2017 Trenchless Technology Engineering Survey

Trenchless Technology’s Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms of 2017

Top 50 Trenchless Engineers 2017Trenchless Technology today released its annual survey ranking trenchless engineering companies in North America. Topping this 21st annual survey for the third straight year is Englewood, Colorado-based CH2M, which reported trenchless revenue of $214.0 million over its last fiscal year—the first firm in our survey’s history to top the $200 million mark.


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The rankings are based on reported North American trenchless project revenue (USD).

Rounding out the Top 10 are: No. 2: Mott MacDonald ($164.2 million); No. 3: Stantec ($105.0 million); No. 4: Black & Veatch Corp. ($90.0 million); No. 5: AECOM ($86.0 million); No. 6: Hatch Corp. ($85.0 million); No. 7: CDM Smith ($69.2 million); No. 8: Jacobs Engineering Group ($49.5 million); No. 9: Kleinfelder ($46.1 million); and No. 10: KCI Technologies ($45.5 million).

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With a reported $30 million in trenchless revenue, Canadian firm CCI Inc. comes in at No. 12 – the largest 100 percent trenchless design firm in North America and one of four 100 percent trenchless firms in the Top 50. Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. turned in the largest increase in position, jumping from No. 31 in 2016 to No. 13 in this year’s survey.

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In addition to trenchless billings, the survey asks participants to report total company billings, number of trenchless experts employed by the company, the number of trenchless projects completed in the past five years and a breakdown of trenchless projects completed by method.

This year’s survey results for 2016 revenue – or the last fiscal year – are similar to what was reported last year for 2015. Looking specifically at trenchless revenue, this year’s Top 50 trenchless firms completed a collective $1.33 billion compared to the $1.28 billion in 2015. Of the Top 50 firms’ collective revenue of more than $44 billion, roughly 3 percent was in trenchless design.

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Trenchless Technology’s survey is aimed at providing readers a glimpse into the state of the trenchless design market. Trenchless Technology wishes to thank everyone who participated in this year’s survey. For more information on how to participate, contact Trenchless Technology managing editor Sharon M. Bueno at sbueno@benjaminmedia.com.

Editor’s Notes:

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  • In August 2017, Jacobs Engineering Group announced it had reached an agreement to acquire CH2M. The deal is expected to be finalized in Jacobs’ fiscal 2018 first quarter. The firms submitted separate revenue figures for this survey.

  • In November 2016, Woodard & Curran announced its acquisition of RMC Water and Environment, which ranked 43rd in the Top 50 in 2016.

  • In May 2017, Murray, Smith & Associates rebranded to Murraysmith.

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