Dome Technology has organized a complete quality-control program covering all aspects of construction. It’s one way to assure customers that each step of the project is checked and rechecked for accuracy and precision. Project managers and superintendents implement daily checklists and reports, and the same documentation process is required companywide; no matter where work is done, superintendents follow the same checklists. Specifics are updated constantly as better, more efficient methods are adopted, and weekly conference calls for project managers and superintendents are required. Also, all checklist information and reports are uploaded online so supervisors at Dome Technology headquarters can gauge progress and project quality in real time.
Quality checks include materials reception (who received what and verification of quality); mill certification checks; verification that correct drawings are being used for project phases and specifics; and tests for excavations, compactions, and other earthwork. For tunnel installations, superintendents confirm concrete quality and check exact placement for precast sections. For the ring beam, our team verifies accuracy for formwork, rebar, and concrete. And when constructing the dome, foam and primer require their own checklists.
Providing a quality product is our goal for each customer. Here are some additional construction features that foster superior work:
Procurement and subcontract management
When functioning as general contractor, our team relies on relationships with those in various industries. For projects in faraway places, we conduct extensive interviews with customers, then investigate which construction companies have successfully functioned as general contractors in that region. Then, instead of furthering potentially adversarial relationships, Dome Technology often hires local entities to complete work on a subcontractor basis. In that way, our company and our customers benefits from positive relationships with would-be competitors, turning projects into a boon for communities as a whole. What’s good for the community is good for the local economy. When our team travels for projects, we opt to use local labor and subcontractors, placing ads in labor magazines and contacting temporary labor agencies to enlist hired help. When we come to town, we provide employment for customers and their neighbors. And if materials can be sourced locally, we do that too.
When soil falls on bedrock, domes don’t need deep foundation systems. But because that’s the ideal rather than the norm, our engineers have become masters at creating deep foundation systems, whether than means driving steel or concrete piles down to bedrock or crafting an out-of-the-box system that doesn’t utilize pilings.
Why the need for such strength? Our construction model is superior for stored materials requiring a controlled environment. The airform prevents water and moisture from seeping in, and layers of concrete, rebar, and insulation provide humidity and temperature control. There’s also a real need for strong safety shelters. In the United States, FEMA has hired Dome Technology to construct multiple emergency shelters, which must meet stringent requirements including the ability to withstand projectiles and their impact force. A dome can resist high impact loads without requiring interior beams, thanks largely to our construction process.
For customers who don’t have the option of moving product with a front-end loader via an entryway, an extraction system is a must. Tunnels create a space for people and equipment to reclaim the product outside the dome, and their construction is integrated into the dome’s foundation. Since most Dome customers are not in the business of storing product for long periods, being able to move product quickly is key to greater moneymaking potential. Each customer’s product needs to be reclaimed in an efficient and safe manner, whether being moved to truck, railcar or ship, and the desired, optimal reclaim method will determine the type and number of tunnels utilized and the speed at which the product is reclaimed.
In the past, many customers hired subcontractors to install handling systems, but our team is becoming a leader in the material-handling industry. The way your system needs to work depends on your product, and no matter the kind of transport system, our team uses its material-handling know-how to customize and construct the right model for your business.
Our domes are built, as needed, with an explosion panel at the apex; this panel is sealed to prevent moisture from entering the structure but is rated to release in an explosion event or when air pressure is excessive. When the explosion panel is loosed, the shape of the structure channels energy through the panel, meaning less chance of your dome being compromised should an explosion occur.
Additional steel and concrete construction
Dome Technology also assumes the role of general or subcontractor for other types of construction work, including building conveyors and other buildings. For more information, contact our sales team.