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Water is an increasingly important but unevenly distributed resource globally. Atkins supports the water, wastewater and water-related environmental sectors with services from water strategy planning and flood management to infrastructure design and maintenance.

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Water is an important resource around the world and under increasing pressure from growing populations, pollution, manufacturing and changing lifestyles. Atkins is a major player in the water market, supporting the water, wastewater and water-related environmental sectors with a range of services from water strategy planning and flood management to infrastructure design and maintenance.

Flood alleviation and infrastructure management

Our Asia Pacific water team, comprising over 30 professionals, specialises in planning, designing and enabling tailored solutions to our clients for managing water in the natural and built environments. We deliver cost effective and quality solutions across a comprehensive range of water services from resource management and supply, through drainage, wastewater, water works, planning, treatment and regulation.

Our clients are varied and include governments, local and regional authorities, funding agencies and commercial and industrial enterprises. We help our clients to realize their objectives by developing and delivering practical solutions, adding valve to their businesses through the application of our experience, innovative thinking and state-of-the-art technology.

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Expertise

Atkins’ Asia Pacific water team is a major player in the region’s water market, supporting the water, wastewater and water-related environmental sectors with consistently exceptional services. Our areas of expertise include:

WATER UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE

We provide advice and deliver engineering solutions from planning, feasibility, design and procurement to construction supervision to optimize water and wastewater networks. Supported by the latest analytical and modeling packages and computer aided design, we help our clients define problems and prioritise investment programmes.

WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT

We have a strong and diverse background in all aspects of water and waste water treatment works, sludge treatment facilities, pumping stations, pipelines, service reservoirs, collection networks and outfalls. Our water team can take a project from its earliest inception and master planning through to full construction and commissioning supervision.

SURFACE WATER AND DRAINAGE

We have the requisite skills to develop effective surface water management plans and perform water cycle studies, which draw on our extensive experience in surface water drainage, flood risk and develop mitigation measures and contingency plans. Our skills range from strategic long-term planning, through hydraulic analysis and design of drainage networks, to construction supervision and operational activities.

DAMS, RESERVOIRS AND LAKES

We inspect, design and construct all types of dams and reservoirs. We help clients to address concerns relating to safety, stability, flooding and water quality studies, lake eutrophication and seismic activity by conducting assessments and developing integrated solutions to reduce risks. Our capabilities include the design of artificial lake, dam seepage and tailing work, grouting analysis and monitoring and dam safety inspection.

WATER REUSE

We have extensive expertise in reuse of treated wastewater, treatment process design and decentralized wastewater collection and recycling. Our specialists carry out water recycling plant design, pipeline layout planning, quantitative water cycle analysis and hydraulic modeling.

DRAINAGE DESIGN FOR TUNNELS AND RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE

Our water team undertakes drainage and sewerage impact assessments and utility diversion design to facilitate new building developments, highways, railways and associated tunneling works. We have extensive experience from feasibility studies through to detailed design, including hydraulic design of piping networks, pump sumps, rising mains and gravity carrier drains.

FLOOD MANAGEMENT

We carry out planning and studies in flood forecasting, including flooding control modeling and engineering , using a range of differential models and computer simulation techniques. Our water team has experience in prediction and monitoring of changes in river morphology, sedimentation trends, flood simulation, inundation assessment and hazard mapping. We are also able to assist in managing the real time control, operation and optimization of flood protection systems.

ASSET MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT APPRAISAL

Our experience in due diligence is sought by national and international investment bodies, governments and the private sector world-wide. We are at the forefront of developing techniques to help utility companies to satisfy the expectations of shareholders and meet the requirements of regulators, while also fulfilling customer expectations for improvements in the quality of services. Asset management plans for clients have been successfully created for varies wide range of water infrastructure projects.

COASTAL, OUTFALLS AND RECLAMATION

We have skills in coastal defence engineering, water quality, hydrodynamics and sediment transport modeling, reclamation design planning and outfall engineering and modeling. A number of studies have been successfully carried out identifying strategies and schemes that provide the maximum benefit to the environment.

