A Culture of Growing
1972Camp Dresser & McKee and Scott & Furphy (Melbourne, Australia) announced the organization of Camp Scott Furphy Pty. Ltd. The new consulting engineering firm engaged exclusively in environmental engineering in Australia.
Alexander Potter Associates (New York, New York) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Camp Dresser & McKee. This merger greatly increased the firms' resources; strengthened personnel, specialists and computer facilities; and allowed the firm to more ably provide environmental engineering.
Alexander Potter and Associates was the first firm that we acquired. Tom Camp taught at MIT and Max Kligman, who owned all of Alexander Potter's stock, was one of Camp’s students. They were in New York, and from them, we picked up work on the east coast.
Camp Dresser & McKee merged with Neysadurai & Associates (Singapore), an environmental engineering firm serving municipal and industrial clients in water supply, water pollution control, drainage and solid waste in Singapore.
Ross, Saarinen, Bolton & Wilder (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA) merges with CDM as a wholly owned subsidiary, which specialized in environmental engineering with work in the U.S. Southeast and Bahamas.
1975CDM acquired Water Resources Engineers Inc. greatly expanding our offerings in Austin, Texas, Springfield, Virginia, and Walnut Creek, California.
CDM acquired YTO & Associates (California, United States) expanding the firm to California.
When we acquired Water Resources Inc., it brought us into a whole variety of new locations. They were in Walnut Creek, CA, Austin TX and Springfield VA and primarily in water resource studies and water resource type of work, which was something we didn’t have much of at the time.
1976CDM acquired Limnetics, Inc. (Denver, Colorado, USA), specializing in environmental sciences and environmental impact assessments, expanding our office to Denver, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Accu-Labs Research, Inc. (Denver, Colorado, USA), a sophisticated laboratory, was purchased by CDM, continuing as a branch office of CDM/Limnetics.
CDM merges with Harvey O. Banks, Consulting Engineers, Inc., adding to CDM's Water Resources Division along with Water Resources Engineers Inc.
The business and personnel of Genge Environmental Consultants (Denver, Colorado, USA) were acquired and consolidated with CDM's Denver operations, extending the firm's capabilities in biological sciences and provided additional access to the recreational development and energy markets in the Rocky Mountain region.
CDM merged with Resource Analysis, Inc. (Waltham, Massachusetts, USA) a firm founded in 1972 by four professors at the MIT Civil Engineering Department that specialized in numerical modeling of all facets of the hydrologic cycle. The firm was an incubator for many of the computer simulation capabilities being applied for the first time to real world problems. CDM recognized that the unique capabilities of RAI's staff would significantly augment its offering to clients worldwide.
Joe Lawler offered a vision of RAI being an integral part of the best global environmental engineering consulting firm. Having worked with CDM on the Manila MWSS project and learning about the impressive work they were conducting in Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Ankara and Alexandria, we decided to join Joe on his quest. It was a decision I never regretted - and the RAI team went on to play major roles in emerging opportunities with CDM over the past 45 years.
1991CDM acquired John S. Murk Engineers Inc. (Carlsbad, California, USA), a respected midsize civil/environmental engineering firm.
Jointly owned firm Scott Wilson CDM is established with Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick, Ltd (Basingstoke, United Kingdom). This new firm provided comprehensive environmental management services and integrated the latest U.S and European technologies for United Kingdom business, commerce and industry.
CDM International acquired majority equity ownerships in the German firm Jessberger + Partner (Bochum) and Jessberger +Partner - Leipzig (Leipzig).
CDM E&C acquired Petroleum Contractors Inc. (Long Beach, California, and Tempe, Arizona) and Mobile Equipment Fabricators Inc. (Long Beach), expanding CDM's ability to provide design/build, general contracting and equipment fabrication services.
CDM E&C acquired Interface Services, Inc. (Syracuse, New York), a mechanical and general construction services firm, expanding our design/build, general contracting and equipment fabrication services in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
CDM formed a joint company with Philip Utilities Management Corporation (Seattle, Washington, USA). CDM Philip collaborated on a 25-year contract to design, build and operate a new 120-mgd Toll River water infiltration plant.
