Systra has bought bridge design firm International Bridge Technologies (ITB).
It is the first specific engineering firm Systra has bought and the firm says it marks a “significant strategic move” which will enable it to offer a new depth of technical expertise in bridge design.
Systra’s core business is rail technology, but it says the acquisition is a good fit as more than 60% of bridges worldwide are used for rail projects.
ITB has expertise in segmental and cable-stayed bridges and Systra hopes to create a ‘one-stop-shop’ service for design and build projects, which currently comprises of around 80% of ITB’s projects.
IBT will rebrand as Systra IBT. The move will double Systra’s geographical footprint into the US, Canada and Dubai. Systra has been in the US for 30 years through Systra Consulting and Canarail, it also has existing bridge design centres in France, Korea and India.
Systra chief executive Pierre Verzat said: “By combining the complementary bridge engineering expertise of both companies through our new global bridge centre of excellence, we will offer clients the full range of services in this field. Systra and IBT value technical excellence, innovation and quality and share an unwavering commitment to safety and ethics.”
Pictured is the Chacao Suspension Bridge in Chile for which Systra has produced some design studies.