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Tim Kirkness, WorleyParsons - BULK MATERIALS HANDLING – Engineering Responsibilities

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Tim Kirkness, Principal Mechanical Engineer, WorleyParsons delivered this presentation at the 10th Annual Bulk Materials Handling conference 2013. This conference is an expert led forum on the …

Tim Kirkness, Principal Mechanical Engineer, WorleyParsons delivered this presentation at the 10th Annual Bulk Materials Handling conference 2013. This conference is an expert led forum on the engineering behind the latest expansions and upgrades of bulk materials facilities. It also evaluates the latest engineering feats that are creating record levels of throughput whilst minimising downtime.

For more information on this conference, please vist http://www.informa.com.au/bmh2014

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  • 1. Engineering Responsibilities and Opportunities Bulk Materials Handling (as the example) Tim Kirkness – Principal Mechanical Engineer - WorleyParsons Materials Handling Week 3-6 June 2013
  • 2. Agenda  Overview  Safety Moment  Role Elements  Influencers on Engineering Role  Challenge © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Page #2 3-6 June 2013
  • 3. Moment Assumptions in Engineering
  • 4. Moment  What is an assumption?  “A thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof ” – Oxford Dictionary  Every Engineer has to make assumptions in order to solve a design problem. © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 5. Moment Common Reasons for Making Assumptions  Lack of information  To simplify a problem  Expert Judgment  Uncertainty in Design Requirements  Assumptions can be relative to a situation © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 6. Moment  Our Responsibility: Validation of Assumptions !! Zero harm to people and assets Zero environmental incidents © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 7. Overview - Bulk Materials Handling  Project Considerations  Project justification – Why ? Driver ?  Concept development  Technologies  Infrastructure requirements  Services needed © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Page #7 3-6 June 2013
  • 8. Overview - Bulk Materials Handling  Project Considerations - continued  Innovation  Political approval  Community impact  Funding requirements  Project Mgmt, Reporting  Documentation, QA © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Page #8 3-6 June 2013
  • 9. Overview - Bulk Materials Handling Project Size varies ..influencing the effort / expertise required Mega Project  New Mine  New Port Tiny  (capital) ….. potentially global locations Project Minor capital or operational sustaining project on mining site  New conveyor  Conveyor “fix” © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Page #9 3-6 June 2013
  • 10. Food for thought ! Who does BMH engineering ?   In house By consultant We “know” the engineer’s role … I want to stimulate you to think about yourself as an engineer  What role you do have vs want to have ?  Is there a gap ? How do the roles/functions that I outline apply to you ? © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 11. CURRENT CHALLENGES Global downturn Competition between corporations – normal Competition between consultants – intensified International competition – low cost resources from developing countries © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 12. CURRENT CHALLENGES - Continued With this competition  Why not simply repeat earlier designs ?    Simply tailor to new site - would save design costs ! BUT ….. replicates any inherent shortcomings Opportunity:  Identification of areas for improvement  Creating the improvement Challenge   to you Who are you as an engineer ? – Where do you fit ? What are you going to do to strengthen your position in the light of current challenges ?  Role options – you have a choice © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 13. Engineer's Fundamental Responsibilities #REF! 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 FUNCTIONALITY & COMPLIANCE © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 9 10
  • 14. Engineer's Total Responsibilities Non Technical #REF! 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 FUNCTIONALITY & COMPLIANCE Technical © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 9 10
  • 15. #REF! Resourcing Engineer's Non-Technical Responsibilities Non-Technical 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 FUNCTIONALITY & COMPLIANCE Technical © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 9 10
  • 16. #REF! Resourcing Engineer's Responsibilities Non-Technical 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 10 © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 17. Engineer's Technical Responsibilities Non-Technical #REF! 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 Constructability FUNCTIONALITY & COMPLIANCE Technical © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 9 10
  • 18. 6 1 7 Engineer's Responsibilities 8 Constructability FUNCTIONALITY & COMPLIANCE Technical © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 9 10
  • 19. #REF! Resourcing Engineer's Total Responsibilities Non-Technical 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 10 Constructability FUNCTIONALITY & COMPLIANCE Technical © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Balanced Solution Required
  • 20. What about Innovation ? Innovation may be applied in ANY or ALL Roles #REF! Resourcing Engineer's Total Responsibilities Non-Technical 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 10 Constructability FUNCTIONALITY & COMPLIANCE Technical Balanced Solution Required © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 It does cost time … which is money !! You need to demonstrate the benefits
  • 21. Influencers of the Engineering Role  Project Status Concept  Project size © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Execution
  • 22. Influencers of the Engineering Role  Engineering Organization Size & Structure  Engineering Criticality Parallel © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Serial
  • 23. Influencers of the Engineering Role In each of the areas the engineer’s role narrows from Project Engineer ………. to ……………. Design Engineer All (24) elements to Minimum of ??? Project Status: Concept to Project size: Small to Engineering Organisation Size: Small to Project Criticality: Non-critical to © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013 Final design Mega Large Highly Critical
  • 24. So what ? Where do you want to be in this range of roles ?  Small or Large Project ?  Project Management Focus ?  Technical Focus ? © Copyright WorleyParsons 2013
  • 25. “You can and you should shape your own future, because if you don’t someone else surely will !” Robert Barker
  • 26. Its YOUR future ! Thank You Tim Kirkness