Ferro-Nickel Mining Complex

Interactive 3D Model

Timeline: March 2014 – August 2014
Country: Indonesia
City: Sulawesi


Vi Holding arranges for nickel ore mining and processing in Indonesia. The project covering field development and the construction of the plant for processing ore into ferronickel next to the field is expected to be implemented in the province of Southeast Sulawesi. It is planned to increase the ore production to 2.65 million tonnes per year and nickel production up to 30 thousand tonnes (nickel in ferronickel) stage by stage. Prior to this project, Vi Holding established the Indonesian Nickel Cakrawala subsidiary in Indonesia that soon will proceed to registration of the land plot for construction of the plant.

Project Mission

The construction of modern mining plants is quite a comprehensive project which means involving a large number of various experts. Thus, communications between the project team, plant’s customers, public authorities, and other parties become very complicated and result in significant communication overhead expenses.
Establishing a single point of communication is a solution to this problem.

Project objectives

1. To establish effective communications between project engineers and customers for the purpose of efficient decision-making
2. To checking for design errors on the computer model prior to the plant construction
3. To demonstrate the project to the top public officials of the Russian Federation and Indonesia


A detailed three-dimensional model of the plant that can be thoroughly viewed from the first-person perspective was created to address the project objectives. Modelling is performed to comply with the engineering drawings and exhibits the integrated plant to the smallest detail. Additionally, the model dynamically shows production processes, including the movement of personnel and transport. The information describing current production processes and the know-how implemented in this complex is attached to all production units.
In addition, the stages of construction of the integrated plant are demonstrated, and the real terrain around the plant is reproduced.

A special website was created for the convenience of public hearing so that any resident could download the software and get convinced that the project would not be dangerous for the environment and could meet all construction standards.

Project Features


Achieving high accuracy and reliability became possible due to the establishment of a single project team that included both developers and customers. The project was developed within the record shortest period of 2 months

Project Results

Near 10% of the initial proposal has been changed in the project due to identifying the design errors in the model.

The complex has been successfully demonstrated to the top public officials of Russia and Indonesia

The project has successfully passed public hearings in the region.