buildup is such is that there will be a need for a lot of support services. Do we have it in place? No, because we've never had anything of this magnitude. Did we have it in the past? Possibly, but as the demand for those services disappeared, so did the workforce that supported it. But, we have to bring it up to speed again; everything, from workforce development, logistics, management, etc."

rate; which is about 6,000 workers. Hopefully, alleviating the unwanted spike in local unemployment, and the undue hardship associated with that reality. Pausing here, Dr. Johnston also feels the current workforce is aging, and he sees a need to introduce and execute trades training in the secondary/high school level. Recently, he was at a conference in the U.S. which gave testimony to this idea. "From 9th grade to 12th grade, in high school, along with trades training, they were graduating students with a lever 4 certificate. Very impressive. In electrical." he said. Locally, GCA Trades Academy is doing 2-year programs in construction craft labor--the carpenter that does the form work with cement and rebar work. Currently, they are doing J.P.Torres, Southern High, GW, and Tiyan. Not on their campuses but at GCA Trades. It's an after-school program. Dr. Johnston makes an interesting and constructive outcome about high school students doing these after-school programs. "We are actually a help to some of these students who otherwise may not meet their credit requirements. So, we're helping them fill that gap. Additionally, they become better students; because, they have to be passing their regular high school coures to stay in our program. In some cases, they actually get placed in A/B honor rolls." Dr. Johnston believes some of the reason these high school students improve their academic performance is because, "We treat them as adults." Simple notion. Treat them as an adult, they acquire personal responsibility. What a concept.

Then, he strikes a grateful tenor regarding it. "Guam's fortunate. There are many places in the U.S. that would want to be in our position." He's right, the last time there was a construction boom, 1991, $2 billion, dollars put a wind in the island's sails which was quite memorable for those with a memory of those times. Now, as the buildup, prelimilarily, turns a shovel on related projects, save the H2B issue, there's some chest-pumping going on. Dr. Johnston, paints a current labor force picture. "There are about 6,000 construction jobs now. About 2,000 of that number was H2B workers. Now we are down to 4,500, and of that quantity, around 400 of those are H2B workers. This means that 80% of our construction workforce is locally based. The question is then, should we train up to the 6,000 or whatever the need would be? Whatever the initial construction phase need is, what do you do with those excess workers afterward, when that initial spike in workforce demand is diminished?" It's a literal question, because the locally trained worker is now counted as unemployed if he or she is not able to find work. So, there's that. From Dr. Johnston's perspective, he believes Guam should train up to, what he refers to, as the metabolic Like Us On Facebook


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Another notion Dr. Johnston brought forward about the Guam worker was that because there is more of a generalist approach at the workplace, workers cross-train to other skill sets, giving them better marketability. He attributes that to the fact, that since there is not the presence of unions here as in the U.S., there is less likelihood of specialization being enforced. Citing one of the salient attributes of the GCA Trades program is that it is competency-based. If you master a given module of a coursework series, you move on to the next. According to Dr.

Johnston, grades are not given. Only successes are recorded. Mastery then, is the cornerstone. Like a proud father, Dr. Johnston invites, "Let me show you something. This textbook is published for us, specifically." It's a construction craft laborer textbook for GCA Trades Academy. Cool. It's got to be something of value, if you have your name on it. And, it seems Dr. Johnston and company-GCA Trades Academy ready to bring it--to the buildup.

Guam's Premier Career and Technical Education Leader Breeds Success The late Napoleon Hill said: “Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.” That familiar quote is a tenant held by many a disciple of the positive thinking sort, and it is probably in its itinerant form working at Guam Community College(GCC), the island leader in the Career and Technical Education arena. Offering a host of associates degree programs and certifications, GCC presents aspiring career opportunites to it students and provides a rich pool of talent to our local employers. Established in 1977, the present sprawling campus is a testament to the drive and achievement of its team of enthusiastic students and engaging faculty, led by an energized educator, Dr. Mary Okada, CEO & President of GCC. Commenting on the preparation and state of GCC, relative to the Guam Military Buildup, she summarizes their part in it. "The GCC involvement with the buildup goes back to 2006 (Industry Forums). And, we engaged in conversations with all areas of the government--transporation, labor, all the impact we 20 | MARCH2017

