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Steelworks Tour – Time to Turn up the Heat!

19 Nov 2019 at 7:30 am - 6:00 pm AEDT

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Explore Australia’s largest steelmaking facility and learn how they integrate two major phases of production – ironmaking and steelmaking.
Transportation to and from venue provided.


The Institute is delighted to invite you to join a small group of members on a special CPD tour of Bluescope’s Port Kembla Steelworks. We will depart from Central Station ina charter coach and return to the city te same day. This guided tour through Australia’s largest steelworks will explore how the facility integrates two major phases of production on the one site – ironmaking and steelmaking.

The tour begins with the steelmaking process, looking at basic oxygen steelmaking, the hot strip mill and plate mill. We then head to Springhill to tour the paint line facilities to better understand how Colorbond® is manufactured. After lunch we will visit the Innovations Labs, where you’ll explore material testing and quality assurance.

This is a free event. Coach transport to and from Central Station, Sydney will also be provided at no cost.

This CPD tour is proudly supported by Bluescope. We would like to thank BlueScope for the learning opportunity and ongoing support of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Please read below tour requirements to ensure your safety inside of Steelworks.



  • Examine and understand various steel making processes.
  • Discuss innovation and sustainability throughout the life cycle of steel production at Bluescope.
  • Understand the importance of safety briefing and safety gear.



3.7 Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with project brief.

4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.



Safety requirements: An official BlueScope Steel tour guide conducts plant tours. It is a condition of entry to follow the tour guide’s instructions at all times. Participants are required to complete BlueScope Steel’s Safety induction prior to entering the Steelworks.

Tour participants must wear the personal protection equipment provided by BlueScope Steel: safety helmet, hearing protection, safety glasses and high-visibility vests. Long pants are required to enter the Steelworks. T- shirts or shorts are not allowed. The tour involves a fair amount of walking and stair climbing. Flat and fully enclosed footwear must be worn. High heels; open toed shoes, thongs and sandals are not permitted. Socks must be mid length and cover ankles.

Responsible behaviour and duty of disclosure: BlueScope Steel reserves the right to escort out individuals if they are considered to be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, or if their behaviour endangers the safety of the other participants and/or continues to interrupt the proceedings of the tour. Individuals taking medication or with medical conditions will need to advise BlueScope Steel personnel if there are any health issues during the induction.

Conditions of entry: No photography is permitted. For safety purposes, mobile phones with cameras or other recording equipment are not permitted within the plant. Mobile phones must be switched off during the tour and remain in the tour centre. Guides will collect phones at the start of the tour. No lighters are allowed anywhere inside the Steel Works.



7.30 am Central Station meeting point  (Forecourt Coach Bay 9)

7.45 am Depart Sydney

9.30 am Arrive at visitor centre

9.45 am Introduction and safety overview

10.00am Steel Making Process Tour

11.30am Travel to Springhill and Tour of Springhill Paint line facilities

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Travel to Innovation Labs and tour of facilities

3.30 pm Return to visitor centre

3.45 pm All groups return to Inside Industry to return PPE

4.00 pm Depart Port Kembla

ETA 5:30 – 6:00pm Central Station, Sydney



Andrew Collins

Andrew has worked at BlueScope (BHP Steel) for 23 years, in the areas of Coatings Research, Product Development, Warranty Development, and now leads the Coated Products Evaluation team. The Coated Products Evaluation team comprises 17 people who support our coated businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia by developing prototypes of new coated products, evaluating the performance of our coated products against AS/NZS 2728, and approving the launch of new products. In addition to a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Applied Statistics (Honours 1) from University of Wollongong. Andrew also obtained his MBA from Hitotsubashi University School of International Corporate Strategy, Tokyo in 2012

Eric Bradley

Commencing as a cadet, Eric has worked across a number of roles including research, coke research, mechanical testing, process chemistry, steelmaking specifications, metallography and service metallurgist (for BHP). In Eric’s 48-year career he was in optical & electron microscopy (TEM/ SEM/ EPMA – specialising in imaging/ microanalysis), heading up the Metallographic Investigations group at BlueScope’s Central Laboratory (failure and defect analysis/ segregation and inclusion control/ research and product development/ particulate emission work/ coatings technology) as Principal Metallurgist – Electron Optics. After retirement 10 years ago Eric has been contracting as an Inside Industry guide and is still an active NATA assessor for metallurgical microscopy labs.

Tour Guides

The tour will also be joined by members of Product Technical Representative Team to provide you with further knowledge and discussions.

Photography: Courtesy of BlueScope

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19 Nov 2019
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
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