Pathway Mats
Pathway Innovative Matting Solutions

Plateau Overload Test

Objective: Determine the load carrying capabilities of this lightweight design.

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The Plateau model features an innovative design which reduces weight without compromising performance. This is top and bottom components prior to lamination. International patents are pending on this innovation.

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This light duty access mat was designed for light vehicles, people and livestock and to be installed on solid to firm conditions where the underlying foundation is within 3 inches of the surface.

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The ground selected for the test was soft and wet. The loader sunk in the ground between 8-10 inches. The Plateau mats were installed on undistributed ground located on the left hand side of these ruts.

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Plateau mats prior to any vehicles.

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Loader resting on top of Plateau mats with minimal sink age into the soft and wet ground.

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A loaded dump truck backs onto the Plateau mat installed over wet and soft ground.

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The loaded dump truck is resting on top of the Plateau mat with minimum sinkage.

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Deformed Plateau mats after the weight was removed. Deforming occurs when Pathway’s mats are overloaded or subjected to high volume traffic. Although the mats provided a reasonable level of performance they were not designed or intended to be subjected to heavy vehicles or soft ground such as this. The mats were not damaged as a result of these loads and merely need to be restraigthened in order to be used again.