MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Louis Berger has signed a 10-year extension to the company’s 30-year Chinese joint venture, CHELBI (Chinese Highway Engineers Louis Berger International). The signing took place during a December celebration in Beijing, China, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the joint venture.
“Louis Berger is proud to have such a strong and longstanding partnership with our Chinese engineering partner HPDI,” said Nick Masucci, Louis Berger president and CEO. “Our founder, Dr. Louis Berger, was a visionary beyond his years when he entered this agreement 30 years ago.”
When the U.S. and Chinese governments signed the Cooperation in Science and Technology Agreement in 1979, Dr. Louis Berger was the only representative of 10 U.S. engineering firms to accept the request to receive Chinese engineers for training in the U.S.
During the next five years, successive waves of Chinese engineers arrived at Louis Berger’s U.S. offices for introductions to current U.S. engineering design methods. During the past 34 years, 141 engineers have participated in 30 missions for a total of approximately 1,500 weeks, or approximately 26 years, of training in the U.S.
CHELBI was the first company to develop computer-aided design for use on Chinese highways. Today, CHELBI and HPDI, Louis Berger’s joint venture partner, are responsible for designing some of the world’s longest span bridges and most expansive expressways. Additionally, the partnership has expanded beyond China’s borders to include projects such as the Third Crossing of the Panama Canal and the Jamaica North-South Highway.
“We are proud of the technical exchange we’ve shared with our Chinese partners, but we believe that bridges work best when they are two-way,” said Fred Berger, Louis Berger board member and son of founder, Dr. Berger. “So during the past decade, HPDI and CHELBI began to accept technical missions from our U.S. and European operations to China.”
As a result, Louis Berger engineers have been able to learn about the current challenges facing Chinese infrastructure expansion as well as bring back a better understanding of the technologies being developed in China, which can be adapted to solve challenges throughout the world.
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