When preparing for a construction project, the idea of dewatering can be daunting. This is especially true if you’re on a strict deadline. Much of this dread is born from outdated dewatering methods, which proved costly and arduous.
Construction sites that lie underwater pose unique challenges and requirements. Not as cut and dry and most projects, the need for dewatering makes underwater construction especially unusual. This means that when approaching such project it’s always a good idea to assess safety regulations, timeline expectations, and dewatering options.
1) Dam Repair
The safety and viability of dams are a major priority for city and state engineers. Dams store water in case of fluctuations in demand, but they also impede floodwaters from rising. This stored water is then either released to the river below the dam or diverted for other uses. Vulnerabilities in a dam should be immediately repaired to avoid catastrophic damage. In order to get to the damaged material, temporary dewatering is necessary.
2) Boat Ramp Construction
A boat ramp is usually constructed of a concrete ramp poured over a steel frame. They provide an easy and safe way for vehicles to back boats into the water. Most boat ramps go well under the water line to account for low tides. To build a boat ramp, the area must be dewatered for digging and construction. Once completed, the water is released and the boat ramp can provide access to the water.
Oil and gas pipelines require regular inspections. Make them quicker and easier with an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam. These are capable of controlling surface water up to 6 ft. deep and can be used in a variety of environments. During these inspections, pipelines that show damage or corrosion are flagged for repair. Such damage is an extreme concern for oil and gas operators. Repairs must be made safely but speedily, to avoid the risk of contamination or danger. With the right dewatering solution, inspections and repairs are manageable and safe.
Know Your Options
In the past, dewatering was a long and arduous process that usually involved sandbags, heavy earth or stones piled high to keep the water at bay. Not only was the process time-consuming, but posed some serious safety concerns. With new technology, dewatering is easier and safe than ever. Embracing new, eco-friendly solutions like the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam can save you and your crew time and money.
Safe Dewatering for a Successful Project
The success of your project is based on how safe the process was, how quickly it was completed and how efficiently your materials were used.
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Worker safety is critical to running a successful construction operation. Beyond regulatory compliance, your workers are a critical component of each project completion. Their skills, morale, and well-being play a major role in the quality and efficiency of your final product.
Construction Safety – The Basics
While safety in construction covers a range of topics, there are a few essential areas to consider. Your baseline for employee and worker safety is the regulations and safety guidelines lined out by OSHA and all other regulatory agencies. This is a minimum, however, and does not guarantee maximum safety for your workers. To achieve maximum safety, it will take a little more research and preparation. Get started with the following quick guide:
1) Tool Maintenance
Incidents with tools are a common source of worker injuries. Worn and broken tools eventually fail, causing serious and sometimes fatal injury. Implement and maintain a tool maintenance schedule which includes regular inspections. That way, you will find problematic tools as early on as possible. Repair or replace all worn and broken tools immediately.
2) Heavy Equipment
Getting on and off heavy equipment is another common source of worker injury. Make sure your workers are wearing proper footwear and gloves with high grip when using heavy equipment. Train them to check their boots and gloves before climbing and to clean off the mud. Look for the largest size holds for both hands and feet. If needed, use a step ladder. Don’t carry anything while climbing.
3) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Make sure all your workers have and use all appropriate personal protective equipment. Back braces for lifting heavy objects, protective eyewear, gloves, appropriate footwear, and safety harnesses are all essential to keep on hand for each worker according to the jobs and tasks they perform.
4) Safe Loading and Unloading
Loading and unloading heavy equipment and other items is another common cause of serious worker injury. Injuries from equipment rolling over and improper lifting techniques occur frequently. Use straight ramps cleared off all objects and debris. Always leave sufficient space between the equipment and all workers in case of emergency. Train your workers in proper loading and unloading procedures to lessen the chance for serious injury.
5) Construction in Water
Construction in water presents many opportunities for danger and injury. Ensure all your workers are equipped with proper tools, safety gear, and hazard training. Consider using an inflatable bladder dam as your dewatering solution to maximize safety and efficiency.
