PBS&J announces DTI acquisition and establishment of risk and emergency management division

Miami, FL, Jan. 6, 2003 — Engineering and consulting firm PBS&J announces the acquisition of Atlanta-based Durham Technologies, Inc. (DTI); a firm specializing in the development of analytical methodologies for risk measurement, modeling, and management.
The DTI acquisition strategically complements PBS&J’s recent establishment of a Risk and Emergency Management Division that integrates PBS&J’s corporatewide services, capabilities, and resources in this field.

According to PBS&J CEO and President John B. Zumwalt, III, P.E., PBS&J’s Risk and Emergency Management Division offers comprehensive services in risk engineering, hazards model development, predisaster mitigation and emergency planning, homeland security and force protection, post-disaster response and recovery services, and program management services to support emergency management operations. The division will be led by DTI President and Chief Executive Officer R. Scott Lawson, Ph.D., P.E.

Lawson has 15 years of management experience in risk engineering and loss estimation, including management of projects and services for domestic and international organizations. Prior to joining DTI, Lawson was the vice president of engineering services for a firm that pioneered the development of multihazard loss estimation modeling technology for use by the worldwide insurance industry.

“DTI brings unique expertise in prediction modeling and diverse capabilities in quantitative risk assessment that complements our ‘all hazards’ approach to emergency management,” said Zumwalt. “PBS&J can now provide the complete range of services needed by clients to assess, plan, mitigate, manage, and recover from crisis situations.”

Established in 1999, DTI built a national reputation for creative solutions in the development and application of risk assessment software and management strategies. DTI’s founding members were instrumental in the development of “HAZUS,” FEMA’s GIS-based risk assessment software, which is gaining wide acceptance as the public domain hazards loss estimation modeling software of choice.

They maintain a critical role in its ongoing development and in the application of the technology. By providing economic analysis for proposed and existing hazards mitigation projects and creating innovative strategies for mitigation planning, DTI also established itself as a leader in community-based risk assessment that meets the objectives of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2000).

“PBS&J is launching the Risk and Emergency Management Division at a critical time,” said Zumwalt. “Our nation’s shift towards homeland security and domestic preparedness presents an opportunity for PBS&J’s security specialists to integrate DTI’s risk assessment and risk modeling expertise with traditional infrastructure planning and project design services. This will provide PBS&J better threat and risk assessments on which to evaluate more effective project designs and the growing number of alternative solutions.”

The new division expands PBS&J’s disaster services for which the firm has a nationally recognized reputation for debris forecasting and management, disaster response and recovery planning, and evacuation planning and routing.

PBS&J (www.pbsj.com) is a provider of infrastructure planning, engineering, construction management, and program management services. PBS&J has 60 offices and over 2,800 employees worldwide and is currently ranked 8th out of the top 500 “pure” design firms by Engineering News-Record.

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