INNOVATION IN STRuCTuRAL ENgINEERINg
Stopford Projects Ltd
tata soda Ash plant
The 19th century soda ash plant in Winnington,
United Kingdom, consists of a 10-story chemical
processing building covering 6,000 square meters
of floor area. Stopford projects was commissioned
to conduct a structural survey as part of an ongoing
asset management and maintenance strategy.
The resulting intelligent 3D model enabled rapid
and precise mapping of the entire structure and
supported future plant maintenance.
The survey team inspected approximately 5,750
individual structural elements and prepared
comprehensive documentation, with every element
photographed, assessed, numbered, and recorded
on drawings. All secondary steelwork was also
inspected, including platforms, walkways, concrete
floors, and other load-bearing elements. Survey
results were mapped and evaluated for corrosion
levels on individual components.
Stopford projects converted archival plant drawings
into a 3D model and then mapped the degraded
sections to create a visual representation for
use in development of maintenance plans. more
than 10,000 structural elements were modeled in
proSteel and 2,500 metric tons of iron pipe were
modeled in Autopl An T. The model was easily
modified as site surveys reported as-built conditions,
producing an adaptable tool for the client.