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Stantec to Acquire MWH Global for $1.04B

Posted on March 31, 2016
Stantec Inc. has announced a merger with Broomfield, Colorado-based MWH Global—the biggest deal in the engineering and infrastructure design consulting company’s 62-year history. The Edmonton-based firm announced that the all-cash deal with MWH Global, was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and that Stantec will acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of MWH for a purchase price of US$793 million (Cdn$1.04 billion). MWH is a s a global water and natural resources firm, providing technical engineering [...]

Precast Concrete Industry Issues Environmental Product Declarations

Posted on January 15, 2016
The North American Precast Concrete announced the release of environmental product declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners, and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts of precast and prestressed concrete products. The precast concrete industry wide EPDs are now available for the following products: architectural and insulated wall panels; structural precast concrete products; and underground precast concrete products. An EPD is a standardized [...]

Forum, United Wind Invest $200M in Distributed Wind

Posted on January 6, 2016
Toronto-based Forum Equity Partners, an alternative investment management and principal investment firm, the U.S.’s United Wind have made a deal that provides $200 million in project equity capital for distributed wind projects throughout the United States. The financing will expand United Wind’s WindLease program, which enables both residential and commercial property owners to lease distributed-scale wind turbines (≤100kW in rated capacity). “United Wind brings a unique and innovative solution to wind power delivery by offering a first-of-its-kind [...]

SNC-Lavalin Reinforces Its Position in Rail, Transit

Posted on November 16, 2015
SNC-Lavalin has realigned its business processes, brands, and market strategy to offer a larger portfolio of rail and transit expertise and provide an end-to-end client service offering. This strategic move unites SNC-Lavalin’s outstanding global rail expertise and brings it together as an integrated rail and transit market sector, with more than 1,000 rail engineers combined with 1,000 construction and operations and maintenance experts across the world. The global reputation, strategic presence, and market penetration that SNC-Lavalin has gained [...]

CH2M Names New Water President

Posted on November 16, 2015
CH2M has named Peter Nicol as president of its water business. Nicol succeeds Greg McIntyre, who is overseeing all global business operations, serving as president of global business groups. In his new role, Nicol is responsible for all water activities within CH2M, including overseeing consulting, program management, design, design-build, construction, and operations solutions for government, civil, industrial, and energy clients. He previously served as CH2M’s global water business development and client sector director, in which he was predominately [...]

GE Acquires Alstom Power and Grid Businesses

Posted on November 9, 2015
GE has completed the acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid businesses. The completion of the transaction follows the regulatory approval of the deal in over 20 countries and regions. It is GE’s largest-ever industrial acquisition. “The completion of the Alstom power and grid acquisition is another significant step in GE’s transformation,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE. “The complementary technology, global capability, installed base, and talent of Alstom will further our core industrial growth. We are open for business and ready [...]

U.S. Pledges $160M to Develop Smart City Apps

Posted on September 15, 2015
The U.S. government has announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest more than $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. The new initiative is part of this administration’s overall commitment to target federal resources to meet local needs and support community-led solutions. “Every [...]

Riva Makes Strategic Partnership with UMS Group Europe

Posted on June 25, 2015
Toronto-based Riva Modeling Systems Inc., a provider of software applications for long-range asset management, has made a strategic partnership with UMS Group Europe B.V., an international utility management consulting firm. The partnership focuses on delivering comprehensive asset management solutions to asset-intensive organizations across Europe and the Middle East. The collaboration combines the computing power of Riva’s RivaAMP application with UMS Group’s asset management expertise and solution delivery qualifications. The combined capabilities [...]

Engineers Stretched to the Limit: Report

Posted on March 26, 2015
Which issues cause the biggest headaches for today’s engineers around the world? According to a new global study by business information provider IHS, the pressure to work faster, the threat caused by institutional knowledge drain and challenges posed by environmental regulations are among the chief concerns. More than 2,100 engineers and technical professionals responded to a recent survey, the results of which appear in a report, The Pulse of Engineering: The Changing Work Environment for Engineers Today. The report details the demands that engineers [...]

John Oliver Slams America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Posted on March 2, 2015
John Oliver spotlighted infrastructure on Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, eviscerating the state of America’s bridges, roads, and dams. He gives a 21-minute-long impassioned speech on the topic. “The scale of this problem is scary,” Oliver said He also enlisted the help of Birdman star Edward Norton and actor Steve Buscemi with a faux-action movie trailer aptly titled Infrastructure. “We should care just as much when under threat from the inevitable passage of time,” Oliver said. “The problem is, no one has made a blockbuster [...]
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