Roy Hill / Samsung / Thiess


Materials Management Logistics Tracking Project Manning 3D Modelling Laydown Yard Management


18 months

Year Completed:


Roy Hill is an iron ore mining project in the Chichester Range in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, located 115 kilometres north of Newman and 277 kilometres south of Port Hedland.

TracBASE was approached by Thiess Pty Ltd as soon as they were given the contract by head contractor Samsung C&T on the $10bn Roy Hill Project.

The job involved gathering as much information as possible from the fabrication and supply-chain for all materials required to construct the job. Initially TracBASE was built around the structural steel data extracted by the TracBASE team from various NavisWorks and Takraf models.

TracBASE was used to track all material onto the project – Structural Mechanical; Piping; Electrical; Instrumentation.

The Roy Hill site consisted of;

  • 3 Crushing stations – each with a primary and secondary crusher
  • 15 conveyor systems
  • 1 fixed stacker
  • 5 Course Ore Stockpile vaults
  • 5 conveyors into the Wet Scrubbing Building
  • 3 Dry Screen Building
  • 3 Tertiary Crushing systems
  • 5 Desands buildings
  • 3 Thickeners
  • 1 Fines Stacker
  • 1 Course Stacker
  • 1 Reclaimer
  • 1 Flocculant system
  • 1 Coagulant system

The majority of structural steel came from Thailand and comprised of 11 vessel shipments arriving at Port Hedland. The long journey from the Port to site was a slow process with some modules travelling at 30kph over the 320km journey to site

The mechanical components of the project came from all over the World with the bulk coming form Germany; Japan and the East coast of Australia.

After the initial data extraction from the models, TracBASE mobilised staff on site to manage the project. The amount of materials incoming would vary from a small truck right up to 30 trailers fully loaded.

All incoming material was checked by the logistics team, then barcoded and scanned with the location details and which laydown it was in. In total, there were 15 laydown areas across the project site that spanned 5 kilometres.

With the supply of project material spanning over 12 months, site engineers were able to log into TracBASE and see what material was on site. This allowed the Project Managers to give direction to the construction team to work on areas where more material was on site.

TracBASE was also used to track progress on the supply and installation of all the Instrumentation.