Having successfully introduced Causeway Flow at its Belfast office, engineering consultancy RPS, a Tetra Tech company, is now in the process of rolling out this powerful tool as its main drainage design solution across the UK and Ireland.

RPS delivers high-end technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence, and government sectors. It has offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America. In 2022, the group was acquired by global water and environmental consultancy Tetra Tech.

RPS’s Belfast office was the first in the group to adopt Causeway Flow, a flexible hydraulic modelling solution for the design of optimal, compliant and cost-effective storm and foul water drainage networks.

Key reasons for spearheading this migration to Flow included seamless integration with existing workflows, including Civil 3D and AutoCAD, full BIM compliance and the productivity benefits enabled by intuitive tools and intelligent design automation. It also fully supports the design of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).

While it was RPS Belfast that initially spearheaded the digital transformation, Causeway Flow operates on a cloud-based flexible floating licence model, enabling teams to share licences and the software to be accessed across all offices.

Such was the power and flexibility of the solution that by late 2023, so many engineers were accessing Causeway Flow that Belfast’s licences were no longer sufficient and other RPS offices including Dublin, Birmingham and Newark decided to purchase their own.

Yalda Majdabadi, Senior Account Manager at Causeway, shared: “By the end of 2023, we had seen a 100% uplift in the number of licences used by RPS, and this is a clear indication of the benefits of floating licences.

“The ability to share licences that can be accessed from anywhere offers ultimate flexibility. And when demand begins to outstrip the number of licences in the pool, you simply add more. It is an inherently scalable solution.”

Causeway is also supporting RPS through staff learning and development, ensuring that engineers have the skills and knowledge to take full advantage of Flow. In 2023, they sent a number of their engineers for training sessions, focused on areas such as the deployment of SmartTools to tackle more challenging graphical design problems and the core requirements for modelling sustainable drainage systems. RPS will continue their commitment to professional growth in 2024.

“We're thrilled to continue our collaboration with RPS,” says Yalda Majdabadi. “As we welcome other offices into the Causeway family, I am excited about the potential of our partnership. RPS is an innovative business with a focus on problem-solving, and we are fully committed to providing the support they need to continue delivering high-quality engineering solutions”

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