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UK water engineering software goes global

British water engineering software firm Micro Drainage was yesterday bought by Australian consultant Cardno for £13M.

The acquisition of Micro Drainage complements the operations of XP Software, Cardno’s long established Australian and US based water engineering software business which has representation in eight countries. Combined sales of Micro Drainage and XP Software products exceed 15,000 software licenses worldwide.

Micro Drainage is the dominant provider of stormwater drainage design software to engineering consultants and water companies in the UK and Ireland. The software allows users to simulate the impact of floods and changes in population density on the design of sustainable and cost effective stormwater solutions.

"By leveraging XP Software’s extensive international network, Cardno has the ability to market Micro Drainage’s product range worldwide as well as being to able to offer existing XP Software customers a complementary and in-demand product suite," said Cardno managing director Andrew Buckley.

"Both XP Software and Micro Drainage’s products help engineers to plan and design better water management solutions for our communities."

Co-founders of Micro Drainage, Aidan and Marian Millerick, will remain with the company and become shareholders of Cardno. Aidan Millerick will also take on a broader role within Cardno as Discipline Leader of Water Modelling to help disseminate his knowledge in this technical field across the group of companies.

"In Cardno we have found an ideal partner to support our future growth and international expansion,"said Aidan Millerick.

"Cardno has the unique perspective of knowing how to run a successful software company combined with an extensive team of in-house water resource practitioners who understand the importance of such software in designing sustainable and cost effective solutions for their clients."

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