Solving Challenging Worksite Access Problems with Swamp Mats

Solving Challenging Worksite Access Problems with Swamp Mats

In construction and resource industries, worksite access can be a significant challenge. Many projects take place in remote or environmentally sensitive areas where traditional access routes are limited, if not entirely absent. It’s in these challenging terrains that swamp mats from GFI Solutions prove to be invaluable assets, offering solutions to access problems that might otherwise bring projects to a standstill. Next, we will discuss how GFI Solutions’ swamp mats conquer common worksite access problems. Keep reading to find out more.

Understanding the Challenge

Worksites located in remote or heavily forested areas face a variety of challenges. Without the proper access solutions, vehicles and equipment can quickly become bogged down, causing delays, resource wastage, and environmental damage. This is where swamp mats from GFI Solutions come into play, providing much-needed stability and protection for equipment, personnel, and the environment.

The Versatility of Swamp Mats

Swamp mats, access mats or ground protection mats are robust, portable platforms designed to create a stable surface on unstable or muddy terrains. At GFI Solutions, we offer CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) swamp mats, traditional bolted access mats, and used swamp mats to suit every project’s access needs and budget. Here’s how our inventory of swamp mats can solve some of the most common worksite access problems:

1) Preservation of Sensitive Environments

In ecologically delicate areas like wetlands or forests, preserving the natural habitat is a top priority. GFI Solutions’ swamp mats distribute the weight of heavy machinery, preventing damage to fragile ecosystems. This ensures that construction or resource extraction activities can coexist with nature without causing harm.

2) Preventing Soil Erosion

Swamp mats act as a barrier between heavy equipment and the ground. By reducing ground pressure and minimizing soil disturbance, they help prevent soil erosion and protect bodies of water from sediment contamination. This, in turn, contributes to maintaining water quality.

3) Access to Remote Areas

GFI Solutions’ swamp mats are portable and can be easily installed and removed, making them ideal for accessing remote or hard-to-reach locations. They provide a stable pathway for equipment traversing challenging terrain, enabling efficient project execution. With GFI Solutions’ mat delivery and installation services, our team can ensure your swamp mats are correctly installed and ready to go. That way, you can focus on other aspects of the setup and execution of your project.

4) Minimizing Equipment Damage

The harsh conditions of challenging work sites can take a toll on heavy equipment. Swamp mats provide a level surface that reduces wear and tear on machinery, extending their lifespan and saving on maintenance costs.

5) Cost-Efficiency

While swamp mats are an initial investment, they pay off in the long run by reducing project delays and equipment repair costs. The cost-efficiency of GFI Solutions’ access mats is especially evident in remote areas where alternative access solutions may be prohibitively expensive.

Find Swamp Mats at GFI Solutions

Solving challenging work site access problems is essential for the success of construction and resource projects in demanding environments. GFI Solutions‘ swamp mats provide a sustainable and practical solution that facilitates access and prioritizes environmental conservation and cost-effectiveness. They are a testament to how innovation in ground protection technology can bridge the gap between human progress and environmental stewardship, ensuring we can build a better future while respecting the natural world.

Contact GFI Solutions today to learn more about our inventory of swamp mats.

Swamp Mats or Access Mats?

Swamp Mats or Access Mats?

GFI Solutions is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of safe-site matting solutions, including swamp mats, access mats and bridges. We help deliver and install your choice of access mats as well as offer service and support 24 hours a day throughout Canada.

When you’re starting a project, you might face the dilemma of whether you need to order swamp mats or access mats; we can help clear up the confusion. For starters, the term “swamp mats” is technically only used in southern regions where worksites witness warm, swampy grounds which require matting to cross. In practice, there are no differences between swamp mats and access mats; the terms are both used interchangeably depending on where you are in the world. With that said, there are different uses for access mats which you should be aware of before sending out your order. We’ll take a closer look at the different types of mats below and help you choose the best option for your project!

Access Mats

The type of matting suitable for your project will depend on where you plan to use it. If you’re looking to build a temporary road that is reliable and budget-friendly, then you should be looking to install Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats. You can either choose the TerraLam® 300 CLT or the TerraLam® 500 CLT, depending on the requirements of the worksite.

TerraLam® 300 CLT Specifications:

  • 3-ply cross-laminated timber
  • Southern Yellow Pine
  • Weight: – 1,350 lbs.

