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Innovative Approach to Remediation System Design Brings EPC to Industrial Client

Posted by Tom Visosky, PE | Arcadis, Design-Build Director on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 03:12 PM

Arcadis_blog_industrial_MicroFiltration.jpgCollaborative contract delivery solutions are not just for municipal clients. Arcadis is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to improve the operating efficiency of a groundwater remediation effort.

At a former uranium mill site in the western United States with impacted groundwater, a collaborative delivery model similar to progressive design-build is helping to deliver an advanced water treatment facility more efficiently than would likely be possible using a traditional bid-design-build approach.

The restoration program is designed to remove target contaminants. A series of extraction wells is used to collect the contaminated water, which is pumped to the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Plant (WTP). Using the EPC vehicle, we started with a facility optimization project that selected a microfiltration (MF) unit process to replace the granular media filter process.

With the successful demonstration of this technology on site, Arcadis then designed the MF retrofit project, as well as the design for doubling the RO WTP plant capacity, with ultimate expansion to three times the original capacity.

As Arcadis delivered via EPC, we could procure process equipment and serve as the general contractor for the construction and installation. This collaborative approach helped bring the plant online faster, more efficiently and at a lower cost than standard contracts might allow. Ultimately, this helps bring the site toward closure more quickly.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Project Delivery