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Marco Clemente
22 Oct 2015

The UK has significant technology and policy gaps that need closing if it is to deliver on the legislated 15% electricity from renewables by 2020, and 80% by 2050. The lack of suitable planned energy storage capability is at the top of this list. Cracking Energy Storage is therefore one of the ultimate ambitions for engineers working in the Power and Renewables sector today. Whilst gas, coal and other traditional fuels can be stored conventionally (via open air, pressure vessels or (salt) caverns); figuring out a way to balance supply and demand from a growing scale of intermittent generation sources is much trickier. The drive to develop a useful way of storing excess electricity is being made all the more urgent as more renewable generators come online around the world. This is a global effort – countries across Europe and the Middle East are steadily increasing the amount of renewables that are connected to the grid and the huge onshore wind farms in China and the USA add gigawatts to domestic production. Grid connected wind farms, both onshore and offshore, can now meet about 10% of the UK’s energy demand and in December 2014 set a record for supplying 14% of the country’s electricity. However, we can’t control when the wind blows or when the sun shines. Frequently, peak production occurs when demand is low and there is nowhere for the electricity to go, so the wind farms are disconnected as their power is not needed. If we could increase the energy storage

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Prof Dr Uwe Krueger
11 Sep 2015

How can we embrace technology – not for technology’s sake – but for the real benefit of our customers, our own companies and the communities we serve? Atkins’ CEO Uwe Krueger provides a perspective from the ENR Global Construction Summit in New York. The nature of the construction industry is changing rapidly, driven by tougher market and trading conditions and by demands from clients for better value and more innovation. There are higher expectations from funding institutions for cost efficiency and project certainty. There is also political pressure, as governments seek better value for money. We are also facing rapid growth in both population and urbanisation, creating an enormous infrastructure funding gap, but the challenge is not funding: financial institutions are willing to invest if they can see a clear investment case and cash stream – and a stable political and tax environment. The challenge is matching capital to suitable, financeable projects. What can the infrastructure industry do to attract investment into the sector? It has to improve and not be afraid to innovate. For the investment community, risk is a key consideration. The technology used by our sector can play a critical role in identifying, and mitigating, risk and make a huge change in the pace of progress. Risk can be mitigated, in part, by increasing certainty around project input costs (which reflect complexity of design and construction and engineering delivery risk). Innovative technology, in the form of digital engineering, can make a big difference. Digital engineering in essence is the automation of all or parts

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Donna Huey
11 Aug 2015

As Building Information Modeling (BIM) continues to reveal opportunities for revolutionizing the engineering and design industry, we are still seeing challenges around adoption. Many organizations have managed to sort out ways to leverage BIM in pockets such as 3D- and 4D- visualizations, conflict detection in multi-discipline design, or even augmented reality in construction. But the capability of the technology today is already so far beyond that. So why is there a lag? The design and construction industry has historically been slow to exploit new technology. Perhaps there is a lack of know-how, or far more likely, a bit of fear around change and how it (and we) fit in. The recent Harvard Business Review article, Beyond Automation—which discusses how to protect your career from the growing threat of computer automation—got me thinking more about the gap between today’s reality and tomorrow’s potential. “Automation starts with a baseline of what people do in a given job and subtracts from that. It deploys computers to chip away at the tasks humans perform as soon as those tasks can be codified … Augmentation, in contrast, means starting with what humans do today and figuring out how that work could be deepened rather than diminished by a greater use of machines.” – Thomas Davenport and Julia Kirby, Harvard Business Review The article struck me as a means to generate a roadmap and illustrate “how” to engage with BIM from wherever you sit within an organization. It correlates to how we can drive a view of BIM as

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Aina Lleonart Piza
24 Jun 2015

Encouraging more girls to pursue engineering careers is such a hot topic now. As a woman engineer I am really interested in promoting gender balance in the profession. I am doing my bit as a STEM ambassador, reading reports published by various institutions to understand the problem and trying to change both parents and children’s perception of what an engineer does. However, the focus must not be solely on the generations to come, but also on the ones which are here now; starting their careers, progressing to senior roles or running the business. I attended an Atkins Women’s Professional Network event a few months ago, which gathered women engineers from all levels within the company. It was a coaching webinar to explore identifying skills and passions, building relationships and personal branding. The discussions around the topic of promotion were very interesting, particularly the perspectives that each generation held. More senior women had the perception that it had been very difficult for them to reach their current position and explained that sometimes they had felt left out of the ‘core group’ of their part of the business. I could see strong characters, women used to having to prove to everybody that they were where they were because they had earned it, were experts in their field and knew what they were doing. In the intermediate generations most participants were more comfortable in their working environment, a lot of them looking for resources to understand how to do the next big step in their careers, where

