One of the challenges in construction in design is on how types of equipment, especially those that perform initial and succeeding excavations will be able to penetrate project sites with very little or narrow passageways. This has become the main concern for contractors and engineers alike since progress and development, especially in urban settings, have allowed land and building owners to construct extensions and improvements within their perimeter; thereby turning places into tighter or slimmer areas.
Though this has become a normal trend, structures that are located inwards or rather in the middlemost part of a city block or street have to pass the difficult test of going through a lot of obstacles before a certain delivery of logistics can be made or even commencement of a construction project becomes unwittingly possible. There is currently a perfect solution to this dilemma, and that is the use of smaller, equally efficient and power effective equipment. With this type of advancement also comes the endless possibilities of encroaching even the slimmest or narrowest street that directly leads to the actual construction project site.
Here are a few, easy-to-follow strategies to consider when you organise tight access excavation :
Part or piece by piece equipment assembly
If it really is impossible for a piece of equipment to pass through slim and narrow passages, it doesn’t come in one whole piece but in smaller parts for easy and convenient assembly. Prior to the beginning of a construction project; a mini excavator, for example, is assembled similar to playing building blocks. In an organised or step by step procedure, equipment parts are put or placed together, one by one, until it is turned into a whole bunch of helpful machinery.
Utilising the powerful crane to lift heavy objects
The crane’s strategic position within or on a construction site makes it easier to transport not only construction materials but also medium to heavy equipment alike. It is very much capable of moving its cable and winch up, down and sideways from left to right or vice versa. An operator has a full view of the location from an elevated platform, and since everything is visible under his sight, even objects that hinder or obstructs movement are never considered a problem. Everything is under his care and control; thus, even carrying mini diggers or excavators is like a walk in the park.
Special mechanical features and designs
With man’s endless invention mixed with the inevitable innovations using technology, makes it possible to operate construction equipment automatically with a little or minimal human intervention. Some of these reliable construction machines can transform into its smallest or slimmest version by the use of mechanical compression aided by very powerful hydraulic mechanisms. This makes it possible for heavy objects to turn upside down or from a horizontal or vertical position whenever required or necessary.
Using cameras and radio communications in construction
Even when an excavator doesn’t have a full view of the digging work, the operator is guided by a man on the field by using handheld radios. Both the operator and the guide use radios in order to know what position will be the safe and proper movement of the digging bucket will be so that mishaps or accidents can be avoided.