Citic Heavy Industries uses BIM technology to deliver a green cement plant

Fujian Jianfu Cement has launched the construction of a smart green cement plant with a daily production capacity of 4,500 tons.

The US$135.96 million project required the design and layout of the entire equipment system, as well as the integration of process parameters and data related to equipment operations to achieve a smart factory management.

Citic Heavy Industries was engaged to provide overall engineering design, procurement, construction and delivery of the plant. The large-scale, full-process cement manufacturing project involved working with multiple engineering disciplines, which presented technical and coordination challenges. They soon realized that conventional design and construction methods would not deliver the smart, energy-efficient factory.

“We were to provide parametric equipment design system, green cement plant system and smart cement plant system,” said Ruan Jian, BIM Director of Innovation Institute, Citic. To achieve their deliverables, they needed a cloud-based collaborative platform and integrated BIM applications to coordinate multidisciplinary design, generate equipment models, and integrate artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. thereby maximizing data potential for lifecycle operations.

Citic used Bentley’s collaborative BIM technology to integrate 3D parametric design of the main equipment, perform construction simulation and generate a full-process green cement production plant with intelligent controls.

“We used Bentley software for the entire collaborative design and construction process for smart project delivery,” Jian said.

Citic has also developed a 3D parametric equipment design system to meet rapid design needs and accommodate different design specifications. Using ProjectWise as a collaborative engineering platform, they created a 3D digital design and construction management system. The system allowed them to visualize and synchronize design modeling and construction, streamlining workflows to avoid design collisions.

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