What exactly is matting?

Any construction project or heavy civil development involves equipment, crews, and materials. When working on a construction project, having a safe working environment is key for many reasons:

  1. Safety plans and mitigation plans often allow the contractors to have better chances at winning a bid
  2. Safety is a key subject in the construction industry. It is even more important than profit margins
  3. Many government agencies are now implementing a safety rating per company

On every construction site, we recognize the importance of safety. After safety, environmental protection is an important consideration. When designing and implementing a project, contractors must take into account the environmental effect as well as any potential negative consequences, particularly in rural, agricultural, and Indigenous land situations.

This is where matting can come into play. Mats are not just wooden boards. They are a safety product. Matting your access road and/or construction sites will allow you to provide safe foundations for the crews as well as the equipment to work on.

Construction bids can be a very tedious challenge. Many hours will go into the conception of solutions and cost-saving theories will be applied to the project bids. As well, with the highly competitive scene of these bids, it is often hard for contractors to be able to distinguish themselves from competitors. Matting can help you stand out in the bid phase. As well, matting can help save you costs, and allow you to obtain working permits much faster.

With the variety of mats available, there is a product suited for your environment. This could be a flatland, wetland, farmer fields, or gas/pipeline projects. Many government agencies are now turning their preferred choice in contractors to people who like to innovate and to contractors that have added benefits to the project. Utilizing matting will allow you to propose a safe working environment which is a key point in all project bids. Having a solid and stable foundation for your equipment and staff is a big improvement over working on natural terrain. Below is a example developped by BIM tools to demonstrate how matting can provide access.

If your bid has a mitigation/safety plan involving matting, which is a environmentally friendly solution, your bid will stand out. Many construction projects as well require work permits for sensitive terrains. Having a matting plan can help you gain those permits much quicker than other traditional methods. By having these work permits faster and by providing a safety/matting plan to the client, you are well off to winning the bid if the price is competitif. Many contractors win with a higher price as well due to the benefits of providing the client with peace of mind in both the safety domain and environmental domain by utilizing matting.

Providing a safe project site or an access plan requires proper planning and coordination. The project evolves through time in phases and that concept must be considered in order to provide a safe access solution for the workers and the equipment. Contact us today and discuss your project with us in order to gain more information on how we can help you out on a specific project.

Published On: January 11th, 2022 / Categories: Uncategorized /

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