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Back on the Critical Path
A mining client had
hired a contractor to
prepare a large pad for
the construction of
numerous on site buildings. When building construction
was ready to begin, Taba was hired to provide excavation and backfilling for the buildings’ footings. It was quickly discovered that a major error in the original engineering specifications had led to the use of inferior fill material by the previous contractor. This error had the potential to be very expensive for the mining client as back charges and stand-by rates would need to be paid to the construction contractor while waiting for the pad to be corrected.
Taba was charged with making it right. To keep the project on schedule, Taba immediately started a night shift. Working day and night, Taba excavated to a depth of five metres and replaced hundreds of cubic yards of the non-spec material. Taba’s extraordinary efforts enabled the construction contractor to re-establish the critical path for the completion of the buildings.
Taba’s job was to reestablish
a drainage ditch around a critical building in preparation for the spring thaw. The work needed to be completed in two weeks. Three other contractors were also working in the vicinity and daily schedule coordination was critical.
As work progressed, the three contractors encountered unexpected problems and turned to the Taba team for additional support. Taba pitched in by trenching and burying substation grounding cables, building stable pads for off-loading and storage, and excavating underground services.
Thanks to Taba’s quick response and flexible resources, the three other contractors were able to complete their work on schedule. Taba completed their original water management project and the additional work required to assist the other contractors within its original two-week schedule.
Making It Right
In what was considered a prudent cost savings move, the client purchased an emergency fire-truck from the southern United States and shipped it to a mine site in British Columbia. Upon arrival it became clear that this was a mistake. Designed for use in a warm climate the truck was not suited for the extreme cold of northern BC. In addition, some of its accessory equipment did not meet Canadian Safety Association standards. The client turned to Taba to help fix this costly error. Within a week Taba’s team of mechanics had refitted the fire truck to accommodate the cold and meet CSA requirements.