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Making Roads For Our Oil

Alberta accounts for almost 79% of Canada’s oil production. However, the oil boom of the 80s has grown sluggish due to low oil production output and the oil price crash. NWR Sturgeon Refinery is trying to change all of that. The Sturgeon Refinery is the first refinery to be built in the last 30 years, and it’s only just completed its first phase of construction.

Blacktop Paving Inc. was more than glad to play a small, yet critical part of this journey.

NWR Sturgeon Refinery

With the oil industry is on a downturn in Alberta, NWR Sturgeon Refinery has infused new life into the industry. The Refinery is set for three phases and each phase will employ over 8,000 Albertans. The purpose of  the Sturgeon Refinery is to convert bitumen, which is low crude oil, into high-quality synthetic crude oil. Sturgeon Refinery is all set to process as much as 79,000 barrels per day.

Our Job

We were tasked with a crucial task of hardscaping the Central Administrative Building and the Firehall Warehouse with asphalt and concrete. The project required 14,500m2 of asphalt parking lot, 2100 lineal meters of curb and 2200m2 of concrete sidewalk and pads.

Time was a critical factor since both the Central Administrative Building and the Firehall Warehouse were essential for NWR Sturgeon Refinery to operate.

Safety

During any project, safety is always a priority to ensure that no one is injured due to the operation of heavy equipment. However, since NWR Sturgeon Refinery is deemed as a high risk industrial site, it demanded extreme and stringent safety expectations that even we weren’t adapted to.

The number of safety requirements threatened to interfere with our timeline. However, through good teamwork and coordination from site managers and employees, everyone fully embraced the stringent safety plan and stuck to it. Additional resources were assigned to this project to ensure sufficient equipment and materials were on site. A full-time HSE officer was assigned to the site and this allowed everyone to operate without getting bogged down in safety red-tape.

Completion

Even though the constant routine of the heightened safety procedure was new and tiring, the Blacktop Paving team quickly got used to it. The project was completed on time with no injury and without compromising on our high-quality work.

Snow Plowing Contracts

4 Things Your Snow Plowing Contracts Should Cover

With snow fall comes the indispensable task of snow removal. While your old shovel can help you carry out the task, it might not be of much use during heavy snow falls. In addition to that, carrying out the task on your own may lead to pain and injury. Hiring a snow plowing service is a wise choice to keep your house and commercial outlet free of snow for the entire season. But hiring a snow plowing service has its own unique issues. Snow plowing contracts are an essential part of such services. If not given a considerable amount of thought, it could invite unnecessary legal hassles. Before finalizing snow plowing contracts, make sure you pay heed to these key factors.

  1. Liability

Defining liability on the part of both parties must be an important part of your contract. This is especially needed in the case of possible damages or conflicts. What if the sidewalk is damaged or a family member slips and gets injured, who will be liable in such cases? You or the contractor? Define accountability on the part of both parties to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

By being honest and specifying the areas with pre-existing damages can save you from this issue. You must also go through the contractor’s policies and discuss with them any questions on liability issues. Deliberating over before drafting the contract will save both parties from disputes.

  1. Contemplate weather

The weather has been unpredictable in recent years, so it is essential to take it into account and outline any extra charges that may occur. Weather does not remain constant each day, so will you be required to pay additional compensation in case of extreme temperatures or blizzards. If so, clearly define this as well as the compensation charges in your contract. Apart from this, the time period within which they are required to work, overtime charges if any, factors beyond anyone’s control and conditions that might not allow work to be carried out must be clearly outlined in the contract. Specifying contingencies and limitations will avoid frictions.

  1. Scope of work

Is the contractor responsible for shoveling the whole area or just the parking lot? Which sidewalks come under their care? Which areas need special attention? Specify your needs and allow the contractor to map the area. Specify every location that needs work, those which need special attention or priority. Together with this, also define the depth of snow to be cleared taking into consideration weather conditions.

As a contractor, if you are providing snow and ice management services then you must not the use word snow removal in the contract. For example, you probably are not removing the snow, just pushing the pile from a specific area to another and dealing with ice. Clear definition of the scope of work and services will provide clarity and avoid possible conflicts.

  1. Specifying what is NOT included

It is equally important to define in the contract, the services that will not be provided. For example, the contractor may not be responsible for sweeping up the sand. Specifying these things in a contract is essential for the smooth execution of the contract.

Contemplating over these factors will assist you while drafting snow plowing contracts. Before drafting a contract, discussions with the snow plowing service provider is crucial to protect and provide clarity to both parties.

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4 Reasons To Fix Potholes Quickly

Imagine you’re cruising along a freeway at 100-120 km/hour, and you hear a loud bump all of a sudden and your car breaks down. What happened? Your car ran over a pothole and now it wont start.

Potholes are an unnecessary nuisance which you can get rid of with simple driveway maintenance measures. Here are a few reasons why you should consider pothole repair.

1. To protect pedestrians (if it is on the roads)

This may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of pothole repair, but it is truly one of the most important aspects to consider. Anyone who drives a vehicle also has to walk through it at times, especially if it is on your driveway or parking lot. Cracks and holes in the pavement can cause serious injury to people on foot who may trip and fall. In fact, this is such a common occurrence that entire law firms exist to serve clients in suits related to pothole injuries. Would you want to be the accused in one of these cases?

2. To protect drivers

People driving on roads are more prone to accidents if a pothole goes unnoticed and they drive over it and lose control of their vehicle. Fatal accidents could happen or people could get injured seriously. As mentioned before, if the driver loses control, it could prove dangerous for the pedestrians walking on the sidewalks, other cars, etc. To avoid such damages, it is important to fix potholes and ensure the safety of drivers and public at the same time.

