Category Archives: Arcadis

Can P3s Accelerate Puerto Rico’s Path to Recovery?

  On September 20, 2017, all eyes were on Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria made its way across the island and left devastation along its path. A crippling economic crisis and population decrease already painted an uncertain future for the people of Puerto Rico. Two major back-to-back hurricanes later, questions about the future turned to questions about survival. No water. No power. No communications. Scarce supplies. While conditions are improving, there are still thousands of people without power, water, and a safe sustainable infrastructure.

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Topics: Arcadis, P3.

The Benefit of Innovation in Collaborative Project Delivery

Fostering Innovation Within Water Utilities As North American water utilities strive to deliver on-demand, high-quality, affordable water and sanitation services to the hundreds of millions of customers who depend on them, the need for approaching challenges in a different way is imperative. Through a global survey of 78 utilities in partnership with the Water Research Foundation (WRF), Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), and Arcadis, we discovered that 91% of respondents (400 participants) believe that innovation is critical to the future success of their utility. While 62% considered their utility “innovative,” less than 40% report having the key attributes of an innovative organization. The report, Empowering Water Utility Innovation, highlights the WRF/WE&RF research and innovation framework, which empowers utilities to build and foster environments of creativity, experimentation, and incubation to discover new approaches for serving customers, managing assets, financing investments, and realizing superior utility performance with the added dividend of enhancing sustainability.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Delivery.

Closing the Design-Build Gap: A Focus on New York

New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made headlines recently when he submitted a draft budget to expand the use of the design-build project delivery approach.  If the budget is approved later this year, New York state agencies would be able to move infrastructure projects forward using design-build.

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Topics: Arcadis, Design-Build.

Innovative Approach to Remediation System Design Brings EPC to Industrial Client

Collaborative 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.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Delivery.

The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Facility: San Diego’s Water Portfolio Expands with Creative Thinking

Much of California is in the grip of a historic drought, and the residents and businesses of San Diego, as well as its surrounding communities, have longed for a consistent, locally controlled, drought-proof supply of high-quality water. Their wait is over.

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Topics: Arcadis, Design-Build, Kiewit.

Turn-Key Design-Build SCADA – It Works!

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are fundamental to monitor and control water and wastewater plant operations. Key process indicators at the enterprise level are driven by data collection within the SCADA system. More and more utilities are completely dependent on SCADA for protection of public health and safety.

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Topics: Arcadis, Design-Build.

Moving from ‘Alternative Project Delivery’ to ‘Collaborative-Delivery Solutions’

Engineer’s right, Contractor’s wrong.  Simple as that, right?  Not at all, and it never has been. In recognition of the idea that traditional design-bid-build is NOT always the best plan, the water industry is now embracing collaborative-delivery approaches to an increasingly greater extent. As that continues to happen, the designation of “alternative project delivery” will fade from our engineering lexicon – as it should. In fact, what’s considered “alternative” today is quickly becoming just one of a range delivery solutions that, taken on a project’s merits, may be applicable. Project delivery solutions exist on a continuum, and if there’s one thing for certain, it’s that there is no one-size-fits-all.

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Topics: Arcadis, Collaborative Delivery.