Field Trip to Australian Mining Area
From May 18th to May 23rd of 2014, a team of professional led by Mr. Bill Wild, HKND Chief Project Advisor visited Australian coal mines. The team, consisted of researchers and technicians from China Railway SIYUAN Survey and Design Group, Changjiang Institute of Survey, Planning, Design and Research, and XCMG visited 3 coal mines in Australia including Clermont, Lake Vermont and Goonyella. The team had important discussions on the Nicaragua Canal Project related to engineering issues with MEC, a company that boasts profound experiences in the field of engineering construction. Mr. Simon Cohn, Managing Director of MEC accompanied the delegation during its visit. During the discussion, HKND showcased its commitment to environment protection and safety operation by elaborating its specific measures that they would put in place, meanwhile the Australian companies all expressed their great interest in participating and contributing to the construction of the Canal Project.
The total amount of earth-rock excavation of the Nicaragua Canal Project is estimated at around 4 billion cubic meters and it is expected to be completed in 5 years. This unique project has the following features: huge excavation quantity, high intensity excavation, short construction period, complex topography, multiple construction fronts and varied geological conditions. Therefore, by hiring proper construction machinery and equipment, proposing reasonable and feasible construction plans, and implementing scientific construction organization and efficient organizational management, it will help to save construction investment and facilitate construction activities.
Through the site visits and technical exchanges, the team also acquired knowledge of Australian coal mine production, technical equipment, large mining machinery performance and the management practices.
Thanks to the efforts of both HKND and MEC, the visit was highly effective and fruitful, and the target was met. It has laid a sound technical foundation for construction efficiency improvement and engineering investment cutting through construction technology and management optimization and proper construction machinery organization.