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An Overview of Your Aqua-Barrier

An Overview of Your Aqua-Barrier

An Overview of Your Aqua-Barrier

From a practical standpoint, the Aqua-Barrier is an excellent tool for your construction crew to have at any worksite that involves a significant amount of dewatering. Its relatively straightforward setup and usage make it easy to learn as well. But some construction crews may want more details. What about the Aqua-Barrier’s specifications?

We’ve compiled detailed pages and explanations of the Aqua-Barrier’s details for anyone who wants to learn more about this inflatable cofferdam. In this article, we’ve compiled summaries and the basic details for anyone looking for a quick overview. For a more detailed analysis, visit the links in each section.

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Product Specifications

The Aqua-Barrier is made out of heavy gauge polyvinyl chloride and polyester, which can be patched at the worksite with a vinyl adhesive when necessary. This material is designed to be watertight when the ends of two Aqua-Barriers are laid on top of each other, trapping the water outside. When fully inflated, the barrier can stand by itself without any assisting devices.

For more details on the Aqua-Barrier’s design and features, read our product specifications document.


Inside the Aqua-Barrier is a diaphragm/baffle system which allows it to stabilize itself in the water. When the barrier is exposed to high pressure on one side (which happens when it’s holding back water), the baffle locks into place to prevent it from rolling over and allowing the water to escape. The vinyl material presses onto the ground to create a watertight seal and ensure nothing can escape from underneath either.

Pro Tip: For a more detailed look at the Aqua-Barrier’s dimensions and stabilization process, check out our AutoCAD drawings.


While the product specifications page contains the basic need-to-know information about the Aqua-Barrier, our MasterFormat PDF has every detail you and your construction crew could ever imagine needing about our equipment. If you weren’t able to find the answer to your questions elsewhere, chances are you’ll find it here. Read our MasterFormat document for an incredibly in-depth look at the Aqua-Barrier’s specifications and details.

A Well-Designed Dewatering Solution

The Aqua-Barrier is designed to perfectly suit any dewatering construction needs and has the results to back up its claims. If you’re looking for a durable and well-made solution for your partially submerged construction site, you can’t go wrong with an Aqua-Barrier!

Connect with us to learn more about our inflatable barrier’s details and potential uses.

What is AquaComp?

What is AquaComp?

If you’ve shopped for an Aqua-Barrier recently, you’ve probably heard about AquaComp. However, chances are you don’t exactly know what the term means. What is AquaComp and how can it benefit your construction project?

Simply put, AquaComp is a computer program designed to simulate the behavior of an inflated cofferdam in use. This program is used to help customers locate the correct type and size of inflatable cofferdam they need for their projects. Even if your jobs have never used this program before, it’s an excellent perk to learn for future applications. Let’s take a closer look at what this program does and how it can help you.

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Details of the Program

AquaComp uses the Distinct Element Method formulation, a technique that’s especially useful for simulating soil and rock mechanics in an engineering context. Using this method, a simulated Aqua-Barrier is generated in the program using multiple connected elements that are allowed to move freely just as an inflated cofferdam would on the scene. Once the user inputs an approximate level of friction at the worksite, the program can demonstrate how an inflated Aqua-Barrier would behave in the proposed environment.

Read more about how AquaComp calculates its information.

Practical Applications

AquaComp gives you as the engineer a chance to test different sizes and orientations of Aqua-Barriers in their intended environment, without the cleanup or hassle of hauling any models that don’t work. If you find that a proposed size or type of cofferdam doesn’t work in your program, just input new values and try again. You can test as many different sizes, environments, or other variables as needed until you locate just what you need.

Pro Tip: The AquaComp computer program allows you to find the perfect Aqua-Barrier from the comfort of your office!

More Engineering Information

In addition to AquaComp, engineers have access to detailed Autocad drawings of different sizes of the Aqua-Barrier. Using these drawings, you can find the dimensions and features you most need and test them in the program to make sure you’re right. Working in tandem, both of these features will help you locate the right size for your needs the first time around!

Check out these Autocad drawings for information on the different available sizes.

Use AquaComp to Test Your Construction Site

Once construction is underway, testing different sizes and shapes of Aqua-Barriers can become expensive quickly as incorrect types have to be hauled away. Fortunately, AquaComp lets you test different sizes in different environments for free and without any of the extra work involved in bringing in real cofferdams. Call 1-800-245-0199 for a free copy of the AquaComp program and get started simulating your work today!

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Construction Site Dewatering: Why You Should Get an Aqua-Barrier Soon

Construction Site Dewatering: Why You Should Get an Aqua-Barrier Soon

Construction projects are rather unpredictable in their timetables. Even if your plan seems flawless, something will happen that you simply can’t control and set your project back. Whether there’s an accident, weather delays, or just a problem with supplies you ordered, you’ll most likely encounter time-consuming problems on a construction job.

Fortunately, there’s one area of your project that you can be confident in: getting your Aqua-Barrier on time. HSI Services is dedicated to providing you with the equipment you need exactly when you need it. Wondering how to get your Aqua-Barrier as quickly as possible?

