What makes it interesting?
Every means of wireline installation technique available is being used due to various terrains and site conditions, including wetlands, streams, highway rights-of-way, a hiker/biker train, and various installation depths over the 13-mile construction area. The pipeline is ecologically responsible, transferring reclaimed water from a sewer treatment plant to the CPV St. Charles power plant and reducing environmental impact.
How HCSS Software assisted with this project
HeavyBid was perfect for this project during the bidding phase. The developer’s requirements fit perfectly with HeavyBid’s Escalation Setup and Scheduling. Reliable Contracting started a relationship building budgets for the developer in 2007. The developer required Reliable Contracting to project costs forward and perform what-if scenarios, looking over the project’s 20-month construction schedule.
From 2007 to when the bid became a contract in summer 2014, the job was bid nine times, with multiple scenarios for fluctuations in fuel, asphalt, and steel prices. Without the Escalation Setup and Scheduling portion to HeavyBid, this would have been difficult to perform, but HeavyBid made the task easy. Reliable Contracting also used HeavyBid’s Exchange and exported the contract to their accounting system. They are currently using HeavyBid for cost projections and change orders for the owner. The reporting capabilities of HeavyBid make the project manager’s job easier. Without HeavyBid, Reliable Contracting would not have been able to land and/or manage this project as successfully as they have.
The once-in-a-lifetime CPV St. Charles Reclaimed Water project in Charles County, Maryland, is a component of a privately-funded natural gas power plant. This contract started in August 2014 and is slated for completion in February 2016.
Reliable Contracting’s portion of this project is the construction of 71,000 feet of 18-inch waterline that stretches from the west side to the east side of Charles County. The construction of the waterline requires every possible means of waterline installation technique due to various terrains and site conditions. Reliable Contracting is constructing through wetlands, under streams, working in state highway rights-of-way, constructing 40,000 feet along an old railroad right-of-way that is now a hiker/biker trail, and varying depths of installation from 7 feet deep to 21 feet. The waterline construction also involves 34 Jack-n-Bores of 36-inch steel casing pipe in order to reduce impact on existing roads and watersheds. The hiker/biker trail, which is just under 8 miles, will need to be asphalt resurfaced. The construction stretches over 13 miles.
To accommodate the vast linear size of this project, Reliable Contracting segmented the project into two phases and eight smaller sections, each section around 2 miles. This gave them the ability to also work sections simultaneously, to try to minimize the hiker/biker trail closing. This was imperative as it allowed Reliable Contracting to focus its efforts in specific locations in order to meet time constraints placed by Charles County Parks and Recreation.
The pipe installation started in October 2014 and is currently on track for completion of 50,000 feet of pipe installation by April 2015. This summer Reliable Contracting will be constructing the last 21,000 feet, which includes installing a portion the waterline in the middle of the state highway right-of-way. The pipeline is ecologically responsible as it is transferring reclaimed water from a sewer treatment plant to the power plant, helping to reduce the overall impact on the environment.