Information management to improve project coordination

February 4th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Sirius Minerals aims to be a leading producer of multi-nutrient fertiliser, with its immediate focus being the development of its North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project in the UK. The project involves the construction of an underground mine, a 37 km tunnel for the transportation of ore, and infrastructure for processing and shipping up to 20-million tonnes per annum of Polyhalite at full production. Coordination between the various parts of the infrastructure and the contractors involved is critical to the construction programme. For Sirius Minerals to make better informed decisions about how the mine needs to be engineered now and operated in the future, they have chosen to develop a building information model (BIM) that will incorporate documentation, non-graphical information and 3D graphical models. BIM will see the centralisation of information and the development of an intuitive project wide model. Sirius selected Turner and Townsend to help develop the knowledge management strategy and identify the key information and protocols that will enable effective BIM technologies. The starting point has been to prepare the supply chain for the demands of the model, and then to develop a platform that offers a central view of the construction to improve collaboration between stakeholders.

Contact Cari Drysdale, Turner & Townsend, Tel 011 214-1622,

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