Choosing the Right Pipe

Top 10 Engineering Firms

Employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in full-service consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management services for public and private clients. As part of its continuing efforts to better serve its trenchless clients around the world, CH2M HILL acquired Halcrow in 2011 enhancing its overall tunnel, infrastructure planning and design capabilities. The combining of these two great companies allows iconic talent from both organizations to leverage best-in-class project, program and construction management skills on the world’s most complex tunneling and trenchless projects. With $6.4 billion (U.S.) in revenue and 30,000 employees worldwide, CH2M HILL has long been recognized as an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm. The firm was named Water Company of the Year at the 2012 Global Water Awards. Web:

2. Hatch Mott
Hatch Mott MacDonald is a 2,400-person, full-service infrastructure, transportation and environmental engineering company. The firm offers public and private clients a complete range of services including planning, feasibility studies, design and procurement, as well as program, project and construction management. With 70 offices across North America and access to staff resources of more than 25,000 worldwide, Hatch Mott MacDonald delivers world class solutions to meet clients’ infrastructure and environmental challenges.  Web:

3. CDM Smith
Since 1947, CDM Smith has been providing innovative engineering solutions throughout the world. CDM is a full-service engineering design and construction company. Its core planning, design and construction expertise includes: infrastructure design and rehabilitation, geotechnical, transportation, architecture, environmental management, site remediation, dams/levees/reservoirs, construction management, design-build, operations, information management and electrical trenchless technologies. These areas have been continual components of CDM design projects and they are proficient in all types of technologies including tunneling, microtunneling, HDD, pipeline assessment and cleaning, SSES, SSO/CSO, pipe rehabilitation, pipe bursting, ground freezing and pipe jacking. In the past five years, it has designed trenchless technology projects that have resulted in more than $1 billion in construction projects. Web:
4. Jacobs
Engineering Group
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services, including all aspects of design, construction management and consulting services for all tunneling and trenchless technologies. Jacobs Engineering is consistently ranked by the Engineering News Record within the top tiers of its industry (#3 in 2011 in Design, Design-Build and PM/CM). The company’s trenchless technology professionals are well versed in state-of-the-art construction methods, including microtunneling, auger boring, pipe jacking, horizontal directional drilling, pilot tube microtunneling, pipe bursting and pipe ramming. Jacobs serves a large array of companies and organizations, including industrial, commercial and government clients across multiple markets and geographies. Founded in 1947, Jacobs has more than 60,000 employees worldwide in 170 locations and more than 25 countries. Web:

5. MWH Global
MWH Global is a strategic consulting, technical engineering and construction services firm leading the wet infrastructure sector. By offering a full range of services and innovative, award-winning solutions that begin in the initial planning phases through construction and asset management, MWH partners with clients in multiple industries to implement projects and programs that focus on water, energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Its 7,500 employees in 35 countries spanning six continents are dedicated to fulfilling its purpose of Building a Better World, which reflects its commitment to sustainable development. MWH is a private, employee-owned firm with a rich legacy beginning in 1820. Web:

6. Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting and federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients’ needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions are provided from the broad line of service expertise available within Black & Veatch, including conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, program management, construction management, environmental, security design and consulting, management consulting and infrastructure planning. With $2.7 billion in revenue, the employee-owned company has more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents. Web:

7. Stantec
Stantec, founded in 1954, provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. Stantec has successfully delivered hundreds of trenchless technology solutions for new utility installations and existing infrastructure rehabilitation, including horizontal directional drilling, conventional and microtunneling, guided bore and pilot tube microtunneling, pipe jacking and cased bores.
For infrastructure rehabilitation, Stantec is experienced from the initial condition assessment through selection of the preferred rehabilitation methods, including CIPP, sliplining, joint sealing, pipe bursting and splitting. The company’s pipe rehabilitation and trenchless technology projects represent more than $500 million in capital expenditures. Stantec’s services are provided on projects around the world through approximately 12,500 employees operating out of more than 190 locations in North America and four locations internationally. Web:

8. Parsons Brinckerhoff
Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. Parsons Brinckerhoff offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations for all modes of infrastructure, including transportation, power, community development, water and the environment. Parsons Brinckerhoff is part of Balfour Beatty plc., the international infrastructure group operating in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments. Parsons Brinckerhoff’s tunnel areas of expertise include all types and forms of underground construction: drill & blast, TBM, EPB, slurry shield, immersed tubes, NATM/SEM, cut-and-cover, pipe jacking, microtunneling, slurry walls, secant piles, shafts, ground freezing, grouting, seismic engineering, tunnel security and explosion-resistant design, risk analysis, VDC/BIM and sustainable design. Web:

9. Brown and Caldwell
Brown and Caldwell consistently delivers successful and award-winning projects involving trenchless engineering and pipeline rehabilitation. Since 2001, the firm’s work has been honored by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (including two awards for Trenchless Technology Project of the Year), the International Society for Trenchless Technology, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and several local/regional organizations. With a 64-year history of adapting state-of-the-art technologies to complex infrastructure challenges, Brown and Caldwell is a recognized leader in helping water and wastewater agencies manage and improve their buried assets. Its nationwide team is drawn from 1,400 employees in 50 offices across the United States and helps communities with planning, condition assessment, information management, permitting, public education, design, renovation, construction services and proactive O&M.  Web:

10. Cardno TBE
Cardno TBE offers a core competency in the coordination of major infrastructure projects, a full range of subsurface utility engineering, 3D underground imaging, pipeline condition assessment and rehabilitation, professional utility design, coordination, surveying and mapping services, right-of-way acquisition and relocation, transportation engineering, construction engineering and civil and environmental engineering. Throughout the United States and internationally, Cardno TBE employees are actively involved with industry associations and take part in the research and development of industry standards and guidelines. Web:


Types of Trenchless Work

Each year when we gather information from the engineering firms for our Top 50, Trenchless Technology asks that they include what types of projects they worked on — from auger boring to utility tunneling. All told, more than 5,800 trenchless projects were reported to us by our 2012 Top 50 engineering firms. Here’s the breakdown (with the firm that reported the top number of projects for each):

Auger Boring: 255. Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers reported participating in 30 projects.
HDD: 1,275. Complete Crossings Inc. reported participating in 580 projects.
Microtunneling: 186. CH2M Hill reported participating in 47 projects.
Pipe Jacking: 173. Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers reported participating in 30 projects.
Pipe Bursting: 86. EBA Engineering Inc. and GRW Engineers Inc. each reported participating in 10 projects.
Pipe Ramming: 753. O’Brien & Gere Engineers Inc. reported participating in 80 projects.
SSES: 522: Brown and Caldwell reported participating in 62 projects.
SUE: 2,378. Cardno TBE reported participating in 1,307 projects.
Utility Tunneling: 190. Black and Veatch reported participating 35 projects.
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