Lord knows Cardno is involved in a little of everything. Cardno Limited provides professional services in the development of physical and social infrastructure using an array of engineering, surveying, planning, and environmental capacities. With more than 250 offices in 85 countries, it works, among other things, in land development, building design, ocean and coastal management and protection, environmental compliance, transport planning, water treatment and management, and all manner of economic and social development in emerging-market countries. Customers have included Rio Tinto, Sydney Airport, the US Department of Defense, Madison Square Garden, and the United Nations. Cardno traces its origin to 1945.
Between 2010 and 2011 Cardno's revenue grew 74% while net income increased 54%. Acquisitions played an important role as well as expansion of the company's markets both in number and geographically. Cardno purchased Australian and US firms such as JFNew & Associates (natural resources management consulting), Roadtest (construction materials testing), and BEC Engineering (electrical engineering services for mining companies). In early 2012 it acquired US-based environmental consultant ATC Group Services for $106 million and expects the subsidiary to provide steady growth as the American economy recovers and environmental awareness and regulations offer market opportunities.
Most of Cardno's sales occur in the Americas, primarily in the US. The company is involved in the cleanup of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It also has a role, via environmental impact statements, in the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project connecting Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas.
Though revenue from Africa is negligible, Cardno has an office in every country on that continent. The company works with both governments and NGOs there in projects such as power supply design, small business management, and financial literacy programs. – less