Retrospective future proofing of a copper mine: Quantification of errors and omissions in ‘As-built’ documentation

Peter E.D. Love, Jingyang Zhou, Jane Matthews, Chun Pong Sing

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A Systems Information Model (SIM) was used to retrospectively create a connected system to ensure all physical equipment and the associated connections that were constructed are modelled in an object-orientated database. In creating the SIM, the existing errors and omissions in the ‘As-built’ documentation were quantified, and cost savings that could be achieved for a future planned copper mine, with a similar design, were identified. The limitations of using conventional computer-aided-design (CAD) to design and document EICS are discussed. It is recommended that retrospectively creating a SIM can provide owners and operators with significant productivity benefits as well as ensure the asset's integrity. The case study presented provides asset owners and operators with the empirical evidence to challenge conventional thinking surrounding the design, engineering and documentation of EICS using CAD and alternatively consider the use of SIM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-423
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • Copper mine
  • Errors
  • Omissions
  • Systems information model
  • ‘As-built’

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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