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BBA Selects Intergraph® SmartPlant® 3D for Metals and Mining Projects


Engineering and design capabilities accelerate project delivery and ensure consistency across designs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – BBA, an independent Canadian consulting engineering firm active in the international energy and mining and metals sectors, has completed the design of its first project for Consolidated Thompson, the Bloom Lake project in Northern Quebec, with Intergraph®’s SmartPlant® 3D design solution.

BBA was selected to design the iron ore mine at Bloom Lake in 2006, and selected Intergraph SmartPlant 3D to execute the project. Since the successful completion of Bloom Lake with SmartPlant 3D, BBA has begun modeling on its next project, a gold mine for Osisko Mining, called Canadian Malartic, also using SmartPlant 3D.

BBA chose SmartPlant 3D because it is well-suited for the specific challenges related to metals and mining projects – large and complex equipment and very mining-oriented specifications for components. The software’s rule-based design and specification-driven capabilities provide true discipline integration into a single 3D modeling environment, minimizing rework for changes and ensuring consistency across designs.

SmartPlant 3D is the industry’s only next-generation data-centric 3D design system for the process, marine and power industries. It is the most productive, highest quality, multi-discipline 3D modeling environment in the world for global multi-office execution of projects.

“We are pleased with the results that we have achieved so far with SmartPlant 3D, and are excited about moving forward with it on future projects,” said Steeve Fiset, president and CEO of BBA. “By adapting SmartPlan 3D to the mining industry, we add to our high value engineering a very efficient design capacity and provide our customers with a timely and cost-effective project execution with an extremely low re-work level at site.”

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine president, said, “BBA demonstrates how SmartPlant 3D can benefit companies of all sizes and in all industries to be more competitive using this next-generation technology. And as SmartPlant 3D becomes the industry-standard for large EPC and owner operators, it gives smaller and midsize companies the opportunity to be on the same footing with their larger competitors.”

SmartPlant 3D is the multi-purpose design solution within Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise solutions suite. SmartPlant Enterprise provides full design, construction, materials and engineering data management capabilities needed for the creation, safe operation and maintenance, and capital Project Life Cycle Management (cPLM) of large-scale process, power, marine and offshore projects. The software’s life cycle data management also enables a smoother handover for EPCs to owner operators and for owner operators to more easily maintain, refurbish or modify their plants.

The ARC Advisory Group in its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013 ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall worldwide leader in engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) and for key industries, including metals and mining. For news and views for the process, power and marine industries, visit Intergraph’s blog at

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About BBA
BBA is an independent Canadian consulting engineering firm operating internationally. Its team is composed of highly-qualified experts in several engineering disciplines including electrical, civil, mechanical, industrial data processing, mining, metallurgical processes, automation, and construction management. BBA is particularly active in the energy and mining and metals sectors.

From a project’s definition to its commissioning, BBA offers a complete range of services including consulting, studies, engineering, design, commissioning, and delivery in EPCM mode (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management).

About Intergraph
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit


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