WDBC to Conduct Research Survey on the Use of Design-Build

The Water Design-Build Council (WDBC) has contracted with the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) for a 2012 survey research project. This project will obtain from water infrastructure owners, managers and policy officials (decision-makers) information as to their level of satisfaction and experience in using the project delivery methods of design-build, design-build-operate and construction-management-at-risk (methods other than traditional design-bid-build construction). The developed survey, which will be available and conducted online, will take participants approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and will occur late this summer.
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The UNLV Research Team will reach out to U.S. local and regional municipalities, water and wastewater districts and investor-owned private water companies to respond to the questionnaire. The WDBC is also urging policy individuals who would like to participate in the survey to provide their name, organization and email address through the ?Contact Us? link on its website. An important piece of data is identifying impediments to the decision-making process to get design-build projects approved.

The University of Nevada was selected in June from a well vetted list of qualified institutes, based on the research team?s knowledge of the water design-build industry. An added feature is the UNLV?s separate professional survey research facility, the Cannon Survey Research Center. The WDBC believes this feature is an important aspect in obtaining a strong response.

The WDBC expects the final report by Dec. 1, 2012, which will be published and presented at several national water and wastewater conferences in 2013. The survey report will also be widely distributed to both government and utility company decision-makers.

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