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TasWater - Capital Delivery Office

TasWater Capital Delivery Office - What is our role?

The core business of the TasWater Capital Delivery Office (CDO) is to ensure cost effective and timely delivery of quality capital works projects for TasWater that will meet the needs of TasWater’s business and those of the Tasmanian community for years to come.

TasWater established their CDO to manage TasWater’s Capital Works Program from inception to completion including the planning, design, procurement and delivery phases.

The TasWater CDO appoints designers and consultants to assist with the pre-construction stages and construction contractors for the detailed design. The TasWater CDO is not equipped to carry out the actual construction work at project sites so contractors are appointed to do this.

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Picture above: Work progresses at the Longford Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade, April 2021

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Frequently asked questions.

1. Project scheduling and timelines

Why do projects take as long as they do to get to delivery stage?

What assurances can TasWater/CDO provide to the Tasmanian water industry contractors that they will have equal opportunity to compete for tenders?

2. Legal and Contractual issues

Can tendering companies get a copy of the CDO safety systems so they can adequately price the management of complying with these requirements at tender?

How will the CDO ensure that head contractors utilize only approved subcontractors for works in CDO projects, not just conformance to specification?

What form will adjustments to the standard contracts be presented in? i.e. change clauses, or new contracts needing full review?

3. Communication

Is there a way of seeing where projects are up to?

4. Safety and Quality

What standard are your systems certified to?

Will TasWater operators be required to follow the same CDO rules (permits/PPE etc.) when projects are taking place on brown field sites. Not all works can be segregated

Is there a minimum time period for plant & equipment to be onsite before it needs to be inducted?

If you are going to drive a light vehicle to a designated parking bay on site, would it need to be registered for the site if not driving around the site?

Do flashing lights and UHF’s have to be fixed or are magnetic base/handheld acceptable?

Regarding crane use and lifting. What frequency will Verification of Competency (VOC)’s be required?

Damstra. With staff having existing Damstra cards for other clients, is there a cost to be CDO inducted?

Will the CDO be facilitating SiD and HAZOP workshops or will the consultant or contractor be required to manage these?

Will there be a requirement for contractors to purchase hardware for projects from Tasmanian suppliers?

How does the Damstra system work relating to the annual cost? Is it based on a full year from the plant/personnel being entered or fixed calendar e.g. financial year?

5. TasWater CDO Panels

What is the current status of the Panel assessment and what is the timeline for completion of this process.

Can there be some clarity provided on the works carried out on already existing panel agreements. Are these to be treated as CDO sites or as TasWater sites.

Is the vendor preferred list prepared by TasWater or is the CDO involved in generating the list?

6. What Engineers would like to know

What are TasWater’s CDO engineering workforce needs and what plans are in place to recruit and develop this workforce?

What information does the TasWater CDO have on the numbers of engineers required as related to the operations of TasWater?

Are there any diversity objectives including targets or quotas?

What is the primary source of qualified engineers for the TasWater CDO?

Does the TasWater CDO take steps to engage local, Tasmanian-based engineers and engineering firms?

What is the expected contribution of TasWater (and the TasWater CDO), as an organization which develops large capital works projects with significant engineering aspects, to the development of an engineering workforce in Tasmania?

If contracting local businesses remains a priority of the CDO, what percentage of work goes to local contractors?

Can TasWater justify the financial cost of hiring larger firms and paying them to undertake work in Tasmania?

How does the TasWater CDO assess and maintain high quality competence and capability for their engineers?

Does the TasWater CDO understand the negative impact that overlooking local, Tasmanianbased engineers has on the engineering sector in Tasmania?