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How to Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule

How to Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule

How to Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule

Keeping your construction project on schedule is vital to your profit and your company’s reputation. There are many things that can throw your schedule off, like adverse weather, unreliable workers, or unavailable resources. Almost all construction delays are preventable with proper planning. Click To Tweet

Staying on Schedule With Your Construction Project

Staying on schedule with your construction project can be challenging at times, but with careful planning and management, you can help keep your construction project on time and without issue. Here are five key considerations to keeping your construction project moving forward and staying on time.

Review Plans and Specs

Before you plan anything, review and familiarize yourself with every detail of the construction project. Coordinate with your project manufacturers and material suppliers, and also allow your subcontractors to review drawings and any other relevant documents.

Create a Master Plan

After you understand the full scope of the construction project, create a master plan and schedule to follow. Make sure to build slack-time into the plan for adverse weather, or anything else that might set you back. Assign estimated start and completion dates for each task, and then allocate the resources, labor, and equipment to give each task the ability to complete them efficiently.

Communication is Key

When it comes to staying on schedule, communication is key. Establish ways for subcontractors to alert you if there is something that is holding up their portion of the work, so you can adjust the work schedule and collaborate to increase productivity. Project collaboration and communication builds better relationships and ensures that everyone completes tasks on schedule.

Have Proper Tools & Materials

Having the proper tools and materials is another way to help your construction project stay on schedule. For example, if your construction project requires dewatering, using old-fashioned methods, such as earthen dams or sandbags can slow down progress. Make sure to use the best tools for the job, like the Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam to help save not only time but money, too.

Periodic Review of Progress

It is important to keep track of the progress of your construction project. Keep daily reports and schedule frequent meetings with all involved to identify areas of the project that might be falling behind. As your construction project progresses, make any necessary changes or updates to your master plan.

Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule

With careful planning and management, open communication, and using the best equipment for the job, you are certain to keep your construction project on schedule.

To learn more about how you can keep your construction project on schedule, Contact Us.

Preparing for an In-Water Repair

Preparing for an In-Water Repair

When construction projects require repairs in a body of water, it is important to understand what is required and how to successfully prepare. A repair requiring water work might include fixing a dam, constructing or repairing a boat ramp, repairing concrete, or inspecting or installing pipelines. It is imperative to learn what is involved to properly make these repairs without causing further damage or safety issues. Click To Tweet

Successful In-Water Repairs

While making in-water repairs might pose challenges, with proper planning and the right tools, your project will help save you time and money, while keeping workers safe.

Proper Planning

Before you begin your project, make sure you have assessed your needs. Take into account your project timeline and make sure you have all the equipment needed for a timely completion of the project. Consider the area around your project, and if it is at risk for erosion, be sure to take steps to protect the area around your work site.

Dewatering Solutions

Any project requiring in-water repair needs to be dewatered first in order to create a safe and dry environment. In the past, people would struggle with sandbags, or earth and rock-filled temporary cofferdams, but now inflatable cofferdams are the leading method for dewatering damaged areas and are instrumental in creating a dry work-space. Here are a few of the top benefits of using an inflatable cofferdam, like the Aqua-Barrier® on your next repair project:

  • Inflatable cofferdams offer easy installation and can be installed and removed 3-5 times faster than traditional versions
  • The Aqua-Barrier® environmentally friendly and reusable, making it cost effective
  • With its patented internal baffle system, the Aqua-Barrier® can withstand large amounts of water pressure on flat, as well as uneven surfaces
  • It provides a watertight enclosure that pumps out invasive water and leaving the ground dry

After the Dewatering Process

Once you have dewatered your project area, you are ready to haul in repair materials and get to work! Every project might be different, but an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam can successfully dewater them and help you stay on track with time and resources no matter how large your repair project is.

To learn more about how to prepare for an in-water repair, Contact Us.