felt that the military buildup was going to bring. So, there was a lot of information that was out there. We spoke to contractors, consultants and others about how they were going to structure this whole thing to get Guam going and ready for the buildup." Continuing the retrospection, she continues, "Fast forward, 10 years later, we act the college have done quite a bit; expanding our programs, updating curriculum, building facilities, etc. So, that in the event that there is a need for an expanded scope of what we do, or an increase in the number of folks we need to train, and on. We have, then done our part, in the past 8 to 9 years, leveraging funding and getting the institution up to a level where we can expand or contract quickly--dependent on what is necessary for the buildup." Attending to some of the other departmental aspects, Rick Tyquiengco-Technology Department Chair, adds, "Our main oversight is curriculum, and making sure that the curriculum meets the needs of our industry partners. We work hand-in-hand with our advisory committees to assure that what we are providing students is what they need in the buildup."


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Tyguienco catches his time reference, and remarks, "The buildup is actually occurring now. With respect to technology students, some of them are already installing networks in newly constructed buildings, as part of the onset of the buildup presently. It's happening now." Noting the demand for technology workers, Tyquiengco says "Companies are acquiring our students right out of the classroom. It's very obvious. So, we have been properly preparing our students to be ready to use their acquired skills." Not only do they prepare their students for the workplace, but they encourage their engagement in national certification testing, offered at GCC, which further validates and strengthens their marketability. Weighing in on his side of the college, Gil Yanger-Department Chair for Construction Services, Engineering and Surveying, says, "In construction trades, the technology may change a little, but the trades remain the same. You still have to use a hammer...until the world ends." Yanger, so to speak, hit the nail on the head. Marching on, he comments on the integrity of their program, "We look at the strength of programs, by bringing in a cadre of instructors who are from the field and they know exactly they're talking about." And, that type of attention seems to be procuring a favorable outcome for GCC. Speaking, generally, to its growth-trending apprenticeship statistics, Dr. Okada said, "Since 2007, we had 98 apprentices; in 2016, we have almost 500 apprentices--mostly IT." Furthermore, "Because, the buildup wasn't happening then, it didn't mean the work we put in place to get ready for it did not happen. We will continue to anticipate." So, as GCC with its employer partners drive forward, setting record number of completed apprenticeships, Guam will be better able to satisfy those skilled positions.


"Our advisory committees, are chosen essentially, because they are in the field already, and they have a point of view, from their company, about what is needed--practically." Beyond that, Yanger expresses a concern. "We want our students to develop skills which are transportable, and equip them to be more employable and valued by their company." Confessing an ingredient to GCC's unifying esprit de corps, Dr. Okada beams, "For the most part, we've embedded it in everybodies mind; because, we recite our mission every time we gather. So, when we have assemblies, we say here's why we are here. And, when we have student assemblies, we say here's why we are here. It's been a culture to support the community of Guam." Attesting, in part, to the institution's success is the obvious number of buildings on the campus; and, as Dr. Okada notes, there are 3 to 4 more buildings in the pipeline. Also, she says they are not bound by their physical footprint, which is why they are going vertical to maximize the main campus location. All the while, they have a presence in all 6 public high schools, with varied course offerings respectively. Of the 120 GCC faculty, there's 45 instructors teaching at those high schools. Potentially, those high school students, at their graduation, could earn up to 15 college credits applied to their GCC program--if they transition there. Finally, Dr. Okada emphatically states, "We are here to support our community. And mutually, endeavor with our partners to make Guam a better place." Conceive, believe, achieve. Realized at Guam Community College.

Honing in on how-it-works, Career and Technical pathway, Dr. Okada illustrates. "If you're in a particular pathway, you can easily pivot because you were given the same foundational components in a pathway, that allows you to move from one occupation to another--the baseline is the same. In the transportation pathway, for example, there is a baseline of courses which allow you to do either land, sea, or air; again, because the foundational coursework is the same. So, your specialty can differ a bit." Regarding GCC's guidance to students, they advise them to keep a broader perspective to their education, allowing for better marketability in the workforce--particularly, in the various phases of the construction process(before, during, and after). Adding to the counseling nature of their work with students, Yanger explains how GCC selects and utilizes their advisory committees.

