RAM Consulting, a Vancouver-based design and engineering consultancy, has acquired Encepta Corp., an engineering firm specializing in telecoms, and Horizon Engineering, a geotechnical consulting specialist.
The addition of the two firms will allow RAM to provide more comprehensive engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services to its infrastructure sector clients. Clients include BC Hydro, FortisBC, Metro Vancouver and government institutions like the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and local municipalities.
“This consolidation of technical expertise creates a significant and complete service offering in design, inspection, and ultimately, comprehensive project management. Our clients, such as BC Hydro, FortisBC, government ministries and other private infrastructure firms have come to expect agility, expertise and reliable, robust services, from project concept to completion,” said RAM principal, Joe Di Placito.
The acquisitions have grown RAM’s workforce to more than 200 employees and that number is expected to grow.
“Our people are our strength,” added Di Placito. “These acquisitions continue to position us as an employer of choice, simultaneously providing leading solutions for clients, who require the same expertise and professional capacity as the biggest consulting companies but with agility and personal involvement that they won’t find at larger firms.”
Based in Burnaby, Encepta supports telecom clients with field services, design, inspection, and construction management, as well as big data analytics and AI-powered models. The firm has been recently working on numerous projects in fiber optics and 5G as the area ramps up development.
Horizon has provided a full range of geotechnical consulting services to almost 5,000 projects for a diverse set of clients. These services include geotechnical assessments comprising subsurface investigation, laboratory testing and engineering analyses followed by design, report and specification preparation, and field reviews during construction.