Guide to Site Planning for Truck Scales
When it comes to planning your weigh station, the site must be able to meet your needs and accommodate the growth of your operation. Here are a few of the most important considerations to keep in mind.
The first step to successful site planning assessing the traffic flow of your facility. Small Operations Usually only require one scale, a few parking spots and minimal space for manoeuvring.However, large operations often require more than one scale, plenty of space for parking and staging areas, as well as room for trucks to line up.
It’s a good idea to mark out the configuration of your site and, if possible, drive a full-size truck around the facility to check for any tight spots or potential safety issues.
Site condition: Before starting construction, it’s important to look out for the following:
- Obstructions: You’ll need to locate water lines, gas lines, power lines, sewers and drains so that they can be moved or avoided during construction. In addition, you should have your site inspected for high water tables, bedrock and sinkholes.
- Drainage: Scales require adequate drainage as trapped water and moisture could cause them to corrode. Furthermore, if you live in a cold climate, water continually freezing and thawing underneath or around your scale can cause the foundation to heave.
- Soil bearing: The soil at your site should be tested to determine if it's strong enough to support the foundation, the scale and the loads the scale will be weighing. The soil bearing will determine which style of foundation you can use.
Keeping these factors in mind will ensure the longevity of your site.
The type of foundation you choose for your weight station is crucial. If your foundation cracks or shifts, it could throw your scale out of alignment, thereby requiring serious repairs or even replacement.
Here are the four main types of foundations you can choose from:
- Pier foundations are cheap but require a high soil bearing capacity
- Beam slab foundations are expensive but stronger than pier foundations
- Pit foundations are suitable for small sites and provide easy access to technicians
- Above-ground foundations are affordable but require a lot of space
Lastly, if you need help with site planning, the knowledgeable staff at Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. can help.
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