In August 2014, Nuna Innovations Inc. installed 200 square feet of PortaFloor MAXCold at a crude truck loading bay in Rycroft Alberta. The client was experiencing degradation of the loading bay area substrate due to the weight of crude trucks utilizing the area. Crude trucks load approximately every 15 minutes which results in a significant amount of wear. Further, temperatures during the winter months range from 5 degrees Celsius to -40 degrees Celsius and fluctuate frequently. Each year the client hauled crushed gravel to site in order to replenish the solid foundation for the trucks however, due to the weight of the trucks (63,500 kg), the gravel was absorbed by the soft substrate below. Swamp mats were also considered however the reusable characteristic of Portafloor appealed to the client. As the issue at this site is a seasonal issue, the ease of transport of Portafloor was a key factor as it would allow the client to use the product in other locations when it was not needed on the loading bays.
Portafloor max Cold was employed as a permanent solution in this application. The existing substrate was already graded and covered with a thin layer of gravel. No additional surface preparation was required – the Portafloor was laid directly on the existing surface. It was installed over compacted clay with gravel laid on top. 200 square feet were installed in less than ten minutes by a crew of two workers from Nuna Innovations Inc. At the six month follow up with our sales representative, the client reported a high level of satisfaction with the product. Portafloor MAXCold remained durable through ice build up and numerous freeze thaw cycles. There have been no cracks, punctures, or slumping from the pressure of the crude trucks. The client is planning to install this solution at three other crude truck terminals in the near future.
In resource-based industries, access to remote locations and oilfields is often a key logistical hurdle. Drilling, mining, construction and other industrial activities rely on the availability of vital equipment and tools, which often need to be transported over unpredictable terrain to remote areas. Unstable or saturated ground can pose a great risk to the safety of workers and to the timeline of a project.
Typical solutions turn to the use of oak and fir access mats, swamp mats and rig mats. These mats are not only heavy and costly to transport and laborious to install, but they also suffer breakage, which can delay job progress due to repairs.
Nuna Innovations offers an alternative to the industry standard and offers an industry-leading solution at a competitive price-point. Portafloor locking flooring systems are a composite temporary roadway, rig matting, and industrial flooring solution that, On a flat, firm surface, a crew of four can install over 4,000 sq. ft. (371 m2) in an hour. It has a load capacity of 80,276 pounds per square foot and only weighs 3 lbs per square foot. Compared with other similar temporary surface solutions, which weigh 9-25 lbs per a square foot, Portafloor’s lightweight design makes a significant difference in both the cost of shipping and the effort required by crews to for installation.
Portafloor is used across a broad scope of industries such as mining, oil & gas, construction, remote work camps, agriculture and special events. Portafloor allows for the construction of temporary remote access roads and safe, sturdy platforms able to support heavy equipment on muddy and uneven terrain.
Further, in sensitive ecosystems that require “zero ground disturbance” Portafloor can ensure that environmental protocols are met and your job site leaves a minimal environmental impact. MAX Matting is designed for easy removal, ultimately minimizing your environmental cleanup burden. If a spill happens, unlock the panel in the spill area, lift out the lightweight Max Matting, remedy the affected area, clean the MAX Matting, and re-install the industrial mat and move on. When combined with our PortaGuard environmental barriers; MAX Matting reduces the need for environmental remediation.
Heavy-duty MAX Matting is engineered to contour over the ground surface and provide a contiguous surface that delivers the optimal combination of strength and flexibility. MAX Matting reduce logistics and are best used for heavy haul roadways, helipads and your drilling rig mats, access matting, construction matting and other matting needs.
Matting solutions extend the work season by providing a durable, structurally sound surface that enables equipment to operate even when faced with the harshest weather and ground conditions. Nuna Innovations Inc. will work with you to provide comprehensive project assessment to help determine temporary surface requirements and will help you develop the most cost effective solution.
Nuna Innovations offers a number of temporary flooring and surface solutions in addition to Portafloor MAX Matting. We also carry cold or warm weather specialized products, safety flooring, factory/shop flooring, event flooring and more. Contact a sales representative today to discuss a solution that is right for you.