Jinnan Steel Group needed to optimize a steelmaking and continuous casting plant’s industrial layout and achieve higher production quality, efficiency, and sustainability. The project includes installing a 150-ton converter, a molten iron desulphurization station, an LF furnace, and a 12-strand billet caster, with a total investment of CNY 700 million. As the general contractor, WISDRI faced technical and coordination challenges, compounded by limited space, a wide array of disciplines, and a tight schedule amid COVID-19. Additionally, they had to integrate existing production lines with the new construction. They sought to streamline workflows and identify risks in advance through collaborative design and construction simulation technology to meet the high standards of the client.
They selected ProjectWise and Bentley’s open modeling applications to digitally unify design among 16 different disciplines, which would give them a unified view of all 3D models. Strong visualization convinced the design team to use prefabricated components on some parts of the project. The open environment also helped them reduce ambiguity, improve communication among team members, lower risk, and improve design quality. By performing collision detection, they eliminated 66 clashes, saving approximately CNY 1.7 million and reducing the need for rework. Through construction simulation in SYNCHRO 4D, they cut the time needed for construction by over 30 days and saved an additional CNY 3 million while also improving safety. The integrated digital approach minimized the impact of the pandemic and facilitated the development of a technologically advanced, green, smart steel plant, promoting sustainable economic growth in the Quwo area.