Sicard’s century long experience in the world of snowblowers and runway sweepers as well as the field of snow removal in general can be a valuable resource for you. Need someone to look over your snow removal operations to see if they can be made more efficient? Need someone to help you decide on a new piece of equipment (even if it isn’t one of ours). Decide what is best considering your budget and needs: new, used, or rebuilt?

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Do you know that the biggest expense in snow removal is usually the cost of thawing and abrasive products? This is normally followed by the cost of trucking snow away to a dumpsite and maintaining that dumpsite.

The least expensive part of the operation is the equipment.

This is why Sicard. Group SSI inc. has developed totally integrated solutions which can be tailored to your exact, specific needs.

Sicard’s systematic approach

  1. Anti-icing is the action of spreading salt even before it has freezing on the ground. Most of the times on dry roads. With today’s technologies, it is easy to accurately predict the weather changes up to six hours in advance.
    In the event of a serious dew point or possible snowfall, it is important to start the salt application before the event. So, anti-icing is a preventive action. Knowing this, it is understandable that spreading rock salt or even pre-wetted rock salt on a dry surface is not the best solution.

With the velocity of the spreading, combined with the displacement of the truck, the salt bounces off the pavement making its distribution very random and non-uniform. Also, the passing-by vehicles will disperse most of the rock salt on the side of the road, greatly reducing its efficiency but without reducing its environmental impact.

In anti-icing mode, persistence in using rock salt will require, either more frequent spreading, or starting the spreading operation closer to the event. However, reducing the time frame before the event will require more spreading vehicles to avoid switching between preventive mode and reactive mode.
Anti-icing is a proven method to improve the safety of the road and meanwhile reduce the sodium chloride consumption. As per a study from the Canadian Strategic Highway Research Program (CSRP) Preventive brine application study on 161 lane-km + 156 lane-km on the second year, found that there was a reduction in the number of collisions by up to 73%. While the collisions on the untreated sections increased by up to 84%,

  1. De-icing is the action of melting ice or hardened snow on the surface of the road. Conventionally, the dosage of the spreading will be based on a pre-set temperature table. Depending the conditions, rock salt, pre-wetted rock salt or abrasives will be used.
    Rock salt is more suitable for this operation. It is more concentrated and will react more quickly. Adding a proportion of brine will give it the necessary moisture contain to act more quickly at lower temperatures and slow down the bouncing effect.
    Snow removal using any model of snowplows is also very effective. Designed to move large amounts of snow at a relatively high speed, the snowplows are very good equipment to clear the roads quickly.
    However, because of the imperfection of roads and their convex design, the passive action of a snow plow is not able to clean them at 100%. To overcome this weakness, the salt spreading tables are increased to make the roads safer for users.
    Since the invention of the snowblower by Arthur Sicard, the company has greatly contributed to the evolution of snow removal operations in the world.
    Through innovations, Sicard is constantly looking to improve on the environmental impact of snow removal activities. i.e. The North American introduction of a mobile panel snow plow (SP400) for cities, reducing the use of sodium chloride up to 30%.
    We were also the first North American snowblower manufacturer to integrate a TIER IV diesel engine, further reducing greenhouse gases.
    Sicard’s philosophy has always promoted a mechanical approach to cleaning roads, as opposed to a chemical one. There are ways to clean roads better while using less de-icing materials and still maintain and/or improve the safety.
    Considering this, the next question is: How to interact on anti-icing and de-icing processes to reach and surpass your goals?
    To deal with this question, Sicard has developed a unique systematic approach which is the following:

• Select the region to study.

We will request a mandate to analyse a specific problematic region.

• Make a statement of the current situation.

In order to improve, we first need to understand the current situation of:

  1. The quantities of salt used.
  2. The quantities of brine used.
  3. Statistics on; road closure, skidding or off-road events, accidents or car pileup.
  4. Daily number of interventions for snow or frost fighting.

• Built-up of weather data.

To understand the requirement for equipment we will need to collect daily data on:

  1. Temperature, humidity.
  2. Snowfall, ice rain, rain, with accumulated amounts.

• Study of snow removal methods.

It will be imperative to look over all sectors of the snow removal operations. It is the improvement of these sectors which will generate potential savings.

  1. Analyze the action plan of preventive anti-icing spreading.
  2. Analyze the anti-icing spreading routes.
  3. Inventory the list of snow removal equipment including general specs and capacities.
  4. Location and inventory of snow dumps.
  5. Location, inventory and inspection of solid and liquid filling stations.
  6. Analyze the action plan of reactive de-icing spreading.
  7. Analyze the action plan of the snow removal.

• Proposal of a new action plan based on the reduction of sodium chloride.

After the completion of the data collection, our team will generate a complete report of the general situation, structured in the following way.

  1. Detailed report by sector of operation, highlighting areas to improve.
  2. List of recommendations for the operational sector.
  3. List of recommendations for the equipment assets.
  4. Determine the operational goals.
  5. Potential savings on de-icing product(s).
  6. Potential savings on operation activities.
  7. Proposal for a bench test including the implementation plan and the required budget.

• Support for the implementation of the bench test.

The success of the project depends on a good training of all people involved, an excellent coordination and a rigorous data collection.

  1. Provide general training materials.
  2. Coordinate the integration of new equipment.
  3. Coordinate training on new equipment.
  4. Coordinate training of maintenance team.
  5. Supervise the data collection procedure.
  6. Winter patrol procedures.

• Post bench test report.

After the bench test period, we need a report to validate and adjust the program.

  1. Compiling of bench test data.
  2. Validate the goals.
  3. Understand the out of range (+, -) results, if there are any.
  4. Fine tuning of the procedures.
  5. Presentation the final report.

• Support wider area implementation plan.

Sicard’s team will be available to implement a systematic approach for part or all your road network.

In constant relationship with our partners in many countries of the world, our team possesses a large amount of assorted knowledge. Aware of the new ways our partners are doing things, combined with our experience, we sincerely believe that we can help your team of specialist to reach faster their goal of reducing the usage of sodium chloride.

Trust Sicard to be your “Total Solutions Integrator”.