3. To prevent damage to the car

While hitting one pothole one time is not enough to cause problems in vehicles, driving over potholes repeatedly can seriously damage a car, resulting in punctured tires or issues with the steering system alignment. Whether yours is the hole that caused the initial problem or not, if a customer or employee’s car sustains damage after hitting a pothole in your parking lot of your commercial complex, or your driveway, you could easily be held liable. Although it’s unlikely that you would be forced to pay a vehicle damage claim, it is still possible. It could also tarnish your business’s reputation if the customer makes their complaint public.

4. To prevent further damage

When potholes are left untouched, they tend to grow. Water continues to seep in, weakening the surrounding asphalt. When traffic drives over it, the pavement crumbles and the hole expands. It’s cheaper for you to perform asphalt pothole repair with a simple patch when you first notice the hole, rather than waiting until it’s so big that you’ll need to purchase additional supplies to fill it or even resurface your whole lot well before you planned to do so.

If you have any potholes on your driveway, or parking lot, contact a professional who will be able to gauge the damage incurred by the road and also be able to fix the problem at hand. Do not procrastinate.

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Road Rehabilitation

Road Rehabilitation At Devon

It is quite impossible for any road to last forever. The constant traffic, weight and weather on the road, all contribute to it wearing down overtime. This is what exactly happened to one such road on Michigan Street in Devon, Alberta.

There were visible signs that the road needed repair work. The road had clear signs of wear, tears and cracks. There were also some visible potholes that made life difficult for the residents of Devon.

Rehabilitation and not reconstruction

One of the questions we were asked was why not reconstruct the road. Building the road from scratch offers some advantages such as a renewed road right from the bottoms-up to give the residents of Devon a stronger and better road.

However, the disadvantages of road reconstruction were outweighed by the benefits of road rehabilitation. Road reconstruction requires a long period of time, a large section of the road needs to be shut, causing inconvenience, and it is costly. In comparison, road rehabilitation is much more cost-efficient and requires less time.

Had Michigan Street gone without any repair for a few more months, the state of the road would have reached a damage level wherein the best option would be road reconstruction.

Milling and overlay

Road Rehabilitation

A Milling Machine

Road Rehabilitation

With today’s technology, repairing a road is not that difficult. The milling and overlay process is the most common one among road rehabilitation. We’re not going to get into the details, but here’s a quick overview:

  • The top layer of the road is removed by a milling machine. This is usually about a 2 inch layer
  • The overlay process adds a fresh layer of bituminous and asphalt pavement in place

People and the weather

There were two constant challenges that we’ve had to keep in mind when conducting road rehabilitation on the Michigan Street.

Road rehabilitation on such a large stretch is sure to inconvenience the residents of Michigan Street. We kept each and every resident informed of when the project was starting, when it was expected to end and ensuring that no vehicles were near the road rehabilitation site.

Even before starting our work, we had to have traffic control in place. Warning signs and flaggers were positioned around so that vehicles would avoid the road rehabilitation zone.

And then there was the weather, something quite beyond our control. This year’s summer has been quite wet. Almost every day had at least one thunderstorm followed by rain. Paving work during the rain is impossible. We had to wait and after the waiting, the road had to be swept to quicken the drying process, and only then could we resume the road rehabilitation.

The rains definitely brought a challenge in sticking to the schedule, something we didn’t expect entirely.

Making the deadline

Yet, despite the challenges, we completed the project on schedule. This was possible because of good planning, professionalism on the field and access to the right equipment. We used large milling machines that increased the pace of the road rehabilitation. This was more time-efficient than utilizing smaller milling machines.

So, if you are driving through Michigan Street in Devon, you won’t find any bumps soon!

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5 Ways to Make Your Parking Lot Look Better

You want to make your parking lot look appealing?

Well, there are a few simple things which can keep your parking lot in good shape as well as make it look better:

Regular Sweeping

Regular sweeping of dirt is necessary as it prevents the dust from settling down. Once dust settles down, it attracts more dirt. Dirt and debris can block drainage and lead to standing water and puddles, which can then lead to asphalt damage. Besides, it’s important to keep your parking lot clean – not only to make a good impression on your customers but also to protect your asphalt. The simple task of sweeping will help make your parking lot look appealing.

Entrance

Welcome both employees and clients with a stunning and sophisticated entrance to the parking lot. It is important not to go completely overboard here, so be sure to include a few lush, overgrown green filler plants that will serve as a guide to the front door. Making your employees and clients feel good when they come to your parking lot will have a great impact on their mindset. Who would like to go to a place where the parking lot itself says you’re not welcome here?

Fresh Air

Having a few benches strategically placed around the company grounds is a great way to get your employees outside for some fresh air — and as an added bonus, they will enjoy the perfectly laid out commercial landscaping design. Let the outdoor furniture mimic or complement the building’s interior furniture. There are plenty of options from sleek and modern to antique and rustic design. It will make your employees feel that you as an employer are concerned about their comfort.

Upgrade Lighting

Having a lighting system that illuminates the entire parking lot during the evening is a must. Invest in one if you don’t have one. Parking lots are supposed to make your employees and visitors safe when they come to your office. If you can invest in a surveillance system, do so. If you have a video surveillance system watching over your parking lot you will be able to monitor things happening clearly and efficiently.

Growing Plants

If you have plants in or around your parking lot, make sure you leave room for them to grow. Professional landscapers will know to properly space out trees and larger shrubs, yet always ask for a finished layout before giving the go-ahead to start the project. Note that some species of plants or trees are very thick and may obstruct the view of entrances.

Parking lot maintenance should be conducted regularly so that you do not have a parking space that is full of potholes and still water. With the help of the above tips improve the appearance of your parking lot and if you want to any new ideas, you can always consult professionals.

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