The road is ahead

The Transport industry is a fascinating and dynamic environment that will never stop expanding. Although technical, scheduling and budget constraints are key focus with any project, logistics and urbanism can bring additional challenges to transportation.

With upcoming demographic changes – such as an aging population and movements between cities and suburbs – air, rail and road transportation will require new infrastructure and assembly/production facilities.

SOCANIN has been involved with impressive projects in the Transport industry. Our project managers are not afraid of getting involved in large-scale projects; rather, a project’s complexity adds to the motivation of our experienced managers.


Socanin contributed to the implantation of a hanger which transform aircraft with EVTOL technology along the Bromont landing strip. This pilot plant has a vision of transporting human organs to patients across North America using drones. A stimulating project for a noble cause, a source of great pride for the Socanin team.

CDPQ-INFRA, Auckland, New-zealand

The setup of a 4 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) system project was in line with an environmental vision of collective transport that is in line with core values at Socanin. Our in-depth experience with our business partners and knowledge of multiple implementations of LRT projects across the world was put to use. This effort spread across three (3) years and was instrumental in Auckland’s LRT bid.

AIRBUS, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada

Airbus has bet on the construction of a pre-assembly line to accelerate the production rate of the A220. The project named pre-Fal allowed the installation of electrical wiring, floors and other modules in the fuselages, which will then end up on the assembly lines of the A220. The goal of pre-assembly was to make the program profitable. To do this, Airbus has mandated Socanin to support them as project management, risk minimization and construction management. Several members of the Socanin team contributed to the success of the project for 2 years. The project included the dismantling of the Bombardier CRJ line, the development of the pre-assembly line and the construction of a cafeteria. Several challenges emerged during the project, the competence of the various contributors, the teamwork and the open-mindedness of each are elements that made it a “success story”. In addition, this project made it possible to protect jobs in Mirabel when the aviation sector went through difficult times during the pandemic.


Bombardier required expeditious support in the definition and the technical setup of their new FAL (Final Assembly Line) project in Mobile, Alabama to accelerate the production of the A220 family of aircrafts. This situation was driven by the then US-Can trade tariff different. Socanin technical insight in the initial scope definition and requirements, construction feasibility, estimate of the project and the time line to execute this project allowed for a clear and expeditious way forward.

BOMBARDIER AEROSPACE, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada

Bombardier Aerospace expanded its existing facilities in Mirabel to include the new CSeries production campus. The project involved the construction of a new building and its integration with the existing plant. Key equipment installations included:

  • New CSeries production campus;
  • Electrical and mechanical upgrades to CIASTA (Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area);
  • Electrical upgrades (XP) to hangar Y and FTV (Fly Test Vehicle) assembly centre;
  • Integration of the CSeries campus to the existing plant (partial electrical and mechanical standards upgrades to the existing facility); and

Construction of the validation laboratory.

SOCANIN was assigned at a critical time during the detailed engineering / procurement and construction phases; tasked to perform audits and lead the diverse project teams. SOCANIN was responsible for the project’s costs and schedule control, the administration of all contracts, the monitoring of engineering and design, the claim resolution management, and the general construction management.

SOCANIN’s focus on priorities allowed for a renewal of the trust amongst the internal team, the contractors and the professionals involved. This focus led to an improved work environment which was a key factor in delivering the project on time and within the original budget.

Hong Kong INTERNATIONAL AIPORT, China (Hong Kong)

Lying at the hub of a global region that reaches throughout Asia and Australia, Hong Kong International Airport is projected to handle eighty million passengers per year by 2040—the same number currently seen in Heathrow (London) and John F. Kennedy (JFK – New York), combined.

SOCANIN provided construction management services and supervision for the building completion and interior finishing of the Airport’s T1 terminal (570,000 sqm), one of the largest terminal buildings in the world.


SOCANIN provided management services and construction supervision for the construction of the Kwai Chung viaduct on a section of Highway 3, a road linking Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula to Hong Kong International Airport and the continent. The overall construction project totalled over $600M.

The Kwai Chung project extends for 3 kilometres: from the Rambler Channel in the north, through the Kwai Chung container port, and to the south in the reclaimed land of West Kowloon. The mainline deck is typically 40 metres wide but can go up to 60 metres at the junctions with ramps. The structure is constituted of about 100 spans, generally 35 meters long and made from precast u-beams erected by specially designed launching equipment to span the portals.