Sweco Showcases Stream of Innovations at Anglian Water Event
The event saw members of Anglian Water’s @one Alliance showcase how innovations in areas such as digital, health and safety and customer interactions could help deliver AMP7 – Anglian Water’s next five-year development plan.
Under a banner of ‘local presence, global expertise’, the Sweco delegation highlighted six areas where we can add value to the @one Alliance’s activity.
Anton Sandstrom from Sweco Sweden explained how web viewer technology – an interactive, customisable, design tool – can help reduce errors and improve control in the design process. Web viewer technology, Anton explained, can reduce engineering costs by as much as 40 per cent.
Doug Marsh, Technical Director in Sweco UK’s Asset Management team, presented Sweco’s digital asset solutions, which can support optioneering in the early stages of project design by using exact digital models of existing assets, known as ‘digital twins’. These can help optimise existing assets, reducing the cost of a project by 15 per cent through promoting the total expenditure (TOTEX) hierarchy.
Sweco team members from Norway also presented a number of solutions, including parametric design – the scaling up or down of modular builds – which can reduce design time by 25 per cent, and ‘zero drawings projects’, a digital approach to design that has been proven to cut project timescales by 15 per cent and halve the number of site queries.
Along with its digital capabilities, Sweco demonstrated its strength in cross-border collaboration and the potential for Anglian Water to draw on expertise from across our international operations, which includes access to innovative treatment technologies.
Sustainability was also high on the agenda. After being named ‘Low Carbon Leader’ by the New Civil Engineer for the second consecutive year, Technical Director Lewis Barlow shared insights on how Anglian Water could benefit from Sweco’s broad sustainability expertise to meet its low carbon objectives.
Capping Sweco’s representation was our President and CEO, Åsa Bergman, who gave a keynote speech on the first evening to assembled delegates on diversity, collaboration and sustainability.
Andy Sang, Sweco UK’s director of Water & Asset Management, said: “At Sweco, we’re harnessing the experience of our international teams to deliver innovations to the UK water sector.
“We have offices in 13 countries worldwide and our international teams work closely together to share their insight and support project delivery.
“One thing we wanted to show at the Engagement Event was how combining far-shore support with near-shore options, like our highly experienced water engineering team in Prague, can add value for partners like Anglian Water. Specifically, it can help to make overseas support less transactional and develop a wide pool of resource for different elements of a programme’s design.
“Sustainability is also key to Anglian Water’s long-term strategy – the business has an aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
“However, firms targeting net zero carbon can come up against a carbon ‘tipping point’, where reducing carbon can actually increase cost. At Sweco, we’re leading the way in researching this phenomenon, and were able to share our insight into delivering cost-effective sustainability solutions.”
Sweco has been a part of Anglian Water’s @one Alliance since its inception in 2004 (AMP4) and are set to be part of this unique model until it is retendered in 2030 (ready for AMP9). Sweco currently has 52 employees operating in the @one Alliance. Its work with Anglian Water in developing a new digital GEO-PLM platform was shortlisted for the Design Innovator award at the 2019 NCE awards.