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Citic Heavy Industries uses BIM tech to deliver green cement factory


Fujian Jianfu Cement initiated construction of a green, smart cement factory with a daily production capacity of 4,500 tons.

The USD$135.96-million-project required design and layout of the entire equipment system, and integrating process parameters and data related to equipment operations to achieve intelligent plant management.

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

“We needed to deliver a parametric equipment design system, green cement factory system, and an intelligent cement plant system,” said Ruan Jian, BIM Director of Innovation Institute, Citic. To achieve their deliverables, they required a cloud-based, collaborative platform and integrated BIM applications to coordinate multidiscipline design, generate the equipment models, and incorporate artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, maximizing data potential for lifecycle operations.

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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 whole collaborative design and construction processes for intelligent delivery of the project,” said Jian.

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