Preparing your Site for Thermal Remediation

A TerraTherm job is similar to other construction-style jobs in terms of logistics. Once all of the design and contracting issues have been resolved and a date to proceed has been set, it’s finally time to mobilize!  Mobilization is often one of the most overlooked aspects of every construction-type job. Generally, we tend to think that work begins once we arrive on site, forgetting all the hard work that precedes it.  Mobilization is one aspect of every job that can prove greatly beneficial to all involved if planned properly, or alternately, can create future headaches when overlooked.  The transition can be successful with a few basic steps. Here’s a list that may prove helpful to other site supervisors or construction managers, regardless of whether they practice thermal remediation or not. It may also be helpful if you plan on doing business with TerraTherm, so you may better understand our processes.

Here I am preforming a site tour pre-mobilization to a TerraTherm job Site.

Here I am preforming a site tour pre-mobilization at a TerraTherm job Site.


  1. The first step is to communicate with the client, owner, or site representative to establish a predetermined work area to which we’ll have access.
  2. Utility clearance! If any below surface work is planned, it is imperative to ensure that utility clearance has been completed or arranged prior to work beginning. 1-800-DIG-SAFE is a great place to start.  If the work area is on private property, the facility owner typically has drawings and schematics that will show buried utilities or subsurface obstructions.
  3. Hospital route.  It is imperative to verify the nearest route to the hospital or emergency room.  I have found in the past that sometimes online mapping sites may direct you to an animal hospital or a non-emergency facility, which adds havoc to what may already be a tense situation.
  4. If there are plans to operate equipment, be sure to perform a review of any license and permit requirements for the state or municipality where the work is being performed.  Many states require specific equipment licensing to operate forklifts, drill rigs, or other various types of equipment.
  5. Research and obtain the necessary building permits for the work that will be done with the local municipality.
  6. Research and locate local suppliers and rental yards for the equipment and materials that will be needed for the job. It’s much easier to identify them and open accounts now than when you need something in a hurry.


  1. Once on site and in preparation to setting up the office trailer, look for a level surface preferably close to the existing utilities feeding the site and up out of flood zones.  Ensure that parking and traffic will not cause congestion or obstacles for existing traffic or workers.
  2. Internet access and power supply will need to be arranged.  The subject of power supply is addressed within a recent blog.  When portable restrooms are required, 1 unit for every 10 workers per 40 hour work week is the standard.  A water supply to the site will also need to be located.
  3. Determine a good location for staging of equipment and materials along with a loading / unloading area for trucks and trailers if applicable.  Keep in mind the turning radius of the trucks and trailers in addition to the overhead power lines if off-loading with cranes or forklifts.  This area should also not interfere with the normal vehicle and foot traffic around the site or facility.
  4. The final step is determining the work zone and exclusion zones around the site.  This information will allow for the designation of decontamination zones/break areas.

An example of a graded work site, ready for TerraTherm  mobilization activities

Each site and location generally comes with its own unique set of challenges but having most of the basic site requirements in place will allow for one less obstacle to have to face.  Hopefully a few of these steps will help facilitate an easier beginning for another successful TerraTherm project.

About Bill Condon

Mr. Condon has over 10 years of experience as a driller, site supervisor, and construction manager on a variety of environmental remediation projects. Mr. Condon has brought his diverse knowledge of management, drilling, and construction implementation to TerraTherm’s thermal remediation installations. Mr. Condon has been a member of TerraTherm’s team since 2009.
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One Response to Preparing your Site for Thermal Remediation

  1. David Hebert says:

    Great tips Bill. Glad to see you’re doing well at TerraTherm.

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