Wolfson Centre

Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership

For enquiries about this course, please contact Simon Gutteridge events@bulkterminals.org

This course is supported by The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology and Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA)

Course Programme

Day one: Nature of the Problem

  • Hall of Shame - examples of projects that have gone off the rails to a greater or lesser degree;
  • Quantifying how high the risk is - a review of the Rand Report findings;
  • Understanding why technical risk is so high with bulk solids handling projects;
  • Know Your Enemy - materials for design and for controlling technical risk

Day 2: Learning Lessons and Applying Best Practice

  • Practical approach to design to accommodate material characteristics;
  • The virtue of the bespoke suit over prêt-á-porter;
  • A project management approach is not enough - understanding the true cost of a solids handling system to a business;
  • Case Study: Drax Power Ecostore Project - a challenging project where some best practice techniques were used;

Both days will include discussion periods for questions and answer sessions with the presenters.

Why attend?

The operational requirements of the equipment to be supplied to bulk terminals is not always fully understood by either the buyers or the sellers; purchases are often made based on price rather than the suitability to the materials to be handled. This can then lead to additional costs to the business by way of down time in solving handling problems, increase in energy costs, maintenance and manning expenditure.

The objective of this course is to raise awareness amongst bulk terminal buyers of the requirements needed to operate successfully and for the equipment suppliers to understand the operational needs of the equipment they are supplying.

Course Presenters

To date the following presenters have agreed to participate. Others will be added as confirmation is received.

Professor Mike Bradley -  Director, The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich  / Chair of SHAPA

Ian Birkinshaw - General Secretary; Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA)

Charles Williams - Director, Promtek / Chair SHAPA Technical Committee

Further Information

For further information relating to this event, please contact the organiser, Simon Gutteridge, at events@bulkterminals.org