For the second year in a row, Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A. receives an ACEC National Engineering Excellence Award

Washington, D.C. – On April 29th, 2014 at the Engineering Excellence Gala, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) presented a National Recognition Award in Engineering Excellence to Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A. for the Statewide Water Audit Training Program developed and implemented in the State of Georgia. This 2014 award comes on the heels of Cavanaugh’s Engineering Excellence Award in 2013 in the field of BioEnergy. The winning program encompassed a 10-month progressive training approach uniquely designed for 100 small water systems and is setting a precedent by effectively personalizing group and regional training so each system can evaluate their own data, obtain follow-up assistance, have one-on-one interaction with trainers, and establish a mechanism for learning reinforcement once the program was complete. Cavanaugh selected CH2M HILL to team up on this program which was financed through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and the Environmental Protection Division. The highly successful program resulted in 100% compliance of the participating systems with the state mandate for validated audit submittals.

Through the program each water utility learned industry best-practices for water loss accounting and methods for managing those losses in their systems. As water shortages and drought conditions continue to rise, the importance of water efficiency practices becomes increasingly inevitable. These 100 systems have now moved beyond attempting to measure performance by the outdated, imprecise and generally inherited term “Unaccounted for Water,” and are embracing bench-marking and true indicators of performance.

It truly was an honor to be back in Washington, DC at the Grand Hyatt for the Engineering Excellence Award Gala and after dinner party. To be named as a National Award winner 2 years in a row certainly is an honor. Probably even more exciting was the joy of being there with a great client – Jason Bodwell, SRF program manager for the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA). It was exciting to introduce Jason to the American Council of Engineering Companies top brass and to see some fantastic projects from around the world. The great thing about “the academy awards of engineering” is you truly get to see the best, the brightest and the innovations of creative thought coming to light through the projects. Cavanaugh will continue to work on those opportunities that offer the ability to promote stewardship, innovation, and provide a lasting impact across the globe. We’ve got some great ones in the hopper for years to come.

You can learn more about this award winning program here.

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