Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
september 2015 water 47 Feature article At this price point, these products are not commercially viable for part-time use or team interactivity, creating a closed accessibility loop where one person within an organisation is likely to have access to the software. Of the software packages currently on the market, each typically targets specific industry modelling requirements, resulting in a mass of niche problem-solving platforms. From general purpose differential equation solving to open dynamic engine and steady- state simulations, no package provides a comprehensive fully integrated end-to-end modelling software for advanced water treatment design at a cost-effective price (Figure 1). tenderIng Teams pursuing new treatment facility opportunities start running projections pre-tender, developing concept designs based on client discussions. Months are spent gathering information, creating preliminary flow sheets, sampling site water quality and revising projected plant scope. Based on project values for some water treatment facilities being hundreds of millions of dollars, it is not uncommon for business development teams to spend up to two years pursuing opportunities pre-tender. Once a tender specification is released, the proposed concept design begins. Depending on plant complexity and scope, the design process can take up to six weeks to finalise. The business development team’s collective knowledge is passed on to the design team, which then interprets the client’s needs. Design teams work in isolation from the rest of the team – they may table 1. A comparison of common vendor projection software. Figure 1. Commercial modelling products compared by licence type, price and software capability.
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