Our approach

Our left-brain-right-brain ethos.

Developing complex water systems is quite a scientific, left-brain engineering challenge. However, like all the most innovative solutions, ours are the result of creative, right-brain thinking too.

At OneStone, we are more than technical consultants. Our people are problem solvers. We focus on the details, but first, we look at the big picture. Looking beyond the immediate scope of the project at hand, beyond the practicalities of the short term to design water systems fit for a future where water is more precious than ever before.

By doing this, we’re able to apply our expertise to a broad range of water systems, including water and wastewater transfer systems, borefields and mine dewatering systems.

We think creatively, collaboratively, and practically, with our peers and even more so with our clients’, following a clearly defined 5 step process.

1) Define the challenge.

First, we start with a briefing session. That encompasses a face-to-face meeting with all those involved where we clearly define the scope of your project. This involves understanding where the project sits within the wider strategic context and understanding the objectives linked to the scope of works so that we can clearly agree and clarify all items upfront.

2) Explore the situation.

We review the issue and available data from all viewpoints, holistically, not just in isolation. All stakeholders are then engaged to broaden everyone’s understanding of the project scope, desired outcomes, and any potential implications are clearly outlined and discussed.

3) Generate solutions.

Drawing on our technical knowledge, we then use our left-brain-right-brain ethos to get creative, brainstorming a range of ideas and concepts. We then refine the solutions based on our knowledge of your objectives and broader strategic goals.

4) Select and develop.

Selection comes next. We develop one or two solutions, creating computer simulations which enable us to weigh up the pros and cons of different options with you. We run scenarios, assess system behaviour, and clarify cost and performance implications.

5) Implement and monitor.

With the ideal solution modelled and tested electronically, we lastly move into the implementation phase. This is where we test the system’s behaviour in the field to assess whether it is delivering what was expected before it’s commissioned.