The construction of mining and construction camps in remote locations is essential for the realization of large infrastructure projects in these regions. Much of the world’s resources can be accessed from extremely remote locations and teams of workers must be housed on or near the sites. Men’s camps are generally necessary for the construction and operation phase of projects, and employees demand higher levels of comfort when living and working in such environments. Establishing a profitable and well-equipped camp is an important step towards a successful construction project in these areas.
Building a mining or construction camp in remote areas presents unique challenges. These include logistics, transportation, availability of skilled labor, soil conditions, sloping terrain, and local availability of materials such as concrete. In very remote areas such as the highlands of Papua New Guinea, these problems are exacerbated and must be addressed effectively. The remoteness of many mining and construction projects simply means that all materials and labor must be brought in, as there is often virtually nothing available in the immediate area. So the decision is whether to bring all the materials in and build the camp on site, or pre-fabricate the camp, or build it off-site and deliver it to the site ready for construction.
1. Conventional on-site construction – This requires all individual materials to be brought to the site, often in many deliveries. It is necessary to accommodate many more builders and traders and the construction time is longer. If something is missing, you can’t just order around the corner and pick it up that day. The potential for construction delays is much higher.
2. Build off-site and transport: a very common and efficient solution in places where there are good routes to and from the site. These buildings are prefabricated off-site to be locked or even turnkey, then transported in whole or in sections to the site. The size of the buildings is also limited by the size of the trucks available and capable of driving on the roads. In most Third World countries, roads located in remote locations are not of the best quality and prefabricated buildings are at risk of significant damage during transport.
3. Pre-fab buildings – a rapidly growing trend in mining and construction camps. Manufactured with a modular construction system, these buildings are prefabricated and packaged in flat containers ready for easy transportation. Everything that is needed, from construction to lock to turnkey, can be delivered in one shipment.
These systems are generally very quick to build and can be easily built with a minimum of skilled labor.
There are several modular building systems available on the market, built from a variety of materials: concrete, wood, plastic, or steel. Not all are suitable for construction in remote areas. Some of the considerations when evaluating a modular system include: ease of construction, ability to build on difficult soil types, ability to build on sloping terrain, ability to resist termites, borers, and extreme weather conditions.
A precast building system is ideal for mining and construction camps in remote areas. It is constructed of steel, has insulated structural panels, has a steel base and floor system that can be built on difficult types of ground or sloping terrain, and can be easily built with minimal labor. skilled labor. The result is well-equipped buildings resistant to cyclones, hurricanes and earthquakes, which require minimal logistics to bring them to the site and be built without concrete.
Another advantage of Force 10 is that temporary construction camps with smaller accommodations can easily be converted into larger houses to accommodate a permanent workforce, resulting in significant savings. Men’s camps that provide employees with a higher level of comfort in harsh environments can be cost-effectively done with the correct selection of a pre-cast building system.