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February 19, 2007 — Utilities Step Up Transmission Line Construction as Regulators Make Investment Recovery Easier
Since 2000, the industry has invested more than $23B in the nation's transmission system. From 2006-2009, preliminary results indicate that the industry is planning to invest $31.5B…nearly a 60% increase over the amount invested from 2002-2005.
Source: Engineering News Record


February 13, 2007 — Commerce Capital Group Completes Sale of Echo Solutions to UCN
UCN (OTCB:UCNN), the leading provider of all-in-one, off-premises contact handling technology services delivered over the UCN VoIP network has acquired the leading hosted call center survey and analysis company, operating under the name of EchoTM by Benchmark Portal. Commerce Capital Group served as the exclusive financial advisor to Benchmark Portal.
Source: Commerce Capital Group


February 8, 2007 — Worley Acquires Colt Companies for $883M
Australian engineering services firm Worley Parsons Ltd. (WOR.AX) announced that it has acquired Canadian design and project services business Colt Companies for A$1.13 billion ($883 million), giving it exposure to the high-growth Canadian energy market. With 4,600 employees, Colt is one of Canada's largest multidisciplinary design firms.
Source: Reuters


February 6, 2007 — Money On The Lines
U.S. utilities are significantly increasing their spending on new electricity-transmission lines, a trend that could ease choke points in the flow of power, enhance reliability and increase the potential for renewable energy.
Source: Wall Street Journal


February 1, 2007 — 2007 Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Spending Forecast
Despite strong spending in 2006 and forecasts for 2007, funding issues are becoming increasingly important for cities.
Source: Underground Construction


January 29, 2007 — AECOM Acquires RETEC Group
Los Angeles giant AECOM on Jan. 29 said that it has acquired environmental consultant The RETEC Group Inc., Concord, Mass. RETEC ranks as the 148th on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms with approximately $64M in 2005 revenue.
Source: AECOM


January 22, 2007 — E&C Consolidation Trend in 2007 Starts with Bang in January
Rising stock valuations, more private equity cash available, and firms' need for deeper financial pockets are contributing to a predicted record breaking year for mergers and acquisitions within the engineering and construction services sector.
Source: Engineering News Record


January 1, 2007 — Changing World of Fiber Continues to Drive Construction
At the beginning of 2007, it is clear that the telecommunications industry has put recent troubles behind. Service revenues in the global telecom industry will reach $1.3 trillion by the close of 2007 according to Insight Research Corp. with growth in wireless leading the way.
Source: Underground Construction


January 1, 2007 — Strong Demand Drives Gas Distribution Construction Spending to All-Time High
Early forecasts have the outlook for gas distribution construction looking strong through not only 2007, but for the next several years as well.
Source: Underground Construction


January 1, 2007 — Asset Management to Play Significant Role as Governments Seek Funding Solutions to Support Infrastructure Needs
An EPA Gap Analysis in 2002 estimated that the difference between what cities would be spending given current patterns and should be spending in capital costs for clean water and drinking water infrastructure construction between 2000-2019 would be dramatic. That gap would be $220 billion if cities keep spending steady over that time period and does not account for the separate operations and maintenance gap, which would be approximately $300 billion.
Source: Underground Construction


January 1, 2007 — P&GJ's 2007 Worldwide Pipeline Construction Report
Unprecedented opportunities for pipeline construction continue to grow as reflected in P&GJ's worldwide construction figures that indicate 98,232 miles of new and planned oil and gas pipelines under construction and planned. 40,210 miles of the planned oil and gas pipelines are in North America, while the remaining miles represent international pipeline projects.
Source: Pipeline & Gas Journal


January 1, 2007 — Kling and Stubbins Merge
Kling, a Philadelphia-based architectural and engineering firm, and The Stubbins Associates, a Cambridge, Mass.-based architectural and planning firm, announced they have merged, effective Jan. 1. The new firm will be called KlingStubbins and will have over 500 people focusing on corporate, commercial, government, health care, higher education, institutional and research and development work.
Source: Engineering News Record


January 1, 2007 — Water Rehab: Coming of Age
As owners and operators of the nation's "wet" utilities face multiple problems with aging and failing potable water and sanitary sewer systems, they are taking advantage of every option to rehabilitate or install new pipe. Water main infrastructure in the US, like sewer infrastructure, has reached its useful life expectancy. According to the 2002 EPA Clean Water Needs survey, $247 billion is required over the next 20 years for the rehabilitation of water mains.
Source: Underground Construction


