Why Customization and Design Flexibility are Paramount to Mining Facilities

When designing a mining structure, it's important, first of all to pin down the best resources for your operation. You must also focus on the changing needs of your organization.

Mining structures must work above and beyond standards for structures in other trades. Crucial for equipment upkeep, workforce safety, and resource security, many managers in the mining world rely on tension fabric buildings.  As a result, dealing with cost and operational constraints without giving up durability or reliability.

The Difference Between Fabric Building Systems and Traditional Structures

Aside from fabric buildings, the two most common materials used for mining structures are concrete and steel. Each building type has its own strengths and weaknesses. In a comparison between concrete, steel and fabric mining buildings, there are diverse factors giving fabric building systems the edge.

The Benefits of Concrete Mining Structures

Tilt-up concrete buildings follow barn-raising styles in their construction. Builders make big slabs off-site that ship to the final location, set into place using cranes. Set-up takes place on site. Constructed at over 10,000 new buildings per year, this is a popular way to set up a mining structure. However, this approach comes with an built in degree of permanence that may turn away some operations managers. In addition, there is costly upkeep over the long term of these structures. Finally, there are concerns with solar heat gain and unclear energy efficiency codes.  Therefore, making concrete structures an unwise purchase in many cases.

The Benefits of Steel Mining Structures

Steel is a material in wide use in mining structures and is a strong substitute. These structures are less costly to protect in intense environments than concrete and easier to set up. Steel is especially good in cases of poor soil support. Steel buildings have greater flexibility compared to tilt-up concrete structures of like sizes. This is due to the groundwork needs of steel buildings. It's also greener and easier to recycle than concrete, allowing for materials' reuse in other applications after wrecking. This is a major boon for those looking to earn LEED certification.

The Benefits of Fabric Building Mining Structures

Fabric building camp system and mining camp

Camp system used at remote mining site.

Fabric buildings can't match the strength or durability of steel or concrete structures. However, those with many distribution sites or short-term operations gain from the portability of tension fabric buildings. Short deployment times, set-up times and repair costs are vital in far away areas where planning is costly and hard.

Tension fabric building systems give flexibility in design and function. They have optional doors, windows, insulation, and climate control systems, while offering custom electrical and lighting solutions.

Especially when compared to steel or concrete, groundwork needs for fabric buildings give greater flexibility in site area and placement. Most fabric buildings have different foundation options, allowing faster construction and lower labor costs.

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