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Engineering Pursuits As the realization of the soon-to-be Engineering Annex, for the University of Guam(UOG), draws near, Dr. Shahram Khosrowpanah-Dean, UOG School of Engineering(SENG) answers questions posed by Construction News Bulletin(CBN). He gives some background and presents the unfolding of a new chapter for UOG, the installation of a fully-staffed and certified engineering program for Guam. Previously, UOG's offering in this field was a 2-year pre-engineering program. Within a very short time, this situation transitions to offer a 4-year degree program for those with aspirations of becoming an engineer. It will be a welcome human resource incubator for Guam's engineering and construction firms, and will be another career path option for those seeking to broaden their employability in this area. Dr. Khosrowpanah, a long-time professor at the university and a former director of UOG's Water and Environtmental Research Institute(WERI), presents an overview and comments here about SENG. JSA Background: The University of Guam School Engineering (SENG) is a newly created college that had its beginning in the Pre-Engineering Program. The Pre-Engineering Program, which was established in 1989, had the goal of producing students with course work and skills sufficient to be admitted as juniors into any four-year engineering school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). On October 29, 2009, the President of UOG expressed his vision for establishing a four-year accredited engineering degree program to help meet the current and growing demand for engineering expertise in Guam’s private and public sectors. To respond to the chronic shortage of local engineers in Guam and the other islands in the Western Pacific, the University of Guam School of Engineering (SENG) was established and 22 | MARCH2017

recognized by the UOG Board of Regents in September 2016. The mission of the (SENG) is to provide outstanding undergraduate instruction in the fundamentals of engineering and the specialties of engineering that are of direct importance to Guam and other island communities of the West Pacific region. The SENG is committed to producing graduates of the highest professional caliber, with not only broad knowledge and skills, but solid professional and personal integrity. To complement its teaching mission, the SENG also fosters faculty and student engagement in community service and applied research on problems for which engineering approaches may help provide solutions. Major Objectives: The primary objective of SENG is to establish a four-year accredited engineering degree program at UOG. The degree program will offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (B.S.E.). The program will be accredited by ABET. The School will have faculty members with expertise in the basic civil engineering and environmental fields. A new building will house the new program. There will be adequate space for classrooms and laboratories, and office space for faculty and students. To accomplish these goals, several phases will be undertaken; developing a curriculum for year 3 and 4 for civil and environmental engineering; acquiring faculty with expertise in required fields; and the Facilities and Laboratories. 1. Developing curriculum. We are in process of developing curriculum for year 3 and 4 f0r civil and environmental engineering fields. A draft copy is attached. The curriculum for each program will be divided into four major stems: 1) mathematics and basic sciences, 2) engineering topics, 3) elective courses, and 4) general education (humanities and


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social sciences). Approximately one-third of the course requirements in the civil or environmental sub-tracks are common to all engineering majors. These common course requirements constitute the core program. Students take most of the courses in the core program during the first and second years, along with a few program-specific courses. To develop the full four-year curriculum, SENG is working with other ABET certified schools to share faculty expertise, leverage student opportunities, and promote mutual interests, especially with regional partner schools, particularly Mapua Institute of Technology, in the Philippines. In addition, SENG has recently established a student chapter with the local professional chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), which will provide a venue by which students can engage with the local professional community. SENG is also reaching out to local high school administrators and mathematics and science teachers to actively recruit talented local students to the UOG programs. To complete the course development requires having faculty experts in the specific subject. 2. Acquiring faculty with expertise in required fields. There are already more than 150 students who have declared their interest in joining the engineering programs. To meet student expectations and capitalize on the current public enthusiasm for the new school it is imperative that faculty be hired expeditiously and that faculty who are hired are satisfied with their professional environment and personally committed to the success of the school and its engineering programs. SENG currently has two (including myself ) civil engineers on the board and one environmental engineer faculty from WERI that is partecipating in the program. Presently, the search is on-going for hiring a geotechnical engineer who hopefully will be on board by August 2017. 3. Facilities and Laboratories. Construction of a new building for SENG will be starting soon. The new facilities will have; 1) faculty offices, 2) state-of-the-art student class rooms, 3) computer and software facilities, 4) laboratories, 5) equipment, and 6) storage. The laboratories include, Soil Mechanics Lab, Materials Mechanics Lab, Computer Aided Design Lab., Environmental Engineering and Science Labs., Environmental Engineering and Science Labs. 4. Student attraction. Working with high school teachers to create a pipeline for those students that are interested in becoming an engineer to the SENG. Short-term Goals: By Fiscal year 2018, the engineering building will be well on its way to completion, and SENG will have one additional faculty (Geotechnical engineer) as the result of the hiring during the FY2017. The short-term goals for FY2018 will be: 1) Teaching and advising the engineering students, 2) Working with organizations such as SAME, GWA, and engineering consultants for providing scholarships, internships for engineering students, 3) Hiring a new faculty member with expertise in environmental engineering, 4) Working with ABET organization to develop milestones for accreditation. Like Us On Facebook

UNIVERSITY OF GUAM SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING (SENG) QUESTIONS & RESPONSES March 6, 2017 CNB: How many current UOG students are enrolled in the engineering program? Currently (Spring 2017) – 85 students are in the engineering program. The student enrollment for FY 15 – 17 is listed below.




Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017

Engineering Program Engineering Program Engineering Program Engineering Program AVERAGE

94 85 82 85 86

Source: UOG Academic & Student Affairs, Colleague; UOG.ENR CNB: What engineering study is concentrated on at UOG? Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, other? Is it a 4yr or 2yr course of study? The University of Guam School of Engineering (SENG) is a newly created college that had its beginning in the Pre-Engineering Program that was a 2-year program. The major objective of SENG is to establish a four-year accredited engineering degree program at UOG. The degree program will offer a four-year Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (B.S.E.). The program will be accredited by ABET. CNB: When does the university anticipate the completion of its new engineering building? We anticipate the completion of the new building will be one (1) year after the ground breaking. The completion of the laboratories and purchasing and installation of the facilities might take one (1) year more. During this period of time we can send the students to Mapua Institute of Technology in Philippines or University of IWOA to complete their engineering degree. CNB: Will the engineering program assist in the placement of the anticipated engineering graduates within local companies? Most of the Guam engineering consultants as well as local agencies are members of the SAME organization. They meet monthly to share new information, make presentations and introduce new members. The UOG student SAME chapter interacts with the professional group which gives students the opportunity to meet prospective local employees. CNB: How does UOG’s Engineering Program expect to participate in the Guam Military Buildup? The function of the SENG is to provide local engineering talent to the government agencies, local engineering consultants firm and local construction firms who will be working on projects related to the build-up. Money earned by local engineers will stay on Guam.


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Medical Marijuana on the Jobsite By: R.D. Gibson




ot. Weed. Grass. Ganja. Dope. Hemp. Herb. Cannabis. Reefer. Mary Jane. 420. Skunk. Boom. Chronic. Nuggets. White Widow. Some of these names are colloquial. They are littered around in popular culture. Sometimes the names are recognizable while others leave us with a perplexed look with our left eyebrow raised. “How did they come up with that?” However, more often than not, the imagery of a five-leaf clover captures our attention, and the conversation can go one of two ways – with a good laugh or up in smoke. For decades, much debate has been had over marijuana usage. With overwhelming media tactics discussing the highs and lows of the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, the continuous back-and-forth showcases its ‘non-addictive’ properties versus the impact of its gateway drug status for teenagers – among other things. Nearly three years ago, Guam voters chose to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. At the time, it was the first United States territory to legalize medicinal green, according to a Huffington Post article written by Carly Schwartz. Although it is still a hot topic, the controversy still sparks difficult discussions regarding regulations and procedures for the growing and usage. Since the initial law’s passage in 2014, there has been consistent discussion regarding the slow review and approval of the program’s rules and regulations for medicinal marijuana. But, currently, island leadership is looking at legalizing marijuana for adult use purposes. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo proposed legalizing adult use marijuana after vetoing a bill that would have allowed eligible residents to grow medicinal marijuana at home. This solution stems from the intricacies and complexities of the medical marijuana program that were planted with the passage of the 2014 legislation and prolonged review and approval of its rules and regulations from the Department of Public Health and Social Services and Attorney General’s Office. The issue – though hotly debated and veiled with smoke – maintains status quo with a split look between both potential medical and economic gains and a social stigma fueled by public service announcements and federal laws. In all of this though, we are faced with solid statistics on both ends, which with or without bloodshot eyes, still leaves many perplexed and wondering of the effects on a community and its industries. Like Us On Facebook


