The environment is an important consideration in any construction project. The weather conditions, as well as the type of terrain, greatly affect the time spent getting things done, and also impacts the total cost of the project.
Many pipeline construction sites in Australia are located in areas that experience severe weather conditions and have uneven terrains, which often lead to a number of problems in the pipeline project.
Here are some of the challenges seen in most pipeline construction sites:
Heat, rain, cold temperatures, and even major events like hurricanes are big challenges for the pipeline industry. Not only do the adverse weather conditions hinder continuous operations, they also pose risks to workers onsite. Machinery, tools, materials, and the pipeline may incur damages as well because of these unwanted events.
This is especially true if you are using substandard pipes, pump stations, and sewer trunks. According to McFadyen Group and other construction experts, it is important to look for durable construction equipment and come up with an emergency plan to avoid potential damages and minimise operational delays.
Elevation changes also pose a major challenge to those in the pipeline industry. Even with a few, small hills, digging pipelines through changing elevations can still involve a number of complications during the process. The reason is that it is difficult to maintain a steady depth, and with uneven land, getting the equipment right into place can be much more difficult.
Clearing Land and Rocky Terrain
The first thing to do is dig out much of the land to secure the pipeline. This process could also involve removing heavy rocks and boulders, which are more difficult to dig out and excavate than regular soil. It involves digging roots and levelling trees as well, especially in mountainous areas. This significantly adds to the labour, as well as the time, costs, and resources needed to complete the construction project.
Rocky terrain is also difficult to access for workers and machinery, so you may need advanced equipment if it seems difficult and time-consuming to clear the area.
Pipeline construction is a very complicated, labour-intensive, and long process. There are a number of challenges you need to overcome along the way, and when you do overcome them, the infrastructure can meet its full production potential.Read More »