Education – Geneva Rock Products http://genevarock.com Supplier of ready-mixe concrete, sand and gravel, asphalt, and more Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:44:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 52181677 Doing Our Part: Responsible Mining at Point of the Mountain http://genevarock.com/doing-our-part-responsible-mining-at-point-of-the-mountain/ http://genevarock.com/doing-our-part-responsible-mining-at-point-of-the-mountain/#respond Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:19:20 +0000 http://genevarock.com/?p=1278 →]]> Geneva Rock Products is a Utah-based company, and we take great pride in being locally owned and operated. The materials that we provide are in the roads we drive on, the foundations of our homes, and the places that we work and play. Building Utah in a responsible manner is very important to us.

Since our founding in 1954, the company has prioritized the interests of the community and the importance of corporate responsibility. Part of this commitment includes strict compliance with laws related to public safety.

Having operated a number of locations across the Wasatch Front for nearly 60 years, we understand the health and safety responsibilities involved in mining aggregate materials. Compliance with Federal and State regulations governed by the Utah Department of Air Quality, MSHA, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies is a very high priority. We consistently take a proactive approach to ensure that we meet or exceed requirements.

Proactive Commitment to Dust Prevention

This year at our Point of the Mountain Plant, company executives decided to increase the water distribution across the operation to reduce potential dust. This decision was made early in the year, as weather experts indicated a dry summer.

In the spring, temporary water cannons (think extremely powerful sprinklers) were installed to keep the operation wet while a permanent irrigation system is installed. The new watering structure distributes many thousands of gallons of water on the largest slopes and stockpiles at the plant.

Dust Elimination Strategies

Here are some of the other efforts we have made to reduce dust:

Water Trucks

These trucks distribute water across dirt roads within the operation, ensuring dirt and aggregate product spilled from passing trucks or while loading into trucks does not become mobile. Each water truck holds thousands of gallons of water.

Water Wagons

These trucks are able to travel over areas not generally accessible to water trucks. This includes watering the hillside slopes, haul roads and dozed areas. After the wagons have soaked the material, a dozer pushes the saturated material over the edge of the hill to cover the slope below. Each water wagon holds between 6,500 and 10,000 gallons of water.

Vacuum Truck

This specialized piece of equipment travels asphalt and concrete roads throughout the plant to suck up and eliminate sand, dirt and aggregate pieces from the roadways. This practice helps prevent incoming and outgoing contractors from kicking up dirt and dust with their trucks and construction equipment.

Water Cannons

This system distributes water across the slopes and to various sand and gravel stockpile areas. These water cannons include multiple high pressure long range water sprinklers that spray many thousands of gallons of water on areas that need dust control. Some water cannons at the Point of the Mountain can deliver up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute and can cover an area of up to 590 feet in diameter. Various new water tanks, pumps, and pipe have been installed or are currently being installed at the quarry.

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Safely Building the Community

Geneva Rock believes that the air quality efforts at its Point of the Mountain plant are the most expensive project of its kind ever done in Utah by a sand and gravel company. We recognize the value our products have to the surrounding communities (sidewalks, roads, foundations, homes, utilities, etc.), and are committed to provide these materials from this important location while protecting the health of Utah’s citizens.

We agree that every individual and company can do more to reduce dust, emissions, pollution, and prevent excessive water use. We will continue to analyze our efforts and do our part to protect the communities where we work, live and recreate.

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Microsurfacing vs. Asphalt Mill & Fill http://genevarock.com/microsurfacing-vs-asphalt-mill-fill/ http://genevarock.com/microsurfacing-vs-asphalt-mill-fill/#respond Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:33:06 +0000 http://genevarock.com/?p=1005 →]]> According to a recent eco-efficiency analysis of asphalt pavement technology, it was found that microsurfacing is not only more economical but also causes less environmental impact than the traditional mill and fill strategy. The organization behind the analysis, BASF Corporation details a wide range of methods used to determine the benefits of using microsurfacing to prolong the design life of road surfaces.

The basis of the study revolved around the use of two-inch mill and fill asphalt overlays and compared it to the cold mix, asphalt emulsion-based microsurfacing. The impact of both materials was measured on one-mile sections of 12-foot lanes using each technology.

Microsurfacing

Where pavement preservation is concerned, microsurfacing is quickly becoming a popular option due to the many perks it offers. By simply mixing aggregate, mineral filler, water, and a polymer-modified asphalt emulsion, it creates a very unique result. When coated on a road surface, it can accept traffic in as little as an hour and is an ideal solution for heavily-traveled roadways. As a road maintenance strategy, it is ideal for leveling a street and filling cracks as they being to appear.