Construction safety is essential for numerous reasons. At the end of the day, you are required by law to meet all regulatory safety requirements. Beyond that, however, when your workers feel safe, morale is higher, productivity is increased, and overall output is generally of higher quality. Safety must remain priority #1 Give your workers the best chance of success by providing, the safest, most productive environment possible.
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Inflatable bladder dams are flexible, eco-friendly and quick to use. Most systems are installed in just one day, ensuring that you stay on schedule. No more putting projects on hold while you wait for costly dewatering. Time is money, and with an inflatable bladder dam, you can save both.
Aqua-Barrier®: The Ideal Dewatering Solution
Flexible, inflatable bladder dams are the tool of choice for dewatering. They’re easy to inflate, repair and are completely reusable. Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dams are the most cost-effective way to dewater your site. This prevents water from reentering the job site during construction. That is just one of the distinct differences that set the Aqua-Barrier® apart from other dewatering solutions.
1) Superior Construction
The Aqua-Barrier® consists of industrial grade vinyl coated polyester. This fabric features a base of woven polyester between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride. The result is a durable, strong material made to withstand harsh conditions and a variety of terrains. This material allows for easy repairs, is reusable, and can be stored compactly.
2) Innovative Stabilization Method
Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dams use internal baffles that lock into place when the barrier is exposed to uneven water pressure. (This occurs as water drains from the worksite.) The amount of inflated barrier above the water level is called freeboard. To ensure stability, there should be at least 25% freeboard. Aqua-Barriers® will shift to stabilize when exposed to uneven water pressure. In some cases, weak soil or hazardous conditions may require additional freeboard.
3) Sizes for Every Scenario
Whether you’re working on a small residential boat ramp or large bridge, the Aqua-Barrier inflatable bladder dam can work for you. They come in a variety of sizes, which makes it a versatile product for your worksite.
4) Easy Installation
Bladder dams are easy to install, no matter if you have no water, standing water, or moving water. Installation calls for minimal manpower and machinery. Inflatable bladder dams are easy to remove when dewatering is complete.
Construction projects operate on tight schedules with firm deadlines. Delays not only set the project behind but set the budget back as well. With the Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dam there is minimal installation time, and removal leaves no trace of the device. It’s a simple solution to a big problem!
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Hydrological Solutions is proud to announce we have rebranded as HSI Services, Inc! With over 20 years of experience behind us, we offer water management expertise for various industries. More than a simple name change, we are excited to provide you our streamlined services and new products. HSI Services is ready to help with all your flood protection and dewatering needs.
About HSI Services, Inc.
HSI Services is dedicated to supporting our clients in achieving their objectives. We strive to provide the highest quality products and client services. We are committed to ongoing research and development to improve our existing products and develop new products to serve our client’s needs. Our objective is to offer the safest, most effective temporary cofferdams and flood barriers available to the industries we service.
We have made our Aqua-Barrier Cofferdams and Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) even better with key enhancements and upgrades. In addition, we now also offer various other products and accessories to fully equip you for all your water management needs.
1) Improved Products
Our temporary cofferdams now feature a stronger, heavier fabric. We have also instituted superior quality assurance equipment to refine our material testing process. Our repair process has also been evaluated and improved.
2) Regional Equipment Rental
Check out our new regional equipment rental service featuring items such as water pumps, air compressors, light stands, and blast pots. These products make HSI Services your one-stop shop for dewatering and flood protection.
You can also now find accessory features with us such as floatable fittings, reflective safety strips, and patented lifting loops. Your safety is important to us, so we offer the tools you need to get the job done right.
Our inflatable cofferdams remain the best in the market. We only use the highest quality materials, and all our products are reusable. For the best dewatering and flood protection solutions, choose HSI Services.
Read more on the Distinct Differences page on our website.
Ready to Serve You
At HSI Services, our goal is to continually improve our quality and increase the value we bring you. We strive for innovation, finding effective and cost-efficient ways to solve problems. We are excited to continue giving you the best products and services in water management and making your job easier, faster, and better.
