July 29, 2019 McDowall Affleck

CBH Group sought to improve the efficiency of the Brookton grain handling site through reviews conducted on all site infrastructure, layouts and operational practices. Several solutions were designed to provide the most effective methods to reduce time to load haul trains to achieve future capacity targets. The concepts incorporated configuration changes to rail, storage, equipment and operational practices.
Type of Engineering Work – Civil Engineering – Industrial & Mining
Work Timeframe – April 2018 to July 2018
Construction Value Approx $20m
McDowall Affleck Contact Helen Millen
Scope of Work
• Site inspection
• Road and rail assessment
• Conveyor capacity assessment
• Constraint assessment
• Concept development to loading efficiency
• Provision of feasibility estimates
Project Challenges
• Ability to modify rail tracks to improve efficiency were restricted due to land ownership
• Existing conveyor systems were unable to achieve capacity targets
How we managed this
• Recommendations to obtain additional land to optimise rail transport, reducing shunting impact on local traffic
• Increasing over rail storage capacity and conveyor speed allowed for the CBH Group to reduce load out times to meet capacity targets
Value Engineering
• McDowall Affleck provided extensive research and modelling that allowed the CBH Group to select a concept solution that met the future capacity targets while improving site operations