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.
To learn more about how you can prevent erosion on your construction site, Contact Us.
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.
To find out how to ensure the success and safety of your underwater construction project, Contact Us.
Although summer is quickly fading into fall, the season’s naturally low water levels have yet to return to normal. Dewatering your worksite when water levels are low may seem like a job for sandbags. But there’s a much better solution. Many contractors rely on water-inflated cofferdams, even for smaller jobs like summertime dewatering.
The Aqua-Barrier® temporary cofferdam may seem like a bigger solution than you need. You have probably seen the Aqua-Barrier® being deployed for much larger projects. The enormity of this water-inflated cofferdam solution may seem overpowering for smaller projects with low water levels. The good news is that this dewatering tool comes in various sizes, making it the best dewatering solution on the market, no matter the project size. The Aqua-Barrier® is a great solution for dewatering construction sites, summertime flood control, and general water containment.
The Versatility of the Aqua-Barrier® Temporary Cofferdam
The Aqua-Barrier® water-inflated cofferdam was designed with flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use in mind. Not only is this method reusable and easy to deploy, but the various sizes available make it ideal for any project.
The Aqua-Barriers® you rent will depend on the size and shape of your project. Choose from the following:
Custom heights and widths are also available for purchase and barriers can be connected to fit any work area.
Aqua-Barriers®, by design, are a very versatile solution making them ideal for various projects, even where water levels are lower than usual. Whether you need a summertime dewatering method, flood control or water containment, the Aqua-Barrier® has you covered.
Across the country water levels are lower in the summer months. Lower water levels do not decrease the importance of controlling the hydraulic environment of your construction site. The choice is yours – avoid a potentially costly delay by trading labor intensive sandbags for easy to install Aqua-Barriers®. As you know, sandbags can take hours to install. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier® is much easier to deploy. For small jobs Aqua-Barriers® can be can be installed manually. For larger jobs, Aqua-Barriers® will require some heavy lifting machinery, but a hundred-foot-long six-foot tall wall is approximately 1% the weight of a traditional sandbag wall of the same size.
Summertime Flood Control
Aqua-Barrier® offers several distinct advantages over sandbags for flood control. You don’t always have days to prepare for a flood. A 6×100 foot sandbag wall requires over 617,500 pounds of sandbags, which need over 617 cubic yards of storage. By comparison, a 6×100 foot Aqua-Barrier® wall is only 1,098 pounds before inflation and requires only 16 cubic feet of storage. Once floodwaters have contaminated sandbags, they need Hazmat procedures for removal, adding a costly and time-intensive element to cleanup.
Even with lower water levels, many construction projects require water containment. Sandbags are a multipurpose tool not specifically designed for water containment. They are not water tight by design, and that can result in unwanted water in your worksite. On the other hand, the Aqua-Barrier® is specifically designed for water containment, using a sophisticated internal baffle system that locks into place when introduced to uneven water pressure. The Aqua-Barrier® system can be used to contain both moving and standing water. One of the most popular ways that it is used for summertime water containment is during pool maintenance and repair.
Aqua-Barrier® the Superior Choice
In these dryer months, many contractors make the misguided decision to use sandbags. Sandbags are less efficient, environmentally unsafe and costly to dispose of. The benefits of Aqua-Barriers® aren’t only for construction sites with deep water; temporary cofferdams are the most ideal solution for construction site dewatering (and more!) in all seasons. Contact us to learn more about using the Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam system for summertime dewatering and find out which size is most appropriate for your project.
Social consciousness about the environment has never been stronger and you can see it reflected in the media, social media, and legislation. You may feel a personal responsibility as a global citizen, want to protect your public reputation, or you may just want to make sure you are compliant with current regulation. No matter how you look at it, it’s in your best interest to be environmentally conscious with every aspect of your projects. Aqua-Barrier® is your key to an environmentally friendly dewatering solution. Consider the following:
Your Next Project’s Environmentally Friendly Dewatering Method
Dewatering a project site causes a considerable disruption to the local ecosystem and can harm the wildlife if not done properly. Aqua-Barrier® is an easy-to-install water-filled cofferdam that makes your dewatering process environmentally friendly for you. Here’s how:
- The water you need to displace is used to fill the barriers, so no foreign material needs to be brought in to the worksite.
- Nothing below the surface is affected because Aqua-Barrier® sits on top of the surface.
- At the end of the project, the displaced water is simply drained back into its place of origin leaving behind no debris to clean up.
- The barrier material is non permeable, allowing nothing to leak through the barrier membrane.
- The barrier material is “soft” in nature, no sharp edges that could be harmful to plant and wildlife.
- Aqua-Barrier© can be installed by hand to further minimize the environmental impact.
- Aqua-Barrier© installation requires less fuel and energy than conventional cofferdams, making them the eco-friendliest dewatering solution.
Best for the Environment, Best for You
The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam takes all the work out of making your dewatering process eco-friendly while saving you money and time. Hydrological Solutions specializes in cost effective and environmentally friendly temporary cofferdams in the construction industry using water inflated dams including the Aqua-Barrier®. To learn more about environmentally friendly dewatering methods, Contact Us.
Keeping your next construction project running smoothly and on schedule is a feat for the gods. No matter the size, complexity, or location unexpected delays plague every construction project at the end of the day. With many factors out of your control, like the weather, it is wise to plan ahead as much as you are able and make sure you have everything you know you will need beforehand.
Consider these 3 ways to make sure you have your Aqua-Barrier® when you need it:
Get Your Aqua-Barrier®Fast
- Use Our Cofferdam Cost Calculator to determine the cost of the product, labor, and equipment for the Aqua-Barrier® to meet your project needs. Having a well-informed cost estimate for every part and process up front is the first step in ensuring your project will run as smoothly as possible. This will also position you to adjust well to challenges as they come. Make sure you will have your Aqua-Barrier® when you need it by calculating the cost today.
- Use AquaComp to simulate the behavior of Aqua-Barrier® tubes when placed in their intended environment. Gather as much data as you can about your project needs so you don’t overspend or under prepare. The AquaComp computer program will give you an accurate preview of how Aqua-Barrier® will function in your specific scenario, so will you know what you need.
- Reserve Your Aqua-Barrier® as early as you can to minimize delays. As you know, summer is a busy time of the year for construction which means our inventory is in use out in the field. We are dedicated to a quick response time and delivering when our clients need us, but it can take time to move inventory. Help us serve you best by reserving your Aqua-Barrier® as far beforehand as you can. We will make sure you have it when you need it.
Let Aqua-Barrier® be your cofferdam of choice for your next construction project. Use our online tools to help you reserve your Aqua-Barrier® as early as you can and minimize unexpected delays. Being prepared and informed will improve your bottom line. Hydrological Solutions provides water inflated cofferdams in the construction industry as a cost-effective dam option. Contact Us to reserve your Aqua-Barrier® temporary cofferdam today.