McKim & Creed, GSA, Inc. | June 09, 2021
McKim & Creed, one of the top engineering and surveying firms in the US, announced today that it had acquired GSA Consulting Engineers, Inc., an award-winning engineering firm in Gonzales, Louisiana.
GSA provides planning, engineering, and permitting services for water and wastewater facilities, hydraulic engineering, including drainage/ levee/ flood protection, transportation and roadway engineering, and civil/site design. Glenn G. Shaheen, PE, established the company in 1988.
GSA has provided engineering services for such projects as:
Water System Upgrades including the 1-Million-Gallon Pedesphere Elevated Storage Tank, Transmission Mains, and SCADA for the City of Gonzales;
West Lac Des Allemands Shoreline Protection project for St. John the Baptist Parish;
Regional Sewer System for Ascension Parish;
Wastewater System Expansion/Upgrade for the City of Gonzales and the City of Donaldsonville;
In addition, GSA recently secured funding for projects through the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, including $42 million for the Louisiana Highway 22 Bridge Construction and Drainage Improvements Project.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. In the future, GSA will provide services as McKim & Creed, Inc.
About McKim & Creed
McKim & Creed is an employee-owned ENR top 148 engineering and surveying firm with 600 staff members operating throughout the US.
About GSA, Inc.
GSA Consulting Engineers, Inc. provides professional engineering consulting services to federal, state, and local governments and the private sector.
EEI Corporation | August 23, 2021
OpenSpace, the global leader in AI-powered 360° construction photo-documentation and analysis, today announced a new enterprise agreement with EEI Corporation, a top-rated international construction and engineering company based in the Philippines.
EEI is currently utilizing OpenSpace on more than a dozen projects, including the Grand Hyatt Manila Residences – South Tower, The Seasons Residences, and the SMDC Light 2 Residencies facilitated through Digiscript, a regional seller partner based in the Philippines. Other projects using OpenSpace's automated construction documentation technology include infrastructure and electromechanical work.
EEI continually pursues new ways to improve project delivery and exceed client expectations. As part of this goal, the company began exploring different ways to improve collaboration between onsite builders and offsite subject matter experts—a mission that became especially important amid travel and mobility restrictions during the pandemic.
"We thoroughly evaluated several products that were very similar to OpenSpace. In the end, we felt that their solution and its features had the best fit with our Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Roadmap," said Glenn F. Villaseñor, senior vice president for Business Transformation at EEI. "In addition to enabling our desire to bring the jobsite to our people who are 'off-site,' it was also compelling to let our field operations teams explore the use case for 3D models in their work. It was quite helpful that OpenSpace's technology had built-in integrations with our existing suite of VDC tools, as well."
OpenSpace enables remote collaboration from anywhere in the world by automatically creating a "digital replica" of a construction site through 360° photo documentation. A builder simply attaches a small camera to their hardhat, marks their starting location on the floor plan in the OpenSpace app, and then walks the site as normal. OpenSpace automates image capture and, once the imagery is uploaded, stitches it together to create a navigable "Google Street View"-style digital replica of the site. Collaborators can oversee and manage progress over time, compare site images to the BIM, and make Field Notes to flag specific issues, among other features.
"Collaboration using OpenSpace can potentially span various processes, from progress reporting, to quality control, to safety and security, to the handling of other types of project delivery issues," said Norman K. Macapagai, executive vice president for Construction Division at EEI. "We look forward to realizing more value from the use of this technology in the months ahead."
Founded in 2017, OpenSpace is a San Francisco-based tech company that is on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and objectivity to construction. Our solutions combine simple 360° cameras, computer vision and AI to make it incredibly easy to capture a complete visual record of the jobsite, share it via the cloud and track progress. To date, our customers have used our platform to capture more than four billion square feet of imagery from active construction projects across thousands of sites in over fifty countries.
About EEI Corporation
A member of the Yuchengco Group of Companies, EEI is one of the leading construction companies in the Philippines, celebrating 90 years of business in 2021. EEI has a broad range of construction and engineering services, with expertise in the construction of infrastructure, buildings, and industrial and electromechanical facilities. The company takes pride in its quadruple-A rating as a General Engineering Contractor, the highest rating for contractors issued by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) under the Department of Trade and Industry. The company stays abreast with the latest developments in technology, materials engineering, and construction methodologies while including its own innovation in the application of its work, making it a preferred provider of construction services to global engineering, procurement, and construction companies. EEI Corporation is a publicly listed and traded corporation in the Philippine Stock Exchange.
MFS Consulting Engineers & Surveyor | October 06, 2021
MFS Consulting Engineers & Surveyor, DPC (MFS Engineers & Surveyors), a multidiscipline, MBE/DBE/SBE-certified civil engineering firm, announced today that it has acquired GEOD Corporation (GEOD), a provider of aerial photogrammetry / LIDAR mapping, land survey, subsurface utility markout, and 3D laser-scanning services. GEOD, which has been in operation for 60 years and has developed a reputation for the quality and accuracy of its services within the A/E/C industry, will continue to operate under its own brand as a subsidiary of MFS.
All GEOD employees and leadership are being retained and GEOD will continue to maintain its offices in Newfoundland, New Jersey, while providing synergistic services with MFS.
MFS offers to clients a range of civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering and construction management services. The GEOD acquisition augments MFS's well-established land survey division, enabling it to serve customers more fully by expanding its survey capabilities to include aerial mapping / photogrammetry and subsurface utility engineering (SUE) markout, and by more than doubling its team of survey professionals.
GEOD benefits by being part of a cross-discipline solutions design team that allows clients to receive engineering, surveying, and construction services from a single source. Additionally, MFS's status as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) will enable GEOD to soon achieve these certifications as well, enabling it greater access to government contracting opportunities.
According to Allied Market Research, the global AEC market is predicted to reach $15.84 billion by 2028.
"We're excited to incorporate GEOD's capabilities with our own as we continue to grow our business,GEOD's offerings and professional team are a great fit with our continual mission of providing high-quality services to clients. We look forward to continuing to serve GEOD's client base as well as our own through both the MFS and GEOD brands, and to jointly explore new market sectors."
-Michael Mudalel, PE, Principal Engineer and Managing Partner of MFS Engineers & Surveyors.
MFS is known for its exceptional ability to manage large, cross-disciplinary projects that combine engineering, surveying, and construction management services," said John Emilius, Business Development Manager at GEOD Corporation. "The two firms are highly complementary to one another. Moving under the MFS helm will benefit our current and future clients by enabling us to deliver a broad range of A/E/C services and capabilities under a single umbrella for even greater efficiencies.
The acquisition of GEOD by MFS makes it one of the largest survey service providers in New Jersey and New York.
About MFS Engineers & Surveyors
MFS is an MBE/DBE/SBE-certified, multidiscipline civil engineering and design consulting firm that provides personalized services and solutions to meet the needs of its diverse clients. Founded in 2009, the company is headquartered in South Plainfield, New Jersey, and has branch offices in New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. MFS provides site-civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering, as well as land survey and construction management services. The firm has been on NJBiz's list of "Best Places to Work" for six consecutive years and is currently ranked at no. 76 on the Engineering News-Record list of Top 500 New York Design Firms.