Operation and maintenance (O&M) service contracts for water and sewer systems have increased considerably in the United States over the last 20 years. Successful O&M contract establishment requires a reasonable estimation of the O&M service contract coupled with a reliable risk-hedging mechanism, such as a ceiling agreement. Because the accurate valuation of an O&M contract is substantially influenced by the future O&M cost, which is subject to the future performance of the system, it is crucial that contracting parties develop realistic O&M cost scenarios based on a sound deterioration model. This study provides a real option-based methodology for the valuation of O&M contracts by modeling future O&M cost scenarios using deterioration models. Using sensitivity analyses, this study also investigates how surrounding conditions and negotiation options could affect the valuation of O&M contracts. The proposed methodology is expected to assist contracting parties in developing a fair and attractive O&M service contract.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Water Science and Technology