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Project Management > Water, Waste Water
Author : David Wilson
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Water/wastewater infrastructure - the lifeline of the community, the enabler of growth, and likely one of the highest areas of cost for a municipality. But with water and sewer charges levied directly to customers, the taxpayers, it’s also the object of great criticism. Highly publicized cost overruns and delayed schedules manifest in community frustration with these projects and the elected officials and the staff responsible to deliver them. Value Engineering can successfully maximize the cost-effectiveness of infrastructure delivery by focusing on right-sized, right-featured solutions.

Several case studies highlight the approaches used by municipal agencies to successfully deliver highly effective water/wastewater solutions to support their service improvement and growth needs.

Author : Ajay Puri, Katrina Blom
Description : The presentation will discuss two successful case studies that provided the City with a strategy for each project that not only enhanced the original baseline, but also introduced new concepts. In both cases the VE sessions were undertaken upon completion of the study stage and each session included a risk management phase. The new strategies developed by the VE teams are now being carried forward into the design stage.
Author : Matthew Elliott
Description : Value Engineering (VE) has been applied to two recent wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) projects in the Region of Durham with total capital costs exceeding $500 million dollars. The recently completed Courtice WWTP was commissioned in 2008. In 2004 with design nearing completion, construction cost estimates showed the project heading for an overrun of approximately $10 million dollars. To address this potential overrun, the Region commissioned a VE study consisting of the Region representatives and an internal VE team assembled by the design consultant. This team was comprised of senior consultant staff familiar with the project but not involved in the day to day design. An intensive four day session included functional analysis, identification of alternative solutions and development of cost proposals. Cost reduction objectives were realized without compromising project quality. The Duffin Creek WWTP expansion is the second project where the Region's of York and Durham are partnering on the $400 million upgrade and expansion. This project has been delivered including 3rd party VE sessions at the Conceptual Design, Detailed Design and Final Design Stages - it is currently under construction. While overall project value was enhanced at each stage, the cost savings at the conceptual design stage were the most significant. These two projects showed that while the VE was approached differently in each case, the basic VE framework was successful in achieving significant cost savings. In the case of the 3rd party VE, the greatest savings were realized at the conceptual design stage.
Author : Katrina Blom, City of Toronto
Description : Presentation highlights the approach taken by the City of Toronto in starting to use Value Engineering or Value Analysis in water treatment facilities. Presentation discusses approach to planning 3 studies for the Ashbridges Bay Water Treatment Facility and discusses the results of the study on the odour control building. The approach to risk management is reviewed and it is noted that risk management is a complementary process with VE.
Author : Tim Dennis, Halton Region
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Author : Mike Asselin, Town of Renfrew; Steve Taylor, NCE
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Mike will review a presentation of lessons learned from their first Value Engineering exercise in Renfrew Ontario. Mike will also outline the impact the VE process has had on the Development of the Water Pollution Control Plant project.

Mike gives an “owners” perspective on the process and summarizes whether the tangible and non-tangible benefits were worth the cost and effort.

Author : Allen K. Lucas, Scot McClintock
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The Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Plant was identified in 2003 as requiring upgrades to increase the hydraulic capacity to meet the growth projections for Kingston, Ontario and also to add advanced secondary treatment to meet the provincial effluent guidelines. A key to the success of the project, which was undertaken over a 6 year period, was the completion of a Value Engineering session. Having completed the necessary planning and preliminary design, Utilities Kingston (the operating authority for the plant) and the engineering design team completed a four day Value Engineering Workshop project to ensure that the works proposed would meet the City of Kingston’s needs and provide the best value to the customers.

The Value Engineering Workshop was deemed a success by Utilities Kingston. The outcomes produced verification that critical design decisions were correct, provided opportunity to include additional features to make operations more flexible and provided for substantial projected cost savings. As the project at the time, was the largest municipally funded capital works, Value Engineering was considered beneficial.

Author : Bill Sims, AScT Manager, Water Resources City of Nanaimo BC
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Starting in 2009, the City began the process to design and construct a water treatment plant. In the beginning, it set several key goals for the project, including:

  • Adopting a multi-barrier approach

  • To meet or exceed GCDWQ, VIHA regulations

  • To proceed with sustainable design objectives

  • To minimize liquid discharge from the site

  • Meet 20 year max day demand

  • To achieve the lowest Life Cycle Cost

In support of the key objective of achieving the lowest life cycle cost, the City undertook two Value Engineering Studies under the direction of a Certified Value Specialist – one at completion of preliminary design; the second at completion of the 50% detailed design. The timing and results of the VE Study produced an extremely positive result on the project, in terms of operability, lower cost and preparation for future expansion. The VE Team, consisting of experts from across North America, were particularly supportive towards the project and enabled the City to realize great benefit, value and excellent return on investment for the Study.

Tenders were received that were significantly over the estimated cost, and the lowest bidder recommended conducting a further VE, or scope-reducing exercise to help trim the capital cost.

The presentation provides a brief overview of the project, including major ‘before and after’ changes, lessons learned about VE, and an Owner’s perspective on the value of Value Engineering.

