New Malt Handling Facility - ConGra

Project:     New Malt Handling Facility

Client:       Canada Malting Co. Limited (now GrainCorp Malt)

Location:   Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Canada Malting Co. Limited (GrainCorp) -- Calgary, Alberta

CMC Engineering and Management Ltd. was awarded the contract for project management, detailed engineering design, procurement, construction supervision, and automation software development for this facility.

A new malt workhouse designed to handle all cleaning and shipping requirements on a single shift per day/5 day per week basis, and with the following features:

  • Selectable precleaning capabilities,
  • Unattended transferring of new malt receipts on a round-the-clock basis,
  • Direct transferring from malt cleaners to batch scales to rail cars and trucks.

New material handling systems on a network of overhead galleries and tunnels to integrate the new facilities with the old ones.

Revised power distribution system including a new 15kV/600V substation.

Automation (plant operation, scheduling and MIS) of all new facilities and part of the old ones using PLCs, personal computers, mini computers, and colour VDT MMIs.

This multi-year endeavour involved fast-tracking of all activities in order to minimize the payback periods as well as the requirement to keep the plant operating while the modifications were being carried out.  This latter function required the need to carefully identify the disruption points to the plant operation and to retain contingency plans for each of these disruption points.

As a result, the Project Management Services were particularly intensive and included the following activities:

  • Budgeting;
  • Scheduling;
  • Cost Control;
  • Project Administration;
  • Construction Management.