ideas*, an Australian engineering services firm, used Inventor software to develop the world’s most advanced construction recycling facility. ideas* designed and engineered the facility for the Alex Fraser Group. The size of four football fields, the new facility uses the most modern technology to more efficiently recycle unprecedented volumes of discarded construction and demolition materials. Since products made from recycled concrete have 65% less carbon impact than products made from quarried stone, the recycling plant promises to reduce the environmental impact of construction projects throughout Australia.
Design work on the project was subcontracted to 14 different fabricators. Inventor provided a central management point for the different teams, facilitating design revisions across the entire project.
Accordingi to Michael Percy, managing director of ideas*, “All team members used Inventor to create digital prototypes, enabling faster design decisions and improvements earlier in, and throughout, the design process. The result was an improved system, with less costly rework and modifications during installation and commissioning.”
Key plant features designed with the software include a “dual jaw crusher” for breaking down construction materials into smaller chunks, a comprehensive multilayered separation system, and a high-capacity “pug mill” for grinding and mixing materials to form road base materials. The collaborative approach taken by ideas* and its extended team enabled the entire project to be installed within 10 months of the first designs.
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