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Your Construction Checklist

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.

7 Top Tips to Prevent Erosion on Construction Projects

7 Top Tips to Prevent Erosion on Construction Projects

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.

Preventing Erosion

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.

Erosion Control

Erosion control on construction sites takes thought and planning. Click To Tweet 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.

To learn more about how you can prevent erosion on your construction site, Contact Us.

3 Construction Projects That Require Fast Dewatering Solutions

3 Construction Projects That Require Fast Dewatering Solutions

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. 

Unique Requirements

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.

3) Pipelines

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. With smart dewatering, such as that with an inflatable bladder dam, much of the chance and guesswork is eliminated. Click To Tweet

To find out how to ensure the success and safety of your underwater construction project, Contact Us.