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The Employers’ Council, which specializes in providing human resources departments support, emphasized that illegal status of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Moreover, they point out that contractors receiving federal monies, or working on federal projects are, or maybe required to drug test their employees. When working with these federal entities, they must follow the Drug-Free Workplace Act. “Many federal agencies do not allow the medical use of [marijuana], like the US Department of Transportation,” said Executive Director Andrew Andrus. Additionally, the discussion filters into several aspects of the industry. Jim Shadid wrote a blog post for HCSS, a software development company for construction companies. Shadid pointed out how even though an employee has exemption for medicinal purposes, it doesn’t mean they are exempt from drug tests and consequences, which proves rather difficult for marijuana law regulations and such. In the post, Shadid discussed several points, including what employers should know. He wrote how there companies should have guidelines for employees using substances off of work, and supervisors should know how to identify impairment for safety purposes. He continued, “Any federal employee or contractor is expressly prohibited from marijuana use. Urine testing may be used to ensure compliance”. Now the problem in an industry that maintains safety as one of its highest priorities is looking at drug-testing policies and also on contracting opportunities for the federal government. Impairment of any kind cannot be tolerated on job sites and poses several safety issues. According to a news report from KATV ABC 7, a world away in Arkansas, a contractors organization was scheduled to meet and discuss the implications of a similar medicinal marijuana measure in 2016. The report stated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, the safety and health federal enforcement agency, was unable to provide an opinion on dealing with medical marijuana. When ‘marijuana’ was searched on OSHA’s website, a PowerPoint presentation was made available discussing the effects of drugs and alcohol. According to PDH Academy, a group of contractors whose “mission is to provide hassle free, cost-effective 26 | MARCH2017

continuing education for contractors, builders, remodelers, roofers, and construction supervisors”, it would be easy to just hold a zero tolerance policy, but proves to be difficult as more and more states legalize it. “Construction companies are choosing to adopt those zero tolerance policies, but are finding it difficult to move their best workers around from state to state when medical marijuana is involved,” a contributing blogger on their website wrote. President of TakeCare Insurance Company Jeffrey Larsen states pointedly “we are obligated to follow federal regulations as it relates to our business practices.” Larsen talked briefly about how no health plan or health insurance provider in Guam or throughout the United States covers the use of medicinal marijuana. “Practically speaking however, there may be a need to cover conditions related to the use of marijuana and that could have the unintended consequence of additional money spent on healthcare to treat conditions related to its use,” he continued. He cited a memorandum from the Obama Administration discussing the possible repercussions of “long-term, chronic use” of marijuana “can lead to dependence and addiction.” As mentioned earlier, the potential to shake up human resources department is apparent. “[Marijuana] will have a very profound effect on business in general and will require employers to change their employment practices,” said Larsen. He continued, “some employers will have to change their policies around drug testing and other employment practices.” What it comes down to Larsen and for the industry as a whole is getting more information and education to prevent possible negative aspects of the issue and promote positivity impacts. From what it looks like, the debate isn’t going to dissipate any time soon. However, with the passage of local legislation of medical marijuana and a push for adult use, it looks like the conversation is going to get even thicker and clouded. With plenty of unanswered questions throughout the nation, Guam, its people, and employers – especially in the construction industry – are left to discuss, ponder, and set out on unfamiliar territory. In the end, whatever you want to call this grass that has everyone buzzing, it has one significant side effect: conversation. How the industry moves forward is completely dependent on the knowledge of human resource officials but also that of employees.


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BEFORE YOU LIFT Ask These 10 Pre-Lift Questions

A monthly crane and rigging informative column for all personnel directly or indirectly involved with crane safety. Each month we will attempt to explain a different technical issue pertaining to crane operations here on Guam, addressing the sometimes over-looked or misunderstood topics by management and operators alike. By Dave Barnhouse Normally, a great deal of thought and planning goes into a critical or super lift and these critical lifts are carried out with precision and are successful if the plan is carefully followed. All too often, however, the same careful planning is not present on the everyday routine smaller or simple lifts. Before performing any lift, regardless of how large or small, there is some basic information that must be known and confirmed before you begin. In most cases there is little or no planning and when things go wrong, an accident may result. I have noticed the majority of crane accidents result from lifts that are classified as routine and most likely preventable if the careful planning that is required for a critical or non-routine lift would have been implemented. There are ten questions that must be answered for any lift and could be considered a basic lift plan for standard lifts. The ten questions can be converted into a simple lift plan form. Then, require the crane operator to complete it before each and every lift. It only takes a few minutes and could prevent a costly accident. It has been shown that when a lift plan is required for every lift, the supervisors, operators and riggers catch mistakes before they happen. For example: The lift could be at a high percent of capacity. I have witnessed numerous occasions when an operator was set up for a lift, knowing the load was heavy but not actually calculating the gross load, and preparing to proceed with the lift at close to or over maximum capacity. The crew may need to move the crane a few feet to reduce the radius, significantly improving the capacity and safety of the lift. 32 | MARCH2017

