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ConocoPhillips contracts CH2M HILL to conduct water treatment study

Denver — ConocoPhillips (COP), in collaboration with industry Partners under the Petroleum Environment Research Forum (PERF), formulated a study out of its Water Centre in Doha, to identify and explore the application of new and more sustainable, cost-efficient water treatment technologies used in the production of oil and gas. CH2M HILL is leading The Cost-Effective Reverse Osmosis Concentrate Treatment and Brine Management Study.

Gannett Fleming to assist with $3 billion ocean outfall program in South Florida

Miami — Gannett Fleming, as part of the CH2M Hill team, was selected by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) to assist with implementation of its $3.3 billion Ocean Outfall Legislation Program. The program was created in response to a state law that requires all wastewater utilities in southeast Florida to cease using ocean outfalls to discharge effluent and reuse 60 percent of their treated wastewater by year 2025.

HNTB Corporation looks to its next 100 years in Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo. — “For more than a century now, HNTB Corporation has helped create infrastructure that best meets the unique needs of our clients and the communities where we live and work,” said Tom O’Grady, P.E., HNTB Central Division president. “Nowhere is that commitment stronger than right here in Kansas City, where the firm was founded in 1914.”

Golder plans global changes to strengthen firm

Golder Associates Corporation has undertaken a global evaluation of its business and is taking a series of actions to create a stronger organization. When this program is fully implemented Golder will have reduced its work force by 500 people or 6 percent globally, including the right sizing of corporate services to match the smaller organization.

CH2M HILL exploring strategic alternatives for portion of oil, gas and chemicals business

Denver — CH2M HILL announced that it intends to explore strategic alternatives for the portion of its oil, gas and chemicals business that is located in and serves the Alaska and Sakhalin Island, Russia markets. With about 2,400 employees, this CH2M HILL business unit provides integrated oilfield support services, including oilfield operations and maintenance services, construction and other related services.

Virginia adopts revised $13.2 billion transportation program, accepts P3 reforms

Richmond, Va. — The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) adjusted the FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program in part to identify a group of projects that will be scored under House Bill 2. The board also approved reforms to increase transparency and competition and to better evaluate the public’s risk for transportation projects delivered under the Public Private Transportation Act.

CCPPP announces P3 awards

Toronto — The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) announced the 2014 recipients of the National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), including the C.W. Chuck Wills Award that recognizes outstanding achievement in the municipal sector.

JQ fills project pipeline

Fort Worth, Texas — JQ continues to fill its pipeline with engineering projects in Fort Worth and throughout Texas, according to JQ principal Thomas L. Scott, P.E., LEED AP of the Fort Worth office. “We have a very talented team that has helped us win great projects,” Scott said. “We also have a very loyal group of clients whose expansion throughout Texas has enabled us to grow with them.”

Michigan’s first BRT opens to strong ridership

Grand Rapids, Mich. — With operations in full swing, the Silver Line in Grand Rapids is gaining momentum. The state’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which was designed by CDM Smith and began service on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, drew an average of 2,500 riders per day during its first week (in which all trips were free). Through the end of September, weekday ridership held steady and weekends brought a strong average of roughly 1,300 riders.

NCAT provides guidance on AASHTO 93 Structural Layer Coefficient

Auburn, Ala. — The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) recently released guidance on recalibrating the structural asphalt layer coefficient in the AASHTO 1993 Design Guide. The AASHTO 93 design methods are based on empirical data gathered in road tests from 1958 to 1960.

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