Keeping to deadlines and budget is critical so, when the call comes to mobilise to a new site for a new project, you are going to want to look at ways to save time and money. This will include thinking about the strategies behind making sure that you have the proper covering for plant, equipment, bulk goods and your staff.
Protection from natural weather conditions such as dust storms, torrential downpours, and unbearable energy draining heat should be of concern.
You may be deploying to a region similar to Marble Bar, the Pilbara Region Western Australia, which has an arid climate with very hot summers and mild to warm winters.
Marble Bar actually set a world record of the most consecutive days of maximum temperatures of 37.8 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) or more, during a period of 160 such days. During December and January, temperatures in excess of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) are common, and the average maximum temperature exceeds normal human body temperature for 6 months each year.
- Have you ever been the first to site?
- How do you plan to keep dry when it rains?
- Where would you Shelter when there is a dust storm blowing?
- Where do you go to stay cool when the temperatures are soaring over 42 degrees?
Setting up a sheltered base, a Command Post, whilst you are preparing the site for the rest of the staff, contractors, plant, equipment, supplies and services will help you towards meeting your deadlines by creating a dry work area to stay productive during negative weather conditions.
At some stage you will be ready to deploy all your staff and resources to site. Whether the task involves construction, road building, pipe laying, drilling or even blasting, the benefits from having a shelter system strategy in mind will alleviate much of the downtime by being organised.
On looking at your vehicles, one of the positive impacts of having adequate cover for them will be a cost benefit as it may lead to lower insurance premiums and reduce the depreciation due to them not being weather damaged.
When assessing what size shelters you will need to cover your vehicles there are many aspects that will be needed to be considered like, how much space will I need?;
- How high are my vehicles?
- How many vehicles do I want to put in the shelter?
- How much space do I need on each side of the vehicle?
- Do I want to only use the shelter for vehicles?
As supplies arrive having a sheltered laydown area is important as in some areas of Australia the weather can turn at a moment’s notice where you may end up with water or dust damaged goods.
What is sometimes a common practice in the supply chain is to drop it and sort it out later approach and then either warehouse it or transport it.
At some stage you are going to want to store your bulk goods and critical parts keeping them dry and away from the elements of the weather.
Maybe even add some racking for essential spares…
As you are becoming more established you will probably need a range of workshops to suit your ever changing requirements.
Our range of small shelters have been developed for the following uses;
- Light Vehicle Maintenance
- Small Boilermaker Workshop
- Small Parts Storage
- Office and Crib Room Facility
Our range of medium shelters have been developed for the following uses;
- Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
- Large Equipment Assembly
- Sandblasting and Painting
- Washdown Area
- Body Building and Refurbishment
- Refuelling and Lubrication Bay
- Laydown and Warehouse Facility
- Helicopter and Plane Hangars
Our range of large shelters have been developed for the following uses;
- Dump truck maintenance – with the body-up
- Crane Workshop
- Powershovel/Excavator Facility
Last, but not least, Essential Services like a Rescue Chopper, Hazmat Vehicles, Fire Vehicles or even an aircraft may also require covering. Having somewhere to protect these from the elements is essential.
SUMMARY & THE SOLUTION
So, keeping dry when it rains, knowing where to shelter when there is a dust storm blowing and where to go to stay cool when the temperatures are soaring over 42 degrees is no problems when you have invested in an Allshelter System.
What this means is that you should be able to keep your deadlines and stay within your budget.
Points That Matter
- An Allshelter is over 15 degrees cooler in the hotter months
- An Allshelter is wind rated for your region and can be manufactured to handle over 300km/h cyclonic winds without having to remove the cover.
- An Allshelter has natural ventilation allowing no build up of toxic, irritating or dangerous odours.
- Having a semi translucent fabric covering an Allshelter allows an even spread of natural light.
- The cover of an Allshelter gives Ultra Violet Ray Protection
The consequences of not having the proper shelter strategy in place means:
- Production may be reduced due to wet weather
- Your workforce may suffer fatigue quicker due to the heat
- Your bulk goods may be weather damaged due to a lack of protection from the elements
- Your spare parts, plant and equipment may become waterlogged or even clogged with mud or full of dust
which may effect you staying on time and keeping to your deadline.
Other areas you may wish to consider is after the accommodation units have been installed you may have a requirement for covered walkways, covered emergency areas or even a covered activities area.