Example of outrigger support checked and abated during the 10 question plan 10 Questions that should be answered include: 1. WHAT IS THE "VERIFIED" WEIGHT OF THE LOAD? It is not possible to make a safe lift when the weight of the load is not known or verified. Operators need to know this and never assume anything. There have been more than a few cranes upset because the gross load was underestimated. Smaller loads can be easily calculated, such as pre-cast concrete or a steel beam. Most loads are shipped to the work site by truck, the trucking company weight ticket is a good source for weight information. In any case, the load weight is critical and must be known and verified. 2. WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM RADIUS? The radius is defined as the distance between the center of rotation of a crane and the center of gravity of a freely suspended load, and is the single most important factor in determining a crane’s capacity. The radius must be known and www.guamcontractors.org

should be measured. At a minimum, a dry run should be performed by placing the empty hook over the pick and set locations, measuring the radius for each lift. Calculate the lift according to the farthest distance. 3. WHAT IS THE RIGGING CAPACITY AND WEIGHT? Calculate the capacity of the rigging configuration. There must be a qualified rigger making the actual connections, and capable of calculating the effect of sling angles on the rigging. A sling angle of 60 degrees, or higher, to horizontal is preferred. Calculate the actual weight of the rigging system and record it on the plan. The weight of the entire rigging system is deductible from the crane chart gross capacity. Weights should be known and estimates made on the high side.

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4. WHAT ARE THE APPLICABLE CAPACITY CHART DEDUCTIONS? A knowledgeable crane operator knows his crane’s deductible accessories and makes sure to add these and the weight of the rigging to the accessory total and subtract the combined total from the “gross” capacity to obtain the “net” capacity. Everything hanging under the boom tip is considered part of the load. Attachments that are mounted on the boom and not used, such as jibs or boom extensions are also deducted. 5. WHAT IS THE CRANE NET CAPACITY AFTER DEDUCTIONS? Accidents have because the operator relied solely on the gross capacity from the crane chart. All deductible items must be subtracted from the “gross” capacity to establish the “net” capacity. This sometimes may add up to be a substantial amount and make the difference between a safe lift or an overloaded crane. 6. IS THE CRANE ON FIRM LEVEL GROUND? If leveling the crane with outriggers, an accurate level must be used, preferably on the turntable near the boom foot, to assure the crane is level. Ground bearing calculations and soils analysis are not practical for every lift made by small cranes. Matting should always be used, without exception. Due to their small size, the manufacturers’ outrigger floats are not designed to stand-alone on other than solid ground, such as virgin rock, and do not provide an acceptable load distribution. Check to see if there has been a recent excavation in the set up area. A sure sign of trouble is when the crane tires sink into the ground while driving into position. A simple approach to matting size is to use 20% of the crane rated capacity in square feet. This method is only a starting point and will not be sufficient in every case. Be sure the mat is strong enough to resist bending so as not to reduce the load distribution to the ground. Example: 20% of a 100 ton crane would amount to a 20 ft2, so the mat would measure 4 X 5 ft. The usual accepted method of using 3 times the size of the OEM floats is not as reliable if the OEM floats are too small to begin with. 7. ARE THERE POWER LINES ANYWHERE IN THE PATH OF THE LOAD OR CRANE ATTACHMENTS? Search for power lines and sources of electric energy before moving the crane into position. Note the locations and record them on the lift plan. If it is possible for the boom or any part of the crane to reach within 20 feet of overhead power lines, precautions must be taken. If operations closer than 20 feet are planned, the lift is considered critical and specific training and pre-cautionary measures must be taken. Discuss the lift plan with all persons evolved Like Us On Facebook

