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Alongside our partner Arcadis, Skanska is delivering significant upgrades to Bryn Cowlyd Water Treatment Works that will safeguard the supply of water to around 100,000 people in the Conwy valley and North Wales coast.
The design includes upgrades to hydro-generation dissolved air flotation systems, rapid gravity filter units and high lift pumping stations, all of which will require an extension to the total site footprint of over 50%. The team has been challenged to complete this complex £31 million scheme ahead of the 2017 delivery date set by the Drinking Water Inspectorate.
Applying existing knowledge
The team at Bryn Cowlyd is employing the processes and procedures that were developed and refined during our delivery of M1 Junction 19 and Cambridge Sewage Treatment Works. This sharing of existing knowledge, systems and solutions across projects ensures that we can achieve the maximum benefit from BIM from the very beginning.
Exploring the model
The Skanska Arcadis team are using Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s new immersive, virtual reality cave – an igloo – to drive efficiencies in design and provide early engagement with operations teams. The model is projected onto the cave walls, and our designers and engineers can walk the operations personnel through the facility as if it were already built. By conducting virtual site visits and virtual access lifting and maintenance tours in the igloo, we have identified and resolved design issues that may have affected handover and operations.
This approach will be highly effective as we integrate the supplementary models developed by our supply chain partners. We can use the igloo to ensure there are no clashes between the various water treatment systems, and by applying schedule information to the model, can explore opportunities to streamline the construction and commissioning process.
Field data collection and regular information exchanges will ensure an efficient, practical handover. We have been working closely with the operations personnel to determine the information that is critical to the commissioning process, and have set information exchange standards to ensure the information is shared as required, in the most appropriate format.
“Very importantly in terms of benefits we are able to engage with operations much earlier than we used to be able to do and immerse them in the new assets that we are building, so that has been a real step forward.”
Martin HennessyDirector of Capital Delivery for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Service: Operations & Maintenance
Market segment: Water management, Water transport