Infrastructure (Capital Works) Planning
The development of a Capital Works Program with multiple civil projects represents significant investment by Utilities and to a large extent dictates how successful they will be in achieving their service delivery targets. Usually in such cases there is a shortage of funds to meet all needs and utilities are faced with the challenge of selecting the most beneficial projects.
NRW assists Clients by either developing the Capital Works Program in conjunction with them or by reviewing their Client’s Capital Works Program to maximize benefits to the customers. Funding for Capital Works is often hotly contested within Utilities and NRW can assist by developing a prioritized Capital works program taking into account corporate objectives, desired levels of service and risk. As part of this process a methodology is adopted which considers both the benefits of each project as well as the risks to the Utility if the project were not implemented. Each project is evaluated against a set of criteria and points are assigned to each component of the assessment. Ultimately each project achieves a project score and the projects are then prioritized and ranked for implementation. The Client therefore has at its disposal the prioritised project list and can plan its implementation accordingly. If the budget were to be cut, the lower priority projects would then be deleted from the program.
In addition to assisting with Capital Works Programs, NRW is capable of undertaking Master Planning for Clients to determine their long term infrastructure requirements and these planned works may then be included in Capital Works Programs. Similarly, we are frequently requested to help enhance planning processes and procedures within Utilities to streamline the planning process and improve efficiencies.