November 6, 2006 — InfrastruX Group Acquires Hawkeye
Infrastrux Group, a national provider of utility infrastructure construction and maintenance services, announced that it has acquired Hawkeye LLC, a N.Y.-based company operating in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that offers construction services to the utility industry and state and local municipalities. The transaction was financed through a $430 million recapitalization of InfrasturX Group, which is owned by Tenaska Power Fund, L.P.
Source: InfrastruX


October 31, 2006 — US Demand Drives Pipeline Construction
Pipeline companies are showing renewed interest in the construction of high pressure natural gas pipelines throughout the U.S. As a result, the pipeline construction market is booming.
Source: Underground Construction Online


June 30, 2006 — City Water Survey Results
The United States Conference of Mayors’ Urban Water Council (UWC) conducted a survey of the nation’s cities examining existing water status. The mayors were asked to provide current information in issues and priorities; recent and planned major capital investments in water and wastewater infrastructure; adequacy of water supplies; and water conservation activities.
Source: Underground Construction Online


June 22, 2006 — WPCS Acquires Southeastern Communication Services, Inc.
WPCS, a leader in engineering services for communication systems, has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire SECS, an engineering firm that has deployed and maintained wireless systems, for $1.8 million in cash and $1.4 million in WPCS stock.
Source: Southeastern Communication Service


May 30, 2006 — EMS Acquires Four Companies
Energy Maintenance Services Group I LLC announced that it has paid a combined $28 million in four separate acquisitions -- two domestic and two international -- in an effort to broaden its service offerings and geographic footprint.
Source: Pipeline and Gas Technology


May 3, 2006 — WPCS Acquires New England Communication Services, Inc.
WPCS, a leader in engineering services for communication systems, has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire NECS, a provider of communications network deployment services for $3.2 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $1.4 million in debt.
Source: Lexdon Business Library


April 30, 2006 — Future Major Pipeline Construction Boom
Pipeline experts provided positive scenarios for the North American energy infrastructure growth over the next five to ten years. The outlook was driven by the natural gas sector. Also, a recent International Energy Agency (IEA) estimate that indicates $1.7 trillion will be spent for new energy production, transmission and distribution infrastructure in the U.S. and Canada over the next 30 years.
Source: Underground Construction Online


April 28, 2006 — Water and Wastes Digest
Advanced GeoServices, a consulting firm specializing in engineering, announced the acquisition of R.E. Coleman Associates, Inc., a water and wastewater engineering firm.
Source: Water and Wastes Digest


March 20, 2006 — Stantec Acquires Toronto Electrical Engineering Firm Carinci Burt Rogers Engineering
Stantec announced today it has completed the acquisition of electrical engineering consulting firm Carinci Burt Rogers Engineering, Inc of Toronto (CBR). CBR adds over 20 employees and a strong electrical engineering component to Stantec’s presence in the Greater Toronto Area.
Source: Engineering News Record (ENR)


January 31, 2006 — Strong Water/Sewer Infrastructure Spending Growth Expected in 2006
All things considered, 2005 was a strong rebound year for sewer and water work. But the really good news is that 2006 is projected to continue with strong growth, substantial increases in overall new construction and rehabilitation spending with a projected increase of 7.7 percent.
Source: Underground Construction Online


January 31, 2006 — Operators Schedule 16,400 miles for 2006 Construction
Worldwide pipeline construction in 2006 is projected to be up slightly from 2005 levels, as the industry continues to look at building additional systems to meeting growing demand for natural gas in the U.S. and the key international regions. 16,465 miles of pipeline are projected in 2006. 4,302 miles of pipeline were constructed in 2005 in the US, and projects scheduled for 2006 are expected to add some 4,768 miles to the country's energy transportation network. Natural gas will lead US activity.
Source: Pipeline and Gas Technology


January 30, 2006 — Carriers Post Blowout 4Q Numbers: Industry Now Set for Record Growth
The U.S. wireless industry is on track to chronicle its best-ever quarterly customer growth, with more than 5.4 million net adds already reported by four of the largest carriers. Verizon recorded 2 million net customer additions, Cingular gained 1.8, while T-Mobile added 1.4 million net wireless customers.
Source: RCR Wireless News


