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A Pioneering future in Dee Valley Water

Posted: Tuesday 24th August 2010

Having developed the Common Framework for Capital Maintenance Planning and assisted many companies in implementing best practice approaches for the PR09 price review, Tynemarch have now released an integrated software environment, PIONEER, in which to run an advanced suite of models. The cost and service forecasting models cover both above and below ground assets (non-infrastructure and infrastructure) using a variety of techniques – e.g. mathematical, statistical, FMECA, dependency and fault trees – in a single application.

Dee Valley Water has purchased licence for PIONEER to give their asset managers the in-house capability, for example, to optimise their mains renewal programme to meet the service objectives within the AMP5 infrastructure renewals budget.

The software will be installed ready configured with the company-specific models that were calibrated by Tynemarch in support of the Dee Valley Water’s PR09 Business Plan. The analysis achieved a score of 95% which contributed to their achieving the highest joint AMA score awared by Ofwat for a water-only company. These forecasting models build on those used successfully for PR04 and cover bursts, interruptions to supply, leakage and quality service measures.

Tynemarch has worked closely with Dee Valley Water in the formulation of asset management plans for above and below ground assets since before the 2004 Price Review.

Looking forward to PR14, PIONEER will ensure an embedded ‘business as usual’ asset management capability within DVW, fully compliant with the Common Framework but flexible to accommodate developments in Regulation.

Some of the key advances offered by PIONEER include:

× A wide variety of model types are supported and accessible for users to review or modify

× User configurable multi-criteria optimisation to meet service objectives, cost constraints, resource limitations, etc.

× Schematic and graphical outputs showing areas of risk and the effects of expenditure on assets

× Recognition of repair, refurbishment and replacement as alternative interventions

× Prioritisation of investment, allowing the best possible level of service to be achieved with the available resources

× Linkage to external asset failure consequence modelling software such as MISER and other corporate data systems

× Full compliance with the Common Framework and flexible for future developments

× Combined under-ground and over-ground asset analysis, e.g. water mains, trunk mains, pumping stations and treatment works, so that an integrated analysis can be undertaken to balance risk.

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