May 2008, Vol. 20, No.5

Business

The executive committee of RBF Consulting (San Diego), which provides consulting services for planning, design, and construction, appointed two new vice presidents to its top management group in the San Diego office. Mark Cappos, promoted to vice president of finance, serves as controller for RBF’s San Diego and Carlsbad, Calif., offices, applying his knowledge and experience in supporting all areas of finance. James Haughey was promoted to vice president of public works. He has more than 18 years of land development and public works civil engineering experience, with an emphasis in municipal infrastructure, education, and military facilities.

Geomatrix Consultants Inc. (Oakland, Calif.), a firm of consulting engineers and scientists, named Sorab Panday principal engineer to expand the firm’s leading water resource modeling practice and develop the firm’s presence in the Washington, D.C., area. Panday brings 20 years of experience in water resource analysis to address a variety of issues, including conjunctive surface-water groundwater use and management; resource optimization; stream–aquifer interactions in flow and solute transport; hydraulic ecosystem assessment; agricultural, industrial, mining, and urbanization impacts on water resources; and impacts of climate and land use changes on flooding and groundwater recharge.

Hydro International (Portland, Maine), a provider of products and solutions to control and treat stormwater, wastewater, and combined-sewer overflows, recently announced the appointments of Dave Mongeau as general manager of stormwater and Neil Raymond as general manager of wastewater. Mongeau and Raymond will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the company’s Stormwater and Wastewater divisions, respectively.

A persistent shortage of potable water in Algiers, Algeria, was eased in February as the $250 million Hamma Seawater Desalination Plant was officially opened by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Jeff Garwood, president and chief executive officer of GE Water & Process Technologies (Trevose, Pa.), a unit of General Electric Co. (Fairfield, Conn.). The plant uses GE reverse-osmosis membranes to purify up to 200,600 m3/d (53 million gal/d) of seawater — providing as many as 2 million residents of Algiers with a reliable and droughtproof supply of fresh water.

Consulting, planning, and engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (Houston), announced the appointment of water treatment expert J. Warren Green as director of its new Midwest area office. Green will focus on water-related projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. He also will be responsible for expanding the firm’s national presence in water treatment and supply. He will be based in Naperville, Ill.

Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.), an engineering, consulting, and construction company, was honored with two 2007 Environmental Business Achievement Awards by Environmental Business Journal during a recent ceremony in San Diego. The company earned an Organizational Innovation award for its work in successfully implementing its Integrated Global Workforce concept and a Project Merit award for its role in assisting the City of Kansas City in implementing its comprehensive stormwater management initiative, KC-ONE.

ANSYS Inc. (Canonsburg, Pa.), a creator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, recently announced its inclusion on the Forbes Fast 15 list, a first-ever formal compilation by Forbes magazine of attractive companies with the potential to become rapidly growing technology businesses. ANSYS was the only engineering software provider to make the list. To compile the Fast 15, Forbes researchers scoured analyst reports and other news sources to identify strong performers among public U.S. companies in the technology sector.

Basin Water Inc. (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Purifics ES Inc. (London, Ontario) announced an agreement under which Basin Water will have specific rights to market Purifics’ technology for the reduction and destruction of organic materials in drinking water applications in North America. As part of the agreement, Basin Water has purchased a Purifics system for use in validation studies with prospective customers. The parties are working toward a definitive agreement to promote the sale and development of Purifics’ technology.

National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF International; Ann Arbor Mich.) recently announced that Douglas Barwick Inc. (Brockville, Ontario) has obtained NSF International certification for its stainless steel pipe and fittings under NSF–ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components — Health Effects. Douglas Barwick, a manufacturer of stainless steel pipe and pipe fittings, has demonstrated compliance with all of the standard’s requirements, including periodic testing of the product to ensure that it does not leach harmful levels of metals or other contaminants into drinking water, and conducts ongoing inspections of the manufacturing facility.

Consulting engineering firm Psomas (Los Angeles) was honored with a 2008 Engineering Excellence Merit Award by the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (Sacramento). The award was presented for the firm’s innovative design of the Riparian Corridor and Freshwater Marsh System in Playa Vista, Calif., the first mixed-use community to be built in West Los Angeles in the last 50 years. To protect the Ballona Wetlands and Santa Monica Bay, Psomas was selected by Playa Capital LLC (Playa Vista) to design a wetlands, drainage, and water-quality system that collects stormwater runoff from the Playa Vista community.

James T. France recently joined the engineering and environmental consulting firm of Skelly and Loy (Harrisburg, Pa.) as chief financial officer. France directs the financial functions and oversees human resources for the firm’s five Mid-Atlantic offices.

Civil engineering firm Mulkey Engineers & Consultants has named Jill Wells Heath as chief executive officer. Wells has been part of the firm since its inception and has served as its CPA and chief financial officer, and was appointed president in 2006.  Heath will carry over her responsibilities as president into her role new role.
 
D. Bruce Corkle has been named Midwest area manager at MACTEC Engineering & Consulting (Alpharetta, Ga.). Corkle joined the company in 1995 and has more than 30 years of consulting experience, particularly in process design and civil site development.