Nothing to Sniff At: Installing a new scale system at a wastewater treatment facility in record time

A weights and measures contractor came to us looking for assistance with steel fabrication and installation for a new scale system at the Frank E. VanLare Wastewater Treatment Facility. They needed four steel beams, each of which weighed 800 pounds, installed to the side of an existing storage tank. Underneath each of the beams, Boulter needed to replace and install new load cells to monitor the tank weight, essentially letting the facility know when the tank was full.

Fairbanks Scales 3

While the scale replacement was a complex project involving coordination with the VanLare Facility, the scale manufacturer, Fairbanks Scales, and the contractor overseeing the project, the desired goal was straightforward. VanLare needed a more accurate weighing system for their storage tanks. The challenge was rigging, hoisting and installing these beams and cells in a tight area, high up off the plant floor, without disrupting the day-to-day facility operations. As a single source provider of rigging, fabrication and industrial transportation services, Boulter was brought in because we were able to complete all facets of the project without additional sub-contractors to further complicate the project.

Timing Is Everything

Fairbanks Scales 1Considering the size of the beams to be installed and the prime facility location where the installation had to take place, VanLare’s biggest concern for the project was potential disruption to their facility operations. Since we would be working in an area directly above where the plant’s tractor-trailer trucks enter and exit the facility throughout the day, we chose a start date when the plant was shut down. This allowed us to get all materials up off the plant floor and into the work area high above the truck entrance without any disruptions to operations.

Fairbanks Scales 4With all materials successfully in the work area, our ironworkers were able to install new steel beams onto the sides of the existing tank and the new load cells under the beams to monitor the weight of the tank. Our expert personnel were able to complete the job quickly and ultimately deliver what our customer needed, a more accurate weighing system.

Success Weighed on Results

Fairbanks Scales 2With the project started during a plant closure, we were able to get the project moving much faster than anticipated. We were given eight days to install the new beams and load cells. We were able to complete the job in half that time, finishing the whole project in four days, without disrupting plant operations. VanLare was thrilled to have their tank measurement system up and running ahead of schedule and that all project components were completed on budget without facility interruption.



No Boiler Too Complex for Boulter

RDH9A mechanical contractor came to us looking for assistance with a boiler replacement job, complete with new catwalks, rails and access ladders, for Rochester District Heating. Boiler replacements are typically complex projects, but this particular project was especially challenging since we were working against aggressive time constraints and the project had multiple components. Our customer’s goal was a safer, more effective boiler system. The challenge? Deliver a safe and secure system, on time and on budget.

 What was our pathway to success?

RDH3In order to successfully meet our customer’s timeline, we carefully scheduled each component so that our processes would coordinate with the demolition. And because we uniquely offer all the needed services under one roof, we were able to complete the project on time and on budget. It all comes down to the Boulter promise of creating the product that our customer needs.

Our OSHA-trained crews and Qualified Riggers can safely install any machinery with ease. Our expert personnel were able to complete this job quickly, on time, and ultimately deliver the safe and secure system that our customer needed.

 How did it all come together?RDH5

The end result was exceptional. Our customers were thrilled because despite the complexity of the project, there have been no injuries onsite. We implemented the appropriate measures so that their employees can do their jobs safely, and the system could be prepared to supply heat before the cold weather hit. Thanks to their new Boulter support steel, handrail, access ladders and updated grating, Rochester District Heating was able to get back to business.

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Western New York’s Sonar Test Facility

Did you know the Navy does field tests in the Finger Lakes?

Our glacier-made lakes are perfect for the research and development the facility conducts, which is world-renowned for ventures that demand deep-water testing. Because it is capable of handling systems, or equipment, weighing up to 200 tons and as deep as 500 feet, many major projects get evaluated there. Also, the facility performs test and evaluation of equipment ranging from single element transducers to complex sonar arrays and systems.

Bsonaroulter was brought in by O’Connell Electric to assist in the replacement of the Test Facility’s entire ship-mounted MV and LV distribution systems. We received all the equipment, rig materials from land to the barge via crane, from the barge to the ship via the Navy’s ship-mounted crane. Once everything was on the ship, our crew rigged the equipment into its final location and the materials into place.

Our Fabrication Shop fabricated and installed new stainless steel bases for the exterior equipment. We also fabricated new stainless steel handrails to replace the existing fencing.


Learn more about typical projects we undertake here or read what others are saying about us.

[Adapted from the O’Connell Electric Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2015/2016]