TerraLam® 500 CLT Specifications:

  • 5-ply cross-laminated timber
  • All layers are made from Southern Yellow Pine
  • Weight: – 2,667 lbs.


Rig/Crane Mats

Rig and Crane access mats assist with transportation requirements and provide a stable foundation for heavy equipment used, such as rigs and cranes. These types of mats have a steel frame to be able to handle the increased loads of heavy machinery and prevent future breakages.

The cost of rig/crane access mats is usually more expensive than regular CLT access mats, which is why you need to be sure what type of access mats you require before placing your orders. If you’re not sure which option would be best suited for your project, contact our team of experts for more information.

Benefits of CLT Access Mats

CLT access mats are more substantial, more durable and safer than bolted matting. CLT access mats are designed to offer better performance at a lower cost as well as:

  • 3-5 times the lifespan of bolted mats
  • Lower shipping costs
  • Solid matting tops that reduce worksite hazards
  • Every mat delivered will perform to your specifications

With GFI Solutions’ access mats, you will no longer worry about damage or replacement costs. We ensure that our customers never have to pay for damaged mats or if they need to replace them. Ever!

Want To Spend Less On Access Mats?

Contact GFI Solutions to learn more about TerraLam® Products today.

How GFI’s CLT Swamp Mats Can Transform Your Worksite

How GFI’s CLT Swamp Mats Can Transform Your Worksite

GFI Solutions is proud to bring you Sterling Solutions’ CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) swamp mats for your worksite. CLT swamp mats are made from durable material that keeps the mat dry, safe and sturdy throughout any project. Keep reading to learn why you should make the change from bolted mats to CLT swamp mats today.

Affordability You’ll Love

Ready to save money on your access mats? CLT swamp mats save you money from the moment you make your purchase. These mats are lighter than traditional bolted access mats, making them cheaper to deliver and much easier and quicker to install. With CLT mats, you save on:

  • Transportation costs
  • Labour Costs
  • Maintenance costs
  • Replacement costs

These four cost-saving elements are a major selling point for CLT swamp mats. With the money you save, your budget can go towards other parts of your projects. Less replacement and maintenance also means that you have a more reliable access solution that will get you through your project safely without worrying about your mats’ durability.

Stronger Than the Rest

CLT swamp mats are made from southern yellow pine fibre and can hold more than traditional bolted mats despite being lighter in weight. CLT mats perform well under the pressure of cranes, crew or any heavy equipment that they may transfer. CLT swamp mats get the job done and keep their strength and reliability for years, no matter the load.


Safety You Can Trust

The standard for access mats is changing with the introduction of CLT mats. While traditional bolted mats have been used for years, CLT swamp mats are the upgraded standard for access mats. CLT swamp mats elevate the standard of quality with their engineered construction and cost-saving benefits. Not to mention these mats are stronger, lighter and safer than bolted mats.

Traditional bolted mats use bolts to keep wood planks together. CLT swamp mats use an environmentally friendly adhesive that bonds wood together to ensure optimal strength and reliability. Bolts can cause uneven weight distribution in the wood, causing it to splinter or break. These splinters or breaks can damage equipment and harm the crew, making bolted access mats a less safe access solution than CLT mats, as CLT mats are completely smooth. Without any bolts protruding from the surface, you can avoid trips and breakage.

Perfectly Moisture Resistant

Looking for a swamp mat that can support your worksite’s needs? CLT swamp mats are great for any topography and climate, making them a reliable staple on your project. These mats are also moisture resistant and will not succumb to mould, rot or decay due to rain or other wet weather conditions. GFI recognizes that it is essential for your mats to stay dry and clean throughout your project to ensure optimal safety for your crew. That’s why customers like you trust our CLT swamp mats for their needs every time.

Choose GFI For Your Swamp Mats

Partnering with experts on your site-safe access solutions is important, especially when considering reliability and safety on the worksite. GFI Solutions is Canada’s number one supplier of CLT site-safe access mats. We have provided access matting solutions to industry experts like you for years and are proud to serve industries across the country with their worksite needs.

As a Canadian company, we know the particular needs of Canada’s complex and unique topography and climate. Our CLT mats are designed to handle any weather conditions or environmental demands that your worksite may require. They are made for experts like you so that you can have the most trusted site access solutions on your side.

Ready to Learn More?

GFI Solutions is ready to bring you the safe and durable access solution you need on your next project. Contact our team to learn more about our CLT swamp mats today.