These 4′ x 20′ Crane Mats supplied by Industrial Timber Products were used to make a large lifting platform area for the Fort Hills Co-Gen facility. Many crane hours were used to build/construct the buildings and surrounding infrastructure and by “matting” the entire area the crawler cranes could assure themselves of absolute stability anywhere on the site.
During winter the flat surface could be snowplowed and cleared of debris, making the surface safe for machinery and workers alike. A flat surface is absolutely critical for heavy lift machinery; any undulations in the surface have a multiplier effect at 200 feet above ground. The dap holes in the top of the mat are used to place the mats by chain hook. The holes are filled with gravel and can be accessed later for removal.