MATERIALS, METAL & MINING
Whenever a new mine or metal plant is built, heavy lifting and transportation are key factors in the overall project schedule. By working with a dedicated heavy lifting partner from the planning and design stages, different construction techniques can be considered and ways can be found to shorten the critical path. Often times, building a new base part – consisting of the construction units themselves and large-scale process machinery – can be more efficient off-site. As heavy lifting and transport engineers assist in the design of these structures, they can recommend features that make prefabricating and transporting them possible, rather than mounting them in place. Building in a controlled environment means that weather conditions, workforce availability and safety issues are less likely to delay work. This is especially relevant as more and more mines and metal processing facilities are being established in increasingly remote locations such as the Arctic, in the desert or in the jungle, where all these elements appear. Time and money can be saved on construction, and the facility can go into production earlier to turn the investment into a profit.