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.
Topics: Collaborative Project Delivery
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.