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Hydraulic modeling consultants NHC, LaSalle announce merger

LaSalle NHC Merger

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd. has announced a merger acquisition of the LaSalle Consulting Group, forming the new "Lasalle|NHC".

Before the merger, Alberta-based NHC and Quebec-based LaSalle represented two rare private North American companies with hydraulic laboratory operations, with NHC operating labs in Edmonton, Vancouver and Seattle, and consulting offices in California and Brazil.

Meanwhile, LaSalle developed an international reputation for optimizing large hydropower projects and has played an important role in developing much of Quebec's large hydraulic infrastructure since the 1950s.

"As a larger operation, NHC offered more diversified services than did LaSalle," Lasalle|NHC president Marc Villeneuve said. "The merger allows us to offer expert services in some new areas within our geographic market and expand beyond our current market, while continuing to honor our existing teaming relationships."

Both companies specialize in numerical and physical scale models for infrastructure located in river, coastal and marine environments while also being active in other areas of hydraulics and hydrology, including flood management, water supply planning, geomorphic analysis, habitat restoration, and river and ice engineering.

The partnership, according to a Lasalle|NHC release, will allow the companies to spread their combined talents across a wider base.

"It's a fit that makes sense," said Brian Hughes, NHC's director of physical modeling operations. "Both firms are highly regarded in the industry, but operate mostly in different geographic markets. The merger will allow us to share work and specialized expertise to provide more comprehensive services to existing and new clients."

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