Water regulator Ofwat is set to receive live updates on the construction of a 100km pipeline in West Cumbria.
Civil and construction contractors Farrans and Roadbridge, which are constructing the West Cumbria water pipeline for United Utilities, will use Evifile software to generate secure reports that can be shared with Ofwat instantly.
Evifile allows construction workers and inspectors to collect on-site digital evidence for clients using any mobile device. Information on time, date, geographical location, user and device orientation is all recorded and stored on secure severs.
Reports generated allow United Utilities to prove to Ofwat that its outcome delivery incentives (ODIs) have been met. The reports are also shared with the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate.
United Utilities head of construction services William Eyre said: “We’re very driven to improve the visibility of the health of our projects and believe Evifile is the tool to do it. We now have a much more efficient, accurate and secure way of reporting on progress of construction against our delivery schedule and on key issues like environment, quality and health and safety.
“Introducing this technology has brought benefits across the whole project supply chain, for contractors, field operatives, project managers, stakeholders and regulators.”
The 100km of pipeline will link the West Cumbria area to the Thirlmere reservoir and the rest of the region’s water supply network.
The programme began in 2017 and is set for completion in 2022.
United Utilities was one of just thee water companies to have their funding plans approved by the water regulator Ofwat in its latest funding assessment. Fourteen other companies will have to alter plans and resubmit.
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