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Updates from Nomad Digital, Mitsubishi, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Encon Solutions, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin and Barnhart Crane


• Alexander Eriksen has been appointed chief executive officer of Nomad Digital. Eriksen, who will be based in London, “has extensive knowledge and experience of the sector having founded both Pulz8 and Commute Media,” Nomad Digital officials said in a prepared statement. Both companies “are renowned as innovative solution providers for the rail industry with applications for passengers, train operators and train builders.”

• Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc. (MHIA), in conjunction with local partners, has completed construction of a 1.25-mile automated people mover (APM) system connecting Miami International Airport Station with the Miami Intermodal Center, according to a press release. The APM project began in September 2008 when MHIA and Sumitomo Corp. of America, as a subcontractor to the Parsons-Odebrecht joint venture, obtained the construction contract.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff has obtained a contract from the Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans (RTA) for construction management of the three-phase expansion of the city’s streetcar system. In 2010, the RTA received a $25 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to build a streetcar loop on Loyola Avenue from Canal Street to the Union Passenger Terminal, a 1.4-mile route through the central business district.

• An undisclosed Class I has completed installation of Encon Solutions L.L.C.’s two new bridge repair and replacement technologies, Universal Shoring System™ (USS) and the Conical Connection System™ (CCS), according to an Encon press release. USS and CCS are designed according to American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way guidelines, Encon officials said.

• Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB) has acquired Eng-Wong Taub & Associates and its affiliates. The merger is the eighth for VHB since 2005 and is part of the firm’s long-term strategic plan. “By merging our operations and New York/New Jersey area staff, our clients will benefit from deeper and consistent talent in addition to more service offerings,” said VHB President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Brustlin in a prepared statement. Eng-Wong has served as a call-in consultant to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for more than 20 years.

• Barnhart Crane & Rigging has opened a branch at the Port of Monroe on Lake Erie in Michigan. The new eastern Michigan branch will add “significant capacity to the company’s ability to serve the industrial, manufacturing and logistics customers in Michigan and the Great Lakes region,” company officials said in a prepared statement. The branch’s services will include transloading to or from ship, barge or rail; roll-on and roll-off facilities; warehouse storage and staging yards.

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