High Times in the Rockies at AWWA ACE 2013

Next week the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition will be on CH2M HILL’s home turf in Denver, Colorado. Engaging in this event and with this organization represents a commitment not only to our professions and our clients, but also to the greater good of the global community. At CH2M HILL, this effect resonates with our corporate culture, our core values, and the spirit and dedication of our employee-owners. Dr. Russell Ford provides a glance at CH2M HILL’s ACE activites and where you can find us. Not going? Don't worry, our experts in attendance will be blogging, and you can follow the chatter on Twitter via @access_water and using #ACE13

Adopting Maintenance Optimization Practices

In the latest post in our Access Water asset management best practices series, CH2M HILL's Jim Oldach and Sam Paske discuss reliability centered maintenance (RCM) programs. Based on the research we conducted with McGraw-Hill Construction, we found more advanced practices, for example RCM, to be less widely adopted than other practices, even though—in the experience of many of our clients— application of these practices can increase the reliability of plants, equipment and other infrastructure, while generating substantial financial savings.

Sustainable Solutions for Addressing Water Supply Needs

Periodic droughts across the southeast United Sates and concerns about long-term water supply reliability and increased growth pushed the Cullman Utilities Board in Cullman, Alabama to initiate a program in the mid-1990s to develop a new water supply source. A comprehensive study identified the Duck River reservoir as the most viable alternative to address their emergency and long-term water supply needs. CH2M HILL evaluated the potential challenges in implementation and prepared a Supplemental Environmental Assessment to address the concerns related to potential for water quality degradation in the watershed and cumulative downstream impacts. CH2M HILL's Steve Newton discusses the project and how the City of Cullman is setting a significant new precedent for sustainable water supply planning and implementation on Access Water and at the AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference this week.

Effective Asset Management Begins with a Comprehensive Approach

McGraw-Hill Construction, in partnership with CH2M HILL, recently rolled out the results of a groundbreaking research study of asset management practices in the U.S. and Canadian water industries. During the coming weeks CH2M HILL's asset management experts will blog and share case studies on the topic. The first is from Nick Pealy about designing a comprehensive approach for the development and implementation of an asset management program. Efforts with the Columbus Department of Public Utilities are shared as a case study.

The Role of Engineering Companies in Taking New Technologies to Market

This week at the World Water-Tech Investment Summit in London, Dr. Glen Daigger, International Water Association President and CH2M HILL Senior Vice President and Chief Water Technology Officer, spoke on the panel, “The Role of Engineering Companies in Taking New Technologies to Market.” Dr. Daigger shares more about his speech, which included a discussion of what the entrepreneur and investor crowd needs to know when working with an engineering firm, as well as things that consulting engineers look for when evaluating a new technology or product. He also discusses why it’s important for a firm like CH2M HILL to engage with water technology entrepreneurs.