Water Corporation

The Australian Business Award for Project Management recognises organisations that have achieved outstanding results through excellence in project management.

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The Water Corporation is a supplier of water, wastewater, drainage and bulk irrigation services in Western Australia. It operates assets with a replacement value of well over $30 billion including water sources such as dams and desalination plants.

The Water Corporation undertook the commissioning, design and construction of the East Rockingham Wastewater Treatment Plant in conjunction with a joint venture of contractors. By adopting a competitive alliance approach, Water Corporation aimed to develop a collaborative alliance of contractors based on tight teamwork that also benefited from competition at the project design phase. This meant that the final two proponents had to secure selection over each other, resulting in a superior effort in the project design and costing proposals.

Representatives from the plant’s future operators were also placed full-time within the plant alliance to facilitate early and co-operative discussions on operational issues and identify potential risks for future use requiring amendment early in the design. Additionally, the project alliance undertook comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement, allowing the project to have minimal impact on locals, particularly in relation to odour control.

These methodological features of the project alliance manifested themselves at later stages of the project, with potential design issues for operators being resolved at a low-cost development stage and collaboration between alliance members resulting in enhanced communications. During delivery the alliance team developed groundwater, odour and environmental management plans to manage potential impacts with technical measures also implemented to manage temporary impacts of construction. Advanced odour management processes were installed at the plant which has a two stage odour treatment system and a buffer zone that’s subject to planning controls was created.

Water Corporation and the wider project alliance’s emphasis on collaboration and inclusive engagement processes with future operators and the community saw the project finished on-time and $13 million dollars under budget. The project was also completed safely, with no ‘lost time injuries’ sustained and no more than 500,000 total hours worked. The successful commissioning, design and construction of the East Rockingham Wastewater Treatment Plant has earned the Water Corporation a Project Management Award in the Australian Business Awards 2016.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

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