SEAMS Ltd

Water

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Meet regulatory challenges and the pressures of providing TOTEX efficiencies head on in both infrastructure and non-infrastructure with our proven prescriptive analytics models.

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We’ve been helping water companies for more than 10 years to deliver efficiencies whilst meeting service outcomes and KPIs. Through the use of analytics and our Enterprise Decision Analytics (EDA) software we can support all decisions in the investment planning cycle. This is very important as the number of regulatory and management/business reviews increase, the penalties and rewards for outcomes increase and the need for more granular cost knowledge is required. An enterprise system that supports and centralises the analytics that companies undertake will become both a regulatory and business necessity.

 

Getting the best price determination

Regulators now expect robust, transparent evidence based plans building on data and industry knowledge. These plans require a strong link between the customer and the investment they are being asked to fund.

SEAMS has delivered this required evidence in the plans we’ve worked on, which has resulted in our clients being branded ‘industry leading’ in the last two UK price reviews. SEAMS stay abreast of the latest developments capturing latest thinking in sewage and water resource planning.

 

Outperforming the plan

Regulators are now pushing water companies beyond their boundaries in terms of efficiency and service levels. This will require outcome benefits to be front and centre in the planning process from strategy to project delivery. We have a proven track record in delivering 7-17% efficiencies through this planning process.

 

What can our solutions do for the Water industry?

  • EDA empowers asset modelling and optimisation using any risk framework and analytical approach
  • EDA delivers portfolio optimisation to support investment programme delivery
  • EDA supports the emerging competitive environments through a range of sewage solutions
  • EDA can measure the deliverability of the plan through work and resource planning (WARP)
  • EDA captures the latest analytical approaches including adaptive pathways

 

Benefits of SEAMS EDA in Water

  • Provide Executives with dashboard style decision making tools
  • Typical cost savings of between 7 and 17% of TOTEX spend realised by our clients
  • Our clients’ ‘industry’ assessments at the last two UK price reviews were supported by SEAMS software
  • Automates the data, modelling and optimisation processes to allow plans to be re-created in hours
  • Quickly understand the impact of different investment decisions –with confidence
  • Delivers version control and approvals to ensure repeatability and transparency

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Work and Resource Planning

WARP has been specifically developed to support Work and Resource Planning across a wide range of industries and is based on our core modelling platform, EDA (Enterprise Decision Analytics).

WARP uses information from existing tools to identify long term demand and capacity efficiencies through analytics, modelling and optimisation.

 

WARP integrates with current WFM systems to maximise value where:

  • Organisation have successfully utilised job scheduling tools for efficiencies, but are now looking for further operational efficiencies
  • Efficiencies were sold with job scheduling tools, but they haven’t yet been realised.
  • WARP is a decision analytics tool that integrates and makes use of existing data to forecast future demand and enhance decision making through the power of predictive analytics and optimisation
  • WARP is a pro-active demand driven approach as opposed to ‘on the day scheduling’
  • WARP is a strategic and tactical planning tool that sits before job scheduling and provides additional value and efficiencies

 

The Benefits:

  • Improve operational efficiency by up to 20%
  • Forecast demand to create stability and inform business planning
  • Maintain a stable demand and supply profile
  • Perform bespoke, predictive what-if planning scenarios
  • Be less reliant on outsourced contractors
  • Avoid potentially unprofitable projects/contracts
  • Provides a transparent and evidence based resource planning tool for managing “in contract” operations
  • Increase utilisation and productivity of current staff, by geographical region and skill set
  • Reduce or eliminate backlogs of work
  • Smooth resource requirements throughout the year
  • Enable effective management of industry and/or regulatory change
  • Inform recruitment, training, shift patterns and cross boundary working
  • Early visibility of demand to avoid skills/resource gaps
  • Supports bid preparation for new business

Manage risk, funding and financial requirements more efficiently and consistently

Our EDA Financial is a financial optimisation solution that enables combined modelling of asset strategies and financial implications.

It allows you to spend more time analysing results, not preparing them.  EDA Finance provides easy to enter finance information and easy to audit assumptions, plus the ability to quickly create scenarios and compare results.  Therefore our EDA Financial solution not only means quicker decisions, but more confident decision making.

EDA Financial delivers

  • A closer alignment of financial and asset management strategies
  • Providing greater rigour for funding cases for infrastructure
  • Dynamic management of customer consultation
  • Planning for new forms of uncertainty

 

Gain access to information sooner and make decisions with more confidence

Spend more time analysing results, not preparing them.  With easy to enter finance information and easy to audit assumptions, plus the ability to quickly create scenarios and compare results, our Project Finance solution not only means quicker decisions, but more confident decision making.

When asked “what if” in the Boardroom, you can test the “what ifs” immediately and see the impact on the bottom line.  With the flexibility that allows any parameter to be changed, at any stage in the project, with dynamic modelling of project phases in parallel, our solution enables you to carry out a more detailed series of scenario analysis in a shorter time period.

 

Delivering a successful and cohesive business plan

Regulated industries are being pushed more and more to have cohesive and justifiable strategic business plans.  Currently asset management and financial planning in many companies tends to be undertaken in different departments using different, separate systems.  The data exchanges between asset management and finance tend to be limited and manual (e.g. spreadsheet handovers.)  In running their respective models (asset management planning and financial models) the two departments have no visibility of the implications of their strategies.

Successful business planning means being able to dynamically link the understanding of assets and the service they deliver to your financial requirements and funding constraints.  The systems and processes that create that dynamic link enable the value of your assets to be fully realised through improved business planning and more efficient delivery of asset management, whilst also ensuring that funding can be managed consistently with asset spend requirements.

 

What can our EDA Financial solution do for you?

  • EDA Financial builds capital asset project models in less time
  • EDA Financial eliminates errors in financial models through auditing and locking models
  • EDA Financial changes key parameters, including project duration with a single click
  • EDA Financial lets you view your results through industry specific infographics

 

The Benefits:

  • Provide users with an easy to use Business Intelligence
  • Improve productivity and reduce reliance on specialist skills
  • Decrease the time and cost of employing external auditors
  • Reduce build time with automated double entry book keeping
  • Make your information accessible – anytime, anywhere

 

“What if” scenario modelling

When asked “what if” in the Boardroom, you can test the “what ifs” immediately and see the impact on the bottom line.  With the flexibility that allows any parameter to be changed, at any stage in the project, with dynamic modelling of project phases in parallel, our solution enables you to carry out a more detailed series of scenario analysis in a shorter time period.

 

'EDA Financial is a solution to meet the demands of the new business planning era.”

“In the past few years, there have been a number of changes in the financial outlook for asset-rich organisations facing high value, highly complex investment decisions – new investor classes, government-led austerity measures, and regulator policies, to name but a few. Common to all industries, regulated or not, is the increase in accountability that financial decision-makers responsible for financing investment plans are now facing.'

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