LCC / cost analyses

The most important choices are made with regards to the availability and maintenance costs of our infrastructure during the design phase. This involves questions like ‘should the viaduct be constructed as 2×1 or 2×2?’, ‘should we go for a bridge or aqueduct’ and ‘if the decision is taken made to build the bridge, should it be made of steel, concrete or plastic?’. However, availability, maintenance costs and remaining lifetime also play’s a major role in the usage phase, during which the focus is on questions such as ‘is it cost effective to replace the bridge compared to carrying out major maintenance work to reinforce it?’.

Wagemaker has the necessary practical knowledge and qualitative design capacity to back up these choices. In this way we can ensure that civil engineering structures are a sustainable investment.

Wagemaker does so by using the 2010 Standard System for Cost Estimates [Standaardsystematiek Kostenramingen 2010] (SSK-2010) to draw up a clear estimate of the costs. The presentation and communication method is reported clearly using CROW Publication 137.

In order to gain a proper insight into all the costs of a structure, it is essential to determine the Life Cycle Cost (LCC). The construction, maintenance and conserviation costs, along with the reinvestment at the end of the technical life, are important in order to be able to make a properly substantiated investment decision and to underpin the annual maintenance costs.

Jan-Willem Alberts

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Jan-Willem Alberts

Manager Procurement and Contracting