SYSTRA, Kiewit and Hatch to build Third Crossing bridge in Kingston, Ontario

Third Crossing bridge to be the first in North America to use an Integrated Project Delivery model

After a thorough Request for Proposals (RFP) and evaluation phase, the City of Kingston in Ontario, Canada, has selected SYSTRA International Bridge Technologies (SYSTRA), Peter Kiewit Sons ULC (Kiewit) and Hatch Ltd (Hatch) as the preferred proponent for the detailed design and building of the Third Crossing project.

SYSTRA, Kiewit and Hatch were one of three shortlisted proponents to submit a proposal on the bridge project. Seven international teams initially applied for the job when requests for proposals were issued in February 2018.

To deliver this project on time and on budget the City has chosen an Integrated Project Delivery model (IPD). This model is similar to a design-build model with the exception that the City of Kingston, along with the contracted design and construction partners, will work within the defined $180m budget and share the risk and reward to deliver the best possible bridge. The four teams develop shared goals and accept responsibilities as equal partners.

From September 2018 through to December 2019 the new project team will be doing early site preparation, conducting additional environmental and geotechnical investigations to inform the work with Parks Canada, and working through design validation. Construction of the bridge is expected to begin in summer 2019. The project is being jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Kingston.

Once complete, the new 1.2km bridge will extend over the Cataraqui River connecting the east side and west side communities. A new two-lane bridge will improve emergency services response, increase active transportation through a multi-use pedestrian and bike pathway, create business connections on the east and west sides of the river, and enhance the life of residents and visitors of Kingston while meeting the highest engineering standards.

The new project team is looking forward to connecting with residents and hearing ideas about integrating the new bridge into the Kingston community. Communication and engagement programmes will be part of the bridge’s detailed design and construction phases later in 2018 and into 2019. The team has also launched a City of Kingston Get Involved page and encourages residents to ask questions.

Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Infrastructure projects like the Third Crossing bridge in Kingston connect people, support job creation and boost economic development opportunities. This is why the Government of Canada is providing unprecedented funding and support for public infrastructure projects that help grow the middle class and promote the long-term prosperity of communities across the country.”

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure

“Providing funding for the right infrastructure projects at the right time has a positive impact on people and communities across the entire province. Our decision to invest in the Kingston Third Crossing Bridge project will help bring economic benefits, create great paying jobs for our people and make Ontario competitive again.”


Bryan Paterson, Mayor of City of Kingston

“Today is another significant step in moving this project forward. This is the largest infrastructure project our city will undertake for years to come, employing hundreds of people over several years. I am just thrilled and excited to get construction started.”

Mark Van Buren, deputy commissioner and project director

“After a comprehensive and competitive procurement process, we’re happy that SYSTRA, Kiewit and Hatch are joining the Third Crossing project. We started this process with seven exceptional international firms interested in coming to Kingston to work on this job and today we’ve selected the top proponent team. Having this collaborative team will ensure we build the best bridge possible for all residents while helping meet our long-term transportation goals.”

Zachary McGain, Canadian general manager for SYSTRA IBT

“This is an important community project that will make a positive impact on the lives of Kingston residents. As an international company with a strong track record in bridge design, we are proud to be part of the team delivering North America’s first IPD bridge. Together, we will blend technical innovation and aesthetic design to deliver the best value for the City of Kingston.”

Mark Mallett, project director, Kiewit Sons ULC

“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Kingston on this very important community project. We’ve been following the evolution of this project for several years wanting to ultimately be the final team standing here today. We’re excited to be working on the Third Crossing project, the first IPD bridge in North America and ready to get to work.”

Philip Murray, global director, EPC and AFP, Hatch Ltd

“Hatch is delighted to be involved in the largest ever infrastructure undertaking by the City of Kingston. We are looking forward to providing the very best of Hatch for this opportunity and hope to create something truly representative of this community.”


