BMA’S HAY POINT BERTH + SHIPLOADER How a model with 2,000+ functional 3D-printed parts “brought project planning to life”
BHP Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal is one of the largest coal export ports in the world. The Hay Point Coal Terminal processes coal from six of BMA’s Central Queensland mines—Goonyella Riverside, Broadmeadow, Daunia, Caval Ridge, Peak Downs, and Saraji.
To improve cyclone immunity and ensure the long-term sustainability of Hay Point Coal Terminal, BMA commenced a maintenance project to replace and upgrade one of the existing shiploaders and berths.
The BMA project team faced the challenge of efficiently and effectively communicating to contracted technical experts the existing structure, connections, and unique berth and shiploader components. The 3D model facilitated a greater understanding of the execution tasks, allowing the project team members to visualise tasks while increasing hazard and risk awareness. Access to a physical model enabled a comprehensive understanding of the scope, as well as the safety focused construction simulations and plans.
Read more on Waterline’s 3D PRINTING + ASSET MODELLING services on BMA’s Hay Point Shiploader and Berth Replacement (SABR) Project, and how it helped with collaboration and understanding of the complexities of the project scope.
Every berth and shiploader has unique connection details, components and structural features. This means even highly-experienced technical experts must spend significant time familiarising themselves with a new project to understand the unique challenges arising from its construction.
Proposed plans for disassembly, reconstruction and upgrades must be verified for viability and optimum efficiency.
Traditionally, this means relying on over 500+ existing 2D drawings and 3D modelling. This was making productive collaborative discussions between contractors difficult and time-consuming, especially where challenging concepts could not be effectively explained or easily understood.