NZIOB Webinar: Application of Digital Engineering in the Water Sector


Farzam Falzardi of Beca made NZIOB history in August by being the first winner of the Innovation Category at the NZIOB’s annual awards programme who has gone on to become the Supreme Winner of the event. 

Farzam’s winning of the Supreme Award at the 2021 New Zealand Building Industry Awards created a great deal of interest in how the innovation he had developed worked, and how the use of that innovation had led to such a dramatic reduction in actual construction duration of a major project versus the timeframe forecasted for the project using traditional delivery methods. This webinar will showcase all of that. 

The R2R Programme 

Auckland is expanding rapidly. Essential infrastructure needs to keep pace with this growth, including the water supply network. That’s why Watercare commenced The Waikato River to Redoubt (R2R) Programme to deliver an additional 50 million litres of treated water per day from Waikato River to Auckland. 

The fast-track nature of the R2R Programme presented several challenges to design, consenting, and construction teams. The Programme needed to be procured, designed, consented, constructed, and commissioned in parallel and within 12 months’ time frame to meet Watercare’s target operational date in line with predicted lake storage forecasts. 

Watercare, and its partners Beca, Fletcher Construction Company Ltd (FCC), and Fulton Hogan (FH), recognised the criticality of implementing effective digital engineering (DE) processes to achieve the outcomes of the Programme. 

2021 New Zealand Building Industry Awards Supreme Winner, Farzam Farzadi of Beca, along with Sven Harlos of Watercare Services will share their experiences about innovations that were developed to implement effective digital engineering approaches for the R2R Programme. The webinar will cover the project challenges they faced and the outcome of the Programme. 


  • Farzam Farzadi, Associate – Digital Engineering Advisory, Beca 
  • Sven Harlos, Programme Manager – Waikato River to Redoubt, Watercare Services Ltd 

5:00pm, Wed 3 Nov

Free for NZIOB Members / $25 + GST for Non-Members

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