Your Construction Checklist

Your Construction Checklist

All building projects need solid plans in order for the construction process to go smoothly. This is especially true for special circumstances, such as dewatering or pipeline construction. A carefully planned construction checklist will help you and your staff stay on track and on time. Click To Tweet

Your Project Plan

Getting together a game plan and construction checklist helps you maintain control over your project, as well as setting up budgets, time schedules, and product options. Here are some examples of some items to make sure to have on your comprehensive checklist for your next construction project.

General Construction Checklist

There are plenty of things to include in the general building portion of your checklist. This will cover all the general materials needed for the entire project. Make sure to include:

  • Scope documentation to establish business needs, objectives, deliverables, and milestones
  • Materials and products needed for production
  • Manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and warranty
  • Risk Management plan for emergency preparedness

Reassess Your Construction Checklist

During the early stages of construction, it’s important to gather all your information and supplies on excavating and earthmoving. Do you have proper dewatering solutions, like an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam? Are pipes being correctly positioned? Are you using approved safety measures for working from heights and on scaffolding? All of these potential issues need to be included on your construction checklist. Make sure before beginning work to go through your checklist and make sure there is nothing that hasn’t been covered.

Plan Your Next Project With A Construction Checklist

There are certainly more items you can add to this construction checklist, but these are just a few factors to think about when planning your next construction project. Make sure your list is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of your project. Make sure to communicate with everyone involved to make sure your checklist is fully complete and ready for work to begin.

To learn more about planning your construction checklist for your next construction project, Contact Us.

Top 4 Environmental Considerations for Construction

Top 4 Environmental Considerations for Construction

The construction industry isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and it has a proven detrimental impact on the environment, too. Over 500 million tons of construction debris is discarded per year in America. Click To Tweet More and more companies are trying to find ways to be more green and carefully consider the environmental impact they are making. 

Environmental Considerations for Construction

One thing is for sure, construction generates a lot of waste. While it might be impossible to stop waste from being produced, there are ways to go green and help cut down on environmental byproducts of construction. Here are the top five environmental considerations for construction and the best ways you can start going green.

1) Reduce Waste

Reducing waste should be a main factor in reducing environmental impact. Make sure to come up with a plan to track and document waste reduction goals. Make sure to carefully plan your project so you don’t purchase too many supplies and create additional waste.

2) Go Green

More and more products are going green and there are many viable options available.  Make sure to use products that are green or reusable, such as inflatable bladder dams, in place of traditional cofferdams or sandbags.

3) Become Energy Efficient

Increasing energy efficiency is imperative in cutting down environmental effects during the construction process. Using older and outdated tools decreases productivity and makes you use more energy. The more productive everyone is, the less energy is used and projects can be completed quicker.

4) Long-Term Sustainability

Not only do you need to think about environmental considerations of construction projects, but also of the long-term effects, too. How will the facility being built continue being green? Make sure to consider an integrated design, water management, building location, and energy efficiency during the planning stage.

Environmental Considerations for Your Construction Site

The environment cannot be ignored and should always be taken into consideration when planning any construction project. Being environmentally conscious helps create a better future and can be cost-effective and save time in the long run.

To learn more about how you can make your next construction project environmentally safe and reduce waste, Contact Us.

Top Ways to Cut Construction Costs Without Sacrificing Quality

Top Ways to Cut Construction Costs Without Sacrificing Quality

Finding new ways to cut overhead costs is typically a top priority of many industries, but especially in construction. Over the past few years, construction spending has continually increased, and unfortunately, according to the EPA, much of it ends up as waste in landfills. Reducing #construction costs benefits everyone and there is no need to sacrifice quality, either! Click To Tweet

Cut Construction Costs

There are some simple ways to cut costs, maximize value for your customer and minimize waste. Below are five ways contractors can cut construction costs and boost profits without sacrificing a thing.

1) Get Technical

It’s 2018. It is time to put down the yellow pad and invest in some software. There are a variety of construction-related applications available and most can be downloaded on a mobile device. Make sure to look for software that can integrate with the company’s other software applications. Using technology to manage construction projects increases workflow efficiency, and cuts costs without affecting output.

