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Lessons Learned

The table below covers a list of key project learnings that should be reviewed prior to any bulk materials handling project starting.




Lessons Learned
Check head clearance on all platforms.
Ensure lifting lugs are suitably sized.
Do not use drawing sheets , ensure that every drawing has a unique number. i.e Do not use Sheet 1 of 2 etc.
When creating and storing PDF or Native drawings, do not use a REV indicator on the file name. Only use the file name and save revisions separately elsewhere.
Ensure that all civil bases include X Y Z Set out points from a known , measurable datum.
Cable racks can be expensive to move during refurbishment and SIB projects. Ensure that rack interfaces are understood when caring out site modifications. They can have notable impacts on the schedule.
Retrofitting of a chute can lead to multiple interface locations, which when fabrication and construction error combine can lead to interference during installation. As such ensure that allowance for a minimum of 35mm in X, Y and Z can be achieved in the ...
If design work is going to be delayed an assumption must be made, tested and agreed upon in order to proceed with design work to minimize project delays. Ensure these assumptions are captured.
The relationship between the Bill of quantities and the scope of work is the primary project quality driver, all engineers need to sign off the SOW prior to the development of the BOQ. Ideally the BOQ should be reviewed by the entire project team.
Ensure that the Conveyor General Arrangements include site plan with Compass rose indicating the prevailing wind.
Ensure that there is a walk side and maintenance side conveyor walkway on steel gantries with different widths to reduce total steel costs.
In the event of the installation of 2 or more Hydraulic power packs being located in the same area , they should be separated by a fire break or through physical distance to reduce the fire hazard and down time.
Care should be taken that all Civil drawings have clear SOP points.
Hydraulic systems to include over temperature shut off controls.
When using a screw take-up at a loading point, as the pulley location can move, any loading done at this point should be designed to suit this movement. i.e. any fines catchment should be onto the belt with the screw in its lowest adjustment.
Drawing Numbering and the drawing register should be prepared in conjunction with the work breakdown structure. This should include all project documentation and deliverables.
Ensure contractor is notified of areas that will require rehabilitation on completion of installation contract , and that allowance for this rehabilitation is included in the bill.
All electrical equipment should have phases balanced, specifically single-phase equipment (e.g. Lighting, field points).
Ensure that all area lighting is placed at a suitable distance from Day-light switches. Ensure that this is verified during commissioning and fully tested at night.
Shift changeovers have low electrical power usage, and as such should be structured to fall under peak electrical usage cost periods.
As built drawings associated with electrical cables, particularly buried cables can have present significant operational safety risks on a plant or mine, should they be incorrectly captured or updated.


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