When CSD was created in 1970, the goal of the three founders (Bernard Schmutz, Carlo Colombi and Jean-Pierre Dorthe) was to offer services linking construction, geology and the environment. Therefore, geotechnics, the protection and collection of water, quarrying, waste-disposal sites and the cleaning of polluted sites rapidly became part of their daily preoccupations. Acquiring the necessary reputation for the development of these services and the confidence of partners was a difficult challenge that they took up brilliantly.
Bernard Schmutz was able to rapidly develop CSD’s activities in North Africa (Algeria), then in sub-Saharan Africa, in road-building, geotechnics and drinking water. This enabled CSD to be competitive in public invitations to tender at a time when contracts were negotiated on a private agreement basis.
Bernard Schmutz was always ambitious and looking for new challenges, while ensuring that he could offer better-than-average quality. His aim was to make CSD a big company that could offer all the services related to engineering and geology. This vision has become reality today.
We will hold in our memory a gifted engineer and a great entrepreneur who enabled CSD to become the company it is today.
Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and loved ones, and our thoughts are with them at this time.