ATTAINING RETURN ON INNOVATION – WINNER
Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc.
CDM Arbennie Pritchett Water Reclamation Facility
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
Okaloosa county teamed with camp Dresser and McKee (cDM) to design and
build a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility. The Arbennie Pritchett
water reclamation facility will serve a population of 181,000 in the Florida
panhandle, treating 10 million gallons of wastewater per day to the stringent
Florida Department of Environmental Protection standards. The high-quality
effluent will be discharged to rapid infiltration basins for groundwater
recharge, reclaiming a valuable water resource.
Bentley software allowed CDM to maximize staff skill sets and interact in
a collaborative design environment to build the virtual facility. The project
incorporated intelligent 4D design by integrating a living database into the
3D facility models, providing a lasting platform for efficient operations and
maintenance. The 3D/4D approach allows for the 3D models and intelligent
data to continue through the full lifecycle of the facility, from design through
operations and maintenance.
The facility was designed using intelligent 3D across all disciplines –
architectural, civil, electrical, HVAC, instrumentation, plumbing, process, and
structural – for more than 20 buildings and structures. The program called for
alternative design-build delivery to meet an aggressive schedule. Final design
had to be completed within 5. 5 months of notice to proceed. To meet this
short timeframe, the client and engineering team needed to be able to quickly
visualize the facility to agree on the form and function of the elements early in
the design process.
Beginning at the conceptual stage, the integrated 3D model and collaborative
environment paid dividends. Among them were a 17 percent reduction in man-hours for about 300 design drawings; a 30 percent compression in the design
schedule by using a collaborative rather than an iterative approach; minimized
construction conflicts with quality deliverables; reduced re-engineering and
redesign; and more effective team and client reviews. Project Wise helped
CDM manage more than 5,000 documents, providing the latest information
available to team members and leading to better decisions and less rework.