POLAR CAMP IMPROVEMENTS REQUIREMENTS AND CONCEPTS FOR COVERED STORAGE FACILITIES
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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A study of storage facilities in polar camps showed a need for improved facilities for camps on areas of drifting snow. Equipment and materials stored in the open become drifted over and require costly manpower for digout. Damage during storage and digout is also costly. Digout can cost 400 to 600 per piece of equipment following winter storage or prolonged storms. The use of a lightweight, easily erected, low-cost storage shelter should produce savings in manpower and materials. Available information indicates that such a shelter would cost 1.50 to 2.00 per square foot. A storage basement under a building on a snowfield would also provide covered storage space at a very low cost. It was concluded that a study should be made to determine the feasibility of lightweight, easily erected, low-cost storage shelters for use on areas of drifting snow. Also, a prototype storage basement should be constructed under a Jamesway with a Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory steel foundation so that its practicality for storing supplies, small items, and frozen foods can be evaluated.
- Civil Engineering
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology