Virtual water treatment works in Wales

Alongside our partner Arcadis, we're 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.

Our work in action: Bryn Cowlyd Water Treatment Works

The design includes upgrades to hydro-generation dissolved air flotation systems, rapid gravity filter units and high lift pumping stations. 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. Sharing existing knowledge and solutions.

Exploring the model

The Skanska Arcadis team are using Dwr Cymru Welsh Water's new immersive, virtual reality cave – an igloo. The model is projected onto the cave walls, and our designers and engineers can walk 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.

Forward thinking

We have been working closely with operations personnel to determine the information that is critical to the process.

“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 Hennessy, Director of Capital Delivery for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Last updated: 23/01/2017