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Cowi acquires tunnelling team from ILF Consultants

Cowi in North America has bought the tunnelling arm of US firm ILF Consultants.

According to Cowi, the acquisition will bring complementary skills in tunnel and bridge design.

ILF’s Jim Morrison will join Cowi as a vice president. Morrison has 36 years of engineering expertise and has worked both in consulting engineering and as engineering service manager for Kiewit. His career has covered a broad spectrum of large and complex projects including tunnels, bridges, dams, hydroelectric generating plants, highways, deep excavations, transportation, water/sewer systems, and environmental management.

Zuzana Skovajsova will  also join Cowi as chief tunnel specialist. Skovajsova has extensive knowledge of the application of sequential excavation and ground support systems, as well as geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring.

Skovajsova is actively involved in multiple design project from conceptual/preliminary engineering to detailed/final design phases of major tunnelling projects, both in soft ground and hard rock.

Cowi senior vice president Steven Kramer said: “These additions to the Cowi team are a sign of the continued success and development of Cowi’s tunnel business in North America and worldwide.

“With their experience working on a variety of tunnel projects across the country they add engineering strength and invaluable knowledge and expertise to our group.”

ILF consultants’ current projects include preliminary engineering design for the California High Speed Rail Authority for the section between Bakersfield and Palmdale.

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