Asphalt Mill & Fill

The concept behind mill and fill entails removing the existing surface layer with a milling machine and then transporting the material to a storage facility. New asphalt is then used to replace the milled location, allowing for upwards of seven-to-10 years of durability. While the use of mill and fill entails for less frequent maintenance, the cost still proves to be quite significant.

Final Comparison

While microsurfacing requires a single application every five-to-seven years, it maintains a low cost due to the decreased levels of aggregate needed to maintain road surfaces. Asphalt-based mill and fill requires hot production environments and applications in addition to more asphalt and aggregate than microsurfacing, which results in a 40 percent increase in energy expenditures over microsurfacing. From a materials standpoint, microsurfacing requires less than 50 percent of the resources needed for mill and fill. Of all the contributors of land use in producing aggregate, mill and fill was identified as the largest contributor.

Mill and fill, in comparison to microsurfacing, uses as much as 2.5 times as many aggregates, which thus requires more asphalt binder than used in microsurfacing. This increased level of materials and work is necessary to offer the same 40-year life cycle offered by microsurfacing. The resulting impact is that mill and fill requires 25 percent more work and cost despite the more frequent applications required for microsurfacing.

In the end, the study proves microsurfacing is the more cost- and eco-efficient strategy for maintaining asphalt pavement surfaces. It requires fewer materials and, while needing more applications over the long-term, it still proves to be the more efficient strategy from a budgetary and efficiency standpoint for covering cracks and prolonging the design life of a roadway.

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Protect Your Investment: Tips on Increasing Concrete Longevity http://genevarock.com/protect-your-investment-tips-on-increasing-concrete-longevity/ http://genevarock.com/protect-your-investment-tips-on-increasing-concrete-longevity/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:39:50 +0000 http://genevarock.imaginatestudio.com/?p=736 →]]> Concrete continues to be one of the most popular material choices in the construction industry due to its wide range of applications. As a material, it is highly customizable, incredibly durable, and reasonably priced, ultimately requiring little maintenance. Yet, while this material may be quite durable and low maintenance, its appearance can suffer some after years of wear, even if the material beneath remains solid.

To keep your concrete looking beautiful and continuing to perform as expected for years to come, we suggest a number of common practices.

Protection Against the Elements

Concrete should be protected against certain elements, specifically rain, snow, and de-icing salts. This is quite detrimental during winter months in freeze/thaw climates. By nature, concrete is porous, which means it has a nasty habit of absorbing water. When that liquid freezes, it expands by as much as nine percent. What the expansion does is cause the surface to scale in the form of local flaking or peeling of a finished surface.

The same outcome occurs when snow is present on the concrete’s surface. With the cycle of daytime above freezing and nighttime below freezing, this can be quite difficult on unprotected concrete.

Deicing Chemicals

As a solution, you can purchase a number of commercially-available deicing chemicals that are reportedly safe for concrete. The skepticism behind this product is that deicing chemicals increase the already frequent number of freeze/thaw cycles concrete goes through during the winter season.

These chemicals are rarely recommended, especially in the first year of service. Instead, consider using clean sand and #9 ice grit as traction alternatives. Deicing chemicals can cause and aggravate surface scaling when used to remove snow and ice. If your situation requires the use of deicing salts, use them sparingly.

Ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate should be avoided entirely as deicers. They chemically aggressive and destroy concrete surfaces.

Concrete Sealers

Rather than going the route of chemical deicers, instead consider concrete sealers. Not only do these protect your investment against moisture penetration, chemical attack, and staining, but it also enhances the color and creates a rather attractive shine on the surface. If you want to know whether a concrete surface needs a sealer is to pour water on it. If the water soaks in, then this winter is going to have a serious impact on your driveway or other concrete surface.

Curing compounds prevent moisture from leaving the concrete during the initial stages of strength development, whereas concrete sealers are meant to keep moisture from entering the concrete entirely. They protect against damage caused by deicing salt, staining, and abrasion and wear.

Most penetrating water repellant sealers can last up to five years before requiring reapplication. The amount of traffic the surface receives determines the lifespan, making an exact life expectancy difficult to determine. By applying a seal to your concrete, you ensure greater longevity in your concrete and a more aesthetically-pleasing surface for years to come.

