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Bluefield Research’s podcast series breaks down the biggest and smallest events signaling change and opportunity across the global water landscape. From municipal to industrial, vendor to utility, local, state or even globally focused, the Future of Water is a source of critical insights into company strategies, market shifts, and emerging opportunities for key stakeholders.

The Future of Water, released twice a month, is presented by Reese Tisdale and Bluefield's team of water experts willing to showcase their analysis about all the ways in which companies, utilities, and people are addressing the challenges and opportunities in water.

To learn more about Bluefield Research visit: www.bluefieldresearch.com.
Contact us at podcasts@bluefieldresearch.com with any topic suggestions or requests for information.

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Bluefield Research’s podcast series breaks down the biggest and smallest events signaling change and opportunity across the global water landscape. From municipal to industrial, vendor to utility, local, state or even globally focused, the Future of Water is a source of critical insights into company strategies, market shifts, and emerging opportunities for key stakeholders.

The Future of Water, released twice a month, is presented by Reese Tisdale and Bluefield's team of water experts willing to showcase their analysis about all the ways in which companies, utilities, and people are addressing the challenges and opportunities in water.

To learn more about Bluefield Research visit: www.bluefieldresearch.com.
Contact us at podcasts@bluefieldresearch.com with any topic suggestions or requests for information.

    Emerging Trends and Foreign Investment Opportunities in Spain's Water Market

    Emerging Trends and Foreign Investment Opportunities in Spain's Water Market

    Spain’s water sector has evolved in light of the country's unique challenges such as extensive infrastructure buildout in recent decades, population boom, economic recessions, and persistent droughts. Despite these hurdles, Spain has made notable strides in areas including desalination, water management, and technology adoption.



    VP & Managing Director Keith Hays and Analyst Maria Cardenal from Bluefield's Europe team sit down with Podcast Host and Bluefield President & CEO Reese Tisdale. Together, they explore three major trends shaping the Spanish water sector: digitalization, smart water management, and the circular economy.



    In addition to these trends, Bluefield's Europe water experts delve into several key topics:




    Main challenges facing Spain's water sector, and how they are being addressed



    The size of Spain’s water sector, including its relativity to other countries in Europe



    Government policies and regulations that could influence the development of the water sector moving forward



    Prominent key players in the Spanish water sector—utilities, technology providers, and consulting firms



    Opportunities for foreign investors and companies looking to enter the Spanish water market




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    Related Research & Analysis:




    Spain Municipal Water Market Overview



    Europe Municipal Water & Wastewater: CAPEX Market Forecasts, 2024–2030

    • 38 min
    How Would a Potential Schneider-Bentley Deal Shake Up the Water Sector?

    How Would a Potential Schneider-Bentley Deal Shake Up the Water Sector?

    Update: As of 23 May 2024, deal talks between Schneider Electric and Bentley Systems have ended, with no plans to move forward with an acquisition.

    Schneider Electric and Bentley have confirmed ongoing discussions regarding a potential acquisition, marking a significant development in the water industry. With Bentley's market value estimated at approximately US$16 billion, the prospective deal would provide large ramifications across various industries where both companies operate.



    While both Schneider and Bentley are prominent players in the digital water realm, other companies including Cadence Design Systems and Siemens could be in the mix as well.



    In this episode, podcast host Reese Tisdale is joined by Bluefield's Senior Research Director Eric Bindler, and Digital Water Analyst Christine Ow, to explore the potential ripple effect of a Schneider-Bentley deal on the water industry:




    Enhancing Operational Efficiency: The convergence of Bentley and Schneider would facilitate the transition from design to operations, unlocking efficiencies throughout the value chain. Their combined expertise would offer a suite of products, bridging crucial gaps in the industry.



    Altering the Competitive Landscape: Schneider's diverse portfolio spans various sectors. The integration of Bentley would further strengthen their standing within the water industry, challenging established players.



    Navigating Integration Challenges: Beyond the strategic benefits, the acquisition presents integration complexities, including aligning customer bases and merging company cultures.




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    Related Research & Analysis:




    Schneider Pursues Bentley, Rounding Out Water Offerings



    Modeling Software Players Weigh Growth Options



    Idrica Tapped to Integrate Xylem Digital Water Portfolio



    Oldcastle Cements Digital Water Strategy via Partnerships and M&A

    • 46 min
    Regulating PFAS in Drinking Water: Who Will Bear the Burden?

