Engineering the Digital Water Future: EPC Firms’ Evolving Market Strategies

3 Oct 2022
Includes 20 company profiles / 38 pages
Available with corporate subscription

Engineering consultancies (EPCs) serve as key gatekeepers and technical advisors in the water sector, influencing utilities’ system designs, bid specifications, and procurement decisions. Like the rest of the industry, they are being forced to adapt to the growing role of digital water & wastewater technologies penetrating their spheres of influence. In response to this shifting landscape, select EPCs are taking on new roles as digital water solutions providers, offering implementation & integration services and, in some cases, selling in-house software directly to utility and industrial end-users.

Drawing on Bluefield’s proprietary project and M&A databases, primary research, and market analysis, this Insight Report evaluates the digital water strategies of leading global engineering consultancies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The analysis focuses on digital water offerings and capabilities, market entry strategies, organizational structures, and geographic footprints, to better understand these firms’ unique positions in an accelerating digital market. 

Table of Contents

Section 1: EPC Drivers for Digital Transformation

  • Digital Water a High Growth Area in Slower-Moving Water Industry
  • Digital Tech Disrupts Traditional EPC Roles, Opening New Opportunities
  • EPCs Rationalize Footprints After Wave of Consolidation
  • COVID-19 Pushes Utilities, Consultancies Toward Digitalization
  • Workforce Shortages Impacting Digital Strategy
  • Digital Water Requires Rethink of EPC Business Model, Strategy, and Structure

Section 2: EPC Strategies & Competitive Positioning

  • Defining Strategic Positions in the Digital Water Market
  • Competitive Positioning of EPCs in the Digital Water Market
  • EPCs Draw on Diverse Strategies to Develop Digital Water Capabilities
  • EPCs Leverage Balance Sheets to Gain Entry to Digital Water Market
  • EPCs Seek Digital Differentiation with Unique Capabilities, Solution Sets
  • EPCs Revamp Organizational Structure to Enable Digital Innovation
  • Geographic Footprints Shape Digital Water Offerings

Section 3: Company Profiles

  • Acciona
  • Arcadis
  • Black & Veatch
  • Brown & Caldwell
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Carollo Engineers
  • CDM Smith
  • GHD Group
  • Hazen and Sawyer
  • Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Ramboll
  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • RSK Group
  • SNC-Lavalin
  • Stantec
  • Tetra Tech
  • Woodard & Curran
  • WSP

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