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ERP system for Thames Tideway

20 Aug 15 Thames Tideway Tunnel, the company set up to build London’s 25km super-sewer, has set up a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

The super sewer will help prevent sewage overflowing into the River Thames
The super sewer will help prevent sewage overflowing into the River Thames

The NetSuite OneWorld was implemented at Thames Tideway Tunnel by Accenture to provide integrated IT operations for the super sewer project. The system will support the core finance, financial planning and procurement functions, including financial consolidation, multicurrency and tax compliance.

“An agile and intuitive back-office IT system is critical for effective management and delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Robin Johns, head of information systems at Thames Tideway Tunnel. “We selected Accenture to help us with this implementation based on its extensive experience with NetSuite cloud ERP technology and complex system integrations. We also chose Accenture for its ability to offer practical solutions to deliver an IT platform that will help facilitate financing and construction of the super sewer, while keeping costs down for customers.”

Maureen Costello, managing director of Accenture’s utilities practice in the UK and Ireland, said, “The NetSuite platform will enable Thames Tideway Tunnel to streamline its core operations and make faster and more-informed business decisions based on real-time data. This is the first implementation of a true multi-tenant cloud-based ERP system at a regulated utility in the UK and demonstrates the company’s innovative approach and commitment to efficiently manage the delivery of this capital project.”

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Last month Thames Tideway Tunnel announced that it had selected Amey for its system integration contract, responsible for providing process control and communication equipment and software systems for operation, maintenance and reporting across the Thames Tideway Tunnel system once commissioned. Along with the three main works contractors, Amey will become part of this alliance when contracts are signed.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel will run for 25 km (15 miles), largely beneath the bed of the River Thames, from Acton in the west to Abbey Mills near Stratford in the east. There it will join up with the Lee Tunnel, currently under construction by Thames Water.

Construction of the £4.2bn project (2011 prices) will be under three main contracts.  The construction preferred bidders were announced in February 2015, with BMB JV (BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty) selected for the West contract, FLO JV (Ferrovial Agroman UK and Laing O'Rourke Construction) for the Central contract and CVB JV (Costain Vinci Construction Grands Projects and Bachy Soletanche) for the East contract.  Construction is expected to start in 2016 and be completed in 2023. 


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