Building information modeling, digital twins create green, smart cement factory
Pictures and models have been used to design every type of costly and complex construction throughout human history. More recently, increasingly dynamic simulations and digital twin software are processing data close enough to real-time to also optimize assets and operations.
For instance, to transform China’s building materials manufacturing industry, Fujian Ansha Jianfu Cement Co. in Yongan, Fujian, China, recently started building a new, green/sustainable, smart cement factory with a daily production capacity of 4,500 tons. The almost $136 million project required design and layout of its entire equipment system, as well as integrating various process parameters and data related to equipment operations to achieve intelligent plant management.
As a leading cement industry equipment and solutions supplier, Citic Heavy Industries Ltd. in Beijing was contracted to provide overall engineering design, procurement, construction and delivery of the new factory. This large-scale, full-process cement manufacturing project included working with multiple engineering disciplines, which presented coordination and technical challenges. In addition, Citic reports it soon learned that conventional design and construction methods wouldn’t accommodate the construction and delivery of Fujian Ansha’s smart, energy-efficient factory.