    Regulating PFAS in Drinking Water: Who Will Bear the Burden?

    Bluefield's latest remediation forecast for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) has surged to US$13.5 billion by 2030 in the wake of anticipated maximum contamination limits (MCLs) for drinking water and a significant legal settlement involving 3M in South Carolina. Now, with the EPA confirming these unprecedented contaminant limits, a fresh wave of discussions emerge, touching upon the EPA's authority, states' rights, and the subsequent course of action including the management and responsibility of biosolids disposal—who's ultimately responsible?



    In this episode, Podcast Host Reese Tisdale engages in a deep dive discussion with Bluefield's Senior Research Director, Greg Goodwin (a.k.a. Bluefield's policy watcher), exploring recent policy developments regulating 'forever chemicals' in drinking water and their potential ramifications on regulatory frameworks. Key talking points cover what is PFAS (for anyone not in the know), the implications of the EPA establishing its new MCLs for PFAS, the ripple effects on wastewater, and the potential influence of upcoming elections on these policies.



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    Related Research & Analysis:




    State of the Market: PFAS Policy Landscape, Forecasts, and Competitive Analysis



    3M Windfall for PFAS Impacted Water Systems



    Europe to Ramp Up PFAS Water Regulations

    • 27 min
    AI Opportunities and Impacts for Utility Construction Firms in Water

    AI Opportunities and Impacts for Utility Construction Firms in Water

    While artificial intelligence (AI) has indeed become a prevalent buzzword in many regards, capturing headlines over the past 12 to 18 months, its potential impact remains significant. There are real applications and impacts that are unfolding for AI, including those in the water and wastewater sectors. In the U.S. utility construction sector—which is facing chronic labor shortages amid historic levels of federal infrastructure investment—AI can serve as a powerful tool for increasing productivity, efficiency, and safety on worksites and in back offices alike.



    In this episode, Reese Tisdale speaks with Bluefield's Senior Research Director Eric Bindler who recently presented on AI to to the National Utility of Contractors Association (NUCA). Eric answers 3 major questions:




    What is AI and its implications for the construction industry?



    What is AI's potential impact on jobs?



    What are the applications and who are some companies active in the AI space?




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    Related Research & Analysis:




    AI in the Utility Construction Industry: Key Market Trends, Applications & Best Practices



    Digital Water: Key Trends, Project Activity, and Market Outlook, Q1 2024

    • 53 min
    The Emergence of Collaborative Delivery for Water

    The Emergence of Collaborative Delivery for Water

    Public sector water and wastewater project owners, engineering & design firms, and contractors are facing cost overruns, schedule delays, and contractual disputes that are slowing the execution and delivery of critical infrastructure.



    These factors have prompted the development of new policies and project experiences, accelerating collaborative project delivery approaches. The methods include design-build, progressive design-build, construction manager at-risk approaches, and public-private partnerships.



    Reese Tisdale is joined by Bluefield Senior Analyst Charlie Suse to discuss his recent analysis of collaborative delivery and its growing impact on water and wastewater infrastructure buildout in the U.S. Charlie outlines three main factors driving interest and policy changes in collaborative delivery:




    Legislative momentum



    Demonstrated activity and a growing portfolio of projects



    Other factors such as utilities’ financial constraints, aging infrastructure, regulatory pressure, and climate change




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    Collaborative Project Delivery: State Policies and Market Trends for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

    • 26 min
    IIJA Project Funding Update: Where Are the Dollars Now?

    IIJA Project Funding Update: Where Are the Dollars Now?

    A number of Bluefield clients have enquired about the status of IIJA project funds. Each program stands in terms of four funding phases: appropriated, announced, obligated, outlaid. Podcast host Reese Tisdale is joined by Bluefield Senior Analyst Isabel Kezman to discuss recent analysis of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. In this episode, Bluefield's water experts speak on the pace of project activity and funding timeline from its legislation in November 2021 to now.



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    Related Research & Analysis:




    Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act: Tracking the Spending, Q1 2024



    IIJA Aims to Reduce Backlog of U.S. Tribal Water, Sewer Infrastructure Needs



    The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA): Breaking Down the Water Funding

    • 41 min

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