A sound foundation for sustainable profitability
Making well-informed decisions on sustainable measures and budgets for investments and maintenance is the core business of any infrastructure company. In partnership with our clients, we assist in developing an effective organizational and operational structure, in working out strategies and concepts as well as in implementing the identified possibilities for improvement. Together with experts throughout the Fichtner Group, we are able to provide comprehensive consultancy through our combination of management, methodological and technical expertise.
- AM-specific optimization of the organizational structure
In compact workshops we explain and discuss with you the important basics required for optimizing and implementing an AM organization. Building on this, we define the understanding of roles and the company-specific configuration of these roles within the operational structure as well as the assignment of tasks.
- Optimizing the AM processes
As a first step, any AM processes already in use at the company are incorporated. Any weaknesses identified are eliminated during the subsequent optimization, and the interfaces are minimized. Furthermore, existing instruments such as ERP systems (e.g. SAP), status detection systems or BIMs are integrated to produce a process that is as efficient as possible and eliminates the need for duplicate handling of data.
- Strategic Asset Management
Strategic AM is the basis for deriving sustainable maintenance measures for asset groups from overall corporate objectives. In close cooperation with your experts, we conduct a technical, regulatory and economic assessment of possible maintenance scenarios and select the favored maintenance strategy.
- Operative Asset Management
Operative AM fleshes out a selected maintenance strategy to create an action list which is itemized by asset. Technically oriented detail planning is performed based on the operative conditions according to the economic framework and the strategy pursued.
- Process optimization of investment management and controlling
Processes and tools are optimized to strengthen your in-house investment management and the closely associated project controlling. Existing processes are incorporated including their strengths and weaknesses, a target concept is developed and specific measures for improvement are derived.
- Examination of long-term investment and maintenance requirements
We examine the methodological and factual correctness of your current approach and validate the plausibility of the assumptions made by comparing them to usual practice in the sector and assessing their proportionality. Approaches for making improvements are derived and their implementation supervised if necessary. Alternatively or additionally, you can choose a bottom-up approach to enable detailed investment planning based on the current asset condition.
- Quick check of network structure
To prevent any fundamental misinvestments, a brief structural analysis of your network is performed on the basis of planning maps or alternatively using state-of-the-art Web GIS based analysis tools. Historically necessitated network structures and new network requirements, such as e-mobility and water quantity development, are taken into consideration when doing so.
- Value Management study
Value Management studies are used for the purpose of economic and functional optimization of large infrastructure projects. Core of the studies are specific methods, that enhance a creative and structured approach to thinking in terms of functions. Depending on the objectives set, a VM study can significantly reduce costs or increase project benefit for the company.
References for typical projects
- Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband
Emschergenossenschaft / LippeverbandEmschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband (EGLV), one of the biggest sewerage providers in Germany, wishes to have an independent review undertaken of the investment and reinvestment volumes calculated by its own staff for the next 30 years.
The procedures for investments and those for reinvestments are fundamentally different. For investment expenditures, comparisons are made with overall project budgets and the current completion status. For reinvestment expenditures, the selected calculation approach is checked in terms of its methodological and content-related correctness, as are the assumptions as to what is customary in the industry.
As a result, the impacts of the discovered implausibilities on the future investment volumes are evaluated and compared to an estimate of the adjustment costs required for correction.
- Lake Constance Water Supply Association: Consultancy for setting up an asset management organizational unit
Lake Constance Water Supply Association: Consultancy for setting up an asset management organizational unitLake Constance Water Supply Association is divided into various organizational units including “Operations” and “Planning & Construction”. A unit for central asset management is now to be established within this structure.
Fichtner provides knowledge of setting up asset management organizations and assists with investigating the understanding of roles and tasks as well as the distribution of responsibilities between the “Operations” and “Planning & Construction” organizational units and the management level.
The first step is to illustrate the currently practiced understanding of roles in asset management as opposed to project control and management as well as operational maintenance, to identify weaknesses and to come up with possible future options for the organizational structure. Following an evaluation of the options, the resulting understanding of roles is discussed and the next steps for implementation are defined.
- ZESCO Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia: Reviewing the terms of reference and supervising the identification, verification and revaluation of ZESCO assets for accounting and insurance purposes
ZESCO Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia: Reviewing the terms of reference and supervising the identification, verification and revaluation of ZESCO assets for accounting and insurance purposesUnder international accountancy standard IAS 16, ZESCO is required to routinely check its asset stock and revaluate it to comply with international accountancy, insurance and risk management stipulations. Fichtner assists ZESCO in drawing up the terms of reference to enlist the services of an asset valuator, develop an asset management policy, manage the procurement process, provide project management, and supervise the valuator.
- Leipzig’s municipal water utility: Value management study on construction of the Naunhof waterworks
Leipzig’s municipal water utility: Value management study on construction of the Naunhof waterworksLeipzig’s municipal water utility plans to construct a waterworks at a new site after the preliminary planning at a previous site failed to produce optimum results.
In this context, Fichtner has been contracted to conduct a value management study. The first stage of the value management process includes the preparation and information phase. Subsequently, an interdisciplinary team of experts performs a functional analysis of the waterworks’ primary and secondary functions, with ideas being generated in the creative phase for implementing these. These ideas are evaluated by the team of experts, adapted to the new site and consolidated into solution approaches by means of a morphological matrix. In the second stage of the value management process, the original preliminary planning concept is adapted to the project status, systematically reviewed, and studied and assessed for further optimization and cost-reduction potential together with the team of experts.
Finally, one option is recommended for further planning.
- Eifel-Rur Water Board: Value management study on modernization and expansion of the Düren large-scale sewage treatment plant
Eifel-Rur Water Board: Value management study on modernization and expansion of the Düren large-scale sewage treatment plantEifel-Rur Water Board operates a large-scale sewage treatment plant in Düren, which needs to modernized and expanded in future.
Fichtner has been contracted to devise a modernization concept for the plant by conducting a value management study involving various experts. The modernization is to encompass not only repairs, but also functional / procedural optimizations.
Multiple workshops are held with wastewater engineering experts in order to come up with, evaluate and develop ideas. Fichtner then clusters these ideas into solution alternatives, quantifies and prices them. Following this, the resulting alternatives are assessed by the ex-perts in a cost-benefit analysis to allow the preferred alternative to emerge in a transparent process.
The value management study is accompanied by regular reporting to relevant stakeholders such as the steering committee of the water board’s council or the district government.
- Simulation of costs and revenues at waste disposal plants
Simulation of costs and revenues at waste disposal plantsWhen making a strategic appraisal of its plant configurations, a waste management company was confronted with the task of forecasting the long-term development of its costs and revenues. To tackle this, FMC and the client company jointly devised a comprehensive costing and simulation model and applied it for strategy formulation and identifying optimization potentials. This model contains a range of plants for thermal and/or mechanical waste treatment. The input variables are the factors that determine variable and fixed costs, specifically replacement investments, manning requirements and consumption of operating supplies as well as revenues for energy and products. This tool can be applied further by our client for tariff simulation, long-term CAPEX forecasting and taking decisions on technology selection.
Your contact for Investment Strategy / Asset management
- Sonja Marin-Casanova