Decontamination trailers ensure worker safety; Treatment system serves 50-person Canadian mining camp; Lodge provides comfort, convenience under one roof; Solar-powered gas monitor protects offshore rig;Comfortable quarters improve productivity


Decontamination trailers ensure worker safety

Problem

A construction company bid on a courthouse remodeling project in Terre Haute, Ind., when it noticed asbestos ceiling tiles throughout.

 

Solution

The project manager called Ameri-Can Engineering and selected the 820 decontamination trailer. The trailer, specially designed for particulate matter decontamination, features a tri-filter system for waste.

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Result

A rental option was discussed but due to the 8- to 10-year length of the project the contractor decided it would be more economical to purchase several trailers. The company is operating within compliance and the safety of its workers ensured. 574/892-5151; www.ameri-can.com.

 

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Treatment system serves 50-person Canadian mining camp

Problem

Castle Resources, a mining company based in Canada, needed temporary wastewater treatment for a 50-person mining camp in remote northern British Columbia. It had to be easily transportable and withstand the extreme conditions of this harsh climate, while maintaining effluent discharge targets of 30/30 mg/l BOD5 and TSS.

 

Solution

Castle Resources retained engineer Eerik Lilles of Wildernest Systems Inc. “To be honest, from an engineering perspective there were very few options for this site,” he said. “The camp is built on tailings from the mine, so it’s obviously unsuitable for any kind of outhouse setup.” Lilles contacted Tristian Bounds, P.E., at Orenco Systems, and the two designed an AdvanTex AX-Mobile unit specific to project constraints.

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Result

The 21-foot, packed bed filter module can treat flows up to 2,500 gpd (9.46 m3/d). It includes a 3,000-gallon (11.36 m3) primary tank, a 2,000-gallon (7.57 m3) recirculation chamber, and a 1,000-gallon (3.79 m3) filtrate chamber, followed by UV disinfection. After disinfection, treated effluent is discharged to overland flow. Time from site investigation to startup was approximately five weeks. 800/348-9843; www.orenco.com.

 

Lodge provides comfort, convenience under one roof

Problem

A natural gas processing company needed a worker camp and field-service headquarters for its Bakken project.

 

Solution

Target Logistics Management LLC responded with the 596-bed Bear Paw Lodge, featuring central corridor that provides an environmentally controlled link to all rooms in the building. The lodge’s grand entryway also serves as a protective vestibule during harsh winters.

 

Result

Crews can eat, relax at the Internet café, work out in the fitness center as well as have access to dry saunas, laundry services, convenience store, sandwich bar and beverages without having to leave the building. Rooms feature individual climate control, flat-screen satellite TVs and wireless access. 617/586-1100; www.targetlogistics.net.

 

Solar-powered gas monitor protects offshore rig

Problem

An offshore drilling rig needed to urgently monitor potentially dangerous gas levels in areas where conventional wired gas monitors were difficult or costly to install.

 

Solution

The rig operator purchased an MPS IV mobile gas monitoring platform from Oldham. The solar-powered unit has an onboard strobe and siren that can be configured with wireless communication. It can monitor up to four gas readings simultaneously and transmit those readings back to a primary alarm station. The monitoring platform is configurable with a tripod mount, wall mounted, pole mounted or mounted using available magnetic brackets.

 

Result

The rig’s environment is safely monitored for potentially dangerous gases. 800/338-3287; www.oldhamgas.com.

 

Comfortable quarters improve productivity

Problem

A natural gas production company performing fracking operations in the Marcellus Shale areas of northeastern Pennsylvania required rapid setup, take-down and relocation of temporary housing as it moved its crew to four different rig sites over a three-month period.

 

Solution

Lone Tree Remote Camps LLC provided four industrial grade, self-contained mobile housing units equipped with water, septic and electrical power, as well as phone, Internet and cable television. Units also featured temperature-controlled heating, air conditioning, porcelain sinks and toilets. Lone Tree provided transportation, setup and take-down at each site.

 

Result

The well-rested crew proved more productive and was able to complete work with minimal downtime. 801/491-8151; www.lonetreeusa.com


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