February 12, 2018
The Water Industry Alliance’s newest member, Inside Infrastructure, is a niche employee-owned South Australian advisory firm that brings together experienced specialists in a wide range of expert areas that deliver evidence-based solutions relevant to their clients’ requirements.
The firm seeks to influence and shape future thinking about how governments, utilities and the mining sectors develop, deliver and best manage their assets and resources. Inside Infrastructure offers clients independence and access to great people that have:
• Managed the development of government and private sector strategy and policy;
• Experience in ‘optioneering’ and delivery of major projects and large capital programs; and,
• Operated and maintained water assets and held responsibility for their long term performance.
Since commencing operation in its Adelaide office in 2010, Inside Infrastructure has grown to a team of over 25 industry professionals, and now operates offices in Victoria and Western Australia.
The team has delivered over 300 projects in the past seven years and offers services in five key sectors:
• Water Resources and Environment;
• Mining & Resources;
• Circular Economy; and,
• Planning and Infrastructure.
A selection of key projects are summarised below:
NAIS Business Case
Inside Infrastructure assisted Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) to deliver a business case to support the application for the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) capital funding for the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme. Total funding of $155.6 million was announced in August 2017 to secure an additional 12 GL per year of affordable, high security, recycled water from the Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant in north Adelaide for irrigation (principally horticulture). This option provides the ability to increase capacity to 20 GL per year, as demand and access to overseas markets grow. The additional water will grow the capacity of the Northern Adelaide Plains region to ensure the long-term viability of its horticulture industry and the social and economic future of its communities. The business case identified the extra 12 GL of recycled water a year would create 3,700 jobs in the region and add $578 million a year to the state's economy -growing to 6,000 jobs and $1.1 billion a year when at the full 20 GL capacity.
Water Resource Modelling and Assessment
Inside Infrastructure developed the long term water supply master plans for the southern suburbs of metropolitan Adelaide and the regional city of Mount Gambier. The work included planning for growth as well as water quality assessment in determining the most appropriate infrastructure solutions to meet SA Water customer’s future needs.
Inside Infrastructure also has significant expertise in the application of hydrological modelling to support surface water management projects across South Australia.
Strategic Business Cases & Regulatory Submissions
Inside Infrastructure supports utilities develop and deliver strategic business cases for regulatory environments. Recently our team supported three Victorian utilities with their pricing submissions for 2018-2023 and are currently advising on TasWater’s strategic business cases for its major water treatment/supply programs. Our team previously supported SA Water develop its 2016-2020 regulatory submission.
Water Stewardship Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and oversees the implementation of the international Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard in Australia. Inside Infrastructure is a supporter of this initiative through providing in-kind technical contributions to the WSA Board and International Technical Committee, responsible for the review of the AWS standard.
Developing Western Water's Waste to Energy Opportunity, Victoria
Inside Infrastructure was engaged to structure and advance Western Water's approach to a waste to energy opportunity at its Melton Water Reclamation Plant. The project involved providing advice on the policy and economics waste to energy facilities/markets in Victoria, assessing the quality of existing assets, verifying process models, developing a financial model to test project viability, and engaging with prospective feedstock providers. The Business Case developed for Western Water was successful in winning an $800,000 grant from Sustainability Victoria.