Largest Coal Rail Terminal featured on PBS’s “America Revealed”


As featured on the PBS program “America Revealed” on 26 April, 2012, one of the largest coal rail terminals in the world, designed by Consultec, was profiled in detail. See the attached link, minutes 13:00 to 20:00.

To meet the growing demand for energy, coal from this western US coal mine is loaded on rail cars at the astonishing rate of 70 tons in 10 seconds. This is the equivalent of 8 million tons per month making it one of the largest coal terminals in the world!

However such flow rates pose significant engineering challenges. A reliable discharge system needed to be designed that could deal with the difficult flow properties of coal. After a detailed flowablility analysis, design of the unique withdrawal hopper and concrete silo was done with particular geometric properties and lined with special materials to promote mass flow.

As a fast track project, detail design was done in four months to enable a 12 month overall construction schedule.

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Consultec and CPI announce strategic partnership to deliver international full service engineering

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Consultec and CPI (Cement Performance International) are pleased to announce the formation of a single strategic partnership that will leverage the skills and accumulated experience of the two companies to deliver an international full service cement engineering capability to clients in the cement and minerals processing industries.


Consultec, headquartered in Canada, has been offering integrated engineering solutions for cement and mining projects for over 35 years. Together with their subsidiary, Walter Dow Associates, Consultec has developed an international reputation for excellence and innovation in delivering multi-disciplinary engineering around the world. Consultec