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Guide to Remote Camp Design and Modular Buildings for Workforce Accommodations

Work sites in the mining, mineral exploration, oil and gas, construction, natural resources, and research industries are often located in remote areas that tend to have harsh climates and less than optimum conditions. Such work sites tend to be geographically isolated, and not easily accessed by road – often requiring days of travel
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Sustainability in Polar Research

Designing facilities to accommodate personnel for research and lodging in the brutal conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic presents some unique challenges. Frigid cold, ever-piling snow drifts, and violently powerful winds are just a few of the more obvious obstacles. These challenges, however, must be overcome to properly study and advance ecology, climatology,
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The Not So Pristine State of McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica

Many aren’t familiar with the McMurdo Research Station or the work scientists do there. Founded in 1956, McMurdo Station is the leading data center in Antarctica. However, recently the focus on McMurdo is on it’s deteriorating condition. There is a plan to update the entire station, however construction will affect the scientists’ ability to work. While buildings get updates, scientists will be left with no place to carry out their research, thus delaying their work. Planners must find solutions to update the buildings while allowing the scientists to do their research. One possible solution is to use fabric structures as temporary research facilities.

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What are the Ideal Uses for Fabric Buildings?

There is a lot of flexibility in using fabric buildings, so much that they can be used in a variety of businesses. Fabric buildings get used most often in exploration and research, aviation, construction, warehousing and storage, and mining. They can be used in other businesses as well, depending on what is needed. Alaska structures offers fabric buildings to address a wide range of business needs. They are customizable so size isn’t an issue when trying to store goods or equipment, or setting up camps and mining facilities. There is even plumbing and water to provide liveable spaces for housing. There are many possibilities, so research to see if fabric buildings are a good option for your business.

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Benefits and Applications of the Quonset Hut Design

Quonset Huts got their first use in navy operations during World War II. Named for the Naval Air Station where the hut first appeared, it can serve a variety of purposes today. These hooped buildings serve housing needs, workshops, mining operations and research camps, and more. There is a variety of benefits to using Quonset Huts in private and public business operations. These benefits include cost savings, flexible design, customization, durability, easy and fast set up, and effective use of space. In addition to operational benefits, these huts have less environmental impact than traditional buildings. Alaska Structures designs huts that will maximize energy efficiency and eliminate wastes.

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Rethinking Dining Facilities – Alternative Solutions with Fabric Building Systems

When designing buildings for your mining or research sites, it’s important to include a building for dining. Workers need a place, protected from the elements, to eat and relax while they work long hours. Fabric buildings are a great option when designing mess halls for your staff. Workers will be safe in a fabric building from Alaska Structures, because they receive testing to ensure they are durable. They can withstand extreme weather like traditional buildings, but require less time and labor, making them cheaper to set up. There are other benefits to using a fabric structure besides cost and easy setup. Learn more about how to use fabric structures for cost effective dining space for your workers.

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Advantages of Fabric Buildings Over Traditional Structures

If the children’s story The Three Little Pigs were written today, the smart pig would have made his home with a fabric building. He had to sacrifice time and fun to build a strong home that would protect him from the big bad wolf. His brothers however, unwilling to sacrifice fun or spend much on materials lost their homes to a huff and a buff. A fabric building would allow the smart pig (and site managers) to not compromise time for strength and vice versa. There are many advantages fabric buildings have over traditional buildings. In addition to faster setup, fabric buildings are more cost-effective, portable, low-maintenance, and easy to change. They also aren’t limited to one surface type and allow plenty of natural light. A fabric building surely, would outlast a huff and a puff with all these benefits.

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The Benefits of Engineered Fabric Structures for Extreme Weather Research Facilities

Researchers often work in the harshest climates and conditions to help us better understand the world around us. As they find solutions to our worldly issues, they need the support of strong research facilities to do their work. With new technology, fabric buildings are stronger and more durable than in the past, with comparable strength to brick-and-mortar buildings. Two major benefits of using fabric structures are that they are very fast and easy to setup, and are portable. There are of course other benefits of fabric structures, including tested strength in harsh climates. Whether research operations are in the middle of the jungle or Antarctica, Alaska Structures fabric buildings can support the operation.

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Extreme Weather Research Facilities from Alaska Structures

Researchers often work in the harshest climates and conditions to help us better understand the world around us. As they find solutions to our worldly issues, they need the support of strong research facilities to do their work. With new technology, fabric buildings are stronger and more durable than in the past, with comparable strength to brick-and-mortar buildings. Two major benefits of using fabric structures are that they are very fast and easy to setup, and are portable. There are of course other benefits of fabric structures, including tested strength in harsh climates. Whether research operations are in the middle of the jungle or Antarctica, Alaska Structures fabric buildings can support the operation.

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Defy the Arctic with Camp Systems from Alaska Structures

People have been exploring the arctic since ancient times; the first explorers in recorded history were the ancient greeks. Of course ancient explorers were mostly unsuccessful in settling in the arctic region, known for its harsh, extremely cold climate. With technological advancements, arctic expeditions have become more successful due to the tools available to withstand the harsh conditions. One such tool is the fabric building, using strong fabrics and steel frames, they are able to stand in the coldest regions. Alaska Structures designs fabric structures, tested by third-party engineers, that operators have been using in this region over 40 years.

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