Erosion is one of the top issues facing the construction industry today. The Department of Agriculture estimates one billion tons of topsoil are lost each year due to erosion. This issue not only causes topsoil to be displaced, but it also is the culprit for clogging waterways and damaging adjacent properties.
Erosion can be caused by many variables and each situation will most likely have a different solution. Here are seven ways to help prevent erosion on your next construction project.
1) Observe the Site
When starting a new project, it is imperative to observe the site’s slopes for any potential problems. Also, take a look at any adjacent sites to see how your project will affect that area, as well. It is ideal if you can observe the site while it is raining in order to plan accordingly.
2) Divert or Slow the Water
Water and wind are the main offenders when it comes to erosion. Before beginning construction, come up with a plan to divert or slow the movement of water. Controlling runoff waters effectively will reduce erosions and sediment issues on your construction site.
3) Don’t Disturb
Disturb the area as little as possible. Only excavate a small section at a time to reduce the risk of remediation. Even though it may take a little more time, the potential costs of erosion could end up costing you more in the long run.
4) Ground Covers
As soon as excavation is complete, it is essential to create a ground cover to help minimize erosion. The faster you can get your ground cover growing, the less erosion is possible. Check with the landscaper to see about any specified seed species to use. If seeding is not an option, plastic sheeting is helpful in shielding the soil from rain and wind. Plastic sheeting is only effective in small areas, however, and can do more damage if used in large areas.
5) Mobile Grinders & Chippers
If you are removing trees from the construction site, bring a mobile grinder or chipper to make mulch. This ground-up material works wonders as an erosion aide. This material can also be used for temporary roads and ground cover. You can use this mulch for slope stabilization or save it to blend with the soil for landscaping towards the end of the project.
6) Sediment Control
Sediment is the soil which is dislodged by water flow. Once the sediment is in fluid motion, it becomes difficult to collect and further exasperates erosion. Silt fencing, filter socks, and straw wattles are all commonly used to catch and control sediment. These control methods are not designed to handle high water pressure, so do not install them across waterways, ditches, or other areas of concentrated water flow.
7) Inflatable Dams
More and more contractors are turning to inflatable water dams for dewatering needs and erosion control. They are cost effective and cheaper than traditional methods of sandbags and earthen dams. They are easy to install in both moving and still water and conforms to the boundary of any site, providing a seal that prevents the passage of water on your worksite.
In fact, federal regulations and other applicable laws require you to have an erosion control plan to prevent soil and water from affecting other areas and bodies of water.
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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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Construction is a booming industry, with few indications that it will slow anytime soon. Although the future looks bright, it’s important to observe a cautious optimism. Accordingly, you’d do well to prepare your employees, equipment, and business for the road ahead. A bit of preparation can make a world of difference when it counts.
Spring Construction Outlook: Things to Consider
Spring is a period of growth and change. The temperatures rise and the slow pace of winter life starts to speed up. Before things get too busy, take stock of your readiness. Get organized, make plans and set goals. This will enable you to stay focused on the things that are important to you.
1) Snowmelt Flooding
When snow falls in freezing temperatures, it accumulates on the surface of the soil. Once temperatures rise and it begins to melt, water from snowmelt behaves like rain. Flooding can occur when there is more water than the soil can absorb or can be contained in nearby rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. This can happen quickly, creating a raging river where there was once a drainage ditch. Protect your construction site from snowmelt flooding with an inflatable bladder dam. This will ensure that none of your progress is compromised.
2) Tool and Equipment Inspection
Preventive maintenance is essential to the regular care and inspection of tools, equipment, machines, and vehicles. Routine inspections limit downtime and extend productivity by ensuring that everything is in working order. Keep in mind that maintenance tasks are potentially hazardous and can result in injury. Workers should be vigilant in maintaining both worksite and equipment.
3) Prepare for 2018 Hurricane Season
Are you in a hurricane zone? Engineering and construction firms should take extra care in protecting themselves from hurricanes. Construction sites are vulnerable because of incomplete structures and exposed materials that are easily damaged by water. Don’t wait to prepare for a hurricane until it’s imminent. This can be a costly mistake. Give yourself adequate time to protect the project, and have an emergency plan for worst-case scenarios.
Preparation is key to a successful spring construction outlook. Preventative maintenance and planning will make a huge positive impact on your business. An old adage says, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” This is especially true in construction.
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If you do a lot of projects in the water, dewatering your worksite is a regular part of your construction operations. Because you have to do it often, it represents an ideal opportunity to save money and increase productivity. Choosing your dewatering solution is therefore crucial to maximizing your overall cost efficiency.
Dewatering Your Worksite: The Inflatable Bladder Dam Advantage
Reducing the time needed while increasing effectiveness is the ideal way to streamline any process and get the best bang for your buck. Using the inflatable bladder dam does just that for your dewatering process, making it your ideal dewatering solution in the following ways:
Since you fill an inflatable bladder dam with water, it conforms to the environment of your worksite. It also comes in various sizes making it ideal for most worksites.
2) Easy to Use
It can be installed easily with minimal man labor and machinery in both moving and static water. The bladder dam is inflated using water available at the site.
3) Superior Strength
Bladder dams such as the Aqua-Barrier® from Hydrological Solutions are designed to be durable and effective. The Aqua-Barrier® is made of flexible PVC reinforced with scrim.
4) Better for the Environment
Unlike many other dewatering solutions, an inflatable bladder dam is reusable and requires the introduction of no foreign materials to the worksite. Fresh or salt water available at your site may be used to fill the bladder dam.
5) Save You Time
Using an inflatable bladder dam saves time in your dewatering process by improving process efficiency. This translates to serious cost savings over the long haul.
Make the Switch
Maintain your competitive edge by choosing an inflatable bladder dam for dewatering your worksite. Choose the option that will save you time AND improve your dewatering process. Don’t let your competition pass you by. Make the switch today!
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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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