OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, Feb 14, 2019 – The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust (OCWUT) has signed Woolpert to an eight-year, multimillion-dollar contract to provide asset management and sewer condition assessment services throughout the city. The information will be used to establish an asset management program based on the likelihood of failure and consequence of failure for assets throughout the system, and to form the basis for OCWUT’s annual Capital Improvement Prioritization Report and Operations and Maintenance Work Plan.
OCWUT, the city’s policy-making body for water and wastewater utilities, owns and maintains nearly 3,000 miles of sanitary sewer gravity lines throughout the city that range from 4 to 96 inches in diameter. These lines are connected by nearly 70,000 manholes, chambers and cleanouts. Woolpert will perform a detailed condition assessment inspection of these sanitary sewer assets throughout the city using closed-circuit television (CCTV), sonar, geographic information system (GIS) mapping, 3D scanning and multi-sensor inspections.
Woolpert Project Manager Carla Muscarella said this project will protect OCWUT’s more than $1.5 billion investment in its infrastructure and ensure Oklahoma City residents have consistent, reliable services.
“This project will transition OCWUT to a comprehensive, streamlined operation that prioritizes the maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement of its assets,” Muscarella said. “This will vastly improve the system’s resiliency and longevity, and allow the city to focus their planning and field resources.”
Eric MacDonald, Woolpert vice president, said the firm’s engineering and geospatial experience made it the top choice for this project. Woolpert has nearly two dozen staff members internationally certified by The Institute of Asset Management (IAM) and is well-versed in OCWUT’s existing Esri ArcGIS, Innovyze Infomaster and Azteca Cityworks asset management tools, which the firm will leverage to support this contract.
“This project’s scope plays to our strengths, from asset management and software implementation to sewer condition assessment, and from GIS mapping to survey,” MacDonald said. “It always provides a higher level of quality control when you’re able to perform every step of a project from the field to the deliverable. We’re excited to be able to provide this to Oklahoma City.”
This project is now underway.
Woolpert is the fastest growing architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm in the country, delivering value to clients in all 50 states and around the world by strategically blending innovative design and engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic research and development department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners such as Google and Esri; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. The firm, which is 95th among ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms and 14th on Trenchless Technology’s Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Firms, supports a mission to help its clients progress and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 28 offices across the US, Woolpert serves federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the US Armed Forces.
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