January 23, 2006 — Carriers Focus On Building Data Networks
When Cingular Wireless launched its 3G network into the last month of 2005, the move catapulted 16 major metropolitan cities ino the spotlight as the most competitive 3G markets in the country. The carrier has several neck-and-neck competition including Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. According to Cingular spokesman Ritch Blasi, "3G is going to be the main focus of everybody this year."
Source: RCR Wireless News


January 23, 2006 — United Kingdom Will Spend $30 Billion on Water-Wastewater Construction for Next Fiver Years
Water and wastewater utilities across England and Wales are on a $30 Billion five-year construction "sprint". This is the fourth round of environmental infrastructure upgrades since utilities were privatized in 1989, but it will now be a showcase for new procurement and management strategies to reduce burdens on capital budgets and on ratepayers.
Source: Engineering News Record (ENR)


January 16, 2006 — Investors & Voters Are Willing to Pay to Pave U.S. Highways
The nation's population and number of vehicle miles traveled are increasing, yet the purchasing power of the highway trust fund's fuel tax revenue is decreasing. But private investors are ready to help turn the highway system into shape. As the next half-century of road work moves forward, road-use fees and private sector investors will play ever-stronger roles. Development concessions and PPP will spur more design-build and partnering.
Source: RCR Wireless News


January 16, 2006 — Increased Wireless Tower Activity With New Funding and New Player
Several mergers and acquisitions activities have occurred in the tower industry as several national and regional carriers are looking to expand their footprint. The recent spur of activities reflects a high comfort level for tower companies among investors. Jonathan Atkin of RBC Capital Markets says it's unlikely that there will be more mergers within the industry, as the industry experienced in 2005, but added that the large public operators will continue acquiring sites opportunistically.
Source: RCR Wireless News


January 2, 2006 — The Austin Company to Sell Core Operating Assets to Kajima USA
The Austin Company, an international firm offering a comprehensive portfolio of in-house architectural, engineering, design-build and construction management services, announced today that it has accepted a bid submitted by Kajima USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Kajima Corporation of Japan, for the purchase of Austin's core U.S. assets. An affiliate of Kajima USA, Inc. has agreed to acquire the core Austin assets for a approximately $7.25 million in a combination of cash and assumed liabilities.
Source: Engineering News Record (ENR)


December 12, 2005 — Arpeggio Acquisition Corporation Completes Merger with Hill International, Inc.
Arpeggio Acquisition Corporation (OTCBB: APGO), a specified purpose acquisition company, and Hill International, Inc. ("Hill"), the worldwide construction consulting firm, have announced that the companies have completed the merger of Hill with Arpeggio. At closing, Arpeggio changed its name to "Hill International, Inc."
Source: Engineering News Record (ENR)


December 1, 2005 — Private Fiber Networks Offer Viable Alternatives
Several markets want to be connected via high-speed broadband networks that bring advanced communications services, data and video transmission, and other benefits, just as telecommunications carriers and cable companies are scrambling to expand their systems and gain new customers. FTTP is a hot topic but some customers aren't willing to wait for traditional service providers to bring them packages which may not be precisely what they need.
Source: Underground Construction Online


December 1, 2005 — City Offering Broadband Over Electric Grid
Manassas, VA, is offering broadband communications services over the city's existing electrical infrastructure to more than 15,000 potential customers. The suburb is the first city in the U.S. to make broadband over power line technology available on a city-wide basis. BPL bundles energy on the same cable that carries electrical current, making it unnecessary to install an additional line for customers to receive internet service. COMTek is receiving 100 customers per month and expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future.
Source: Underground Construction Online


December 1, 2005 — Fiber Build-Out Market to Gain Momentum
FTTP is a hot topic among companies who build and supply components and equipment for constructing telecommunications networks. There is a dramatic increase in the number of homes and small businesses receiving internet services via direct fiber connections. The FTTH Council study predicts one million connections will be made in late 2006 or early 2007.
Source: Underground Construction Online


December 1, 2005 — Gas Distribution Spending to Top $8.9 Billion in 2006
New construction spending and spending to rehabilitate, repair and replace existing infrastructure by LDCs is projected to rise. Supporting this are two recently released surveys. One, a long-term survey by the National Petroleum Council, estimates spending for new pipelines at $5 billion per year for each of the next 20 years to expand the nation’s current 1.4 to 1.8 million mile distribution system by about 25 percent.
Source: Pipeline and Gas Journal