JSC VNII Galurgii Wins Information Modelling and Design Category at First World Construction Championship


JSC VNII Galurgii, the leading Russian R&D and design institute for innovation in mining chemical feedstock, which collaborates closely with Uralkali on a number of projects, has won first prize in the ‘Information modelling and design’ category at the first World Construction Championship. The competition took place in Sochi, Russia from 20-23 April 2021, and was organized by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation and State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM.  JSC VNII Galurgii’s team also won a special prize awarded by Russian branch of Building Smart ‘For best practical application of the openBIM (Building Information Modelling) approach’.

Almost 500 industry experts from Russia, Egypt, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Belarus took part in the Championship finals, which included 19 different individual and team nominations. The teams that took part in the Championship were made up of employees from 17 companies involved in major infrastructural projects around the world.

Other event invitees included representatives from industrial construction companies, government agencies, and the wider professional community. The Championship venue was also home to corporate exhibitions by partner organizations.

Vitaly Lauk, Uralkali CEO and Chairman of the Board of JSC VNII Galurgii, commented:

Innovation is essential for the continued development of both the mining industry and the production of potash fertilizers. Uralkali continues to work well in tandem with JSC VNII Galurgii to implement major innovation projects, some of which are unique in the fertilizer industry.

Dmitry Shkuratsky, CEO of JSC VNII Galurgii, commented:

The Championship provided an excellent platform for displaying the achievements and professional capabilities of the construction industry. We are very pleased that our team received such high praise from the expert assessment panel for their work. We employ talented professionals who have unique expertise and experience which we put into practice by working with Uralkali – one of the world’s largest producers of potash fertilizers.


JSC VNII Galurgii JSC is a leading Russian R&D and design institute for conducting surveys and developing innovative technology for the extraction and processing of mining chemical feedstock. The company’s headquarters are in Perm but it also has offices in St. Petersburg and Berezniki.

The Institute is currently carrying out a series of studies looking into the safety of potash mining, and a detailed study of the geology, hydrogeology and hydrology of the Verkhnekamskoye potassium and magnesium deposit. The organization is also researching the intensification of potassium and carnallite ore processing, energy saving processes, development of new flotation chemicals and the processing of complex potassium ores. VNII Galurgii is also studying processes which can improve the quality of potash fertilizers to meet the increasingly stringent demands set by the global market. 

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com) is one of the world’s largest potash producers and exporters. The Company’s assets consist of 5 mines and 7 ore treatment plants in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm Region, Russia). Uralkali employs more than 12,000 people in the main production unit.