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Best Practices: Tipping Floors
Waste Advantage Magazine│ Nov 2017
The Global Development Research Corporation (www.gdrc.org) defines tipping floors as “an unloading area for vehicles that are delivering MSW to a transfer station or incinerator.” While technically speaking, this is true, they are much more difficult to design and maintain than this simple description implies. There are also tipping floors that handle many different types of products beyond municipal solid waste (MSW). Many different companies out there argue that their way is the best, but, in reality, it boils down to:
- What is right for the end user or owner of the facility?
- What will serve their needs the best?
- What will meet their design and operational objectives?
Tipping floors have been a constant topic of conversations for as long as they have existed. There are probably thousands of different ideas and concepts on the “right way” to design a tipping floor to withstand the given abuse of the facility’s operations. Some people focus on the concrete mix design, some focus on the aggregate, some provide a sacrificial wear layer and some install toppings. Again, there are many ways to go about designing a transfer station tipping floor. No transfer facility is created equal. They all need to be treated differently and the owner needs to provide information to the designers in order to ensure that all the pertinent information is being considered as a part of the tipping floor design. Not that it is an exact science, but you can impact the usable life of the floor by using the correct design for your facility. The main thing is to understand the operations of the facility. The owner, who will be dealing with the material on the floor on a daily basis, really determines how long a floor will last. This article will touch on some of the factors that must be included in the design.
Tipping floors exist at a lot of different facilities. Anyone who takes in raw materials for processing or transferring technically has a tipping floor. For purposes of this audience we will focus on the solid waste industry, which typically have the following products on their tipping floors:
- Construction and demolition debris,
- Recycling materials,
- Municipal solid waste and
- A few others.
Proper Planning of a Project
Waste Advantage Magazine│ Sept 2017
So you have decided whom you want to work with on your next project. Congratulations! Now the hard work begins. This article will touch on the step from post-award through start of design and what needs to be accomplished in that phase in order to ensure that your project flows smoothly into the design phase. The process should be similar whether you have chosen a design/build firm or if you decided that you would prefer to hire an architect directly. The important part is that you have an idea and now that idea needs to be translated to reality by your design team.
The Initial Phase
This initial phase is called several different things in the marketplace. The term varies by company and is referred to as scoping, feasibility, pre-design, conceptual design, etc. This is the most important phase in your project’s development. The better things are defined in this phase, 1) the budget will be more accurate, 2) the timeline will be better defined and 3) the end solution will be better.The first thing that should be gathered is the name and contact information for each project team member as well as their role and level of authority. This list will include owner team members, design team members as well as other members as needed such as the construction team. The importance of identifying each level of authority cannot be understated. This allows the design team to know who to go to for the decisions, feedback and clarifications within the project. Read More…
Technology is All the Rage
MSW Management│ Sept/Oct 2017
Technology continues to have an impactful and transformative effect on our world. Its reach even extends to the operation of transfer stations. The scope of these impacts cover many critical operations including loading, scaling, environmental compliance, and safety. When conceptualized and implemented properly, these technologies should allow your facility to operate more efficiently, provide a safer work place, and minimize impacts on the environment.
Ensuring transfer stations operate in an efficient manner is critical to maintaining facility capacity as well as keeping operating costs low. To that end, technology offers several approaches that impact different areas of operations. The first would be the site entry and scaling. Sites typically need a scale house staffed at all times while the facility is in operation. Often times there are two staff members who deal with both in and out bound traffic. One approach, which may help this operation, would be to use a Remote Presence Unit. This unit provides a video screen and microphone with a ticket printer that allows vehicle operators to see and talk with staff and receive their tickets as well. The advantage with this approach is that scale operators can be pooled in one facility and they would be better able to cover multiple sites from one location. Read More…
Cambridge Press Releases
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Cambridge Companies Opens New Office in Arizona
PRLog.org│ June 30, 2017
GRIFFITH, Ind. – June 30, 2017 – PRLog — Cambridge Companies is a design-build firm headquartered in Griffith, IN. We are excited to announce our recent expansion to Arizona. This location will allow us easier access to the west coast and help to better connect with these customers. Cambridge Companies’ has extensive experience building many different types of facilities over the past 25 years. Cambridge has an office in Griffith, IN that has been open since 1988. The new office in metro Phoenix will be opening in August 2017. Read More…
Cambridge Companies Hires New Vice President of Construction Operations
PRLog.org│ June 22, 2017
GRIFFITH, Ind. – June 22, 2017 – PRLog — Cambridge Companies, waste facility design-build experts based in Griffith, IN, has hired Edward Kmetz as Vice President, Construction Operations. Cambridge Companies’ has over 25 years’ experience building waste facilities across the United States. Edward’s experience as Vice President of Preconstruction Services for the past ten years within the design-build industry brings a unique perspective to Cambridge. He has led teams in general contracting and design-build firms for retail/development, medical facilities, hospital groups, higher education, institutional buildings, multi-family homes, public buildings, and transportation. Read More…