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Los Angeles Department Of Water & Power, U.S.

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LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER, U.S. Key Facts Agency: Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Country: United States Company Profile: • Workforce of 9,500 employees • Population Served of 4.1 million • Annual Budget of $4.25 billion • Water System 10-year Capital Plan consists of a $6.5 billion budget and over 200 capital projects Products Used: EcoSys™ CAPITAL PROGRAM COST CONTROLS AT LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is one of the largest U.S. municipal utilities, serving millions of residents and businesses. The city relies upon a complex water system network to support its huge population growth. LADWP therefore manages a corresponding portfolio of capital projects to maintain and expand the system. The utility's Water Engineering and Technical Services (WETS) division uses their Capital Improvement Program Management System (CIPMS) to oversee and manage a ten-year capital water system program currently consisting of over 200 projects with a budget of $6.5 billion dollars. The scope of the CIPMS encompasses budgeting, forecasting, performance management, earned value management, scheduling, and resource management. One of the primary purposes of the WETS CIPMS is to track the progress of 28 critical projects that are necessary to meet requirements enacted by California's Department of Public Health to improve the quality and safety of the state's water supply. Failure to complete the projects by the regulatory deadline could result in substantial fines and other penalties. Facing a variety of challenges to performance management visibility and reporting inefficiencies, the organization decided to implement an upgrade of their aging CIPMS which had originally been deployed in 2001. The upgrade, using EcoSys™ Enterprise Project Performance software as its central hub, created an integration, reporting, and analysis platform to address the demand for greater cost accountability and government reporting. CHALLENGES • Lengthy monthly procedures were required to capture, process, and reconcile data, including: actual costs and resources, budgets, forecasts, and earned value • Understanding project status was a tedious and time-consuming process • Quality assurance and data validation was difficult CASE STUDY

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