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SmithGroupJJR opens office in San Diego

SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation's largest integrated design firms, expanded its national presence with the opening of an office in San Diego. This is the 10th U.S. office for the firm, in addition to its location in Shanghai, China.

Redwood City, Calif., to extend recycled water distribution pipelines

The City of Redwood City proposes to extend its existing recycled water distribution system from the Bayfront area of Redwood City into Central Redwood City. This water reuse project creates new, reliable, drought-proof water supplies.

CTL|Thompson Founder Bob Thompson recognized for 50-year legacy

CTL|Thompson founder Bob Thompson has been named as the 2017 recipient of the ENR Mountain States Legacy Award. CTL|Thompson is the largest full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm headquartered in Denver.

TRC selected to oversee rehab of San Francisco’s Lefty O’Doul Bridge

San Francisco Public Works selected TRC Companies Inc., an engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services firm, to provide key design, environmental documentation and construction support services for rehabilitation of the historic Third Street Bridge, also known as the Lefty O’Doul Bridge in honor of the homegrown baseball legend.

Berkeley Lab researchers lead effort to predict ground movement and impact on structures

With emerging exascale supercomputers, researchers will soon be able to accurately simulate the ground motions of regional earthquakes quickly and in unprecedented detail, as well as predict how these movements will impact energy infrastructure — from the electric grid to local power plants — and scientific research facilities.

ITS America appoints Shailen Bhatt as president and CEO

The Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America named Shailen Bhatt as president and CEO. Bhatt joins ITS America with an extensive background in promoting and advocating for intelligent transportation, most recently as the executive director of Colorado Department of Transportation.

Oro Loma Sanitary District receives award for Outstanding Environmental Project

Friends of the San Francisco Estuary honored Oro Loma Sanitary District for its work with the innovative experimental horizontal levee project. Instead of a vertical wall to provide a sea barrier, a horizontal levee uses vegetation on a gentle slope to absorb wave and storm surges.

Tim Gould, PE, promoted to president of Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC

Ahtna, Inc. announced that Timothy F. Gould, PE, has been promoted to president of subsidiary Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC. His experience spans 27 years in the consulting and construction markets with responsibilities nationwide and in the Pacific region.

Santa Clara Valley Water District sets conditions for California WaterFix participation

The Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to participate in the California WaterFix project, the state’s proposed plan to improve the infrastructure that carries water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The participation is conditional, based on seven guiding principles.

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