GHD Adds Value to Mining Projects with BIM
GHD has a strong team of people located in Newcastle,
Singleton and Gunnedah who support existing mining operations, mine
expansions and establishment of new greenfield mines.
On many projects, GHD's local team is making extensive use
of Building Information Modelling (BIM), a leading engineering
modeling technique, to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients.
BIM is unique as it allows all facets of mine site engineering to
be brought together into one dynamic three-dimensional model. The
model can highlight issues associated with the site's geometry and
geographic information as well as the spatial relationships,
quantities and properties of infrastructure components before a
bull dozer even scrapes the surface.
Dan Sutcliffe, GHD's Energy and Resources Manager said
"All involved can view and interact with the proposed facility's
life cycle, including the processes of construction and facility
operation, well before construction begins. This builds stronger
ownership across the project team and adds significant rigor to the
"Traditionally, project teams have had to overcome the
challenges associated with integrating the components of t he
design as they arise during construction or operation. As BIM
generates one three-dimensional model, it can greatly reduce the
time and cost involved in site exploration, design and planning,"
Robin Ackhurst, one of GHD's project managers who
brings 20 years' experience to such projects said, "In real terms,
BIM allows us to extract design quantities, understand the shared
properties of the development including any 'clashes' and identify
additional scopes of work prior to construction - potentially
avoiding expensive re-work."
Thinking further ahead, BIM can simulate a facility's
operations to identify its future asset management needs and
upgrades, without starting from scratch. This means that the model
can remain active and contribute to the success of a project over
its entire life.
(Source: Sep 2011 Isuue, Hunter Business Review, GHD adds
value to mining projects with BIM)
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