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EPSRC Reference: GR/R98600/02
Title: A WHOLE-LIFE COSTING APPROACH TO SEWERAGE
Principal Investigator: Ashley, Professor RM
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Department: Civil and Structural Engineering
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2004 Ends: 31 October 2005 Value (£): 27,176
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Water Engineering
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors Water
Related Grants:
GR/R98594/01 GR/R98617/01
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In respect of the investment in the renewal, maintenance and operation of underground sewerage assets there is a need for better economic justification. At the same time there is an emerging requirement to include sustainable development objectives in the decision making process and increasingly a balance has to be struck between purely economic socio-environmental criteria. Hence, for the sewerage network, there is a need to develop a tool that takes account of changing attitudes to social and environmental responsibilities within an appropriate economic framework. The proposed project will address this need by providing a framework that allows the impact of management decisions in sewerage to reflect the holistic costs, the associated effect on asset performance (the cost driver) and, provides a key component contributing to assessment of the impact on sustainability of different options. An additional aim of the research is to make the whole life costing approach applicable to both existing systems and first time sewerage.The final output of the work will be Whole Life Costing Scenario Management and Decision Software . Through the explicit linking os costs and performance, the methodology and accompanying tool will allow alternative management strategies to be examined and utlimately optimised for least W LC.
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