AECOM assists US with hazard prevention in $600M deal

AN AECOM-led joint venture has secured a contract with a $US600 million ($A743 million) ceiling from the US government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide flood and other risk data services in view of building stronger infrastructure and enhance national community recovery from natural disasters.

Marion Lopez

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract is for a five-year period with options for additional years and is expected to yield between $100 and $300 million over its lifetime.

Works will be delivered by AECOM and CDM Smith, as well as partner consultants comprising T&M Associates, Halff Associates, Fugro EarthData, ABSG Consulting and several sub-consultants, as part of the Compass PTS JV.

The contract scope includes providing architectural and engineering services for various FEMA projects as part of a large-scale initiative to increase building resilience, public awareness of natural hazards and reduce risk to life and property.

“AECOM is honoured to partner with FEMA to enhance the usability and value of natural hazard risk information across the United States,” AECOM CEO Michael Burke said.

“By helping to prepare communities for disasters as well as adapt and recover if one occurs, our work will contribute to making cities safer and more resilient.”

Tools to be used by the JV include the Risk MAP program, which combines flood-hazard mapping, risk-assessment tools and hazard-mitigation planning into an integrated program that encourages building more-resilient communities.

Work is already underway on various projects, which are expected to be completed by 2019.