BP: OSBL Civil Package One
Augercast Pile Installation
Thatcher Foundations Inc. was awarded
a subcontract by Superior Construction Company, Inc. to install 253 each 18"
x 80' long augercast piles with rebar at BP's Whiting, Indiana facility. The
piles formed a foundation for the installation of a new pipe rack as part of
the refinery's expansion.
BP's expansion project has brought dozens
of contractors and thousands of employees into close quarters, so careful
coordination from everyone was key to success. Thatcher worked as a
subcontractor to Superior Construction, who had a contract with the EPC firm,
Fluor, who was hired by the owner, BP. In turn, Thatcher was responsible for its
own on-site and off-site subcontractors and suppliers, including:
- Local subcontractors
- Rebar tying and placement provided by a
Schererville, Indiana company
- Equipment rented from a Hammond, Indiana
- Supplies from multiple Gary, Indiana
- Outside trucking from a Gary, Indiana
- Concrete from a Gary, Indiana company
Thatcher's scheduling and coordination
also included making arrangements for on-site inspections of all equipment by
BP-authorized companies. Inspections of completed piles were also scheduled by
Thatcher. Communication with unions at both the local and national levels was
crucial to the project's success, working under NMAPC rules. DLZ was hired by
Thatcher to ensure that the pile installation met with the owner's quality
The owner's rigorous safety standards
meant that Thatcher's site specific safety plan was especially extensive for
this project. Thatcher registered with the PICS pre-qualification system and had
its safety program and procedures thoroughly audited before being allowed to
begin work at BP's Whiting facility. Each on-site employee also went through
BP's safety orientation program. Thatcher purchased and exclusively used
"intrinsically safe" cellular phones on this job site.
"Intrinsically safe" cellular phones are
engineered so that they can not cause an unsafe situation due to their design.
All Thatcher employees on the site continually wore H2S
Monitors provided by the Owner, to ensure that they were not exposed to
hazardous level of hydrogen sulfide. The employees also wore company provided
"greens," cotton fire-retardant coveralls. The additional safety precautions
allowed Thatcher's employees to complete the project incident-free.