EBJ News for October 26, 2017

Golder acquires UK-based Alan Auld Group
Golder Associates (Palm Beach, Fla.) is acquiring the Alan Auld Group of Companies (Doncaster, U.K), with offices in the U.K., Canada and the United States. Alan Auld Group provides specialized engineering design and construction services for underground structures. Over the past two decades the Group has been involved in the design of many complex mine shafts worldwide, in addition to providing tunnel and shaft design, rehabilitation and project management services for the power, water and transportation markets. The transaction is expected to close by mid-November 2017. Employee-owned Golder has 165 offices worldwide.

Normandeau to conduct ecological studies supporting offshore energy
Normandeau Associates Inc. (Bedford, N.H.) has been awarded a five-year IDIQ contract with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to perform ecological baseline studies on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in support of offshore renewable energy development. The focus will be on aerial digital survey and boat-based visual surveys for birds, marine mammals, and sea turtles, in addition to passive acoustic monitoring for marine mammals. Team members include Normandeau’s partners APEM Inc., Continental Shelf Associates, and Azura Inc. The studies will begin with a one-year aerial digital survey of the OCS off North and South Carolina, covering nearly 10,000 square nautical miles.

Black & Veatch partners with ReThink Advisors
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kansas) and the strategic planning consultancy ReThink Advisors (Cleveland, Ohio) have announced a partnership to improve community wellbeing and sustainability using a data-driven tool for city planning and performance. Using CityGauge, the partners will work with cities to assess performance and set targets against metrics that relate to livability, prosperity, health and wellbeing, connectivity and mobility, ecosystem stewardship and resource regeneration. “Cities face massively complex challenges that were previously impossible to solve in an integrated way. Advances in data analytics and computing power now enable us to connect the dots between systems to create critical insights and solutions that would otherwise be missed,” said Jennifer James, leader of Smart City Solutions at Black & Veatch. Employee owned Black & Veatch had revenues of $3.2 billion in 2016.

USAID awards Tetra Tech $24 million for clean energy services in Central Asia
Tetra Tech Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.) has been awarded a $24 million Power the Future Activity Contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help governments of Central Asia develop and deploy clean energy. Under the four-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract, Tetra Tech will provide sustainable energy services that are competitive with the wholesale and retail electricity prices common throughout the region. Tetra Tech will also provide technical services, including pilot studies for scaling up renewable energy practices, innovative approaches to increasing the integration of sustainable energy grid connections, and developing regulations to promote investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Mapping firm Andregg Geomatics joins Psomas
Andregg Geomatics (Auburn, Calif.), one of Northern California’s oldest surveying and mapping firms, has joined Psomas (Los Angeles, Calif.). Both firms have been in the survey business for over 70 years and have worked together on many projects. With the addition of Andregg, Psomas’s land surveying and mapping expertise will expand to include hydrographic and bathymetric surveys, as well as drone technology. The merger also adds offices in Auburn and Truckee, Calif. “Andregg is recognized as one of the most experienced survey firms in Northern California. We’re excited to add their talents and reputation to Psomas’ Northern California operation,” said Ryan McLean, Psomas CEO. Psomas now has 16 offices in California, Arizona and Utah.

Organic waste could provide the building materials of the future
Organic waste, such as bananas, potatoes and maize, could provide the feedstock for sustainable building materials, according to a report by Arup, an independent consultancy focused on the built environment. Globally the construction industry is one of the largest users of raw materials, and capturing organic waste streams could provide lower-cost, lower-CO2 materials such as bricks, insulation and partition board, Arup concluded. A kilogram of waste incinerated for energy recovery has a value of approximately €0.85, but the same material used for interior cladding could sell for up to €6 per kilogram, the report suggests. The report looks at alternative organic materials, including mushroom bricks grown in five days and waste potatoes used as insulation and acoustic absorbers. Arup has created the SolarLeaf, a façade system cultivating micro-algae to generate heat and biomass, and BioBuild, a self-supporting façade panel made out of bio-composite materials.

TerraTherm and Nelson enter MOU for advanced thermal remediation in Canada
TerraTherm Inc. (Gardner Mass.) and Nelson Environmental Remediation Ltd. (Spruce Grove, AB, Canada) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to bring proprietary thermal remediation technology to Canada. The MOU is a first step toward a formal sublicense agreement, granting Nelson rights to patented technology in parts of Canada. The scope of thermal technologies available from Nelson and TerraTherm includes Thermal Conduction Heating, Electrical Resistance Heating and Steam Enhanced Extraction. The exclusive Heated Box (HB1100) thermal technology for ex situ treatment on site will also be offered to the Canadian market. In this method, contaminated soil is treated in batches in a thermal heating system on the surface, allowing the soil to be rapidly decontaminated and reused on the site.

