The Top 10 Engineering Firm Profiles


CH2M HILL is a multi-disciplined planning, design, management, construction and operations firm that is a global leader in water, wastewater, transportation, environmental, nuclear, energy and industrial projects. CH2M HILL has more than 200 offices worldwide and is a $6.3 billion revenue company. With more than 23,500 staff based in more than 85 countries, CH2M HILL’s services include engineering, consulting, planning, project development/finance, program management, design, construction management and operations. In February 2008, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Co. (ADSSC) appointed CH2M HILL to a six-year consultancy services agreement to serve as program manager, owner’s engineer and construction manager for the delivery of the Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Program (STEP). STEP features extensive trenchless work including a 41-km long, large-diameter deep tunnel gravity sewer and over 50 km of smaller diameter link sewers. Web:

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2. Hatch Mott MacDonald

Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) is a leading North American consulting engineering firm with a century of worldwide experience. HMM has designed and managed some of the world’s most prominent underground projects. The company provides comprehensive engineering services in all areas of transportation, tunnels, water, wastewater, environmental, pipeline and utility markets. HMM offers public and private clients a range of services including planning, investigations, design, risk management, program management and construction management. With over 60 offices in North America, and staff resources of over 22,000 worldwide, the company can respond quickly and cost-effectively to any project demand. Web:

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3. CDM

CDM is a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm delivering exception service to public and private clients worldwide. Since 1947, CDM has been providing innovative solutions developed through strong client relationships of mutual trust and respect and a commitment to quality and integrity.  From its founding as a three-person partnership, CDM has grown into a leading global firm of more than 4,500 employees who provide professional services in the core capabilities of water, environment, transportation, energy, and facilities.

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Trenchless technologies have been a continual component of CDM design projects and the firm is proficient in all types of technologies, including tunneling, microtunneling, HDD, pipeline assessment, pipe rehabilitation, pipe bursting, ground freezing, and pipe jacking. In the past 5 years, CDM has planned and designed trenchless technology projects that have resulted in more than $1 billion in construction projects. Web:

4. Jacobs Engineering Group

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Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional, technical and construction services. With more than 53,000 employees, the company offers full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets. Jacobs provides engineering and construction services for all types of trenchless projects including utility tunneling/microtunneling, auger boring, pipe bursting, asset management, SSES, directional drilling and pipeline rehabilitation. In February 2010, Jacobs acquired Jordan, Jones and Goulding Inc. (JJG), a full-service environmental and engineering services firm founded in 1958. The acquisition strengthens the company’s capabilities within the water and wastewater markets as Jacobs continues to support public and private clients with the infrastructure solutions they urgently need. Web:

5. MWH

With a rich legacy that dates back to 1844 and more than 6,000 employees on six continents, MWH offers a multi-disciplined global team of program managers, business consultants, engineers, geologists, operators, scientists, technologists and regulatory experts who provide solutions to the world’s most challenging wet infrastructure projects. MWH is driven to meet today’s challenges with a dedication to innovation and a commitment to mastering emerging technologies and applying them to create client-focused results. With a focus on Building a Better World, MWH has engaged in the engineering, construction, financing and management of some of the world’s largest and most technically significant wet infrastructure projects for its client base of more than 4,000 municipalities, governments, multi-national corporations and industries.

6. Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is a global leader in the consulting, engineering, construction and operation of what the world needs now and in the future in the crucial areas of energy, water and telecommunications and in providing up-to-the-minute services in the fast changing federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, the employee-owned, $2.7 billion company operates out of over 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries. Web:

7. Brown and Caldwell

Brown and Caldwell has a 62-year history of delivering effective, economical and environmentally compatible solutions to infrastructure challenges. The firm is a recognized leader in infrastructure sustainability, adapting state-of-the-art technologies to complex infrastructure problems involving clients’ buried assets. And with nearly 1,500 employees and 50 offices in the United States, the company helps communities nationwide with planning, condition assessment, information management, permitting, public education, design, renovation, construction services and proactive O&M. Since 2001, the firm’s work has been honored by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (including two awards for Trenchless Project of the Year), the International Trenchless Technology Association and several local/regional organizations. Web:

8. Malcolm Pirnie/ARCADIS

Malcolm Pirnie, the Water Division of ARCADIS U.S. Inc., (Pirnie/ARCADIS) has more than a century-long history of consulting with a concentration on water and the environment.  The company’s mission is to build on its water and environmental engineering and science foundation to help clients and their communities create sustainable solutions that make our world cleaner and safer. With a staff of approximately 15,000 engineers, scientists, planners, management consultants and support personnel worldwide, Pirnie/ARCADIS is devoted exclusively to water engineering and management consulting to enhance the performance of public and private organizations in meeting their environmental responsibilities. Web:

9. Cardno TBE

Cardno TBE offers a full range of subsurface utility engineering, three-dimensional underground imaging, professional utility coordination, surveying and mapping services, condition assessment of utility infrastructures, trenchless technology and rehabilitation design, utility pipeline design and GIS/asset management. Throughout the United States and internationally, Cardno TBE associates are actively involved with industry associations and take part in the research and development of industry standards and guidelines. Due to this and extensive practical experience, Cardno TBE associates are sought internationally for speaking engagements. Cardno TBE has a received numerous industry and civic awards, including the 2006 NASTT Industry Achievement Award for its contribution over the past 15 years in the development and support of the trenchless technology industry. Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, Cardno TBE has over 40 offices providing services throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.   Web:  

10. Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) is a national engineering firm offering planning, engineering and program management services. LAN has offices in 15 cities serving municipalities throughout the United States. Staying on the leading edge of the industry, LAN searches continuously for new technologies and products to improve performance and decrease costs. LAN’s top priority is providing its clients with the best product, while saving them time and money. Web:

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Specialty Trenchless Firms

As multi-billion global entities dominate the top of the Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms, sometimes it can be easy to overlook the contributions of small, specialty trenchless firms – sometimes referred to as boutique firms – that devote themselves to the advancing trenchless. Here, we present the firms that report 100 percent of their billings as trenchless (and which oftentimes are called in as sub-consultants when a project needs a trenchless solution). These companies offer a range services from rehab to new construction.

Complete Crossings Inc.
Entec Inc.
CNA Consulting Engineers
J.D. Hair & Associates Inc.
Staheli Trenchless Consultants
Bennett Trenchless Engineers
Jason Consultants