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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.

Top 4 Dewatering Myths Debunked

Top 4 Dewatering Myths Debunked

Dewatering for a construction project might have been arduous and time-consuming in the past, but a lot has changed over the years making these projects easier and safer than ever. In fact, many old dewatering practices have been abandoned, meaning that sticking with them can end up costing you time and money. Outdated practices or myths about dewatering should be addressed and eliminated to save your project time and money! Click To Tweet

Debunking Dewatering Myths

With new technology, dewatering is simpler and more cost-effective than in previous years. In fact, many construction dewatering myths are no longer valid. Here are three dewatering myths that have been debunked with the evolution of the cofferdam.

1) Earthen Dams Are Best

Earthen dams have been used for thousands of years and were once thought to be the best option for a dewatering project. This no longer holds true, because earthen dams are outdated and likely to fail or be unsafe. Earthen dams are made of dirt, making their structure weak. This can cause the dirt dam to fail when sloughing or erosion occurs. An inflatable cofferdam lets you work with more stability and control and take minimal manpower to install.

2) Drain the Entire Pool

The myth that to repair a pool you must drain the entire thing is incorrect if you have an Aqua Barrier® inflatable dam. Inflatable water dams allow you to dewater a section of the pool for repairs, rather than draining the entire pool. The inflatable water dam is actually filled with pool water, and will conform to your pool’s shape, forming a seal. When the work is complete, the water is drained back into the pool, conserving water.

3) Sandbags Are Ideal

Sandbags have their place in construction but in most cases, the Aqua Barrier® Cofferdam will get you better results with far less prep time. To achieve a 100 foot long x 8 foot high sandbag wall requires more than 50,000 sandbags, adding time and effort from your employees. Sandbags also require special disposal, resulting in extra cost. An inflatable water dam requires no heavy lifting and equipment, and it is reusable and eco-friendly.

4) Inflatable Dams are Expensive

Think an inflatable cofferdam will be too expensive? Try the Cofferdam Cost Evaluator. This great tool allows you to get your costs before making your purchase. It also allows you to compare the inflatable cofferdam price to that of sheet piling or earthen dams. You will soon see that the inflatable dam wins out in the end, not only with ease of function, cost-effectiveness, but it is reusable and therefore, environmentally safe.

Dewatering Myths Debunked by the Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam

With the Aqua-Barrier cofferdam, dewatering projects have never been easier or more cost-effective. With inflatable cofferdams, you will cut down on post-work clean-up, reduce workers comp claims for heavy lifting, and also reduce installation and removal time, too.

To learn more about how other dewatering myths have been debunked by inflatable water dams, 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 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 to take certain guidelines into consideration. Here is a quick guide to help you on your next boat ramp 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.

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.

6 Tips For Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

6 Tips For Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

An emergency can happen in an instant and it is imperative you have an emergency preparedness plan in place so you can keep yourself and your family safe. When a real emergency occurs, it can be easy to panic. If you are mentally and physically prepared in times of crisis, you can keep everyone calm--and most importantly, safe. Click To Tweet

Be Prepared

Preparation and practice are the keys to an effective emergency preparedness plan. An emergency plan should include a disaster supply kit and any other emergency essentials. All supplies need to be easily accessible and your plan needs to be easy to remember for the entire family. Write up an emergency checklist and perform practice drills so everyone will know what to do if and when a disaster or emergency strikes. Here are six indispensable ways to ensure you are prepared for any emergency.

1. Inventory Family Needs

It is important to consider specific needs of your family and home. Don’t forget any necessary items. Keep in mind medical supplies and medications. Make sure your emergency checklist includes emergency contacts, as well as important items to take from the house, such as vital documents, spare keys, and anything else that is necessary to have once you’ve left your home.

2. Go Bags

Grab it and go! Everyone in your family should have an emergency bag ready for any disaster. Each bag should contain water, blankets, non-perishable foods, clothing, and any other items needed once you leave the house. When filling your emergency preparedness bag, make sure to ask yourself “Does this meet my basic needs? Or is this a luxury?” Only pack the essentials needed for living. Our basic needs include water, food, clothing, and shelter. Everything else is a luxury.

3. Give Each Family Member a Role

Everyone in the family should have a role in your emergency preparedness plan. Discuss what responsibilities each person will have. Perhaps one child will gather the pet dog, while another is in charge of calling a loved one in another state to let them know what is happening. By assigning roles to each family member ensures that everyone knows what they are supposed to, and expected do during an emergency.

4. Regularly Review the Plan

Emergency plans aren’t effective if they are forgotten. This is especially true for families with children or elderly adults. It is crucial to regularly review and practice your emergency preparedness plan. Practicing every couple months is a good way to make sure your family remembers what to do when an emergency happens, and they will be less likely to forget what to do.

5. Strategize Meeting Places

One of the main things to consider when developing your emergency preparedness plan is where to meet once leaving the home. Depending on what type of emergency is occurring, people might not be leaving the house at the same time. By having a set meeting place is critical for reconnecting with your loved ones and keeping them safe. There might be different meeting places, depending on the severity of the emergency. Make sure to choose familiar and nearby places to meet and report to after leaving the home.

6. Share Your Plan

It is also important to share your emergency preparedness plan with your community. Tell your neighbors if you plan to come to their home if you have a fire. Or, encourage them to come up with and practice their own plans. Building a proactive network of people during an emergency can further safeguard your family and also allow you to help others in need.

Protect Your Property

Even though disasters can happen, it doesn’t mean we can’t be as prepared as possible. There are some ways to protect your home, even if you have to leave. For high winds or hurricanes, you can reinforce doors and windows with plywood. For floods, a Water-Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) can help keep your home and property safe and dry.

Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergencies can come quite unexpectedly, but you don’t have to panic when you have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Don’t forget to plan ahead and have everyone’s go-bag all ready for when and if the time comes. Communicate with your family and community and, practice throughout the year to keep the plan fresh in everyone’s mind and your loved ones safe.

To learn more about how you can keep your family and home safe with an emergency preparedness plan, Contact Us.