SYSTRA Acquires International Bridge Technologies


Acquisition marks launch of global bridge center of excellence

31 August 2017 – SYSTRA is transforming its global bridge engineering capability with the acquisition of International Bridge Technologies (IBT), a world-renowned bridge design company. Following today’s acquisition, SYSTRA will establish a global bridge center of excellence that will offer clients best-in-class specialist bridge design expertise. By combining with IBT, SYSTRA aims to become one of the top 10 international bridge specialists in the world. This is SYSTRA’s first acquisition in a specific engineering discipline, marking a significant strategic move for the company and enabling it to offer deep technical expertise across the full spectrum of bridge design services.

Joining forces with IBT expands a core capability for SYSTRA, a world leader in transportation and mobility. Bridges are a vital component of transportation infrastructure, facilitating the efficient movement of people and goods. More than 60 percent of bridges globally are part of rail projects*, SYSTRA’s core business. SYSTRA is ranked in the top two mass transit and rail international design firms and, prior to the acquisition of IBT, was placed at number 14 globally in bridge engineering**. The acquisition confirms SYSTRA’s position as a global specialist in bridge engineering, particularly in the field of international design & build projects.

The two companies have complementary technical expertise and their combination offers a broad and specialized service in bridge design. Combining IBT’s renowned expertise in segmental and cable-stayed bridges with SYSTRA’s specialized expertise in suspension bridges, truss and arch bridges, metro and high speed rail bridges and viaducts, amongst others, will enable the Group to provide clients with deep technical knowledge across the full spectrum of bridges.

Combining to create a ‘one-stop-shop’ service for design & build projects

IBT will now be called SYSTRA IBT. Together, SYSTRA and SYSTRA IBT will provide clients with high-end technical expertise in bridge design combined with high-quality production capabilities that can be rapidly mobilized to meet clients’ requirements.

SYSTRA and SYSTRA IBT’s new global bridge center of excellence will offer contractors an expanded, highly differentiated one-stop-shop service for design & build projects, enabling them to be more competitive in terms of cost, time, constructability and delivery.

More than 80 percent of IBT’s projects are design & build. This experience with large design & build projects in an international environment will augment SYSTRA’s existing design & build offering, where 70 percent of its bridge projects have been developed in partnership with contractors. SYSTRA’s bridge projects include Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway in Kuwait, one of the largest maritime causeways in the world, and Chacao Suspension Bridge in Chile, which will be the longest suspension bridge in South America and a world record for two-span suspension bridges.

Pierre Verzat, CEO, SYSTRA, said: “We are delighted to welcome IBT’s talented team of bridge engineering specialists to the Group and we are committed to preserving, nurturing and developing this technical discipline. By combining the complementary bridge engineering expertise of both companies through our new global bridge center 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.”

Jean-Charles Vollery, Senior Vice President, SYSTRA, who leads the company’s design & build offering, added: “Clients will benefit from an expanded range of specialist skills, delivered by world-renowned bridge engineering experts. Our ability to offer high-end technical expertise with high-quality production cements our capabilities in design & build, particularly in multidisciplinary and international environments. Our mission is to deliver world-class expertise and technical excellence that achieves project success for our clients.”

Dan Tassin, Senior Technical Officer, SYSTRA IBT, said: “Joining SYSTRA will reinforce our capabilities in bridge engineering and our ability to deliver services for large projects. We have been impressed by SYSTRA’s accomplishments in the field of rail transportation as well as complex bridge design. A number of senior engineers for both companies have worked in the past under the leadership of Jean Muller and, as a result, we share the same design values.”

Mike Smart, CEO, SYSTRA IBT, added: “Having long respected SYSTRA as a leading competitor in the global bridge engineering market, we are thrilled to join forces. Stronger together, this team will deliver exceptional expertise to clients seeking success on bridge projects with lasting functional and visual value.”

