If you want to extend a commercial building that is surrounded by other third-party properties and generally difficult to access, you've got your work cut out. While you may well be able to achieve your goals, you certainly have to look carefully at the logistics, especially when it comes to using that all-important cement. What's your best option when it comes to the delivery of this vital resource?
Bridging the Divide
A contractor would probably deliver your concrete using a conventional mixer truck in an unrestricted environment. Workers would simply use the wet concrete as released from the back of the truck and complete the work without hindrance. However, this type of vehicle is useless in a situation like yours unless you also have some other machinery on hand to form the necessary bridge.
In a complex situation, you will need a pump truck that you will locate next to the mixer truck and connect to your remote site. You may be able to use a boom mechanism that is essentially a remote-controlled robotic arm. It extends from the truck to your job site and will allow you to move large volumes of concrete accurately and quickly to ground zero. While this truck can certainly answer your problem if the distance is the only object, you may otherwise need something else entirely.
Should you consider a line pump? This is also a trailer or truck-mounted solution, but instead of a boom arm, it features a series of flexible rubber or steel hoses. They can be fed along the ground, around corners, or up and down as needed. They will then deliver the wet concrete, although they don't have the same raw capacity as the other solution. You'll need to talk with a concrete contractor to see whether a line pump can work and, if it can, how big a pump you may need.
What You Need to Consider
These pumps are very efficient and rely on hydraulic action to move the concrete from the source to the destination. However, you will need to find a skilled operator to control these machines, as there is an element of danger involved, and you will want to run this task as efficiently as possible.
Remember, the clock starts to tick as soon as the wet cement is on site. Ensure that you have taken everything into account and have the best solution in place as you plan your future construction.
For more information on commercial concrete pumping, contact a company near you.