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Dewatering is a necessary part of many construction projects. It allows you to clear the work site of water until construction is complete. Choosing the wrong system can prove disastrous, which is why the process can be so stressful! When choosing the best dewatering system for your project, carefully consider each option.
Which Dewatering System Works Best for You?
Every project brings with it a unique set of ground conditions. Other factors, like weather, tide and water level must also be considered. Choosing the best dewatering system will ensure that the site stays dry and safe for workers. The right equipment can make a big impact on the timely completion of the project.
Assess Your Needs
Consider the scale of your project when choosing a dewatering system. Also, take into account the project timeline. A small-scale project should not take long to complete and should not need a complex dewatering system. If the project is in an area at risk for erosion, steps should be taken to protect the environment around the site.
The simplest option for dewatering is the use of an inflatable cofferdam. Better than sandbags and traditional cofferdams, this innovative type of cofferdam is simple to install and remove when the project is over with minimal manpower and machinery. It’s used to protect a working area against a large influx of water. The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam, for example, can be reused and repaired, cutting down on waste. Cofferdams can be used for bridge construction, boat ramp renovation, and dam repairs.
Another option would be a caisson, which can be constructed onshore and floated to the site. This option would be appropriate for underwater construction on a very large project. A caisson is a permanent structure and is not removed once the project is done. It usually acts as a foundation for all or part of the structure once finished. Anchoring a bridge is one example.
Each project is different, but dewatering has become easier than ever. Tried and true methods have been enhanced and improved with new technologies. Consider upgrading your dewatering system to inflatable cofferdams to keep your competitive edge.
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The global community has grown increasingly more environmentally conscious in every aspect of life. More and more consumers are making green choices and businesses, too, are undergoing efforts to reduce their carbon footprints. Public sentiment and increasing regulations have brought this to the forefront of construction planning and execution as well. The good news is going green can also help increase your productivity, efficiency, and bottom line.
Environmental Considerations in Construction You Need to Know
At the end of the day, construction generates a lot of waste. It’s a fact that’s hard to get around. While it may be impossible to completely eliminate the environmental impact of your construction projects, you can significantly reduce it. Here’s how:
During the construction process, it’s important to increase your energy efficiency as much as possible. Using old, outdated tools and equipment decreases your productivity and requires more energy consumption to complete the job. One great way to keep your operations as energy efficient as possible is keeping your machines, equipment, and tools repaired and updated. The more productive you are and the faster your projects are completed, the less energy you’ll use.
There are a number of green materials in research and production that can be used in place of traditional materials. Often, they are reclaimed or recycled from other construction projects which reduce or eliminate a portion of your initial construction costs. Many of these materials are becoming more and cost-effective while the cost of traditional materials is going up. What’s more, they typically make it much easier for you to conform to ever-more stringent and numerous building codes and regulations.
Reducing the waste produced in construction projects begins with your project planning. Establish, track, and document your waste reduction goals. Research and identify materials that can be reused or recycled. Maximize use of your materials and avoid excess materials as much as possible. Choose reusable products as much as you can such as inflatable bladder dams in place of traditional cofferdams or sandbags.
Better tools and equipment
When choosing your tools and equipment, look for tools designed to increase productivity, lower energy use, and reduce man-hours. Newer products are typically designed for better productivity and reduced environmental impact. You may pay more upfront for these tools, but they’ll save you money in the long run.
In addition to environmental concerns during construction, builders also need to include a plan for long-term sustainability. In other words, how will the facility continue to be environmentally friendly over the long haul? This includes maximizing overall efficiency with an integrated design, water management, energy efficiency, and building location.
Building the Future
We, as a society, are working hard to create a better future with a lower overall impact on the environment. With each new construction project, builders are becoming more and more environmentally conscious. The good news is, while it used to be more expensive to go green, advancements in technology and product availability have now made it more cost-effective in many cases. Help create a better tomorrow. Use this guide to environmental considerations in construction to get started going green in your company.
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