Industry News - December 2023

Industry News - December 2023

Brown and Caldwell adds Ravi Chadha as senior VP and CSO

Brown and Caldwell announced Chicago-based Ravi Chadha has joined the company as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. With over 25 years’ experience leading corporate business strategies for several Fortune 500 companies, Chadha will work closely with the company’s leadership to ensure the employee-owned firm sustains its measured growth and builds on its reputation as a water and environmental market leader.

Avanti AV-100 chemical grout earns NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 certification

The Water Quality Association has granted certification to Avanti International’s AV-100 chemical grout, both in liquid and granular form, confirming its compliance with NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 Standards for Drinking Water System Components. AV-100 chemical grout joins other Avanti products that are NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 tested and certified including: AV-150 Acrylate Gel, AV-202 Multigrout, AV-248-LV Flexseal LV, AV-275 Soilgrout, AV-278 Low Vis Hydro, AV-315 Microfoam, AV-330 Safeguard and Ultrafine SD. 

Asahi/America partners with McElroy to provide welding equipment

Asahi/America has formed a strategic partnership with Tulsa, Oklahoma-based McElroy Manufacturing to provide fusion equipment that is compatible with Asahi/America’s thermoplastic piping systems. Asahi/America will offer McElroy-manufactured butt and socket fusion equipment that will be available for rental or purchase. In addition to the fleet of welding equipment, Asahi/America, in partnership with McElroy University, will launch an online welding certification and Learning Management System for contractors and installers who will be operating the equipment. This will be available in early 2024.

Aquarius Spectrum to partner with Innovative Utility Solutions

Aquarius Spectrum announced its strategic partnership with Innovative Utility Solutions. This strategic collaboration will allow IUS, which operates across 10 states, to serve as the main distributor for Aquarius Spectrum in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Customers will also now have access to pilot systems provided with IUS support.

Oldcastle Infrastructure and FIDO Tech announce partnership

Oldcastle Infrastructure, a CRH Company, entered into a strategic partnership with FIDO Tech, a U.K.-based artificial intelligence and technology solutions provider, to deliver leak detection and broader water management and conservation solutions in the United States. Leveraging its national footprint, Oldcastle Infrastructure will facilitate and accelerate the rollout of FIDO Tech’s AI-led nonrevenue water detection service across the US market.

ASTERRA surpasses 100,000 water leaks

A series of subsurface leaks found by Pennsylvania American Water, using ASTERRA satellite leak detection solution Recover, represent an important milestone — ASTERRA has now detected over 100,000 water leaks on behalf of its worldwide customers. Recover is facilitated by the user through ASTERRA’s SaaS platform, EO Discover. The EO Discover dashboard provides users with all their insights in a single platform, helping utilities prioritize and track their work in the field.

Stantec chosen to provide services for Toronto’s flooding protection program

The city of Toronto has selected Stantec to provide engineering services for Phase 5 of the city’s Basement Flooding Protection Program. This multi-year program, which began in 2006, helps reduce the risk of flooding through improvements to the sewer system and overland drainage routes, which can face increased pressure with heavy rainfalls. For the latest phase of the BFPP, Stantec will design and implement storm sewer, sanitary sewer and storage sewer projects to help protect the basements of residents’ homes from major flood impacts. These sewer resiliency solutions will also mitigate the risk of surface flooding within the city. The firm previously provided expertise for Phase 3 of the program.

Pace Analytical Services acquires Alpha Analytical

Minneapolis-based Pace Analytical Services has added new capabilities, including advanced hydrocarbon analytical support and expanded sediment and tissue testing, with the acquisition of Alpha Analytical. The acquisition also includes additional dredging and ecological risk assessment analytical support capabilities. This additional expertise allows Pace to work on contaminated sediment, animal tissue and vegetation samples for client projects to determine the environmental impact on vegetation, wildlife, fish, birds, sediment and soil, and provides natural resource damage assessments.

Southwest Strategies invests in Katz and Associates

Southwest Strategies has agreed to invest in and partner with San Diego-based Katz and Associates. Focused on infrastructure communications, specifically in the areas of energy, transportation and water, the company will offer its clients public outreach and community engagement services from nearly 100 professionals located throughout the western U.S. SWS and K&A will continue to deliver services to their existing clients and begin collaborating on larger initiatives and project opportunities. 

Felling Trailers names Capobianco as Regional Sales Manager

Felling Trailers has appointed Jim Capobinaco as their Northeastern regional sales manager. In his new role, Capobianco will be responsible for all sales development, activity, and dealer support in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. He takes over the Northeastern region once served by Mike Flynn, who retired in January after 22 years with the company.


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