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Design-Build and SCADA: Life in the Success Lane

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Design-build is a project delivery method that has proven it can save time and cost and allow successful delivery of high-quality process control and SCADA projects in the water and wastewater industry. Two EMA client projects that utilized the design-build approach underscore the advantages of this delivery method for SCADA upgrades and implementation, demonstrating its practicality for water/wastewater utilities. Both utilities realized the significant advantages inherent with the design-build methodology. Their results dispel some of the prevalent misconceptions about design-build (i.e. perceived institutional barriers with procurement laws and licensing, complicated management and additional risks) and also clarify false perceptions that there is little/no opportunity to negotiate or change original plans once a contract is in place. By ensuring open communication throughout the projects, each resulted in a successful SCADA end product that is well-suited to the needs of each utility, demonstrating the efficacy of the design-build approach.

Keywords: SCADA; design-build; process control; project delivery methods

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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