Author Archives: Kevin Smith, PE, DBIA, Project Engineer, AECOM

About Kevin Smith, PE, DBIA, Project Engineer, AECOM

Kevin Smith, PE, DBIA, is a project engineer in AECOM’s Water Design-Build Group. He has over nine years water/wastewater experience on design-build projects.

Communication Leads to Shared Success in a Design-Build-Operate (DBO) Partnership

A standard design-build-operate (DBO) partnership in the water and wastewater market may include an operations company, a lead design engineering firm, and a contractor to complete the construction phase. Depending on the contractual arrangement, each organization is typically contractually bound to one another through the completion of the construction elements of the project, and in some cases this relationship extends into the steady-state, long-term operations and maintenance period. Given the complexity of these projects, the question arises: How does each company succeed in a DBO partnership? Is there an overarching goal that will share success between the companies equally, or is everyone trying to achieve success for themselves?

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Topics: AECOM, Design-Build-Operate.