Infrastructure engineering software company Bentley Systems announced EchoWater project by Project Controls Cubed from Sacramento, California, US as the winner of the water and wastewater category at this year’s Going Digital Awards in infrastructure.
Among Sacramento’s largest public works projects, EchoWater is said to upgrade infrastructure to facilitate treatment of approximately 135 million gallons of wastewater per day, providing a safe supply of treated water that will be used for recycled water purposes. Consisting of 22 individual projects centred around constructing a complex for removing 99% of ammonia and 89% of nitrogen, planning and managing the design of these simultaneous components on an active wastewater treatment facility presented challenges.
The team selected SYNCHRO and iTwin to develop construction solutions and a digital twin, anticipating and mitigating obstacles and shutdowns, and providing optimal and situational awareness of cost and schedule performance. Working in a connected digital visual environment, EchoWater reportedly completed US$400m under budget, saving ratepayers more than a half-billion dollars. The project cost savings are being used to fund California Harvest Water programme, providing recycled clean water to the Central valley’s agricultural industry.
The annual awards programme honours the work of Bentley software users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.
Finalists presented their projects at the 2023 Year in Infrastructure and Going Digital Awards event in Singapore before global press and 12 independent jury panels. The jurors determined the winners of the 12 award categories from 36 finalists that were shortlisted from over 300 nominations submitted by 235 organisations from 51 countries. The two other finalists in the water and wastewater category are projects from India.