Trenchless Technology’s Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Firms of 2018

Top 50 Trenchless Engineers 2018Trenchless Technology has released the results of its annual survey and ranking of the Top 50 trenchless engineering companies in North America. Topping the ranking in 2018 is Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering Group, which moves up from the No. 8 spot a year ago after acquiring CH2M in 2017.

This is the 22nd year Trenchless Technology has ranked top engineering companies in the trenchless market. The rankings are based on reported North American trenchless project revenue (USD) in 2017 or the previous fiscal year.

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This year, Jacobs reported more than $253 million in trenchless revenue, only the second time any firm has exceeded $200 million in Trenchless Technology’s ranking.

Rounding out the Top 10 are: No. 2: Mott MacDonald ($189.8 million); No. 3: Stantec ($120.3 million); No. 4: AECOM ($107 million); No. 5: Black & Veatch Corp. ($83 million); No. 6: Hatch Corp. ($80 million); No. 7: CDM Smith ($74.2 million); No. 8: Cardno, Inc. ($44.8 million); No. 9: GHD ($36.4 million); and No. 10: KCI Technologies ($31.4 million).

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The highest-ranked 100 percent trenchless firm in 2018 goes to Laney Engineering Group, ranked 29th. Laney is one of only three 100-percent trenchless firms to appear on the ranking (the others being Staheli Trenchless Consultants at No. 47 and J.D. Hair & Associates at No. 50). In addition, Laney also experiences the largest increase, moving all the way up from No. 50 in 2017.

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In addition to trenchless revenue, Trenchless Technology’s survey asks participants to report total company revenue, 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 discipline.

The 2018 survey results reveal the trenchless industry continues to trend in a positive direction. Collectively, the Top 50 firms reported a total of $1.4 billion in trenchless revenue. This number has increased consistently since Trenchless Technology began publishing the ranking 22 years ago. The total trenchless revenue among the Top 50 is a 6 percent increase over last year and a 24 percent increase over the last five years.

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Click here to read an analysis of the Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Firm’s of 2018

This year’s Top 50 reported a total of 17,065 trenchless projects completed in the past year – a notable 46 percent increase from the 11,672 total projects reported in the 2017 survey.

Trenchless Technology’s survey is aimed at providing readers a snapshot of the state of the trenchless design market. Submittals from engineering companies are imperative to making the Top 50 ranking as comprehensive as possible. Trenchless Technology wishes to thank everyone who participated in this year’s survey. For more information on how to participate, please contact Sharon M. Bueno, managing editor, at

Editor’s Note:

  • In December 2017, Jacobs completed its acquisition of CH2M, which had ranked atop Trenchless Technology’s Top 50 for the past three years.