San Diego, Calif. (February 2021) — Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a business research publication which has provided strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry since 1988, has honored SIA Solutions, LLC (SIA) with a 2020 Technology Merit EBJ Business Achievement Award. EBJ seeks excellence in business performance for conventional metrics like revenue growth, exceptional projects, technology development and deployment in the field, and advances in information and digital technology. The Technology Merit award recognizes SIA, in partnership with USACE, Marine Design Center and USACE, Vicksburg District, for supporting the design, development, demonstration, and testing of an innovative solution to install navigational stabilization materials to reinforce the levee system, prevent scouring, and sustain defined channels for vessel traffic on the Mississippi River. The “Mat Sinking Barge Prototype” project provides a new technology solution for USACE to integrate into DOD’s program to maintain navigational waterways with minimal impact to the ecosystem and surrounding environment. SIA and its partners designed, fabricated, and tested an automated articulated concrete mattress (ACM) placement technology including the integration of automated mechanical, sensing, and control systems for future installation on a barge vessel platform.