so that everyone is aware of the potential hazard. A designated spotter is required to warn the crane operator of an impending contact. Beware of power lines that are hidden within tree branches or behind buildings. Statistically, power line contact is the most occurring crane accident worldwide. See the OSHA Power Line Rule found in the Subpart CC - 1926.1400 standard at for more information and direction. 8. ARE THERE OBSTRUCTIONS ANYWHERE IN THE PATH OF THE LOAD OR CRANE ATTACHMENTS? Check the work area for obstructions. Make a dry run through the full swing path of the proposed lift and observe the boom clearance to any obstructions. 9. WILL THE LOAD CONTACT THE CRANE BOOM OR JIB AT ANYTIME DURING THE LIFT? Is the load long and can it contact the boom or jib during the lift? If a load contacts a loaded boom, the boom could collapse. If taglines are to be used, make sure the tagline person is qualified and there is room to turn a long load for alignment during the lift. Remember, the tagline person is controlling the load in a sense, so he cannot be just any laborer who happens to be on the site. 10. WHAT IS THE RATIO OF CRANE CAPACITY TO NET LOAD? Calculate the percent of chart capacity by dividing the gross load by the chart capacity. When a crane is nearing capacity everything has to be exactly right. If anything goes wrong it happens fast and there is little chance to recover. Percent of chart often defines a critical lift and an additional, comprehensive, ‘critical lift plan’ may be in order. It is advisable to establish a definition and procedure for a ‘critical lift’. It is advisable to require the completion of a more comprehensive ‘critical lift’ plan when the ‘ten question’ plan indicates the lift has met the criteria for a critical lift. It has been observed that when the ten-question lift plan indicated it is a critical lift; the crew will re-think the set up and lift parameters, thereby reducing the percent of capacity to a more reasonable, lower ratio. www.guamcontractors.org

If your next project involves any crane operations, you may consider making a ten question lift plan mandatory for every lift and require a critical lift plan for any lift over 85% of chart. The critical lift plan should be approved by the Project Manager or the designated Lift Director. Supervisors with crane related responsibilities will become creative about how they set up the cranes. In many instances they may be able to effect minor changes to the crane set up locations, improving the lift parameters resulting in lifts rated well below the critical lift criteria. It should be understood that there are many things that affect the safety of a lift. The ten-question lift plan is intended to assure the most vital parameters are considered. It does not, in any way, relieve the crane operator or rigging crew from their responsibilities to consider everything that may affect the safety on any lift.

Please e-mail any comments, questions, or specific topics you would like to see addressed in this column to certs@ite.net and we will certainly attempt to accommodate your requests. Dave Barnhouse resides in Tamuning and has been involved with operations, maintenance, operator training, and/or inspections, of cranes since 1969. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, CHST, NCCCO certified crane operator, NCCCO Lift Director, Level II Rigger, NCCCO practical examiner for all types of mobile crane operators, riggers, signal persons, and the only OSHA accredited crane inspector on Guam.

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Governor Tells USCIS Officials that New Interpretation of Policy Could Negatively Impact Economy

new industries, as well asasthe well military as the military policies and policies review andprocesses review processes to to new industries, Washington Washington D.C. — D.C. USCIS —officials USCIS officials is creating is creating a great need a great for need for protect employers protect employers and employees and employees building building and theirand attorneys their attorneys met withmet with skilled workers skilled in workers construction. in construction. GovernorGovernor Calvo toCalvo discusstothe discuss the alike. alike. increasedincreased rejectionrejection of H-2B of visa H-2B visa “We’ve been “We’ve toldbeen thattold there’s thatnothere’s no This additional This additional work force work is force is applications. applications. the labor to the policies. labor policies. And yet And yet necessarynecessary now because now of because Guam’s of Guam’schange tochange growth and growth the need and the for need forwe’re seeing we’rea record seeing anumber record of number of Acting Director Acting Director of USCIS, of USCIS, Lori Lori economiceconomic workers, skilled workers, particularly particularly in the in therejectionsrejections — without — explanation without explanation or or Scialabba, Scialabba, asked Governor asked Governor Calvo toCalvoskilled to recourse recourse for relief,” forthe relief,” Governor the Governor explain the explain situation the situation Guam faces. Guam Shefaces.health She and health construction and construction industries. industries. stated. “Your stated. new “Your interpretation new interpretation on on also asked also USCIS askedstaff USCIS andstaff attorneys and attorneys H-2B H-2B could policy cause could economic cause economic “Because“Because of this new of this interpretation new interpretation of of policy to explain tothe explain position the position they’d taken they’d taken this policy, thiswe’ve policy, lostwe’ve specialized lost specialized catastrophe catastrophe in Guam.” in Guam.” this past this yearpast and year the reason and thebehind reason behind health care health providers care providers at the new at the new it. it. The Governor noted that noted Guam thatisGuam is hospital.hospital. This limits This their limits services, their services,The Governor on long-term on long-term solutionssolutions but but whichmore means people moretopeople go to to go toworking working The Governor The Governor explainedexplained to the to the which means our public ourhospital, public hospital, which is which alreadyis already this sudden thischange suddenrequires change requires a more a more Acting Director Acting Director that Guam’s that labor Guam’s labor busy helping busy ahelping majority a majority of our of our immediate immediate response.response. He calledHe oncalled the on the force is limited force isand limited has historically and has historically Acting Director Acting Director and her staff and her to staff to been augmented been augmented with foreign with foreign population population – both locally – bothand locally and revisit policy the and policy consider and consider its its regionally,” regionally,” the Governor the Governor stated. stated. revisit the workers. workers. In fact, because In fact, of because Guam’s of Guam’s implications implications on Guam. on Guam. unique situation unique situation and needand for need for The Governor added that added the growing that the growing additional additional workers, workers, the Guam the Guam The Governor Guam has Guam fewerhas than fewer 300than foreign 300 foreign Department Department of Laborof has Labor created has createdtourism industry, tourism industry, and pushand to build push to build

