ACEC - California Honors Cinquini & Passarino, Inc. with Merit Awards for Rail Survey

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Cinquini & Passarino, Inc., Land Surveying received two awards for their Top of Rail Survey of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District Corridor.

At the American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC) 2011 Engineering Excellence Award Banquet, Cinquini & Passarino, Inc. (CPI) was awarded the Merit Award and Small Firm Merit Award for their unique implementation of cutting edge technology in the rail surveying market.

CPI teamed with HDR, Inc. Engineering and Consulting to complete the civil, track and pathway advanced conceptual engineering phase for 60 miles of the SMART District proposed passenger railroad. The railroad will ultimately provide passenger service between the Town of Larkspur, in Marin County and the City of Cloverdale, in Sonoma County with a target date of operation set at October 2014 for the initial segment.

With a one month deadline to complete a top of rail survey over 60 miles of track, CPI convinced the design team to allow use of the Amberg Technologies GRP track measurement equipment. The goal of CPI was to maintain concise measurement with high productivity without sacrificing accuracy and to complete the top of rail survey in half the estimated time of conventional survey methods. The SMART railroad corridor was surveyed using the Amberg GRP at 25 foot intervals, including critical rail structures such as switches, frogs, culverts, bridges and road crossings.

The results were outstanding. CPI saved SMART over $120,000.00 and 2 months project duration by not utilizing conventional survey methods. The immense amount of data collected with the Amberg GRP proved to benefit the project and also established CPI as an innovator. CPI is the first surveying firm within the United States to use the Amberg GRP for railroad surveys.

About Cinquini & Passarino, Inc: Founded in 1954, CPI is a full service land surveying firm located in Santa Rosa, California. The firm provides services and solutions to the public and private sector and is a Certified Small Business with the State of California. For additional information visit

About ACEC - California: ACEC, California (formerly CELSOC) is a 50-year-old, nonprofit association of 1,200 private consulting engineering and land surveying firms representing over 10,000 California employees. As a statewide organization, they are dedicated to enhancing the consulting engineering and land surveying professions, protecting the general public and promoting use of the private sector in the growth and development of California. Members provide services for all phases of planning, designing and constructing projects. Member services include civil, structural, geotechnical, electrical and mechanical engineering and land surveying for all types of public works, residential, commercial and industrial projects. For additional information visit

Mr. Anthony G. Cinquini, P.E., P.L.S.
Cinquini & Passarino, Inc.
(707) 542-6268


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