Water Design Build Council Blog

How Does CMAR Differ from Design-Build?

Posted by Leofwin Clark, CH2M on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 04:19 PM

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!)

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Topics: CMAR

Is Your Organization Considering Using Collaborative Delivery?

Posted by Leofwin Clark, CH2M on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

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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Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery

Turn-Key Design-Build SCADA - It Works!

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.

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From Parsons: Construction to Commissioning - Making the Transition a Smooth Process

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. 

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Topics: design-build

The Most Valuable Assets Of Design-Build Projects

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 04:52 PM

39225459_s_1From 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...

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Topics: design-build

A Positive Future for Design-Build Delivery: A Black & Veatch Report

The outlook for progress in the water infrastructure industry looks very bright; and Black & Veatch's 2015 Strategic Directions Report further confirms that collaborative delivery models such as design-build and construction management-at-risk are at the forefront of making it become a reality. 

This report, which surveyed 454 qualified utility, municipal, commercial, and community stakeholders, more than half of which responding were utilities, found that they were either currently using, or already considering the use of, design-build as part of the delivery strategy to implement their capital programs.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure

What is the Best Way to Procure a Design-Build Project?

Posted by Steve Gates, PE, BCEE and Gus Hrncir, DBIA on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 01:21 PM

An owner’s choice of delivery method and procurement approach invariably influences the level of success of a project’s outcome. To be successful, owners should perform a comprehensive assessment of project requirements to establish a clear understanding of its objectives, expectations, capabilities, and priorities. Individually or together, these attributes guide selection of the most appropriate project delivery method. The selected project delivery method, in turn, affects the duration, complexity and cost of procurement. 

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Topics: water design-build project, procurement

How Much Control Should Owners and Managers Have in a Design-Build Project?

Posted by Charlie Rocheleau, Haskell on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

The amount and length of control an owner “should” have, or “wants to have” in a design-build project has truly become one of the more discussed themes – most recently from WDBC’s Lessons Learned Survey as well as in our education sessions. And while it may be debated as to whether this question is the most critical one, especially within the context of the whole project, it is really a very important and serious question.

It is a question that Owners should thoroughly address, and decide upon at the beginning of any project. The reason is a very compelling and critical one, and one that has inter-related topics. In any project where risks are involved, there is the need to define how risk  will be managed early on, in order to minimize and avoid the conflicting control roles later in the implementation process of the project.

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Topics: Haskell, water design-build project, Owners

Haskell Spotlight: St. Marys Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

Posted by Bryan Bedell, Water Director, Haskell on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 01:07 PM

Located in the City of St. Mary’s, Georgia, the Point Peter Wastewater Treatment Plant was consistently experiencing flows of 1.2 mgd  and exceeded the capacity and 0.9 mgd discharge limits of its operating permit, primarily due to unanticipated development in the area.

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Topics: Haskell, CMAR, Wastewater Treatment

What's the Value of Water?

Posted by Linda Hanifin Bonner on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Our esteemed colleagues at the Value of Water Coalition just unveiled a new educational campaign and toolkit: What's the Value of Water? The campaign hopes to bring recognition to water, one of the world's most precious, yet often taken for granted, resources.

We at Water Design-Build Council also support these efforts to raise awareness of the importance of this valuable resource, by continuing to push for legislation and/or funding to replace and improve the infrastructure. Yet, still, water and its infrastructure are critically undervalued. Help the Value of Water Coalition accomplish this mission by sharing their new What's the Value of Water? toolkit, available for free to any organization that strives to raise awareness about the importance of investing in water, the water infrastructure, and its water resources.

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Topics: Value of Water Coalition, Education


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