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The Lai Chi Kok Transfer Scheme forms an integral part of the overall flood control strategy for West Kowloon.  The scheme will intercept the surface runoff at six locations from the hinterland south of Lai Chi Kok and provide a drainage tunnel discharge directly into Victoria Harbour.  Atkins has been commissioned by the Leighton-John Holland Joint Venture to undertake the detailed design of all civil and structural works, and to carry out traffic and environmental consultation services.

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Atkins is providing integrated river basin management, water pollution prevention and control, and integrated water resources management to address the water stress, quality and environmental impact issues in river basins around China. Atkins will be working in the stunning Yangtze River and Yellow River Basins providing expert advice on managing precious water resources, and the prevention and control of pollution levels. Atkins is well placed to deliver this work having previously developed and implemented European water policy and gained experience in the implementation of river basin management solutions.

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Atkins was commissioned by the Water Supplies Department to design and supervise the construction of the Pak Kong Water Supply Scheme. A total of six separate contracts were awarded for construction, supply and installation of M&E equipment. The works uses a two-stage process of clarification and filtration, and is one of the largest in Hong Kong. Key items provided were:  Water treatment works (ultimate capacity 727,000 m3) 7.1 km of DN2000 pumping aqueduct  2.4 km of DN1400 distribution mains Primary service reservoir (90,000 m3) Site formation for village housing area Marine reclamation (2 hectares) and access roads.

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Atkins was commissioned by Standard Chartered IL&FS Asia Infrastructure Growth Fund (SCI Asia) to undertake a technical due diligence review of 12 wastewater treatment plants and two water treatment plants that were currently either under construction or in the design stage. The plants were situated within Shanxi, Shandong, Jiangshu and Zhejiang Provinces.

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Atkins was commissioned by a client to carry out a detailed understanding of the water demand requirements in both Central Urban Area and Binhai New Area in Tianjin. In addition, an investigation study for short-term strategic plan for Binhai was carried out, on the basis of the findings of the water demand requirements.

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Atkins has been appointed by the Drainage Services Department for the improvement of a 500m midstream section of Kai Tak nullah with landscape design to include an additional 200m section upstream. The works include strengthening of the aging nullah walls, re-provision of dry weather flow interceptors, and beautification of the nullah environment with the introduction of various hard and soft landscape elements aimed at revitalizing the nullah into a local attraction.

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Central Reclamation Phase III (CRIII) is a high profile project on the north shore of Hong Kong Island in Victoria Harbour, and is the final phase of reclamation in the Central Business District on Hong Kong Island. The project will provide land for essential transport infrastructure and the area will later be developed into a world class waterfront. The project involves a full range of essential infrastructures, including: 18 hectares of reclamation 1 km of wave absorbing seawalls “Star” ferry and public piers Cooling water pumping stations for existing private and government buildings; 1,000 metres of extensions to drainage and sewerage systems A 1 km dual 3 lane road tunnel forming part of the future Central-Wanchai Bypass A tunnel extension for MTRC’s Airport Express and Tung Chung lines A berth for the People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong (PLA) warships 2.5 km of at-grade roads, together with an underpass A 300 metre long footbridge from the General Post Office to the new ferry piers Preservation of Queen’s pier Promenade landscaping and architecture

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Atkins has been appointed by Water Supplies Department in 2006 to undertake investigation, detailed design and construction supervision of this project. This is the third series of the overall Water Mains Replacement and Rehabilitation Programme and the objectives are to replace or rehabilitate the aged water mains in whole Kowloon Peninsula. It consists of approximately 340km of water mains in diameter ranging from 25mm service mains to 1350mm large diameter trunk mains.

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