Business Achievement: New Practice Areas

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AECOM Technology Corp. (Los Angeles, CA) for consolidating its acoustic expertise and service offering into a new design-led practice. A team of 125 global acoustic experts, including noise modeling and mapping teams in the United Kingdom, underwater acoustics specialists in Australia, and vibration modeling, measurement, and control specialists in North America, addresses a broad range of acoustic problems, such as the impact of noise on fish or other marine species when designing pilings for new road systems. Using expertise from a U.K.-based center of excellence in auralization, under an alliance with York University, AECOM can create high-end auralizations required by public and private clients, including regional government agencies, utilities, performing arts facilities, transportation agencies, and infrastructure groups. AECOM's acoustics practice also uses smart technology; for example, for noise and vibration monitoring on a major sewer project in Ontario, AECOM installed 17 solar-powered monitors along the corridor and sent live alerts to project teams whenever noise or vibration limits were exceeded, so the impacts on area residents could be avoided.

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (Hunt Valley, MD) for its establishment of a new practice in the area of stormwater program management for state transportation agencies. In 2012, EA generated more than $10 million in contract value in this area and achieved national prominence through the preparation of the 2012 National Synthesis on Pollutant Load Reductions Strategies for Highway TMDLs and BMPs for Environmental Compliance and Stewardship at Highway Transportation Maintenance Facilities document for the Transportation Research Board. The practice is an outgrowth of EA's work in 2009 as a team member on a multi-million dollar contract to manage the Hawaii Department of Transportation's state-wide stormwater management program. In 2012, the practice took off through the award of a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to manage the Port of Seattle's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. EA was also selected for a second $2 million contract from the Maryland Transportation Authority to develop guidelines for estimating Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) baseline pollutant loadings and reductions achieved through the implementation of best management practices (BMPs).