Water Journal : Water Journal February 2013
WATER FEBRUARY 2013 42 Feature Article Internal ideas delivered to date have saved the company approximately AUD500,000 annually. Many of the ideas have related to the automation of processes, which can deliver signi cant time and cost savings. However, the biggest potential savings come from external ideas that bene t GHD's clients. An example of an externally focused idea currently being delivered is the Real- time Pump Ef ciency Meter System (see Case Study 1, page 41). A PROJECT FOCUS Following the steep learning curve associated with the launch and early implementation of the program, the GHD team identi ed opportunities to deliver a similar, but tailored, innovation model on major projects and across other organisations. The team is currently working with a water authority in Victoria to develop and implement an innovation program tailored to its organisational context. CASE STUDY 3: TECHNOLOGY MENTORING PROGRAM CASE STUDY -- WASTEWATER HEAT RECOVERY The GHD Technology Mentoring Program focuses on supporting innovative technology providers to deliver smart solutions to water sector challenges. Below is an example of how the program has supported the greater uptake of innovative technologies in the water sector. GeoExchange, a technology provider based in Victoria, has developed a heat recovery pumping technology allowing ef cient collection of waste heat discharges for either heating or cooling purposes. Through the Mentoring Program, GHD facilitated a relationship with a water retailer in Victoria to deliver a joint project to identify sites where recovering heat energy from sewers was both technically and commercially feasible. GHD developed a site selection tool for this purpose leveraging sophisticated GIS modelling coupled with technical know-how of heat recovery and commercial insight into end-user decision-making processes. Together the water retailer, GHD and GeoExchange are directly engaging with seven large industrial sites and eight councils with a view to apply this technology to achieve a sustainable and commercially favourable outcome. One large industrial site has already committed to an initial pilot and more than 20 immediate opportunities have been identi ed with each of the other 15 organisations. CASE STUDY 2: INNOVATION ON PROJECTS -- TARAGO WATER TREATMENT PLANT This project was established by Melbourne Water to deliver a new 70ML/d water treatment plant in Victoria. The project was delivered within a relationship framework between client, designer and contractor and utilised the following key innovation framework elements: • An Innovation Champion, as part of the project Quality Key Result Area (KRA) team, whose role was to actively promote innovation keeping it front of mind for all team members; • An Ideas Register that facilitated the recording, evaluation and delivery of ideas meeting relevant KRAs of the project; • A Staged Idea Development Process using evaluation criteria at each of the 'Raw', 'Active' and 'Delivery' stage gates to successfully track, close or progress all ideas contributed by team members; • A Reward & Recognition System, including the awarding of a Gift Voucher each month to the most valuable idea contributed and acknowledgement of contributions in the project team newsletter. Key outcomes from implementing a structured approach to innovation on this project include: • Over 150 ideas generated by the project team • Delivery of the project signi cantly under budget by challenging traditional functional requirements and incorporating process improvements • Delivery of the project six months ahead of the Victorian Government's schedule.
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