The Wiley & Co team were awarded the 2007 National Professional Excellence in Building Awards at a gala dinner held in Melbourne on Friday, 21st September 2007.
Wiley & Co won the coveted technology and innovation category which was awarded to project director Graham Harvey, for the Australia Meat Holdings (AMH) project, Beef City Boning Room, located west of Toowoomba, Queensland.
Beef City's existing Boning Room had deteriorated over its 30+ years and its existing status was severely limiting its production potential and not complying with food processing standards in a business that incorporates a cattle feedlot, beef abattoir and processing plant.
AMH approached Wiley to assemble a project team to pre-engineer a state of the art Boning Room, delivering from design criteria a target number of cuts per minute through vacuum sealing equipment and the resulting cartons per minute of chilled and frozen product.
To achieve this, an upgrade of the existing building and services was required along with the incorporation of an extension to facilitate the new expanded boning process allowing AMH to now hold 24 000 head of cattle, processing through the abattoir at a rate of 900 head a day, five days a week.
Graham Harvey was surprised to receive this award at the national level, which include the South East Asia region, considering the high calibre of the other entries from Kangan Batman TAFE Automotive Centre, Bangkok Airport and Kiss Project Software.
The key objectives of the project:
- To increase the flexibility and capacity of the Boning Room to process more cuts of beef and additional value added products
- Streamline process and product flows through the Boning Room
- Rectify the elements within the existing Boning Room that did not comply with AQIS requirements being the sandwich panel ceiling, refrigeration system, cleaning systems or sanitisation of equipment
- The plant to maintain full production at all times with no loss of production or down time due to the construction works
Wiley took single-point responsibility for the project construction and equipment components and project management strategies were formulated to match the deliverable objectives required.
This award is a solid example of the benefits of Wiley & Co's innovative approach to the project's design, construction and process engineering.