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Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Nothing lasts forever and that includes boat ramps, too. Through years of use, a boat ramp can deteriorate or break apart and become dangerous, making it unsafe to use. When the structure of your boat ramp is compromised, it's time for a renovation. Click To Tweet

Renovating a Boat Ramp

Whether the boat ramp is for private or public boating access, it is imperative there is a safe ramp that can handle different types and sizes of boats. During the renovation process, it is important to make sure take certain guidelines into consideration. Here is a quick guide to help you on your next boat renovation.

Boat Ramp Site Considerations

Before you begin your renovation process, you need to take into consideration what the ramp is being used for, site accessibility, the water depth, and siltation rates. Make sure to analyze the impact of aquatic plants, as well as the fish and wildlife. Make sure you have correct permits in place before you begin as well.

Construction Specifications

A proper site plan needs to coordinated so you don’t run into issues of the boat landing being too small, not enough turning radius, or the parking area being too small. Once you have your site plan, it is important to create a ramp design. The size of your ramp is an important factor and needs to accommodate boats and trailers of all sizes. Make sure to figure the slope and width, and take into consideration the area around the ramp, too. Ramps around rivers or angled may have silt issues if stabilized ditches are not placed along the sides of the ramp to catch runoff after heavy rains.

Dewatering Process

To accurately perform a boat ramp renovation, dewatering the area is a top priority. There are a few dewatering methods, but an inflatable dam is a safe and environmentally friendly method that is safe and cost-effective. Cofferdams come in a variety of sizes and can work in water up to six feet deep. An Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam works well in rocky surfaces and gives you the edge on competitors.

Ramp Construction

Once you have dewatered the area of renovation, it is time to remove the old boat ramp and begin your new ramp construction. There are multiple ways to construct a concrete boat ramp, so decide which method will work best for your project. Make sure to choose good quality materials and construction methods, following specifications on the site plan.

Boat Ramp Renovation

The design of your site, the boat ramp plan, and the materials and tools you use will all impact your construction and maintenance costs. By careful planning and using environmentally friendly tools, like the inflatable water dam, your boat renovation project will be completed without any issues.

To learn more about how you can perform a successful boat ramp renovation, 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.

Protecting Your Business in a Natural Disaster

Protecting Your Business in a Natural Disaster

Many of us have family emergency plans in place for the home, but many might not think about how important a business disaster plan can be for your business, also. According to poll conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business, natural disasters have affected more than 30% of all small businesses in the United States. Make sure you, your employees and your business have the tools necessary to get back to work once the threat of damage is over. Click To Tweet

Protect Your Business with a Disaster Plan

Whether you are starting a new business or already a small business owner, it is never too late to protect your business by creating a disaster plan. Below are some easy steps you need to do in order to protect your business when disaster strikes.

Risk Assessment

Consider which disasters might affect your business to evaluate your preparedness level. The American Red Cross offers free risk assessment tools to check the level of risk in your area, as well as tips to help improve your level of preparedness. Make sure to ask yourself if you are up to date and have spoken to your insurance agent recently? Is there emergency equipment available? Are any of your employees trained in medical care or emergencies?

Backup Data

One of the most critical issues for small businesses during natural disasters is whether their data is backed up. It can be disastrous if your intellectual property is lost. If you are using cloud-based services, you are a step ahead, because your data can be accessed from anywhere. Those without cloud-based data storage need to make sure to have backups of all data, including contracts, business licenses, and other corporate data in a safe place.

Continuity Plan

Make sure you can continue operating during or after the disaster. Review all business operations to assess which aspects are more critical for operation and business survival. Keep a list of all suppliers and customers and it can be a good idea to contact them after the emergency. It is also wise to have a secondary location available for temporary work so the business can continue to run.

Protect Your Property

Protecting your property should be a top priority when you own a business. Floods, tornadoes, wind storms and other natural disasters can wreak havoc on your business. Be prepared with tools like a Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP). A WIPP will drastically reduce the amount of water that enters your building or property, keeping things safe and dry.

Insurance

Always make sure to stay in communication with your insurance agent. Talk with them about your coverage and inquire about disaster insurance. Not all plans have disaster situations covered, and it is also good to consider business interruption insurance, as well. Business interruption insurance pays you lost income when your building or property is damaged due to natural disasters.

Emergency Plan

Make sure to discuss with your employees what to do in case of an emergency or natural disaster. Have a building evacuation route in place, and have emergency kits available with water, flashlights, a fire extinguisher food, and first aid items. Set up a shelter in place area that workers can retreat to if not leaving the building. Make sure to review and rehearse your plan often to ensure the safety of your employees.

Protecting Your Business

You never know when disaster will strike, so it is important to have a disaster plan in place for your business. How quickly your company gets back on its feet again depends on a seamless plan with risk assessment, property and data protection, and the proper insurance.

To learn more about how you can protect your business during a natural disaster, Contact Us.

Is the Aqua-Barrier® the Dewatering Solution You Need?

Is the Aqua-Barrier® the Dewatering Solution You Need?

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.  

Staying Competitive

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!

You can spend days hauling sandbags and dirt to your worksite, or you can Contact Us to learn more about inflatable bladder dams.