If your industry, or work environment, is susceptible to a blast, we want to make sure you are well protected. Your work is important, and you shouldn’t have to worry about picking up the pieces after an explosion.
How do you plan for the unthinkable? How do you find the best solution? In this blog, learn more about blast-proof portable buildings, how they’re designed, and the benefits they hold for your organization or worksite.
What are Blast-Proof Buildings?
Put simply, a blast-proof building is a structure that is made to withstand explosions, or fire and toxic release hazards. Often these buildings are constructed with steel frames and have specific design features that can combat higher psi levels.
Blast-resistant modular buildings can also be used to withstand extreme snow and cold temperatures, which can be imperative for your worksite during a Canadian winter. No matter the reasoning behind why you need a blast-resistant modular building, you can be assured that it will have the same conveniences as other modular structures.
Industries that Use Blast-Proof Buildings
A blast-resistant building should be used in any industry that has the potential to experience an explosion. This includes but isn’t limited to, oil drilling sites, laboratory environments, steel mills, and refineries.
Consider a blast-proof module if your worksite is located in an extremely cold environment with excess snow and ice. Our buildings are climate controlled and built to withstand the toughest of conditions. Gibson Energy, located in Hardisty, Alberta, took advantage of a blast-resistant structure as they work with crude pipelines and barrels of oil in storage.
The Design Process
When we design your blast-resistant modular building, many aspects are taken into account. The shell of your modular structure will be comprised of steel, the densest building material. The modules are climate controlled with high-quality interior and exterior finishes.
The primary design standard for blast-resistant modular buildings in Canada is the CSA S850-12. This standard requires the building owner to provide detailed information about the Design Basis Threats and Levels of Protection so blast engineers and consultants can develop a suitable, cost-effective structure.
To successfully provide you with a blast-resistant structure, we’ll need to determine what type of explosions are likely or possible, where these explosions would occur, and what outcome is desired. Additionally, if your site will be in an extreme climate with excess snow or cold temperatures.
Specialty Design Features
Your blast-resistant building design will look like any other modular structure from the exterior but will have distinct specifications that will combat an explosion or blast. To help mitigate the blast, you can expect your module to have the following
High-gauge wall studs
Self-contained plumbing and sewage systems
Bulletproof steel and impact-resistant fibreglass
Blast Resistant Response Levels
There are three varying levels of blast-resistant responses: low, medium, and high. Each level indicates how much damage is likely to occur to the building in response to a blast. For example, a low response indicates that it’s probable there will be a low level of damage to your building.
The difference between a low response and a high response is whether or not your structure will still be functional after a blast, and if you need to make significant repairs. A high response rating likely means your building will need to be replaced (or the repairs will be equivalent to a replacement).
A chemical term, PSI stands for pounds per square inch and is used to measure the pressure of gasses or liquids. If your industry is susceptible to blast overpressure, or pressure caused by a shock wave, psi is an important measure for your blast-resistant modular building.
When you’re meeting with your modular construction company, it’s important to note the relevant levels of psi. Discussing the possible psi levels will help fabricate a stronger modular structure for your company.
1.0 psi will shatter glass
3.5 psi will likely result in injury
8.0 psi will destroy a building
5 Benefits to Blast-Proof Portable Buildings
The same benefits you receive with your modular structure are true with a blast-resistant building, but you get the added assurance of feeling safe and protected within your working environment. The basis surrounding modular structures is the same, so wherever the job takes you, BOXX Modular will be with you.
1. Keep Personnel, Documentation, and Inventory Safe. Whether you’re using the structure as an office or storage space, investing in a blast-resistant building will help protect the interior in case of an explosion.
2. Have Peace of Mind. Your blast-proof portable building is made to withstand the harshest conditions, so you can feel secure and protected on your worksite.
3. Quickened Timeline. As with all modular structures, timelines are generally shorter than a more conventional construction project. At BOXX, we completed a 1,144 sq. foot project in 98 days.
4. Adaptable and Flexible. As mentioned above, the basis of modular construction is to move to where you are. You can also think of it as expanding your organization and needing more space. If down the line, you’re in need of more space, count on modular for a quick turnaround.
5. Save Money on Repairs and Replacements. Making the initial investment in blast-resistant structures can save you time and money in the long run. If an explosion would occur, you’ll spend less time and money on repairs and replacement of inventory or documentation.
The Ease of Modular
One of the biggest advantages to using modular is the ability to have the structure ready for when you need it. Since all construction is offsite, you won’t have to worry about interruptions to your organization’s daily routines.
Your blast-proof structure will be built for you and can be customized to fit your location, size, and organizational needs. We’ll identify your challenges, pain points, and requirements so that you can maximize success and protection.
Feel secure and protected in a blast-proof portable building. Request a quote to start planning your next project.