BHP Billiton Copper Mine

  • Location: Miami, AZ
  • Client: BHP Billition

Project Highlights

  • Evaluation of 45 structures
  • Flexible project management to meet accelerated schedule
  • Full-time onsite project manager


The BHP Copper Mine had been out of commission for more than a decade, when Meyer Borgman Johnson was charged with the evaluation of the mine’s 45 existing structures. Working closely with contractor and owner, MBJ led the review process, which focused on life safety and operational reliability. The final report and cost estimate prepared by MBJ assisted BHP in determining capital costs associated with re-opening the mine. On March 1, 2013, MBJ was directed to proceed with the restart project and provide substantial completion of construction in six short months. The original design and construction schedule was more than one year in duration. To meet the schedule, we formed three teams and relocated our project manager full-time to the site, delivering design, fabrication drawings, and construction observation services using a flexible, just-in-time delivery system, which often times paralleled construction. The project demonstrates how successful change management leadership produces exceptional value to the owner and stakeholders.