INNOVATION IN METALS AND MINING
Hatch Africa (Pty) Ltd
New Tripper 2A at Saldanha Iron Ore Ship Loading Facility
Saldanha, South Africa
the design and construction of a new tripper at the iron ore ship loading
facility at Saldanha Bay ensured the continued ability to export iron ore
from South Africa, critical since this facility is the sole export point of iron
ore. Space constraints required the new tripper to be constructed on the
western point of the existing pier, and all components and equipment had to
be transported underneath the existing ship loader. Because of the structural
failure of old tripper 2a during the planned decommissioning of tripper 1a, the
swift rebuild of tripper 2a was the project’s main objective to minimize the
impact on ore production.
Hatch combined the design and engineering phases of the project using
Bentley technologies. The animation of the construction sequence assisted
in carefully planning the construction of the equipment and was invaluable
in meeting the schedule. Without the import and animation capabilities of
MicroStation, the construction study could not have been completed on time,
critical schedule enhancements could not have been made, and the total
project duration of 10 months from engineering to commissioning would not
have been possible.
ALSO NOMINATED IN SPECIAL CATEGORY: COMMUNICATING THROUGH VISUALIZATION
MMX Mineracao e Metalicos S.A.
Sistema MMX Minas-Rio
Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo, Brazil
the Sistema Minas-rio mine is projected to produce nearly 27 million metric
tons of iron ore when it reaches full capacity by 2011. The operation will
ensure an efficient export corridor for center-west and southeast Brazil,
spurring the nation’s economic growth. This project is particularly noteworthy
for its vast reserves in Minas Gerais state, which might hold 2 billion tons of
with the tools to coordinate, control, and automate the vast information flow.
For instance, when MMX received a new package of documents, these tools
automatically checked the integrity of the information before sending the new
documents to related disciplines.
Due to the size of the project – the system encompasses the mine, benefit
plant, slurry pipeline, benefit plant at the port, and the port itself – MMX
needed to subcontract several EPCs and equipment providers, supplying
hundreds of thousands of files to MMX engineers. Project Wise provided MMX
Project Wise customization allowed MMX to manage the design process
through production, approval, and release of all documentation needed to
conceptualize, fabricate, and construct the Minas-Rio project. All project
milestone dates were accomplished using Project Wise through the web,
enabling MMX to integrate more than 100 third-party companies with
effective time gains and a low operational cost.
ALSO NOMINATED IN SPECIAL CATEGORY: CONNECTING PROJECT TEAMS