Tritton saw an opportunity to reopen one of their underground mining sites. To facilitate this, they wanted to set up a workshop near the entrance of the mine which would allow for easy operations as well as maintenance and repair of the necessary equipment.
To house this workshop, they needed a strong, convenient, and quick to set up structure. A fabric shelter offered the perfect solution.
Reopening an underground mine requires the use of capital-intensive and often large machinery. It is often not feasible to house such machinery away from the work site. Tritton could not use its existing infrastructure because it was too distant and already too crowded.
They wanted to set up the workshop near the entrance of the access tunnel, which was at the bottom of an old pit. Their requirements for the workshop were:
- It should be able to efficiently house the maintenance and repair of the equipment
- It should provide a safe place for people and everyday operations. Must be able to withstand harsh weather conditions
- As time is critical, the workshop should be set up in a short time frame
- It should be strong as mining operations are rarely gentle
There was an additional challenge- the ground where the workshop was to be built had recently been levelled and was already overburdened. It was not possible to dig deep for laying the foundation of the workshop structure. Any structure built on top MUST have shallow foundations.
There were people at Tritton who had dealt with our team before and who trusted our products and the services we provided. They were happy to refer us and willing to vouch for us.
It was not a surprise then that Allshelter was chosen for the project.
Our shelter specialists visited the site and worked with the mining and earth moving contractors to understand in detail what they were looking for. Based on the client requirements, site specifications and the detailed feasibility study undertaken, our solution was:
- A custom designed container inside-mounted shelter (20m wide x 12.19m long x 8.32m high)
- Engineered for Wind Region A- Withstand winds of up to 147km/h
- We added to the shelter- partial end walls and doorways, tropical roof and gutter systems and personal access doors for safer access for the workforce
- Thanks to the large front door opening- All equipment can be easily driven into the shelter
- The custom design allowed for a shallow yet strong foundation
- Custom Banner: We added the logo of the parent company to the fabric cover. The company logo is now visible to all air traffic over the site!
- Our team also installed the shelter and all accessories allowing Tritton to focus on its own tasks
- As time was of the essence, we reduced our manufacture lead time from the usual 6 weeks to 3 weeks, a 50% reduction
- The whole project was completed (manufacturing, shipping, and installation) within an impressive 5-week timeframe!
The container mounted shelter is currently being used by the site’s mining contractor as a workshop:
- For managing the mine reopening operations. The containers were modified to be used as offices and for additional storage. No extra buildings were needed
- Providing a protected environment for maintaining and repairing all the equipment
- Providing a protected environment for the team, away from the harsh weather conditions
What our Container Mounted Shelters?
In 2003, Allshelter began manufacturing container mounted shelters. We were the first in Australia to produce container shelters. The shelters are attractive because of the following benefits:
– Easy to install
– Can withstand harsh weather conditions
– Easy and efficient storage: The shelter can be used for storage purposes and the containers can be modified into offices
-Energy efficient: Cooler and brighter so less use of artificial lighting and air conditioning
– Engineered as per Australian standards and backed by a 10-year warranty
For more information, go to: https://www.allshelter.com.au/products/container-mounted-shelters/