ESD joint venture wins CECA Digital Innovation Award

Binnies is delighted to share that its ESD joint venture with Galliford Try and MWH Treatment has been awarded the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Scotland (CECA) Digital Innovation Award for its work on the Loch Ness wastewater treatment scheme. CECA recognised ESD’s work with the award for the “best digital strategy towards a delivery project”. 

Colin Douglas, project Design Lead for Binnies, attended the annual CECA awards ceremony and collected the award on behalf of ESD, alongside our other partners. Gordon Moffat, Head of Digital Engineering at Binnies, stated: “We are delighted to be recognised for our digital innovation contribution to this fantastic project. There were some outstanding examples of digital output and engagement from initial scope all the way through to construction that provided benefits in project understanding, design, efficiency and health and safety.”

The award-winning project, titled “Loch Ness Regional”, is a water treatment works and infrastructure strategy for Scottish Water that is focused on improving the water supply to its customers. It involves multiple sites located on the banks of Loch Ness close to the villages of Fort Augustus and Invermoriston, both to the south of Inverness. The completion of the project will lead to the production of over one million litres of fresh drinking water per day in the area.

The project has secured a long-term supply of clean, safe and fresh-tasting water for customers in the villages of Fort Augustus and Invermoriston that will accommodate summer peak demands and projected growth within the area using a single source of water from Loch Ness.

Team members accepting the CECA award on behalf of Loch Ness project
The ESD team pictured at the awards ceremony

The 3D visualisation fly-through that was used to present the scope and complexity of project with multiple site areas provided excellent clarity and understanding to all stakeholders. The advanced application of Civil 3D maximised the best use of the small footprint of land Binnies had while accounting for the complexity of the topography. Binnies engineers also had the ability to adapt the models quickly and dynamically to map changes in land available following Forestry Commission land negotiations. The use of off-site manufacturing and 3D modelling of the water treatment works’ internals aided design development, client understanding and hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies.

The use of off-site manufacturing and specialist construction techniques enabled productivity improvements to be made in design and construction, and extensive use of Civil 3D enabled further efficiencies, as well as the effective sharing of technical updates.

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