Design-build provides benefits for both owners and practitioners. It gives the owner the ability to contract with a single entity which bears the full responsibility for the design, quality, construction and commissioning of a project.
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My work in 2016 started with support on a new program for a terrific client that is all about building critical infrastructure. Together, we’re figuring out the best delivery method to share risk, manage cost, drive innovation and get a shovel in the ground. It’s no surprise that alternative delivery is front and center in our thinking. And, oops, there I go again.
Much of California is in the grip of a historic drought, and the residents and businesses of San Diego, as well as its surrounding communities, have longed for a consistent, locally controlled, drought-proof supply of high-quality water.
Their wait is over.
As the final weeks of being President of the Water Design Build Council conclude in 2015, I stand amazed by what we have accomplished within the very spirit of collaboration that is design build. Over the past year, the Water Design-Build Council has held true to its mission:
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This topic – perhaps the most crucial to any utility or agency desiring to pursue a design-build delivery for their project – is also one that is becoming more in demand. Capturing comments from one of Water Design-Build Council's recent discussions with a major utility, are passed on as "lessons learned" for others to consider.
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Early contractor involvement. (That’s good!) Constructability input with my engineer. (That’s even better!) A qualified contractor that knows the project before heading to the field. (That’s the best!)
If your organization is considering using collaborative delivery, it's likely you're thinking about critical issues, such as permitting, design, stakeholder input, risk management and your construction deadline. If you are new to design-build, you're probably also considering whether you should use a progressive or lump-sum model, as well as how you might spur innovation by balancing prescriptive- and performance-based requirements. You might also be worried about developing an RFQ and an RFP to effectively evaluate practitioners and their ideas.
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SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are fundamental to monitor and control water and wastewater plant operations. Key process indicators at the enterprise level are driven by data collection within the SCADA system. More and more utilities are completely dependent on SCADA for protection of public health and safety.
Owners that undertake major capital improvement projects using a design-build implementation model spend significant time and resources upfront during the procurement, planning, and development stages of the project to ensure that the most qualified team is selected and that key project criteria are established. Strictly focusing on the design and construction requirements can be time consuming, and project teams tend to overlook important details such as how to transition smoothly from construction to operational readiness.
From the Water Design-Build Council's 2015 research study of the lessons that executives and managers have learned from their design-build projects, the importance of communication, education and teamwork stood out from all others.
Within this theme, the participating utility/agency executives and project managers also believe that "peer-to-peer education" is a very valuable process to learn about design-build delivery methods. And, they are also willing to share information about their experiences with others.
From WDBC's own research came...