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Parsons Leverages ALICE to Win Edmonton Light Rail Project

Light rail project, Canada | Parsons Corporation The Parsons' team developed a competitive construction schedule in its bid for a $2.6B project
For the 8.7 mile rail extension project that includes 14 street-level stations and two elevated stations, the company was looking at rigorous and creative schedule development in its bid for the work.


The challenge

The City of Edmonton, Canada plans to expand its public transportation system with construction of the Valley Line West light rail extension. This 8.7 mile rail extension will feature 14 street-level stations and two elevated stations, and the total value of the project is $2.6B. Parsons used ALICE to help it develop a competitive construction schedule in its bid for the work.




“ALICE has allowed us to be more competitive in the bid and more efficient during the project's execution”

Elie Homsi Senior Vice President at Parsons

The Solution

With ALICE, Parsons was able to explore scheduling options that took into account a variety of factors that could influence timing, such as difficulties in building based on winter weather. Getting the timing right was particularly important to avoid potential liquidated damages for later delivery. Parsons was also able to create schedules that required fewer crews and less equipment, such as concrete pumps, using ALICE. And it was able to determine the optimal amount of formwork required to accelerate the development of the elevated rail portion of the project.




The Results

Through the rigorous and creative schedule development that Parsons did with ALICE, the company was able to produce a competitive bid in which it felt highly confident. Parsons won the bid, and construction will begin in 2021 and finish by 2027. With help from ALICE, Parsons was able to commit to a bid that will be rewarding for the company at a cost that represented a fair deal for the city of Edmonton. “We’re confident our rigorous competitive process has culminated in the selection of a strong team to deliver the Valley Line West LRT at good value for Edmontonians,” Valley Line Director Brad Smid said.



Founded in 1944, Parsons Corporation is an American technology-focused defense, intelligence, security, and infrastructure engineering firm. Parsons has more than 16,000 employees across 24 countries and revenues above $3.6B.


Edmonton, Canada


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