Equipment vendors and technology suppliers are quickly becoming important players in collaborative delivery for the water industry. As technologies become more advanced, equipment suppliers offer a wide portfolio of state-of-the-art solutions with respect to operations, service impacts, and long-term performance.
Engineers and contractors who partner with an equipment supplier early in a project are better able to streamline design and construction through a more efficient design process and effective project management. As a result, they are less likely to encounter design pitfalls or constructability issues. Avoiding redundancies in controls and field-service support reduces unnecessary risk and significantly contributes to economic savings.
Additionally, today’s sophisticated market demands that equipment suppliers offer efficient solutions for energy consumption, chemical usage, and residuals management. An equipment supplier must also consider service and labor, which can affect a project’s bottom line, especially when following a design-build-operate model.
When a facility is commissioned and operating – long after the designer and builder have completed their work – the equipment supplier remains a committed partner with the owner, who ultimately depends on the facility’s performance. The equipment supplier provides critical considerations in operational maintenance and long-term warranty planning to anticipate future needs.
Varying owner needs, site constraints, budget challenges, regulatory drivers, and treatment goals all promote a dynamic climate for collaborative delivery methods. When equipment vendors and technology suppliers are brought into the team early in the process, they become solutions providers, elevating a typical delivery pursuit into an evolved and meaningful engineering, delivery, and performance approach, and adding value every step of the way.