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10 Stumbling Blocks to Avoid with Project Management http://genevarock.com/10-stumbling-blocks-to-avoid-with-project-management/ http://genevarock.com/10-stumbling-blocks-to-avoid-with-project-management/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:11:29 +0000 http://genevarock.imaginatestudio.com/?p=636 →]]> Considering the difficulties of the economy, the bottom line has become more important than ever. Every cost matters when it comes to saving money and delivering a quality product. Project estimates have to be ideal for the owner and the profit and supply costs have to be reasonable for the contractor.

But it’s easier said than done to appease both audiences with a competitive estimate that adequately captures all foreseeable costs. Here is a list of 10 items that, if executed effectively, could reduce the number of unexpected costs in a project and maintain the budget for contractor and owner alike.

1) Avoid Using Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets have become firmly engrained in business practices, just like PowerPoint. And, just like with PowerPoint, they aren’t the answer to effective business practices. Spreadsheets leave too much potential for mistakes between data input, formula, and simple human error.

Software applications do exist that eliminate the potential for errors. While it may be an added expense at the start, it will pay for itself by removing the grief and headache associated with data entry. If you find a process requires a spreadsheet, odds are there is a software application out there that does it better.

2) Hold to the Project Estimation Cost

When it comes to winning a project bid, the estimate can turn the tides of victory your way. But it is also the key to your success when the project begins. Once a contract is won, the contractor typically begins ordering all materials, equipment, and paperwork needed to see the job through. This is a recipe for failure as it can easily result in supply shortages and overages as well as job delays.

While you should avoid using spreadsheets, as mentioned before, you also shouldn’t rush the data entry process. Do it right the first time and it’ll pay off in the end.

3) Create a Process Checklist

The key to being thorough is to have a keen understanding of the steps involved in completing a process. Don’t leave everything in your head to be remembered at a later date, because odds are that you might forget something when the time comes. Create a checklist of items to go through prior to starting a job.

4) Know Where Everything is Stored

Data files have an annoying tendency to disappear after you save and close them. As a project owner, nothing is more frustrating than needing information and the contractor not knowing where it is being stored. While this problem seems simple and easily avoidable, it happens quite often for some reason.

Create an effective means of storing data that won’t keep owners waiting for data and you scrambling to find it. Whether this is simply a more organized folder hierarchy for data or a more comprehensive data storage solution, increase data availability and reduce disorganization.

5) Make Use of Historical Data for Forecasting

Once you’ve established effective data storage procedures, you’ll be able to access that data for years to come. When on a project several years from now, you’ll be able to look back on the data and increase the accuracy of project financials for future bids. Forecasting is an invaluable business practice as it enables businesses to gain insight into what factors on a project affect cost and schedule estimates.

6) Reflect Actual Costs & Changes in Estimations

Odds are that if you’ve used spreadsheets before, then you’ve likely fallen victim to the nightmare of project costs exceeding the original estimate. When an estimate is updated, that change should be reflected across the entire project.

Unfortunately, many contractors make the mistake of only updating estimates in one area. Make sure all changes are made in every part of a project so that when you reach the end of a schedule you aren’t suddenly in a financial bind.

7) Factor in Escalations and Inflation

Some projects can be completed in as little as a month, whereas others can take upwards of several years. When making project estimates, you must factor in inflation. How will costs change between the start of the project and the end? Depending on the material, this will vary drastically. But if you do your homework on such things, you won’t encounter any surprises when you’re well into a project.

8) Bring on the Right People

Jobs have to happen quickly; it’s a simple way of the world. And if there’s one thing that can put a project behind deadline quickly, that would be wasting time by performing sub-par work. Take the time to train your workers to do a job correctly and efficiently.

9) Embrace the Partnering Process

No project only ever has one way of doing it. How you approach a job is dependent on the resources you’re able to leverage. Building the right partnerships with subcontractors, owners, general contractors, and other external entities can make all the difference between project success and failure. Creating relationships means you’ll be able to ensure a higher quality of subcontractor work and products for the job. Resist the temptation to make partnerships about the best prices; instead, focus on who will do the best job.

10) Give the Right People the Right Roles

Workers will likely have spent countless years refining their skills to be good at certain tasks. Draw upon the experience and skills of your team members, partners, and workers as they will likely help you resolve issues quickly. The best projects are guided by exceptional teams that are willing to put individuals into roles suited to their skills.

Achieving the perfect estimate is no easy thing to master. Each of the suggestions above will merely help you work toward expecting the unexpected. How you adhere to each suggestion and integrate it into your company values will ultimately influence the success you’ll achieve.

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