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Parsons Acquires Delcan, Expands Transportation Footprint

Posted on April 1, 2014
 Parsons has acquired Delcan, an international multidisciplinary engineering, planning, management, and technology firm that provides a range of integrated systems and infrastructure solutions to the transportation market. Parsons says this acquisition signals the firm’s intent to expand its geographic footprint in transportation, one of the corporation’s four key market areas. “In addition to increasing our presence in Canada and other key strategic geographies in the world, the acquisition of Delcan continues the progression of our corporate objectives [...]

P3s Generate Over $51B for Canadian Economy

Posted on March 13, 2014
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are major contributors to Canada’s economy, generating $51.2 billion in direct economic output and 290,680 direct full- time equivalent jobs between 2003 and 2012. According to an economic impact study conducted by InterVISTAS, a management consulting company, P3s play a major role in boosting Canada’s economy. The report notes: “With the public sector facing aging infrastructure, population growth and budget constraints, P3s are bringing together the expertise of both the private and public sector to expand the [...]

Wind Energy Market Continues with Steady Growth

Posted on February 6, 2014
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its 2013 market statistics, showing global wind energy capacity has tripled over the past five years to reach a total of 318,137 MW. Despite slower growth rates in some countries, the amount of wind energy installed around the world still rose by over 12 per cent in 2013. Canada recorded exceptionally strong growth in 2013 with a record of close to 1,600 MW of new wind energy capacity installed, placing it fifth globally. Canada sustains its position as a global wind energy leader, today ranking 9th in the [...]

GENIVAR Reorganizes, Announces Name Change

Posted on December 12, 2013
GENIVAR Inc. announced on December 2 that its corporate reorganization in accordance with a court-approved plan of arrangement will come into effect on January 1, 2014. The arrangement was approved by shareholders on May 23, 2013, and received approval from the Superior Court of Quebec on May 27. The arrangement will result in the reorganization of GENIVAR into in a global company structure, resulting in a newly created company named WSP Global Inc. Current shareholders of GENIVAR will become shareholders of WSP Global.   [...]

Construction Industry Sees Renewed Optimism

Posted on December 4, 2013
The majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sectors have fresh optimism and anticipate further growth across the industry, according to KPMG’s Global Construction Survey. After prolonged economic uncertainty, companies are experiencing a general increase in backlogs and margins, showing an overall positive outlook in the industry. “Canadian respondents see stability, leading to cautious optimism,” said Augusto Patmore, a partner with KPMG in Toronto. “The survey results suggest that growth is going to be slow, but there [...]

Infrastructure Trade to Triple Globally from 2013 to 2030

Posted on October 17, 2013
Worldwide infrastructure trade is set to triple between 2013 and 2030, according to HSBC Bank Canada’s latest trade forecast. The report predicts an average growth of nine per cent annually, and a jump from 45 per cent to 54 per cent of the overall merchandise trade. The projected increase is attributed to countries worldwide looking to improve their manufacturing capacity and civil infrastructure, leading to an increased demand for overseas goods and equipment. Rapidly developing countries will increasingly become top importers of goods for infrastructure [...]

IBM Extends Grant Program for Cities and Regions

Posted on October 9, 2013
IBM announced it is extending the Smarter Cities Challenge competitive grants program, which funds the deployment of IBM's top talent to perform pro bono problem solving in municipalities worldwide. IBM is now encouraging regional governing bodies—not only cities—to also apply for grants that will fund consultative engagements with IBM experts in 2014. By extending the program, IBM is building on the success of Smarter Cities Challenge's first three years, beginning in 2011. Since that time, IBM has deployed 600 experts on six-person teams who have [...]

Stantec, AECOM Recognized for Confederation Bridge with Award

Posted on October 3, 2013
The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has recognized Stantec and AECOM for their work on the Confederation Bridge with an Award of Excellence for a major civil engineering project of the last 100 years. The award was presented at FIDIC’s annual conference in Barcelona, along with other important feats of engineering from the past century. “We are so honoured to have our project recognized on a global scale,” said VP Eric Tromposch, who worked as a design engineer on the project. “This speaks to the talented team that came [...]

New London Skyscraper Melts Car

Posted on September 4, 2013
The owner of a Jaguar automobile is claiming that sunlight reflected off a new London, England skyscraper is responsible for melting a part of his luxury car. A barber shop has also claimed that the heat from the building singed a hole in the store’s doormat. The building has a distinctive, tapering shape, which has earned it the nickname the Walkie Talkie, a shape which may be to blame for the intensity of the glare from its facade. “If a building creates enough of a curve with a series of flat windows, which act like mirrors, the reflections [...]

Autodesk Expands Infrastructure Design, Analysis Portfolio

Posted on August 19, 2013
Autodesk Inc. is expanding its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for infrastructure following the completion of the acquisition of certain technology assets from two UK-based software companies. From Bestech Systems Ltd., Autodesk has acquired technology including Sam, a suite of software modules for loading, analysis and design of small and medium span bridges. From Savoy Computing Services Ltd., Autodesk has acquired technology including AutoTrack, a suite of software for vehicle swept path analysis and the design of parking [...]
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