Protecting Regulator Station Scada Systems In The DesertCase Study
The shelters are located in the Sonoran Desert, about an hour outside of Phoenix, where summer temperatures easily exceed 100° + for three months out of the year, and winter temperatures can occasionally dip to freezing. Their customer relies on the 3-inch foam in the walls, estimated R-value 21, and 4" foam in the ceilings, estimated R-value 28, to complement site-installed HVAC for temperature regulation.
The shelters also have 19/32 OSB inside the walls, roofs, and doors. The wood, along with the upgraded insulation, increases the structural integrity of the shelters. The wood also provides the reinforcement needed to hang heavy equipment.
The shelters have metal base skids, fiberglass floors, and vinyl tile walking surfaces. Metal base skids are ideal for shelters located in rough terrains. The skids offer a sturdy foundation that resists rot, decay, and pests while providing additional structural support during transport and adverse weather conditions. The 4-inch height of the skid also facilitates drainage, preventing pooling water that can occur during monsoon storms. They can easily be placed on rough, unprepared surfaces or, in this case, on a pre-poured cement foundation.
Fiberglass shelters have superior weatherability and can withstand damage from blowing sand, which can catalyze rot and corrosion in other shelter materials. The gel coats used by Shelter Works provide:
- UV and Weather Resistance – Prevent fading and degradation from exposure to sunlight and protect against damage from weather and other environmental factors, including rain, snow, and water infiltration.
- Enhanced Durability and Longevity – Gel coats add a layer of protection that helps protect the fiberglass substrate, aiding in the prevention of scratches and other surface damage, extending the lifespan of the shelters.
- Easy Maintenance – Easily remove dirt, dust, and other contaminants with soap and water. There is no need to apply additional paint, coatings, or inhibitors.
These fiberglass shelters with thicker wall insulation, wood in the walls, and metal base skids will provide long-lasting, trusted protection to the SCADA systems they house.
When asked about his experience working with Shelter Works, Jason Dellow stated, "Shelter Works provided exceptional service from order to shipment. Their team guided us through the selection process and collaborated closely during initial engineering & drawing submittals. Production updates were timely, and any issues were quickly addressed. Their logistics team managed smooth delivery to our customer's site. The Shelter Works experience demonstrated professionalism, expertise, and a commitment to exceeding expectations".