New Module for the Spanish Army in Antarctica
In early June it was announced that Gaptek has been awarded the contract to manufacture a module that will house a laboratory to carry out scientific research in Antarctica.
This module will be the third one manufactured by Gaptek for the Gabriel de Castilla Base, a base managed by the Army to support the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Spanish Polar Committee (CPE.) for the development of Antarctic research.
This new one-story module has surface of 305 m2 that will include several laboratories, a warehouse, a meeting room, a sanitary module, etc.
Gaptek will manufacture this building with its modular technology where the pieces fit together mechanically and with pins without the need for welding.
The building will be erected by the Army, which already has extensive experience with the Gaptek system, after the last two previously constructed modules (a warehouse and a workshop) during two Antarctic summers.
The Gaptek system adapts very well to the above factors since:
- The materials used in the envelope have a high degree of thermal insulation:
– providing comfort to scientists
– prevents heat transfer to the permafrost: less environmental impact
- The logistical footprint is minimal since its transport ratio per square meter is lower than container-based systems.
- The simplicity and speed of assembly makes it suitable for Antarctic summer deployment.
- Its robustness withstands wind, snow, and seismic loads in accordance with its location.
- The maintenance of the structure is null since structural aluminum is used.
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