Top 500 Design Firms - With a Geo Emphasis
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Geo-companies in ENR’s 2017 Top 500 Design Firms

Top 500 Design Firms - With a Geo Emphasis

ENR’s annual top 500 design firms list for 2017 is out. These rankings are based on revenue for design services in the previous calendar year. Last year I extracted a subset of the list to see rankings of firms that are strong in geotechnical / geological related services, so I decided to do it again this year. I included firms that self-identified as geotechnical firms, as well as engineering firms that I know to have a strong geo emphasis. I’m sure there are some that I missed. I also included some of the major A&E firms that provide these types of services. Accordingly, it’s still a bit subjective on who is included. So here is the list of top Geo-Companies of 2017 (along with their change in ranking relative to 2016):

  • 1 – AECOM, Los Angeles, Calif. (No change from 2016)
  • 3 – CH2M, Englewood, Colo. (No change from 2016)
  • 5 – TETRA TECH INC., Pasadena, Calif. (+2)
  • 7 – AMEC FOSTER WHEELER, Atlanta, Ga. (-2)
  • 8 – HDR, Omaha, Neb. (+1)
  • 10 – STANTEC INC., Irvine, Calif. (+8)
  • 13 – ARCADIS NORTH AMERICA/CALLISON RTKL, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (-1)

 [Editor] Click through for the rest of the Geo list! [/Editor]

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Top 500 Design Firms - With a Geo Emphasis
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Geo-companies in ENR’s 2016 Top 500 Design Firms

Top 500 Design Firms - With a Geo Emphasis

ENR’s annual top 500 design firms list is out. These rankings are based on revenue for design services in the previous calendar year. I was curious how the various firms that are strong in geotechnical / geological related services rank. I included firms that self-identified as geotechnical firms, as well as engineering firms that I know to have a strong geo emphasis. I’m sure there are some that I missed. I also included some of the major A&E firms that provide these types of services. I even included a few environmental firms. So in summary, it’s still a bit subjective on who is included. Without further ado, here is the list (along with their change in ranking relative to 2015):

  • 1 – AECOM, Los Angeles, Calif. (No change from 2015)
  • 3 – CH2M, Englewood, Colo. (+1)
  • 5 – AMEC FOSTER WHEELER, Tucker, Ga. (+1)
  • 7 – TETRA TECH INC., Pasadena, Calif. (No change from 2015)
  • 9 – HDR, Omaha, Neb. (No change from 2015)
  • 11 – WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, New York, N.Y. (+5)
  • 12 – ARCADIS NORTH AMERICA/CALLISONRTKL, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (+1)

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the Geo list! [/Editor]

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Miscellaneous

Geological Engineering Major Eliminated at University of Arizona

[Editor’s Note] I am an alumn of the U of A’s Geological Engineering program, so this hits me in a sentimental spot. [/Editor’s Note]

A proposal submitted by Mary Poulton (Mining and Geological Engineering Department Head) and Jeff Goldberg (Associate Dean of College of Engineering) was submitted to the University of Arizona Faculty Senate to eliminate the geological engineering undergraduate major and merge the degree with Mining Engineering. The proposal was accepted by the Senate this week despite the efforts of Dr. Ben Sternberg who attended the hearing. The geological engineering degree will be combined with the mining engineering degree. The new degree will be a B.S. in Mining and Geological Engineering and there will be a mining engineering track and a geological engineering track. Budget cuts and small enrollment were the main reasons cited for the elimination of the degree. Read on for more. (Photo by Jacob Rader)

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Geologic Hazards

Utah Considers Stricter Rules for Development in Landslide Prone Areas

The Utah Governer’s Geologic Hazards Working Group, which includes no one from the private sector, is considering some model legislation that can be adopted by cities and counties to make it more difficult for developers to build in landslide prone areas. Also, among other things, the group may recommend that Utah adopt stricter grading requirements based on the experiences of California. Read on for more info.

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