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Comfortable Dormitory for Adverse Operational Conditions

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:03

Given that mining operations are often located far away from urban areas, mining companies typically need to provide living spaces for their workers. While there are permanent solutions for mining camps, the dynamic nature of a mine may sometimes require living spaces to be relocated. For such conditions, Commosa has developed a comfortable mobile living space with dimensions of 10x38ft. It has the capacity to host eight individuals and contains two bedrooms, a kitchenette, a dining room, and a bathroom. The 10x38 dormitory was created as an expansion on Commosa’s 8x38 module, after an audit by ergonomics specialists. The 10x38 was created after it was detected that this added space would allow for a reduction in collisions between individuals passing each other inside the structure. This product follows the modular approach of all of Commosa’s range. A modular system adapts to architectonic spaces, and all the needs of residents are compacted and placed on level ground. Another advantage is that Commosa’s mobile spaces can be erected without the need for construction permits.

Given the variety of climates and conditions present across Mexico’s significant expanse, Commosa has found it difficult to design a modular dormitory that fits all purposes. The humid environment of Mexico’s southeast and its drier north is but one of these challenges. As such, Commosa has designed flexible modules, which require only a slight modification of materials, such as insulation, to adapt to different conditions. Another innovation is the introduction of fiberglass, which is now used for most materials inside the modules due to its low maintenance requirements. The glass fiber fillings in the walls and ceilings provide thermal and acoustic isolation, meeting the US norms that regulate this product. The general build-up of the 10x38ft dormitory consists of an IPR steel structure, with a mechanical levelling system, and a simple axle with an integrated break. The dormitory comes with various included features and a variety of optional ones. The included features are air conditioning, curtains, 110V electricity plugs, voice and data outlets, metallic shelves, a toilet, a sink, a shower, an extractor, a boiler, and bunk beds.

The dormitory’s window frames and the frame of the external door are made of natural aluminum, with a double lock on the door, while the inside contains sliding doors. The finishing touches include Canadian kiln dried wood with iron fittings at the ends, compliant with US norms.