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Fortis Designs an Equipment Retrieval Skid Platform

Designed by Fortis, the Retrieval Skid Platform was created with a series of snatch blocks for the retrieval of heavy equipment including Scoop Trams and other various machines in underground conditions where the drift or passage has collapsed and machine is unable to drive out with its own power. The Skid Platform is designed to increase the power output by a factor of 8 and decrease the pull speed by the same factor of 8. The Retrieval Skid Platform successfully extracted a scoop out of a drift at a Northern Cameco Uranium mine. The previous method of extractions would have typically involved bolting d-plates to the wall. The Retrieval Skid Platform increases the safety of equipment retrieval and has low failure rates. 






Lifting Lug & Monorail Material Handling Solution

Fortis Mining, Engineering & Manufacturing was recently contracted by SaskPower to complete a comprehensive Lifting Lug & Monorail Remediation project at the Shand Power Station. The project consisted of multiple components including: 1) inspecting, load testing and certifying existing lifting lugs and monorails within the plant to bring them to current client and occupational health and safety standards; 2) adding or modifying supporting structural steel to existing lifting lugs and monorails followed by the load testing and certification of the device; and 3) Installation of new lifting devices and monorails including all supporting structural steel installations, load testing and certifying of the new lifting devices.  The total project consisted of 244 items including 219 Lifting Lugs and 25 Monorails. This included 18 New Lifting Lug Installations, the inspection and testing of 184 existing lugs, the installation of 9 new monorails, and the inspection, testing, and painting of 15 existing monorails.

As part of the project execution, Fortis was responsible for completing all structural detailing, providing certified shop and erection drawings, fabrication of all structural steel, installation of all structural steel and lifting devices, load testing of all components, and generating test reports and turnover documentation for the client. Fortis also designed and fabricated custom sized weld and bolt-on lifting lugs in-house for the project to suit applicable site standards and colour coding.

                To ensure quality of products provided an Inspection Test Plan was developed to ensure compliance to applicable standards and specifications. Fortis also developed a comprehensive digital and physical turnover package including all relevant company and personnel certifications, project registers, executed ITP and check sheets, as-built/redline drawings, procedures and manuals, and all other quality documentation compiled.

                Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing has achieved and maintained ISO 9001 Quality Management, 14001 Environmental Management and OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Management Certifications.