A pre-fabricated building, informally a pre-fab, is a building that is manufactured and constructed using prefabrication. It consists of factory-made components or units that are transported and assembled on-site to form the complete building.
Old Mining Sites – features
In general, old mining sites have the following features:
1. They are located in remote areas, usually far away from industrialized areas. The mining activity itself brings some development to the region.
2. Availability of technical personnel, especially for non-core activities, is low. While mining engineers, mining machinery mechanical engineers, mineral technologists etc. are attracted to such sites by long term employment prospects, getting experienced civil and structural engineers is extremely difficult, since only a very few building/structures need to be built over long time periods.
In most modern industries automation has played a big part in reducing the total number of working hours with the intent of keeping a lid on prices, but the construction industry is intrinsically labour-intensive, and on a Prefabricated building site the usefulness of automation is limited. Pre-fabricating mining buildings in a factory-type environment has the potential to improve construction time and quality control, reduce the impact of environmental factors and control costs.
Old Mining Buildings have been popular popular during mining revolution due to the need for mass accommodation of mining personnel. Pre-fabricated houses were built as a quick and economic replacement for the traditional buildings. However the quality was dependent on companies, and when such pre-fabricated housing was left in use for longer than its designed life, it acquired a certain stigma.
However, modern materials, improvement in design and building materials and the rising cost and non-availability of construction labour has made Old Mining Buildings quite viable .
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