Expanded global bridge engineering footprint

Through acquiring IBT, SYSTRA will double its geographic footprint in bridge design, increasing its proximity to clients by providing them with a bespoke blend of global and local knowledge through its new global bridge center of excellence. SYSTRA will gain bridge design centers in the US, Canada and Dubai, complementing the company’s existing bridge design centers in France, Korea and India.

The combined company is well positioned to enter new markets and geographies with its broad, expanded range of specialist technical expertise in the field of bridges.

SYSTRA has been present in North America for 30 years through its subsidiaries SYSTRA Consulting and CANARAIL. This acquisition bolsters SYSTRA’s investment in North America, a major international market for the company. By joining forces with IBT, the SYSTRA Group will be able to extend its presence in the region and offer an expanded range of services to North American contractors and clients.

SYSTRA Appoints Stanley Rosenblum as Chief Operating Officer

SYSTRA, a global leader in mass transit and rail infrastructure engineering, is proud to announce the appointment of Stanley Rosenblum as chief operating officer.

Mr. Rosenblum will lead SYSTRA’s long-term strategy development and initiatives, help direct the company’s operations, and promote its vision. Working with the firm’s talented professionals, Mr. Rosenblum will help SYSTRA seize future opportunities.

“SYSTRA is a good firm, with talented professionals and a huge growth potential,” said Rosenblum. “I am looking forward to supporting our strategy development and execution, and realizing this potential as we move forward with our strategic initiatives.”

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Rosenblum spent the last 14 years with Jacobs Engineering, and at NJ Transit and NJDOT previously.

SYSTRA/EGIS joint venture wins 425 million Euro Saudi Arabian metro contract

SYSTRA/EGIS with American partner PARSONS has won the 425 million Euro contract to supervise construction of lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Riyadh metro in Saudi Arabia. 

 On 1st August 2013, Riyadh’s Development Authority, Arriyadh (ADA) awarded the €425m project management contract for its future metro network to the PARSONS, EGIS and SYSTRA joint venture, led by Parsons. The contract covers project management and construction supervision for Lines 1, 2 and 3 of the Riyadh metro and accounts for nearly half of the engineering services for the 6 lines.

In a joint statement, Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA and Nicolas Jachiet, CEO of EGIS said, “We are proud to be working with our colleagues from Parsons on this ground-breaking public transport system for the people of Riyadh. This contract recognises the quality of French engineering expertise and technical know-how. Our Joint Venture brings together and combines the expertise of two great French railway engineering companies, and shows how their complementary skills can win contracts of this size and complexity and deliver them in record breaking time.”

This complex and highly prestigious metro project will be completed in record time

Riyadh, a city with a population of 5.7million, has a saturated road network. Given that its population is set to grow to 8 million by 2030, it was essential to increase the capacity of its public transport system.

In December 2012, Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), Riyadh city’s development authority, launched an international tender amongst the world’s largest engineering firms to manage the project and supervise the construction of 6 metro lines, divided into 3 work batch packages.

This is an extremely prestigious project due to its sheer size and very tight delivery deadlines. The future network must be delivered within 5 years and will comprise 6 automated lines and 92 stations covering 177km – 60km underground, 36km overground and 81km of viaduct sections.

For passenger safety and comfort the project incorporates the latest features for modern automated metros.

Joint Venture responsibilities

The PARSONS/EGIS/SYSTRA JV won two of the three work batch packages covering Lines 1, 2 and 3 – a total of 108km and 55 stations. Approximately 1 000 people will be required to work in Riyadh to complete the work.

Working for ADA, the JV will validate studies, oversee and coordinate construction work, accept engineering structures and approve pre-commissioning tests.

The BACS Consortium (managed by Bechtel and Siemens) won design-construction tenders for Lines 1 and 2, and Arriyadh New Mobility (managed by ANSALDO STS, Impregilo and Bombardier) for Line 3.

A long-term involvement in this project

EGIS also worked for ADA for a number of years on the preliminary design studies for the current metro project. In 2012, EGIS produced the specifications for tender bids by Consortiums for design-construction work and over the past few months has helped ADA with candidate selection.