Hazen and Sawyer partners with Raleigh on resource recovery
Hazen and Sawyer (New York. N.Y.) is partnering with the City of Raleigh, N.C. on the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) Bioenergy Recovery Project. The Project involves the conversion of biosolids processing at the Neuse River RRF from Class B aerobic digestion and liquid land application, Class A alkaline stabilization and offsite composting to an all Class A final product produced through thermal hydrolysis pretreatment and mesophilic anaerobic digestion. Benefits include the production of green energy and of high-quality, low-odor Class A biosolids products. Implementing sidestream de-ammonification will reduce energy usage and eliminate the supplemental carbon used to treat the stronger ammonia load generated during digestion. Construction is scheduled for 2018 through 2021. Project partners include Black and Veatch and Crowder Construction.

Estre Ambiental to acquire three independent waste management companies in Brazil
Estre Ambiental S.A. (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the largest waste management company in Brazil and Latin America, is to acquire three waste management companies in Brazil. In addition, Estre has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with Boulevard Acquisition Corp. II (New York, N.Y.) in a transaction that will result in a new publicly listed combined company, Estre Ambiental Inc., with an anticipated initial enterprise value of approximately US$1.1 billion. In aggregate, the three companies to be acquired have expected combined annual revenues of R$213 million. “We have a robust pipeline of additional acquisitions which we also intend to aggressively pursue,” said Estre chief executive officer Sérgio Pedreiro. John J. Morris Jr., senior vice president of field operations for Waste Management Inc., will be a member of the Board of Directors of Estre Ambiental.

Brown & Caldwell helps Bay Area water agency land EPA loan
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has been selected for a new Environmental Protection Agency WIFIA (Water Infrastructure and Financing Innovation Act) loan. SFPUC, California’s third largest municipal water agency, provides potable water to 2.7 million Bay Area residents and treats 40 billion gallons of wastewater annually. The $625-million WIFIA loan will fund roughly half of SFPUC’s $1.27 billion biosolids facilities upgrades, a project led by environmental engineering firm Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.), which also helped the utility to apply for the EPA loan. A conceptual engineering report produced by the Brown & Caldwell team, which includes Black & Veatch, CH2M, MWA Architects, SRT and Structus, was included with the letter of interest. The SFPUC loan was the largest in a pool of 43 applicants and is one of only 12 projects nationwide selected by the EPA, Brown & Caldwell said.

Trinity Consultants acquires TGB partnership
Rob FerryTrinity Consultants Inc. (Trinity), an international environmental, health and safety (EHS) consulting firm specializing in industrial air quality, has acquired TGB Partnership (Hillsborough, N.C.). TGB is a consulting and software firm that specializes in the control of air emissions, development of standards and regulations, data analysis, and design of aluminum structures. TGB was founded in 1993 by Robert L. Ferry and J. Randolph Kissell, structural engineers who are experts on atmospheric storage tanks and aluminum structures. Trinity has partnered with TGB on projects for over a decade and has been a reseller of TGB’s tank emissions estimation software.

Intensity of U.S. energy use in manufacturing decreases
The energy intensity of U.S. manufacturing has continued to decrease, according to data released in October from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS). From 2010 to 2014, manufacturing fuel consumption rose 4.7%, while real gross output increased at 9.6%, resulting in a 4.4% decrease in energy intensity. The share of manufacturing output from energy-intensive industries like metals, chemicals, paper, and petroleum and coal, declined between 2010 and 2014, leading to a decline in overall manufacturing energy intensity. However, while many manufacturing establishments are taking steps to reduce energy consumption, the energy intensity decrease for total manufacturing is mostly the result of a shift of manufacturing output to less energy-intensive industries, EIA said. “If major industries had maintained the same proportions of the manufacturing sector, the energy intensity decline between 2010 and 2014 would have been 0.7% instead of 4.4%,” EIA said.

Evac acquired by Bridgepoint private equity group
Evac (Espoo, Finland), a provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries, is to be acquired by private equity group Bridgepoint. Evac, which had revenues exceeding €100 million in 2016, has been owned by the IK VII Fund since 2014. Established in 1979, Evac has offices in Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, South Korea, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. In the past few years, Evac has been strategically repositioned from being a component provider to a fully integrated cleantech solutions supplier. The company has benefitted from growth in the global cruise industry but has also identified opportunities to expand beyond the maritime market, either organically or by acquisition.

 

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