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3 Solar Construction Project Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

On November 30, 2023 | By Kathy Hopper

As solar construction continues to expand, many project managers are learning about common mistakes the hard way. Fortunately, many of these are avoidable via proper planning and having the right team in place. By learning from these mistakes—hopefully before you’ve made them—you can avoid them on your next solar project.

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How to Estimate the Cost of Site Preparation for Your Next Project

On November 30, 2023 | By Kathy Hopper

We have bad news for you: There is no stock formula for accurately determining site preparation costs for construction, power, and solar projects. Unique site conditions, project requirements, and local regulations are all contributing factors to the overall cost of site access. Unfortunately, the site access costs from your last project don’t translate to the next. The terrain could be wildly different, there might be protected species, or the temporary road could need to be a different length. If you can’t copy and paste from your last project, or if you have never dealt with site preparation, how do you estimate the costs? We have good news! You don’t have to do it on your own. The YAK ACCESS team has decades of experience with site access solutions across a broad range of industries and locations, so you can rely on our deep knowledge to get a quality proposal to incorporate into your overall project budget.

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Key Factors to Consider for Your Next Temporary Road Construction Project

On July 27, 2022 | By Kathy Hopper

Whether you’re upgrading electrical utility infrastructure, installing a pipeline, or building a new solar farm, temporary road construction is often necessary to provide safe site access. Transferring heavy equipment, materials, and people requires a level, stable road that might not exist in remote areas. When you need to create a temporary road to access your project site, consider these key factors.

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Understanding the Importance of EPZ Grounding for Power Line Safety

On July 13, 2022 | By Kathy Hopper

When working around electrical utility lines or transmission equipment, there is a risk that it will become reenergized. To combat this risk, OSHA requires that an equipotential zone (EPZ) be created at worksites where differences in electric potential are a possibility. To do this, a temporary grounding solution, such as EPZ grounding mats, must be identified and implemented.

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How to Prepare for the Unexpected with Site Access Planning

On December 9, 2021 | By Kathy Hopper

The No. 1 factor to consider when creating a site access plan is safety. Construction projects in remote locations are particularly challenging to plan for because you must transport heavy equipment, building materials, and workers to the site for the duration of the project—and it must be done safely from day one.

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5 Construction Project Management Tools for Cost-Savings Initiatives

On November 24, 2021 | By Kathy Hopper

Access, installation, and maintenance projects require more than physical grit. Logistics and project management skills require heavy lifting, too. Civil contractors want to win more bids, track progress, and analyze their spending in real time.

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Planning for Your Next Complete Site Access Project

On November 11, 2021 | By Kathy Hopper

Pipeline, power line, and renewable energy projects take place in some of the most remote parts of the country. As crews arrive on-site, they’re ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. But skipping over the preparatory steps of any access project can cost teams dearly in the long run. Thick vegetation and steep inclines prove treacherous for construction crews without the proper precautions in place.

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Planning for Your Next Construction Land Clearing Project

On October 28, 2021 | By Kathy Hopper

Solar energy initiatives are popping up all over the country as American companies work diligently to meet renewable energy requirements. Though the preparation may be extensive, the payoff is also huge. Companies committed to renewable energy reduce their carbon footprint, stabilize energy prices, improve public health, and boost local economies and job prospects.

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Right-of-Way Clearing: 5 Best Practices for Safety Management

On October 14, 2021 | By Kathy Hopper

Electric power lines travel through dense areas with thick vegetation. Project managers must mitigate complex logistics throughout the installation process. However, before any major thoroughfare is primed for construction, it must be properly cleared through a process known as right-of-way (ROW) clearing. This includes building in swamps and wetlands, conducting upstream drilling operations, and carrying out wind farm construction and other renewable energy projects.

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The Importance of Controlling Erosion at Construction Sites

On September 30, 2021 | By Kathy Hopper

Construction projects of any size risk land erosion. Workers maneuver heavy vehicles and machinery across segments of untouched land. For those in the access business, teams are creating roads and passageways to worksites across landscapes that may be uneven, heavily wooded, or surrounded by wetlands.

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