Sydney Water selects tech partner for $4 billion network modernisation project

Sydney Water selects tech partner for $4 billion network modernisation project

Australia’s largest water utility Sydney Water has signed a five-year deal with technology company InEight Inc as part of its network modernisation project.

The software firm will participate in the utility’s Partnering for Success Programme (P4S) in which Sydney Water has collaborated with its three regional delivery consortias (RDCs).

P4S is Sydney Water’s innovative delivery model for all water and wastewater infrastructure across Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.

The aim of the contract with InEight is to transform the way Sydney Water delivers its P4S projects.

Under the new model, the water utility entered a 10-year partnership with the RDCs to deliver end-to-end design, construction, maintenance and facilities management services.

Over the next 10 years, the water company will invest at least $4 billion, supporting more than 400 jobs, which is expected to grow to 1200 over the coming years.

This regional-based model will help deliver further efficiencies, improve network resilience and deliver the services to meet the needs of Sydney Water’s customers for many generations to come.

Mark Simister, head of programme delivery, Sydney Water, said: “Every day, Sydney Water supplies 1.5 billion litres of water to more than five million people who live and work in Greater Sydney and the Illawarra – that’s nearly enough to fill the entire Sydney Opera House 57 times.

“Through the P4S programme, we’re working closely with the RDCs – Confluence Water, Delivering for Customers and the West Region Delivery Team – to further our vision of creating a better life with world class water services for customers. The P4S integrated project controls system based on the InEight platform will be instrumental in reducing costs, increasing confidence, and driving transparency and collaboration with the RDCs.”

Sydney Water’s three RDCs are comprised of 12 of Australia’s largest design and delivery organisations for public sector infrastructure and capital projects.

RDCs will rely on the InEight platform for tracking and managing their NEC4 based P4S framework contracts.

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Rob Bryant, executive vice president of Asia Pacific, InEight, adds: “The capabilities of the InEight platform are well suited to match Sydney Water’s goal of a connected, modern solution with a strong approach to project financials and contract management. With this new strategic partnership in place, our focus now is on delivery and deployment to support Sydney Water and the RDCs.”