GeoEngineers Inc., a Seattle-based earth science and technology company, announced Nov. 25 that it has purchased DCM Engineering Inc. of Walnut Creek, Calif., according to a press release. The combined companies now total nearly 400 employees..

DCM Engineering is a consulting firm specializing in trenchless design and geotechnical engineering services for the water and public utilities markets. GeoEngineers is a national earth science and technology company (ranked No. 30 on Trenchless Technology’s 2007 Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms list) with headquarters in Seattle. DCM was No. 41 on that same list.

The Walnut Creek team will use the name “DCM/GeoEngineers” and become GeoEngineers’ 15th office nationwide and second in California. Dave Mathy, P.E., DCM’s founder, will join GeoEngineers as managing principal of the Walnut Creek office.

With this acquisition, GeoEngineers has increased its talents in trenchless technology. DCM/GeoEngineers provides specialized design experience in microtunneling, earth pressure balance tunneling, pipe bursting, pipe reaming, pipe lining and various forms of pipe jacking. The company has won numerous awards for its trenchless technology work, including the 2006 North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) Industry Achievement. Over the past 15 years, DCM/GeoEngineers has completed more than 100,000 ft of trenchless projects, which have included pipelines from 12 to 103 in. in diameter installed by microtunneling, EPBM tunneling, pilot-tube guided boring, pipe bursting and pipe reaming.

In addition to its trenchless experience, DCM brings 24 years of geotechnical and geologic experience in the Bay Area, with a strong position in the water and wastewater infrastructure markets. This will be GeoEngineers’ second office in California — the other being in Sacramento — strengthening GeoEngineers’ position in the state for both new pipeline installation and existing pipeline rehabilitation.

GeoEngineers has long been known for its HDD design and construction oversight for oil, gas and other pipelines. The company has completed HDD projects throughout the United States and abroad with lengths in excess of 6,000 ft and diameters up to 56 in.

Alan Snider, GeoEngineers’ lead HDD expert and Gulf South regional manager, expressed his enthusiasm for the deal. “We are very pleased that DCM is joining GeoEngineers. They will offer significant benefits to our clients throughout the company. They will round out our existing trenchless expertise with their great successes with microtunneling, pipe bursting and pipe jacking projects. Their depth of trenchless expertise and experience will be very helpful.” 

The addition of DCM Engineering extends GeoEngineers’ national reach. The firm has grown rapidly, adding offices in Baton Rouge, La., Sacramento, Calif., Bend, Ore., and Springfield, Mo., in the past five years. It serves clients in the energy, transportation, development, federal and water and natural resource market sectors. DCM’s current clients include private companies, engineering firms and public utilities throughout central and northern California.

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