Author : Wendy Teufel
Description : This presentation highlights the use of VE by the Region of Peel at various stages in a projects life from conceptual design to constructability. The presentation will highlight why the Region of Peel has systematically undertaken VE studies on its complex water and waste water projects using an independent VE team.
Author : Evan Hunchak, Hussien Al-Battaineh
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The imminent construction of Coopertown, a future planned community in Regina, Saskatchewan, as well as the City of Regina’s long-term growth projections, warranted study for additional wastewater servicing, including a new wastewater lift station. Existing facilities are at or near capacity, and the project scope included providing wastewater servicing for the future Coopertown community and neighbouring communities, as well as integrating the design with the city’s ultimate development plans. Two two-day Value Engineering and Risk Analysis workshops have been conducted for this project.

This presentation shows how the integration of Value Engineering-based design benefited this project. Integrating Value Engineering into a project’s design development and work plan from the beginning involves all key stakeholders and accelerates detailed designs while reducing risk and rework. Applying these principles has helped the Coopertown Lift Station project vastly increase its value and move much closer to achieving its goals.

Author : David Wilson
Description : This presentation provides an overview of the value process and presents several key strategies using a case study approach to demonstrate how the value program was utilized to enhance this critical infrastructure project.The Regional Municipality of York’s new sanitary servicing strategy for planned development growth in the Upper York Region communities of Aurora, Newmarket, and East Gwillimbury, identified the need to sustainably treat wastewater generated by this future development within the Lake Simcoe basin. The strategy integrates three key components - Water Reclamation Centre (WRC), modifications to the York-Durham Sewage System (YDSS), and a total phosphorus off-setting program.
An innovative value engineering study was undertaken to further enhance the value of the Water Reclamation Centre. The Region envisions the WRC to be a key sustainability component of its environmental stewardship and this objective has influenced the design of the facility. A unique feature of the WRC will be its capability to utilize the advanced treatment processes to produce reclaimed water for potential appropriate area customers. The facility will also serve an educational tool to illustrate how advanced wastewater treatment can contribute to sustainability.
Author : David Wilson, P.Eng., CVS:Life, FSAVE, CPF, President, NCE, VE
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The $600M 15km Hanlan Feedermain project is Peel Region’s largest-ever infrastructure initiative. The new feedermain is intended to address aging infrastructure and unnecessary risk by introducing a greater measure of redundancy in the system for operational and maintenance purposes, and to provide additional capacity. A separate 1200mm watermain providing additional capacity to accommodate intensification of the Mississauga City Centre area was also included in the scope of the project.

Need aside, a key goal with the project was to manage the anticipated challenges of constructing the 2.4m HFM within narrow congested rights-of-way through the heart of the City of Mississauga. The Region’s approach? An innovative value engineering, risk, and constructability review program throughout the design process. The six-phase VE/CR program enabled the Region to foresee potential operational and constructability traps, refine the concept, test its design and specifications, and manage construction cost and schedule…all before awarding the first contract.
This presentation provides an overview of the value process and presents several key strategies using a case study approach to demonstrate how the value program was utilized to manage Peel’s largest infrastructure project.
Author : William Fernandes & Andrew Farr, Region of Peel & Howard Greenfield, LZA
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Author : Scot McClintock, Team Focus USA
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Author : Andrew Farr, Manager, Capital Works, Region of Peel
Description : Highlights of Regional Muncipality of Peel Water and Waste Water VE Program
Author : Imran Motala, P.Eng., PMP : Program Manager, Water & Wastewater, Region of Peel and Aman Singh, M.Eng., P.Eng., PMP : GHD, Leader, Business Consulting, Canada
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Growth projections indicate that the Regional Municipality of Peel (the Region) could be supplying over 2.5 million residential and commercial customers with a reliable and high quality supply of drinking water over the next twenty (20) years.  In response to this, and building on its commitment to provide sustainable and high levels of municipal services, the Region decided to undertake a risk assessment of its transmission and sub-transmission infrastructure to ensure it can continue to deliver drinking water services that meet its customer’s needs while balancing established levels of service, cost of service and risk.  The key objectives of this project consist of:
1. Establishing a risk profile for the Region’s 4,000+ transmission & sub transmission mains
2. Integrating risk results into the Region’s business processes / capital programming initiative to inform decision making related to timing of capital expenditure (i.e. to support optimized renewal planning) for specific projects
3. Development of a corporate risk threshold for water supply and infrastructure
4. Detailed mitigation plans for all ‘high’ risk pipes to achieve a reduce risk to an acceptable level in accordance with the Region’s corporately established risk threshold / appetite
Author : Chado Brcic, Regional Municipality of Niagara
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Author : Paul Johnson, CH2M Hill
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Author : Mike Asselin
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Author : Andrew Farr, Region of Peel
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Author : Peter Bullock, City of North Bay
Description : Presentation highlights the City of North Bay's use of Value Engineering to improve the design and cost of a water treatment plant. The VE study team determined that there were missing components in the design that needed to be included in the cost estimate, created buy-in for the design and sense of ownership. The study concludes that there were challenges getting buy-in from the designer but that the VE study process was worthwhile.
Author : Bob Steele, Niagara Region
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