As part of the Advitech group, a leader in innovative technical solutions, Advitech provides consulting services in engineering design, design certification, 3D CAD drafting, engineering support, project management, risk management and functional safety.
When conveyor and building structures at a major coal-handling facility required assessment to confirm that they would be economically operational for the planned life of the plant, Advitech was called in to advise. Access to all areas of the structure to inspect and assess the structural integrity and material quality, was a challenge, as was the discovery of significant areas of corrosion within critical structures. These required priority design assessment and site recti cation to preserve the facility’s short-term life and allow production to continue.
Advitech developed an inspection regime and a prioritised structural assessment plan to systematically evaluate the critical loads and potential failure regions of each structure. Structural design modelling, load assessment and material quality evaluation determined the structural integrity and a design life. Inventor CAD models of the structures were created to allow steelwork modifications to be designed and construction drawings to be prepared.
Throughout this process, Advitech structural engineers provided regular site inspection and assistance with site rectifications. The structural assets were evaluated, design life determined, damaged areas of steelwork rectified, and a regime of ongoing inspections and monitoring of surface treatment was established to protect the asset value and operational integrity.
This Case Study was originally published on Austrade within the Coal Supply Chain Report.
This industry capability report provides an overview of Australian capability across the coal supply chain, including products and services that span the entire supply chain, as well as research and innovation to help maximise productivity, efficiency and sustainability.