Back and Veatch has announced that it is to develop a “centre of excellence” for tunnelling within its Houston office in the US in a bid to deliver sustainable and cost effective tunnelled solutions.
The company has said that it believes it’s background in large-scale tunnelling projects uniquely position it to help clients deliver challenging conveyance and storage projects with an eye to economic, environmental and community benefits.
According to Black and Veatch, the designation of the Houston office as a “centre of excellence” comes as major metropolitan areas, many in low-lying coastal regions or otherwise exposed to damaging rain events, have begun to see diminishing returns on investments in traditional conveyance and storage systems.
The new group will be led by project manager and tunnel practice leader Brian Gettinger with support from tunnelling specialist Sergio Flores and senior client director Jarl Molander.
“Large urban areas are increasingly turning to large-diameter tunnels to minimise the impacts of extreme weather as well as minimise public and environmental impacts from traditional stormwater conveyance and storage projects,” said Molander. “Tunnels remove floodwaters from problem areas and improve mobility by keeping streets free of water, generally without requiring significant property acquisition or causing damage to environmental habitats. From concept development through construction management, our office can help communities achieve these benefits while managing risk to deliver projects cost effectively.”