Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering consultancy, has agreed to acquire MMI Engineering (MMI), the technical consulting specialist focused on the risk management of man-made and natural hazards across the oil and gas, nuclear, utilities and infrastructure sectors. MMI provides a key role in accident and incident investigations in the oil and gas industry and has worked on more than 30 incidents, including the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot event.

MMI is also considered an expert in the field of seismic, blast and accidental loading assessments and is also skilled in nuclear asset management and integrity with key members of its team currently supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Currently owned by Geosyntec, an international environmental consultancy business, the business will be rebranded as MMI Thornton Tomasetti in the UK and Australia and will operate under the Thornton Tomasetti name in the US upon completion of the deal, forming a key part of Thornton Tomasetti’s European operation and its Weidlinger Applied Science practice.

MMI’s John Evans, Andy Nelson and Andrew Morrison will become part of Thornton Tomasetti’s European and Australian leadership team and will play a pivotal role in the integration process. Thornton Tomasetti’s Pawel Woelke will lead the business as Warrington office director, reporting into Phillip Thompson, Thornton Tomasetti’s European regional leader, and Najib Abboud, Weidlinger Applied Science practice leader.