2) Create a Plan

A master plan is key to cutting building costs and minimizing monetary waste. Your plan needs to include cost management, time management, quality management, the contracts, safety management, scope, and more. A project manager should oversee this plan and keep it updated throughout the construction process to ensure everything is happening as planned and documented.

3) Eliminate Waste

Construction waste is a major issue. In 2014, the EPA reported that 534 tons of construction waste and demolition debris ended up in our landfills. Not only does this waste negatively impact the environment, but it also impacts your bottom dollar. By utilizing your project plan, you can purchase only what is needed and necessary. This helps cut down on spending, as well as waste. Make sure to recycle and reuse as much equipment and supplies as possible.

4) Invest in Quality Tools

Quality counts and investing in quality tools that will last years will help cut costs in the end. If you try to save money by buying cheaper tools, you will end up replacing them and spending more money than first thought. Also consider purchasing products that are reusable, such as an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam for projects requiring dewatering. Typically people waste time and effort using traditional sandbags, but cofferdams environmentally friendly, and are able to be reused, then stored away when finished.

5) Shop Around

You might be surprised at some of the new tools, applications, and materials on the market. If you have been using the same supplier or manufacturers for years, take some time to check current market prices to see how things have changed. Shop around the find the best quality products at the best price. You can also consider leasing equipment instead of purchasing if you are only going to need it for one project.

Boost Your Bottom Line

As mentioned, cutting costs is an important factor in all industries–but especially in construction. By following the above tips, you will be cutting costs, creating efficiency, and eliminating waste without sacrificing quality.

To learn more about how you can cut construction costs on your next project, Contact Us.

Planning Your Cofferdam Construction Project

Planning Your Cofferdam Construction Project

Planning a construction project is a large undertaking, but especially when you have to dewater the site. A good solid plan is the key to a successful cofferdam construction project. Click To Tweet A cofferdam is essential to a dry work site and can be useful in projects such as bridges, concrete repair, dredging, pipeline construction, sediment control, and more.

Cofferdam Construction

Cofferdams are perfect for dewatering at your construction project and are more effective and environmentally safe compared to sandbags. By centering the cofferdam in your construction project plans, you are certain to have fewer issues arise. Here are some helpful tips in planning your cofferdam construction project.

The Project Manager

When planning a cofferdam construction project, it is important to have a manager to ensure it is going as planned. A project manager makes sure the project stays on time and on-budget, and also stays within building codes and specifications. They also help choose subcontractors and workers and develop communication strategies and resolve conflicts.

Scope and Documentation

A scope document establishes the business needs, objectives, deliverables, benefits, and key milestones. It is basically the master plan. The scope and documentation also include the budget and team project standards and should be signed off by all parties involved prior to beginning the construction process.

Communication

Communication is key to all projects, but especially in a construction project. There should be regular project meetings through the entire construction process. Regular reports on progress and issues should be planned at regular intervals to ensure the project is managed properly.

Risk Management

All project risks should be identified in the scope of the project and should be addressed throughout the cofferdam construction project. Construction is a high hazard industry and workers are exposed to many dangers. Make sure to have an emergency preparedness plan in place and documented in advance to starting your project.

Execute the Plan

This is when all the work happens. After all scope and documentation, as well as a risk management plans have been drawn and all parties are in agreeance, it is time to begin the project. The project manager should assign workers their tasks, allocate resources, project the schedule, and continue refining the project plan.

Performance and Monitoring

As soon as the project is executed, performance and monitoring begin.It is important that quality standards are met and the project runs in the allotted for the project. As the project progresses, performance and building progress should be reported to all parties involved.

Your Cofferdam Construction Project

Using an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam on your construction project allows you a more efficient and environmentally safe way to dewater your construction site, but you still can’t have a safe and successful project without first developing a solid plan. By following the above tips, your cofferdam construction project is sure to be a success.

To learn more about planning your successful cofferdam construction project, Contact Us.