Category Archives: Mining

The Importance of Reliable Mining Equipment, Storage, and Maintenance Facilities

As technology advances, mining operators rely on it more to help managing their sites. One tool can now predict time-to-failure of mining machines, however it is expensive. It relies on sensors and scientists to decode the data. Managers may not be able to make room for IT solutions in their operational budgets, but can still monitor their machines. Using the RAM metric can help prevent machine breakdowns. With proper upkeep, machines will last to their full potential, while failure time predictions do nothing for the machines. Updating buildings is the first step in upkeeping machines since they protect them; strength and durability are key.

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Mining Operations Reduce Downtime with Fabric Structures

With the growing demand for resources, mining operations must run as smoothly as possible. An issue with mining sites is having a lot of downtime. Managers have options to cut downtime and increase productivity of mines. One option is using real-time performance management systems, which can share data throughout the company. Another option is preventive planning to find weak points in operations. Finally, efficient buildings will minimize downtime. Fabric buildings are a good option when increasing building efficiency. They offer a lot at a fraction of the price of traditional buildings.

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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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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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Mining Operation uses Alaska Structures’ Camp Systems

It’s easy to talk about the benefits of fabric buildings in mining operations, but third-party insight is invaluable. This article provides an example of practical application of fabric buildings in the real world. A manager of a mining site, Mike Smith, uses Alaska Structures fabric buildings to set up his mining operations. Operations include sleepers, offices, showers, and dining rooms. According to Smith, camps set up in days, including water and electrical work, much faster than building a traditional structure. Alaska Minerals saves time and money to have efficient operations using fabric buildings. These low-cost operations make mining operations competitive and profitable.

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Reduce Logistics Costs in Geophysical Expeditions

Geophysical exploration helps us learn more about the earth, and helps us find and secure resources for our everyday lives. These expeditions take place in some of the harshest areas and require strong structures for storage, operations and housing. Building on site could be very costly, but there is a way to limit costs. By using fabric structures, operational costs reduce because the structures are energy efficient, lower cost, and long-lasting. These structures have long lives and a good investment for multiple operations. Alaska Structures has tested designs for such long-lasting fabric structures, providing solutions to help improve these expeditions.

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Field Offices for Quick Deployment – Only from Alaska Structures

In any industry, before you begin work in the field, you must establish your operation center. Getting a base formed is vital because you need buildings to protect and repair equipment, shield workers, and more. When setting up operations, an affordable building solution is to use fabric buildings for your field structures. Fabric buildings are reliable and have strength comparable to brick-and-mortar buildings at a lower cost. Alaska Structures provides portable, durable fabric structures, tested by third-party engineers, that you can customize to fit your operation’s needs. These structures can support any operation, but can be especially useful in the quick deployment of mining and oil operations.

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Fabric Buildings & Energy Efficiency

You may have your operations housed in an old building, wasting energy and driving up costs due to poor insulation, etc. Before you begin upgrades, it’s important to explore all your options for repairing an old structure or building a new one. Sometimes repairing an old structure can be just as expensive as building a new one, and both take a lot of time. Another option is to use a fabric building to support your operations, as they are fast and easy to setup. In addition, they are typically less costly than upgrades or a building a brick-and-mortar structure. Alaska Structures designs fabric structures with a host of benefits and ways to save and increase energy efficiency.

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Ruggedly Mobile Fabric Structures

How frustrating is it to spend a lot of money on a product, to open it and find it damaged from transport? Fabric structures, while more affordable than brick-and-mortar buildings, are a great investment that are often customized with many details. It’s important to find a company that takes the time to protect your structures from shipping damages, starting with its packaging. Alaska Structures fabric buildings are shipped in very durable rotomold containers that you can even reuse. This is an added bonus if you have operations that require a lot of moving because you can always protect your structure through transport. The design and bonus features of these structures can handle any rugged, mobile conditions.

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Fabric Buildings vs. ISO Containers

ISO shipping containers provide a way for intermodal transport, shipping items from the ship to the rails and then to trucks. This versatility doesn’t translate to housing and camping, however some commercial and governmental operations use them for this purpose. Imagine trying to sleep or work inside a metal crate with no windows or insulation. Those aren’t optimal conditions to live or work in. A better option for a camp system would be a fabric structure, designed to house people and equipment. Factors that make fabric structures a better option are safety, shipping costs, portability, construction costs, versatility, and energy efficiency.

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