Montreal firm gets US$30M contract for North Carolina’s flood response system

A Map showing the flood-prone areas of North Carolina. Photo courtesy NC OneMap

Montreal-based engineering firm, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., will continue providing floodplain mapping for North Carolina, after receiving a new US$30 million contract to help the state in resisting and handling water hazards.

The contract goes to Atkins, the design, engineering, and project management consultancy under SNC-Lavalin Group, and it comes from North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. Under the new contract, the company will continue providing the following services:

  • Resilient redevelopment plans for nine counties post-Hurricane Matthew
  • Rainfall runoff modelling and dam inundation analyses for more than 500 dams
  • Floodplain modelling and mapping maintenance for six counties
  • Program management for rain-on-grid 2D modelling and river basin mitigation studies
  • On-call support for state emergency operations centre activation
  • Independent quality review of riverine modelling in nine counties for fiscal year 2016 map maintenance

In addition to the floodplain mapping services, support related to emergency preparedness and response may be provided. As a production and technical services contractor for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the company has completed similar services for 47 other states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and 11 other cooperating technical partners.

“Flooding is one of nature’s most devastating challenges facing communities today, placing life and property at risk,” says Ian L. Edwards, president, and CEO of SNC-Lavalin. “At SNC-Lavalin, we are committed to helping counter the effects of climate change by providing our clients with industry leading expertise, innovative solutions, and effective tools to create safer, flood-resilient communities.”

“Our work on this project began more than six years ago, starting with program management support and continuing with our floodplain mapping services,” says George Nash, CEO of Atkins North America. “Bringing cost effective solutions and customized, automated tools like City Simulator and Rapid Floodplain Delineator, we will continue to help North Carolina become more prepared and resilient to natural disasters.”

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