Finding the spot on the jobsite where the pump truck operates most efficiently takes a highway designer's eye for traffic flow, a pump operator's knowledge of how to unfold the boom and a negotiator's talent for resolving disputes.

The most efficient spot must satisfy four conditions:

  • The boom must reach the entire placement area (or the greatest percentage of it).
  • The pump and ready-mix trucks must have adequate workspace.
  • Ready-mix trucks must have unobstructed access to the pump at all times.
  • The pump cannot block or unduly interrupt the work of other trades.

The spot also must be safe. Never set up a pump on unstable ground, closer to excavations than the excavation depth, or anywhere that would put the boom closer than 17 feet to power lines.