Industrial Utility Efficiency

Brown and Caldwell Bolsters Utility Optimization with BC:Opta

Leading environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell announced the launch of BC:Opta, its unique approach to utility optimization for a more effective future. Faced with challenges from aging assets, drought, storm surges, and increasing regulations to replacing skills of a retiring workforce and budget limitations, improving utility performance for short- and long-term success is an ongoing prospect for utilities.

Water utilities to make the most of their operations, asset lifecycle, and organization through a unique framework of people+technology+adoption.

The BC:Opta approach encompasses a three-part framework: people+technology+adoption, beginning with Brown and Caldwell’s deep subject matter expertise and, if applicable, employing proven or innovative technologies. The key step involves empowering a utility’s lasting adoption of an optimized solution to fully realize immediate impacts and improved performance.

Powered by process and utility performance expertise; and often supported by advanced analytics, automation technologies, and digital twins, BC:Opta outcomes include: operational performance (Reduced energy and chemical usage; better process strategies; enhanced resource utilization; expanded plant capacities; and cost-effective, sustainable performance improvements across operations), infrastructure strategy (Comprehensive asset and maintenance management; capital program delivery; and enhanced data management strategies to achieve improved asset life and cost of ownership at risk levels acceptable to customers, communities, and regulators.) and enterprise resiliency (Improved business processes, employee skills development, integrated planning across utility functions, management strategy, and knowledge retention.)

By embracing BC:Opta, utilities have a unique opportunity to enhance processes, shift expenditures, better align staff resources, and meet evolving customer needs as said by Brown and Caldwell Utility Performance Practice Lead Jeff Theerman, “As an industry, we know we need to get better, but how should we do it? It’s not that we must do more with less; it’s that we must do more with the same capital, operating budgets, and staff. The answer is in optimization.”

About Brown and Caldwell
Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., Brown and Caldwell is a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm with 52 offices and 1,700 professionals across North America and the Pacific. For more than 70 years, our creative solutions have helped municipalities, private industry, and government agencies successfully overcome their most challenging water and environmental obstacles. As an employee-owned company, Brown and Caldwell is passionate about exceeding our clients’ expectations and making a difference for our employees, our communities, and our environment. For more information, visit