* Access roads
* Creek crossings
* Tank Farms
* Sensitive Soils
* Land Sale Commitments
* Preference by land owners
* Staging areas
* Helicopter pads
* Protection of subsurface structures ie. irrigation lines and pipeline crossings
-Swamp mats otherwise referred to as access mats, 3ply mats, and interlocking mats.
-8′ X 14′ – Size of each mat.
-3000 lbs – Approximate weight of each mat
-Interlocking finger system used to join matting.
-Consists of 3 layers of 2” X 8 “ boards usually bolted together.
-Constructed using steel framed, wide flange structural beam welded frame with grade 2 or better spf wood members.
-Interlocking availability with some manufacturers
-Rig matting is typically used under rig substructure camp platforms, walkways, pipeline crossings
-8 X 40 rig mats 7800 lbs
*Reduce lease size if there are no stripping piles required.
*Safer operations by creating level and stable work surfaces.
*Better work morale with cleaner operation and improved work ethic.
*Decreased towing required, preventing vehicle and machinery damage.
*Eliminates effects of unpredictable weather, ie. rain, snow, chinooks
*Extending the drilling season allowing working through spring break resulting in faster production
*Solid waste handling – Dealing with invert cuttings, the use of matting reduces the total volume being treated or land-filled.
*Reduction in fluids used help rigs stay cleaner and reduces rig wash generated.
*Long term liability reduction by eliminating admixing of soils.
*Decreases ground disturbance.
*Reduces the reclamation certification timeline.
*Decreases response time for spill response, pipeline breaks, or incidents.
*Snow removal may be required but caution required as to not damage matting,
*Contamination from spills may limit future use.
*Cleaning considerations due to frozen mud and solids.
*Extra matting may be required for overlapping, corners, turnarounds, pullouts, and breakage.
*Having internal company co-ordination required from drilling to completions helps reduce cost.
*Trucking option consideration, winch trucks, super b’s, tridems.
*How level is the installation surface
-Undulations can make it difficult to install mats
-Matting can be used to level a lease but not recommended
-Matting with increase surface strength by spreading out the weight
*Extreme muskeg. Greater than 10 feet in depth.
*Moderate Muskeg. Less than 10 feet in depth
*Low soil stability. Silty soils, sand, etc…
*Frozen surface frost retention.
*Water – not recommended safety and environmental may become an issue
*Equipment options, wheel loaders with forks and grapple.
*Trac Hoe with Mat grapple
*Skid steer for composite matting
*Proper treatment of mats will reduce maintenance costs,.
*Frozen ground may damage boards when removing them.
*Damaged mats should be set aside to be repaired. If the structure integrity of the mat is compromised, the mat is not worth fixing.
*Having a good maintenance program will increase the mat lifespan.
*Regardless of renting or owning you will have to pay for maintenance.
*Having one company look after your mats reduces maintenance costs and helps control inventory.
*Using tracked equipment on mats may increase maintenance costs.
*What type of mat is best for your application; Swamp Mats, Steel mats, Laminated mats
*Sizes and weights of matting
*Expected service life
*What is the base cost
*Volume discounts available
*Deliverability time frame
*Matting project history, references and pictures
*Trucking cost to location, Tridem or super B’s
*Accumulated Rental cost
*On-going costs, mat movement/maintenance
*Removal cost, pickup and trucking
*Repairs and replacement