Ridley Agriproducts is Australia’s largest national provider of high performance animal nutrition solutions. In 2012, Ridley Agriproducts expanded its feed mill operations in Pakenham with a new $12.8 million mill to enable the production of more than 5,500 tonnes of feed per week. The new mill serves the greater Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula agricultural regions.
In the absence of a project architect WGE led the design and coordination of the buildings in conjunction with Johnstaff Projects.
The project consisted of the design and construction of two 14 metre high sheds with large clear span roofs and several shallow spread raft foundations supporting large silos (up to 360 tonnes). In addition to the structure and supporting building services, WGE also designed all the external pavements, conducting the necessary turning circle analyses and accounting for the required B-double traffic loading. The buildings were designed around the process equipment and necessitated significant coordination between the structure, building services and process engineering systems.
Some key initiatives undertaken:
- Finite element analyses were conducted for the design of the shallow raft foundations supporting the numerous silos. This analysis resulted in a solution that catered for the extremely poor site sub-soils and most efficiently utilised the structural materials required for the construction.
- Late in the project, WGE assisted the project engineers in the re-design and modification of a proprietary 25 metre tall steel tower to enable a speedier, pragmatic construction within the footprint of the mill buildings.
- The structure was fully documented in Revit and communicated with the process engineering models to enable quick and effective coordination between disciplines.
- The structural Revit model was subsequently imported into the steel fabricator’s Tekla model to fast-track the shop drawing process and fabrication of structural steel.
Ridley Agriproducts Feed Mill is a clear example of WGE’s ability to pro-actively liaise with project stakeholders to enable the delivery of efficient and pragmatic engineering solutions and ultimately create value for the end client.