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laborers now, laborers which now,is which a hugeis a huge decrease decrease from thefrom approximately the approximately 1,500 laborers 1,500 we laborers typically we typically have. have. Guam isGuam at the point is at the where point where construction construction projects have projects slowed haveand slowed and some companies some companies are hesitant are to hesitant take to take on new projects. on new projects. Guam companies Guam companies last year last saw year a saw a sharp turnaround sharp turnaround — where— they where wentthey went from a near from 100 a near percent 100approval percent approval to a to a near 100near percent 100rejection percent rejection in the span in the span of a year of with a year little with warning little warning or or explanation. explanation. Oyaol Ngirairikl Director of Communications Office of the Governor of Guam Ricardo J. Bordallo Governors Complex Adelup, Guam 96932 Office:  671.475.9379


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Landscape Gardener

Laundry Maintenance Technician




Wedding Service Attendant


Total Non-Construction H2-B Workers



Ultrasound Technician

Quality Control Inspector


MRI Technologist

Motor Repairer



Market Research Analyst

Massage Therapist


Marine Maintenance Mechanic

Maintenance Machinery Worker




Les Mills Group Exercise Instructor


HVAC Technician


Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Guest Host/Hostess

Figaro Coffee Shop Supervisor

Diving Instructor ER Registered Nurse

Crew Leader




TOTAL Construction H-2B Workers



320 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 325











Total U.S. Workers

Grand Total H2B Workers

US Workers vs. H-2B

325 Grand Total H-2B Workers



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Total H-2B Employers

Total U.S. Workers


Construction Non-Construction

Employers By Industry

Philippines Korea Japan Kiribati United Kingdom Australia Italy Peru Thailand Other Total by Nationality

Workers by Nationality

Total Common Const.


Camp Cook

Specialty Cook




Heavy Equip. Operator


Bakery Equipment Mechanic



Biomedical Equipment Specialist


Sheetmetal Worker








Structural Steelworker

Reinforcing Metalworker


Automotive Repairer



Cement Mason

Common Construction Occupations

MONTH ENDING: January 2017

Automotive Mechanic

Total OTHER Construction

Construction Equipment Mechanic


Assistant Solar (PV) Installer


Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Maintenance Technician

AC Maintenance Technician

Other Construction Occupations A/C and Refrigeration Mechanic



Employers Workplace Monthly Report Statistics

AC Maintenance Mechanic

Other Non-Construction Occupations

GUAM DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Alien Labor Processing Certification Division

Korea Thailand 0.00% 0.00%







12.13% 1.26%

Other 0.00%

Peru 0.00%

Prepared By: Paul Miyasaki Contact information: Greg Massey, ALPCD Administrator P.O. Box 9970 Tamuning, Guam 96931 (671)475-8005/8003

Camp Cook

Heavy Equip. Operator Electrician

Sheetmetal Worker

Reinforcing Metalworker Structural Steelworker Plumber


Cement Mason






United Kingdom





United Kingdom 0.00%

Kiribati 0.62%


Common Construction Occupations

Philippines 98.46%

Japan 0.92%

Australia 0.00%

Italy 0.00%

H-2B Population by Nationality


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