Author Archives: Rhonda E. Harris, PE, P.Eng, BCEE, PMP, MIAM, F.WEF, Owner Advisor, O&M/Asset Management, Brown and Caldwell

About Rhonda E. Harris, PE, P.Eng, BCEE, PMP, MIAM, F.WEF, Owner Advisor, O&M/Asset Management, Brown and Caldwell

Rhonda has more than 45 years of experience in managing and administering a variety of facilities and programs in the water environment sector. Her experience includes developing and implementing training programs for public and private sector personnel and developing regulations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as knowledge management and management consulting, condition assessments, business practice evaluations, asset management and lifecycle costing, engineering design, construction and O&M renewals, and operations for facilities and systems. She is a certified Texas water and wastewater operator and approved operations trainer, as well as a licensed wastewater operator in Ontario, Canada. Ms. Harris is a leader in operations management, O&M issues and asset management, working for change and improvement in the global environment.

Principles of O&M Engagement for Design-Build Projects

As design-build (DB) becomes more common for the development and construction of long-term infrastructure, the engagement of the owner’s operations and maintenance (O&M) team becomes significantly more important to project success. For some projects, the traditional design-bid-build process may not have taken advantage of the institutional knowledge available from the owner’s O&M teams as facilities and systems were designed, constructed, and commissioned. When projects are implemented without O&M team input, the O&M function can be “stuck” with facilities that do not work as well as they could have if there had been more O&M input into the entire project development process.

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Topics: Brown and Caldwell, O&M.