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Updates from Bombardier, KBR, Sam Schwartz Engineering, The Whitmore Group and Invensys Rail


• Bombardier Transportation received approximately $485 million in firm orders at December's end for rolling stock from an undisclosed customer, the company announced Tuesday in a prepared statement. In a separate announcement Tuesday, Bombardier said it obtained a five-year contract from the Houston Airport System for the operation and maintenance of the Bombardier Innovia APM 100 automated people mover system at George Bush International Airport, commencing from 2011 to 2015. Subject to performance targets, the contract includes a three-year extension, followed by a discretionary option to extend the contract to 2020. The contract is valued at about $27 million for the first five years.

• KBR announced on Tuesday that its Australian-based Infrastructure and Minerals business unit has joined the South Morang Rail Extension Project Alliance as a sub-alliance partner. KBR will provide design, environmental management and risk management services for the $650 million single- and double-track project in Victoria, Australia, and will also serve on the alliance's management and leadership teams.

• Transportation consulting company Sam Schwartz Engineering P.L.L.C. (SSE) has acquired the Metro Transportation Group Inc., a traffic engineering, planning, design and signal systems firm in Chicago. Metro’s large, diverse client base will enable SSE to provide additional services, such as signal coordination and timing, according to a prepared statement.

• The Whitmore Group named Bruce Wise director of railroad sales. Wise, who will oversee global railroad operations, formerly was vice president and general manager of Portec Rail Products Inc.-RMP Division. Wise also serves on the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association's board.

• Invensys Rail has appointed Michel Obadia president of its Asia Pacific business unit based in Singapore. Obadia most recently was managing director of Asia-Australasia at Alstom, which he served for nine years.