Daniel Sá

Senior Pipeline Designer

Daniel Sá is a Senior Pipeline Designer who joined Ausenco as a trainee in 2007.
Based
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Languages
English, Portuguese

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Daniel has 14 years of experience in the design and commissioning of slurry and water pipelines, actively participating in hydraulic calculations, mass balance, project procedures, flowcharts, reading and interpretation of drawings and flowcharts.

Over the past 14 years at Ausenco, Daniel has been a member of the pipeline process team, developing innovative slurry pipeline projects for transporting concentrates and water through long-distance pipelines. He also developed design criteria, mass balance, process flowcharts and engineering flowcharts as well as technical reports with calculation memory and hydraulic transient, data sheets and technical specifications, among other less common documents.

He is also developing new systems with lower acquisition and operation costs. Project highlights have included the conceptual, basic and detailed engineering for Hydro tailings pipeline (bauxite) with a length of 8 km, and a reclaimed water pipeline with an extension of 1.6 km, located in Paragominas, PA.

“I’m proud to have worked on this project and be involved in all phases including construction and commissioning acting in the assembly support and during commissioning in the control of the pumped material, analysing pumping data, stop and restart tests, training for tailings pipeline operators, operation assistance, and participation in the preparation of the operation manual. This project uses laminar flow pumping and it was the first project with these characteristics to be developed in our Brazil office.”

Accompanying the construction and commissioning of Hydro’s 8 km long tailings pipeline extension, Daniels’ expertise can be seen on many projects including:

  • MBR slurry pipeline commissioning - Member of the process team in control of the pumped material, analysing the pumping data stop and re-start tests, providing training for the pipeline operators, operation assistance and participation in the creation of the operation manual.
  • Samarco (3rd slurry pipeline): Basic and detailed engineering for Samarco's iron ore concentrate pipeline, with a length of 400 km; contributed to design criteria, mass balance, process flowcharts and engineering flowcharts as well as technical reports with calculation memory, data sheets and technical specifications, among other less common documents.
  • Anglo American, Minas- Rio slurry pipeline– World’s longest iron concentrate pipeline, 530km and 24.5Mtpy. Contributed to design criteria, mass balance, process flowcharts and engineering flowcharts as well as technical reports with calculation memory, data sheets and technical specifications, among other less common documents.

Daniel has published three research articles contributing to the pipeline industry:

  • VIDAL, Alisson.; CHAPMAN, J.P.; LIMA, Rafael.; SÁ, Daniel. “Coarse Iron Concentrate Slurry Transportation.” Rio Pipeline Conference and Exposition 2011, Rio de Janeiro. September 20-22, 2011
  • VIDAL, Alisson.; CHAPMAN, J.P.; LIMA, Rafael.; DUARTE, Hevaldo.; SÁ, Daniel. “Challenges in the design of tailings disposal.” Rio Pipeline Conference and Exposition 2013, Rio de Janeiro. September 24-26, 2013
  • LARA, A. F. M de; CHAPMAN, J.; VIDAL, A. M.; LIMA, R. C.; SÁ, Daniel. “Pumping foamy slurries – Chemical treatment for optimized operation.” Rio Pipeline and Exposition 2015, Rio de Janeiro.