Effective June 1, 2013, Transmetrics Inc., a civil engineering firm based in Campbell, California was named the official representative in the United States for GEODATA S.p.A. of Turin, Italy. Geodata, founded in 1984, operates as an independent firm in over 25 countries including Russia, China, Australia, Brazil, India and France. Geodata has designed and managed construction of over 1,864 miles of tunnels and over 2,500 projects worldwide involving roadways, metro transit, high speed rail, dams and hydro-electric plants. In addition, Geodata has developed a strong expertise in the management and resolution of complex problems related to tunnel excavation within urbanized areas or areas known to contain pockets of methane gas.
Among the current large number of tunnels being designed or constructed by Geodata worldwide is the giant Bioceanico Aconcagua tunnel, which connects Chile with Argentina under the Andes Mountains. Once completed, the Bioceanico Aconcagua will change the economies of both countries in a major way and will compete with the Panama Canal.
Geodata, however, is no stranger to California. In 2002, Geodata and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology joined with Transmetrics to conduct a study to determine the best route for crossing the Tehachapi Mountains with a high-speed rail train. The report issued in 2003 recommended the Antelope Valley/Palmdale alignment, which the California High Speed Rail Commission adopted.