Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Developing a best practice approach for infrastructure asset renewal

In partnership with Nicholas O’Dwyer and an environmental consulting firm, WRc developed a best practice approach for water infrastructure asset renewal. The project focused on improving investment efficiency and guiding decision making for maintaining and upgrading existing water mains. 

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a rigorous examination of 1 kilometre of pipeline to collect high-quality data 


data-driven processes to determine the best investments for infrastructure asset renewal for our client


additional investigations to further improve infrastructure management

A UK-based water company

The company provides over 8 million people across its region with around 2 billion litres of fresh clean drinking water, and treats over 3 billion litres of wastewater. They operate a network of pipes over 130,000 km long, as well as thousands of pumping and treating stations.   

The Challenge

A UK based water company approached WRc to develop a best practice approach for infrastructure asset renewal, focussed on value-based improvements to its investment decision making, and driving efficiency in capital delivery.

The Solution

The team undertook an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing infrastructure. WRc collected and processed data in connection to leakages, pressure and repairs. Data collected allowed the pipes to be given a RAG (Red/Amber/Green) status to make it clear which sections of pipe needed to be replaced, further investigated, or monitored as usual. The team suggested an investigation into the condition of the pipes and provided potential methods. A comparison of the new best practice and the existing process was carried out to determine the success of the project.

The Outcome

WRc's report provided the UK-based water company with a new best practice approach, and suggested methods of prioritising which stretches of pipes would need to be replaced based on leakages, conditions and cost. This would enable the company to determine the best-value investments using data and therefore create the most value for the company and its clients.

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

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