CDM acquired Missimer International Inc (Fort Myers, Florida, USA). Operating as CDM Missimer, this group specialized in groundwater and environmental sciences, with emphasis on aquifer storage and recovery, deep well injection, water supply development, membrane water treatment supply, and dynamic computer modeling of interrelated groundwater and surface water.
AGI Technologies, a 100-person firm out of Washington and Oregon, USA, and Japan, strengthening our operations in those regions.
For the first 10 years we grew CDM Constructors at a controlled pace. But, during that period we did four acquisitions which helped us expand our mechanical and electrical capabilities. We needed these services as the number of opportunities kept growing.
CDM expanded its facilities-related services for industrial clients when it acquired the Consulting Group Inc. (Lexington, Massachusetts, USA), an industrial engineering and management consulting firm specializing in the operational design of distribution, warehouse, and manufacturing facilities.
Germany Jessberger + Partner (Germany), equity partner of CDM, acquired Amann Infutec Consult AG (Mühltal, Germany), forming CDM Consult AG. This expansion strengthened CDM's position in the promising German and eastern European environmental services and infrastructure market.
CDM Consult AG acquired the assets of BRP Consult GmbH (Nuremberg, Germany), a 15-person geotechnical, planning, environmental technology and project management firm.
CDM Consult AG acquired the assets of Dr. Jungbauer + Partner Umwelt Consult GmbH (Braunschweig, Germany), a 25-person site remediation and environmental technology firm.
CDM acquired Blasland, Bouck & Lee (Syracuse, New York, USA) a surface transportation division, augmenting CDM's highway and bridge engineering capabilities.
The leading-edge water resource firm Planning and Management Consultants, Limited (PMCL) (Carbondale, Illinois) was acquired by CDM, bringing PMCL's experience in water resources planning, decision support analysis, economics and information management.
CDM acquired both the Polish environmental project design company CTBK Ekotechnika and Proeko (Warsaw, Poland), further enhancing CDM's operations in Europe.
CDM acquired the business services company E3 Consulting Australia Pty Ltd. (Brisbane, Australia), providing the firm additional consulting services in the environmental space.
CDM acquired Wilbur Smith, a leading 1,000-employee transportation engineering firm (Columbia, South Carolina, USA), forming what is now known as CDM Smith. This acquisition led to immense growth in transportation-related design and funding services, including adding employees around the world that broadened our thinking and perspective.
Wilbur Smith was the Dr. Camp of the transportation world. He had that same heritage behind him, and they looked like they would be a good partner for us.
INGESAM (Cali, Bogotá, Colombia), an established civil and environmental engineering firm, was acquired by CDM Smith. The acquisition expanded our water, wastewater, water resources, air quality and solid waste services throughout Columbia and South America.
Cambridge Environmental, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, USA) is acquired by CDM Smith, expanding the firm's capabilities in a number of sectors including health and ecological risk assessment, environmental and air quality modeling and toxicology.
CDM Smith acquired NTEC Environmental Technology (Subiaco, Australia), a boutique consulting firm expanding capabilities in the design and development of simulation models, field studies, data collection/interpretation, application and modelling software, calibration, and uncertainty analysis.
CDM Smith acquired Louis Perry Group (Wadsworth, Ohio, USA) as an independent subsidiary to enhance its industrial capabilities and bolster key markets, including oil and gas, chemicals, food and beverage, mining and power.
When we came together with the Louis Perry Group, it brought enhanced industrial design capability, but equally important, an industrial construction capability with it. Those two things have really enabled us to serve clients better than we could have ever done without them. What they do is really world class.
CDM Smith acquired Bioscope Environmental (Perth, Western Australia), bringing leadership and experience in mine life management and project life-cycle services, adding services for new and existing resource-sector clients across the globe, and increasing our already strong growth in Australia.
CDM Smith acquired Milestone Solutions (Austin, Texas, USA), a provider of transportation funding strategies and road usage charging services, reinforcing CDM Smith's standing as the premier organization for revenue policy development.
Milestone Solutions was the absolute thought leader in the next wave of transportation revenue - road usage charging. We had partnered with them on many projects. When we talked about them joining us, they were happy to bring their strengths to CDM Smith. We feel very fortunate they chose us!