REMOTE CONSTRUCTION - Building Strong in a Strengthening Market
Remote construction – how do they do it!? If you’ve ever been in the middle of nowhere and wondered how on earth a facility is built amongst the mountains and sagebrush, wonder no more. This month’s blog post we are going to explore this topic in depth, as many consumers’ wonder if their property is too remote to build. To help, we’ve reached out to Damian Rockett, Director of Operations - Process at MBA Energy & Industrial, for insight into planning your upcoming remote construction project.
FIRST, ARE THERE ANY LOCATIONS TOO REMOTE TO BUILD?
Actually, you’d be surprised, the answer is NO. Each project has its own set of challenges, uncertainty, bumps in the road and risks, but nothing that cannot be solved and overcome with planning. With remote locations, they are often isolated, so we simply need to adhere to a greater level of detail during the planning phase to help reduce our exposure to the risk.
WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES YOU'VE HAD TO FACE IN PAST REMOTE BUILDING PROJECTS?
We always face the challenge of work force availability, lack of training of the available workforce and strained resources. Also, logistics of shipping material and equipment to the jobsite can be quite the challenge. However, with proper planning and training all these challenges have solutions.
DO YOU HAVE BUILDING SOLUTIONS / ALTERNATIVES IN REMOTE LOCATIONS TO SOLVE CHALLENGES YOU MIGHT FACE?
Pre-planning is important to the success of any project; but is especially important in remote locations where delivery of equipment or materials could delay your project and increase costs. We self-perform certain trades to ensure we have properly trained personal on the job. We pre-fabricate spools, supports, skids when possible to help reduce lead times as well as reduce cost. We also schedule equipment and material to arrive on time to prevent loss-time due to not having proper material to complete the job.
WHAT TYPE OF INDUSTRIES MOST UTILIZE REMOTE CONSTRUCTION BUILDS?
Any type of industry would benefit from remote construction, but we see the greatest number of projects from the Energy and Renewable Industry (Wind Farms, Operation and Maintenance Buildings, Substations, Battery Storage), the Oil and Gas Industry (Salt Water and Waste Disposal, Compression Stations, Pipelines), Farming and Chemical industries (Gas Plants, Cryogenic), etc., we're able to shape our expertise to meet the unique needs of any project and provide an outstanding experience from start to finish.
SHOULD A COMPANY BE WARY OF BUILDING THEIR PROJECT IN TOO REMOTE OF A LOCATION? WHY?
There is always a higher level of risk associated with a project that is in a remote location. For example, a single scheduling delay due to not properly planning the procurement of materials can cost the end user hundreds of thousands of dollars, however, with proper planning the risks and choosing the right construction company, the risks can be mitigated, resulting in a project that is executed safely, within budget, and delivered on time. CONSTRUCTION IS AN INVESTMENT. MAKE YOURS SAFE, EFFICIENT AND PROFITABLE.