The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety cites “outside force” as the leading cause of damage to pipelines. Although there is typically security on site to prevent damage caused by people or sabotage, weather conditions aren’t controllable. It’s important to protect pipelines to prevent death, irreparable environmental damage, and loss of revenue. Preventive steps can protect pipelines to prevent damage, starting with proper buildings for gas and oil operations. Pipelines need enclosures that are very strong and durable to withstand harsh weather and prevent damage. This article features pipeline enclosures from Alaska Structures, with proven and tested designs that will protect oil and gas operations.
Fabric structures have proven their strength in very cold climates and with heavy snow loads. The strength of fabric structures is possible in very hot climates as well, with cutting-edge technology, to support operations. In addition to UV coatings to protect fabrics, Alaska Structures provides many product options to make your fabric structure stronger. There are insulation packages that help the inside of the structures stay cool as well as environmental control units. The fabric structures receive these upgrades without compromising their portable nature, nor quick and easy setup. You can use these structures for any type of operation; these structures have few limitations.
The United States manufacturing industry is seeing boosts in productivity, due to lower energy costs from fracking. Fracking extracts released gas from the pressure of breaking rocks deep below the surface, that people otherwise couldn’t collect. By getting energy at a lower cost, the U.S. manufacturing industry will have cheaper manufacturing costs than China. In addition to fracking, manufacturers can lower operation costs by using american-made fabric buildings in place of brick-and-mortar buildings. Alaska Structures fabric buildings are suitable for any operation, storing and protecting equipment, as on site housing and more. As a lower cost alternative, that is fast and easy to setup, these structures can boost production even more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nationally and globally there have been efforts to reduce waste and pollution on our planet, including the recent Paris Agreement. With global warming and new legislation, operations must use energy-efficient and eco-friendly buildings to help the planet and avoid lawsuits. Green buildings efficiently use energy, protect occupant health and reduce waste and pollution according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Alaska Structures offers a solution for operations managers that will follow EPA standards while not increasing operation costs a lot. Their fabric structures are equipped with lots of options that cut down energy costs, are reusable, and comfortable for employees to work in.
Mining operations often take managers and miners to the most remote locations with extremely harsh conditions. They need structures that can protect them as they work, and will last the length of the operation. For instance, the Bema Gold mines are in far east Russia, where weather conditions are extreme. It snows 315 days a year with an average temperature of -67°F and up to 132 mph wind gusts. They have fabric buildings from Alaska Structures that they used for 10 years before replacing them. The Bema Gold mines and other operations facing similar harsh weather need durability and long-lasting quality, which their designs can provide.
Fabric buildings are designed to withstand the harshest elements and are suitable for use in many different types of commercial operations today. They are lightweight and portable, yet strong, durable, and proven to last on the field by third-party engineers. Fabric buildings are also customizable and can address specific need for your business. They can be used for a variety of purposes on site, for office buildings, storage, shops and even housing for workers. Alaska Structures’ fabric buildings have been used for government operations as well as commercial operations including: construction, mining, and mineral exploration.