AMEC wins Engineering Excellence Grand Prize for emergency response to key flooddamaged rail line


Nashville, Tenn. (12 May 2011) AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has won an Engineering Excellence Grand Prize from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee for its emergency response to repair a vital flood-damaged rail line.

Traffic on a key 200-mile stretch of CSX Transportation track between Nashville and Memphis was halted due to significant damages from catastrophic middle-Tennessee floods in 2010. Rapid and safe restoration of the track was critical for it served as a key route for transporting goods to the Midwest and South.

The project commenced on 4 May 2010, just two days after the Harpeth River crested west of Nashville. AMEC assembled a team of engineers and scientists to provide engineering design, permitting and construction administration assistance for the repair of more than seven miles of track in multiple locations, and the replacement of four bridges and six culverts. Working in collaboration with CSXT and teaming partners, railroad traffic was restored on 23 May, more than two weeks earlier than projected.

Engineering Excellence Awards judges had high praise for the project:

"The complexities of a disaster, coupled with pressure from the client for a high quality and rapid repair, required a level of rigor that surpasses the 'normal' engineering project," said one, adding, "In this case, superb orchestration of construction, design and permitting, which were all running parallel paths, resulted in the 21-day return to service."

Another judge said the combination of disaster response, engineering design, mobilization and construction/repair "all contributed to make this project unique and worthy of the Engineering Excellence Award."

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