LWRD – Light Weight Rapidly Deployable Camps

Camp system for remote exploration environments

General design highlights
Tifalmin Camp

  • The camps are based on a tried and tested US military tented system with purpose built components for remote environments.
  • The system is completely modular in design, allowing flexibility in camp configuration.
  • It uses pre built hardware in all components to allow for rapid assembly, disassembly and reuse.
  • The camp components are constructed to high safety standards including the modular electrical wiring system.
  • Camp may be relocated in components (leap frogged) to new camp locations.
  • It is lightweight compared to other (portable) camp systems largely used in the resources industry such as demountable buildings, containers and flat pack systems.
  • It packs down to small pallet size components allowing for transport by any method available to remote sites.

Seismic Base Camp

Tent System

  • Conventional building doors are prefabricated units and easily installed in the tent entryways for high traffic and air-conditioned tents so that these spaces no longer ‘feel like a tent’. Doors can be lockable.
  • The basis is a rugged US military modular tent system that is a proven design used over many years and deployed all over the world.
  • It utilises a lightweight aluminium frame and is primarily covered with a vinyl coated polyester duck cloth that is fire, mildew and water-resistant. It is fitted with features which allow for both heating and air conditioning.
  • The main material components consist of the window section, end section, door section and fly.
  • Each section is 20ft (6.1m) wide and may be extended in 8ft (2.4m) sections indefinitely to provide any length structure required.
  • A purpose built after market heavy duty flysheet protects the roof of the shelter, gives thermal shielding from the sun radiated heat and large eaves protect the windows against heavy rain.
  • The aluminium frame and cloth is assembled easily on the ground then pivoted up into position using a small team of 3 to 6 personnel, avoiding the need to conduct any work at heights.
  • An average tent structure can be assembled in a matter of hours with a small labour force.
  • Air ventilation for the tropical environment – All the tent sections have large windows with fly screens for good airflow, fly eaves allow these to be left open at all times even in heavy tropical rain. Some tent sections also have options for venting systems in the roof that can be used for additional venting in areas of higher heat or moisture build-up, such as the ablutions.
  • Air-conditioned environments – Any of the tent sections can be air-conditioned as required. The tents can be fitted with a specialised white liner inside the tent. This along with the flysheet provides three fabric layers with two air gaps, resulting in very good thermal insulating properties for use in air-conditioned space when required. The white liners also provide a lighter environment for an office.
  • Conventional building doors are prefabricated units and easily installed in the tent entryways for high traffic and air-conditioned tents so that these spaces no longer ‘feel like a tent’. Doors can be lockable.

Accommodation

Office Tent Plan Example of a two bay office and senior accommodation for two (C Block 6m x 4.8m)

Each accommodation unit is equipped with all necessities, units range from A to I as pictured. Air condition is an option if required.

Bunk Tent Plan Higher density accommodation three bay (I Block) 6m x 7.2m with bunks.

Accommdation Bedroom

Ablultions

Electrics

Generators 55KVA generators can be long lined by light helicopter

  • This is ‘plug-and-play’ with a purpose built modular system consisting of step down multi-purpose distribution boards. These may be configured in any way required to ensure maximum flexibility and efficiency of layout.
  • Boards are all professionally built to ANZ (Australia, New Zealand) wiring standards.
  • The final stage (C-boards) can be daisy chained as required.
  • All connections are plug in and switchable.
  • All circuits have built in RCD and overload protection for maximum user safety.
  • The final stage in each structure is completed by use of dedicated plug in leads and plug strips eliminating the need for any hard wiring by a qualified electrician.
  • The C-boards may be easily switched to select which phase to use. This, along with easy plug in feeds and the use of continuous ammeter current monitoring on the main A-boards, makes balancing the three phases a very simple process during camp construction or any modification.
  • Each of the tent structures can easily be isolated with the flick of a switch and unplugged so that structures may be added or removed at any time without disruption to the remaining camp power systems.
  • The heavy duty cable used for the main feed between boards means minimal voltage loss on the cabling and reduced generator loading.
  • GAMA ProjEx utilises many types of generators depending on camp size / load. Our two piece design 94KVA unit can be flown by light helicopter (each piece approx. 500kg).
  • By using high quality electrical components, low draw lighting and thermally efficient air-conditioned structures, a complete 45-man camp with all facilities can typically operate on a single 55KVA generator (690KG).
  • All main camp hot water heating and cooking facilities are electric, gas is not required, avoiding any Dangerous Goods transport to supply the camp.

Modular Furniture System

Mess Tent Modular furniture can be used for beds to tables to multiple layered shelving.

  • Purpose built skeletal frames are used to assemble any type of furniture required for the camp, all furnishings are pre-fabricated and quick to install in every building.
  • Skeletal frames are designed in standard modular sizes so they form building blocks to assemble any size furniture required from a simple bedside table to a kitchen serving bench.
  • These are strongly constructed in thin box section galvanized steel so that they can be used in any application from beds to work benches.
  • The suitable size legs and tops can be assembled in minutes.
  • The skeletal frames stack efficiently for transport, as they are in modular sizes.
  • In some situations, we use off the shelf plastic camping type furniture. It is not as robust as our modular furniture but benefits from being lighter.
Water System

Water Bladder Two 14,000 litre water bladders in use for 50 man camp

  • The main water reservoir for the camp is provided by a number of military specification bladders or standard plastic tanks.
  • In small camps we use rain harvesting tarpaulins to collect water.
  • Potable water treatment is provided by a multiple stage filter system with micron, carbon particle filtration and final stage UV sterilization.
  • The hot water system are high quality stainless steel units, they are plumbed with high pressure relief and tempering valves to ANZ domestic standards.

Water Bladder Water filtration unit.

Modular Ablutions

  • The showers and toilets are individual porta-modules that are private (lockable), unisex, very sanitary and easily cleaned.
  • The facilities can be easily expanded to suit requirements.
  • The flooring in the ablutions and mess area is a non-slip material but easily mopped clean and constructed of heavy plywood with impregnated marine decking sealant for best performance in wet conditions

Ablultions

Modular Packaging and Transport

  • The camp packs down into plastic pallet size bins or Mega Bins and other pallet size modules.
  • The more sensitive equipment is transported in water tight Space Cases.
  • All bins and cases are modular and can easily be stacked for transport.
  • All tent components are < 100kg and in heavy canvas bags allowing the camp to be man-handled when required.
  • When Mega Bins are used they are < 300kg allowing them to be moved around the site with light machinery.
  • The packaging is such that any mode of transport can be used to move the camp allowing for deployment in the most remote environments. Transport methods may including:
    • Light fixed wing aircraft
    • Light helicopter (external loads)
    • Heavy helicopter (internal or external, skid)
    • Truck
    • Barge - break bulk
    • Barge - Containerised in 20ft shipping containers