Once again, BBA receives top honours at the Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois

BBA was awarded the prestigious Léonard prize in the Telecommunications and New Technologies category

MONT-SAINT-HILAIRE, QC, June 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The consulting engineering firm BBA was awarded the Léonard prize in Telecommunications and New Technologies during the Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois 2013, which took place on June 11 at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montréal. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the consulting engineering firm has won top honours.

BBA received this prize thanks to the project Control optimization of a SAG mill using fuzzy logic developed for Raglan Mine. As part of this daring project, BBA innovated by creating an intelligent control system with fuzzy logic, an approach still relatively unknown in North America and rarely used with programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Since this project was carried out, Raglan Mine has been able to count on more stable equipment to transform its mineral, which improves the company's operations while reducing both operating costs and the mine's environmental footprint. BBA's technological solution is a model for the future in the field of advanced control.

"We are very proud to have contributed to this innovative and technologically challenging project," says Steeve Fiset, President and CEO of BBA. "This solution enables the improvement of ore grinding and other operations where fuzzy logic might be truly useful."

"This project is a great example of partnership between a client and a supplier," adds Michael J. Welch, Vice-President of Raglan Mine. "Well orchestrated, this complementary expertise has given our people a better system better than any other currently found in the market. It has also given them the independence they needed to keep operations and equipment running smoothly."

About BBA
For over 30 years, BBA has been offering a wide range of consulting engineering and project management services, from project definition to commissioning. The firm's expertise is recognized in the fields of energy, mining and metals, and oil, gas and chemicals. BBA relies on a team of seasoned experts to transform complex problems into practical, innovative and sustainable solutions.

BBA is supported by a network of offices across Canada to better serve its clients and carry out mandates at the local, national and international levels.

About Raglan Mine
Raglan Mine, a Glencore company, is located at the extreme limit of Northern Québec, operates four mines, which are some of the richest resource base-metal mines in the world. Since we began production in 1997, our total yearly output has increased gradually to 1.3 million tonnes of ore. Our facilities include four underground mines, a concentrator, a power plant, administrative and accommodation facilities, a fresh water supply source and fuel tanks. Our workforce includes almost 1,000 full-time workers, many of whom come from local Inuit communities.

About the Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Created in 2003 by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Québec (ACEQ), the Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois aims to promote best practices in project delivery. The evaluation criteria include the consulting engineer's approach to the project, human resources management, the project's features, impact on the profession, and inclusion of sustainable development principles. For full contest details and to learn more about the nominated projects, visit http://www.aicq.qc.ca/grands-prix/2013/edition-onze [in French only].

SOURCE: BBA

For further information:

Source: Raglan Mine and BBA Inc.
For further information:
BBA Inc.
Roseline Simard
Senior Advisor, Communications
450 464-2111, ext. 8975
roseline.simard@bba.ca

Raglan Mine:
Céliane Dorval
Coordinator, Communications and External Relations
450 668-2112, ext. 6247
cedorval@xstratanickel.ca

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