Keeping Your Projects Moving Forward When the World is Telling You to Stop

The world enters another month of the COVID-19 pandemic and we all slowly continue to figure out how to deal with it. “This new normal,” “in these uncertain times,” and wishing friends and colleagues to “stay safe” are the phrases of today. We use these now because they are necessary. As of mid-July, COVID-19 has infected over 13 million people worldwide {update 10/6/2020: 35.5 million} and caused over 580,000 deaths {update 10/6/2020: over 1 million} – over 135,000 in the United States alone {update 10/6/2020: 208,787}. For a time, the U.S. economy essentially shut down and the unemployment rate went from 3.6% in January to 11.1% in June. Children went to school from home or stopped altogether, and now I have masks for my family hanging next to my car keys in the kitchen. This is all anything but normal.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, ESG (Energy Systems Group).

Utilizing a Risk Register to Manage the Construction Management at-Risk Change Order Process

The construction management at-risk (CMAR) delivery model requires contractors, engineers, and owners to think differently about how, why, and when change orders are executed. For the sake of this topic, we will assume that the owner has a separate and autonomous contract with the contractor and the engineer and the project is a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) arrangement for a collaborative delivery.

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Topics: CMAR, Crist Engineers, Guaranteed Maximum Price, Risk Register.

Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Partnerships

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, maintaining critical water and wastewater operations has never been more important. Yet, ensuring continuity of operations has never been more challenging, and it will require using every tool in the utility manager’s toolbox.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Equipment/Technology Suppliers, Xylem.

Is Your Water Project Shovel Ready for Government Stimulus Packages?

Collaborative Project Delivery (CPD) methods, such as design-build, progressive design-build, and construction management at-risk, can offer a means to deliver a project faster than traditional design-bid-build. CPD methods can offer significant overall schedule reduction since the contractor and engineer collaborate early in the project, instead of the contractor taking over the design to implement once completed. The type of delivery model selected has different contracting methods, risks, and potential control for the owner. CPD is not right for every project, but there are many projects where it can offer significant advantages.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Stantec.

Why Should Water Collaborative Delivery Projects Have an Integrated Design Manager?

The idea of an integrated design management role for collaborative delivery projects is not a new one. For over 20 years, vertical commercial collaborative delivery projects have assigned an integrated design manager to drive seamless collaboration for overall project success. However, when describing this position in the water industry, the immediate response is, “What is an integrated design manager?”

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Design-Build, Integrated Design Manager (IDM), McCarthy.

Supply Chain Engagement

On the Northeast Water Purification Plant in Houston, TX, Victaulic worked with WDBC members CDM Smith, Jacobs, Carollo, Balfour Beatty, and McCarthy during the engineering phase to address piping differential settlement entering and exiting structures. The solution was incorporated into the design at an early stage, and Victaulic was released to begin production to allow for delivery during the early works excavation phase.

Water/wastewater projects are becoming larger and more complex. Our industry is continuously innovating to maximize the productivity of existing and new plants. Recent events related to the COVID-19 outbreak may have permanent changes in the way plants are designed and built. The design and procurement process for collaborative-delivery projects requires early involvement of supply chain partners to reduce risks for a successful proposal and construction.

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Topics: Collaborative Delivery, Equipment/Technology Suppliers, Victaulic.

The Art and Science of Digital Delivery

Digital tools are the bread and butter of construction management, used to track schedules, budgets, checklists, daily journals, RFIs, etc. About 25 years ago, design engineers began a wholesale conversion from 2D flat drawings to 3D digital design tools. The benefits of converting to 3D included clash detection, electronic tracking of bits and parts for an electronic equipment and materials inventory, and easier owner visualization.

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Topics: MWH, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC).

Leadership is Key on Design-Build Projects

A design-build team must communicate effectively to build trust and achieve results

The design-build delivery method demands people from various backgrounds, companies, and professional expertise work together to deliver a successful project that benefits the entire team — owners, contractors, and engineers alike. Leadership from all members of the team makes the difference in delivering great results; however, how does such a varied team ensure that each member contributes elite leadership? How does each member of the team be the best version of themselves and contribute the most?

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Topics: Design-Build, Kokosing.

City of Goodyear, Arizona, Takes Critical Step in Ensuring Its Water Future

Construction workers at a work site. Groundbreaking ceremony held to commemorate construction on 8-mgd surface water treatment facility.

In early 2017, the City of Goodyear, Arizona, initiated the procurement process for the implementation of a robust water management plan. On November 1, 2019, construction began on the new $129M surface water treatment campus with an initial capacity of 8 mgd and future build-out to 16 mgd. The new surface water treatment facility will use state-of-the-art water treatment technology; maintain water quality and quantity for the citizens of Goodyear; and will allow the City to continue its aggressive pace of development and economic growth.

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Topics: Design-Build-Operate, Jacobs.

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.