The transportation of precast concrete elements depends on the strict adherence to heavy haul protocols. This is true regardless of the types of precast concrete being transported.
For Rogue Valley Precast, the transportation of precast concrete elements — manholes, vaults, sewer pipes, etc. — takes several steps.
First step: from the facility to the yard. Second step: from the yard to the truck. Third step: from the facility yard to the job or construction site. And fourth step: from the truck to the ground of the job site — and eventually to the application site, i.e., the precise location for installation.
Our products are designed to last decades under tremendous pressure, so there’s little worry that they won’t survive the trek from our facility to the job site. Still, adherence to best practices ensures the safe and efficient delivery of precast concrete to the site. Unlike pour-in-place concrete, precast arrives ready to be installed immediately and without delay.
But how do we lift these often enormous and incredibly heavy pieces? The National Precast Concrete Association lays it out in some detail — more detail than is necessary for this overview. But it’s informative to quote the NPCA on the basics, which involve embedded lifting inserts, lift holes, and embedded lift cables. These are the basic tools used in the transportation of precast concrete.
There is also the need for what’s known as dunnage. This is the material — sometimes wood, but often matting or something similar — that holds the cargo in position, either in transit or in storage.
Eric Carleton, NPCA’s former director of codes and standards, says each of the three main stages of transport (plant to yard, yard to truck and truck to installation site) has “specific considerations and challenges that need to be analyzed and addressed to furnish the best quality precast concrete product possible at the job site.”
“Like most aspects of precast production,” he writes, “transport best practices boil down to having two things: knowledge of what is required and continuous training.”
It also involves collaborating with a trusted trucking partner. This helps us maintain quality control during handling and transportation from our precast plants to the job sites. Precast elements are integral parts of our nation’s buried infrastructure. And when it comes to precast, construction sites throughout the world accept shipments of this durable and customizable material.
At Rogue Valley Precast, our team’s experience and expertise ensure the safe and efficient delivery of precast concrete elements. Get in touch with us today for more details.