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
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."
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
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
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].
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Source: Raglan Mine and BBA Inc.
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