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What Fits Your Budget?

The first step toward buying or renting an Aqua-Barrier is determining how much you can spend. Using our Cofferdam Cost Calculator, input the size and shape of the cofferdam you need and compare it against conventional cofferdam prices. In most cases, you’ll pay twice as much for a conventional dam as you would for an Aqua-Barrier.

Will the Aqua-Barrier Work in that Environment?

If you aren’t sure how the Aqua-Barrier will respond in your particular work environment, try plugging the information into AquaComp. This detailed computer program simulates the behavior of an inflated cofferdam in the work environment you specify, giving you a very informative look at what you can expect. Don’t let your work setting take you by surprise! Test everything ahead of time in a simulation and prepare accordingly.

Pro Tip: AquaComp’s simulation may show that you need a different cofferdam than originally planned. Keep trying until you find the correct type and dimensions you need.

Reserve Your Aqua-Barrier

Summer, the busiest time of year for construction projects, is coming to a close. That doesn’t mean Aqua-Barriers are just up for grabs, however. It’s always best to reserve your inflatable cofferdam as far ahead of time as you can to make sure you get exactly what you need when you need it. Don’t wait too long and get stuck with the wrong size.

Optimize Your Construction Project!

The Aqua-Barrier is designed to make your job easier. We’re ready to make sure you get this critical addition to your project as quickly as possible once you’ve ordered it. As long as you don’t wait until the last minute, you’re guaranteed to get an Aqua-Barrier quickly and start work on your construction project!

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4 Boat Ramp Construction Safety Guidelines

4 Boat Ramp Construction Safety Guidelines

Many construction projects require dewatering in order to reach the areas that need repairs, and building a boat ramp is certainly no exception. Boat ramp construction carries with it the added risk of working literally in a large body of water, with just a small area dewatered and portioned out for the construction work. With this in mind, safety becomes an absolute priority for yourself and your coworkers.

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Creating a Safe Work Environment

As you work to keep your final product up to a high standard of safety for future users, make sure to pay the same close attention to your employees and your own safety. Keep these essential safety tips in mind as you work:

  1. Maintain your equipment
  2. Train your employees thoroughly
  3. Use a quality dewatering method
  4. Keep the worksite clean and safe

1) Maintain Your Equipment

An unfortunately high percentage of workplace accidents are caused by faulty equipment. The best way to combat this problem is through simple equipment maintenance. Keep an eye on your machines and replace any faulty parts immediately. If your inflatable cofferdam springs a leak, have it patched as soon as possible. Keep everything in perfect working order to prevent an accident.

2) Train Your Employees Thoroughly

Of course, even brand new equipment isn’t any good if your employees don’t know how to safely use it. On top of that, any system updates or new additions to your equipment set confuse even experienced construction workers. What’s the best solution? A near-constant training plan. Anytime your plan or equipment set changes, keep your employees fully informed and knowledgeable on how to handle everything.

Pro Tip: Even if nothing has changed, have your employees periodically take a test to demonstrate they still know how to handle all your construction equipment. Forgetting a critical piece of knowledge could lead to disaster.

3) Use a Quality Dewatering Method

Building a boat ramp requires a significant amount of dewatering to be done before work can truly begin. To both speed the process along and ensure your crew’s safety once the water has been removed, use a high-quality dewatering method such as the Aqua-Barrier. Drain the water from your worksite and use an inflatable tube to hold it all back!

4) Keep the Worksite Clean and Safe

Finally, keep the work site clear of debris. Left unattended, trash and other hazardous substances can prove to be tripping hazards or, worse, damaging to your sensitive construction equipment. You can avoid this hazard by making sure the construction site is clear at the end of every shift and making sure any and all debris is removed quickly.

Promote Safety During Your Construction Projects

Building a boat ramp already comes with a long list of important factors to consider, including the types and sizes of boats that will use the ramp, their turning radius, the water depth, and much more. Of course, the safety of the users is paramount. But long before the ramp is complete, make sure to give consideration to keeping yourself and your construction crew safe during the building process.

Connect with us to learn more about boat ramp construction safety and workplace safety in general for your future projects.

Safety Features of the Aqua-Barrier

Safety Features of the Aqua-Barrier

A partially submerged construction site comes with a few surprise challenges you wouldn’t encounter in a more conventional construction setting. Whether you’re concerned with dewatering or making sure your worksite is visible to others, there are several important factors to consider. Fortunately, the Aqua-Barrier comes equipped with multiple safety features to make sure your workspace is safe and watertight.

An Aqua-Barrier is designed for more than just lower costs and environmental friendliness. For many dewatering projects, the choice to use an inflatable cofferdam is also one of the best decisions regarding workplace safety you could make. Let’s look at a few key features that make the Aqua-Barrier a remarkably safe choice for a safe construction project.

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Reflective Tape (Available for Purchases Only)

Anyone who enjoys biking or jogging at night knows the importance of having reflective clothing or accessories to make sure drivers can see you. Likewise, a construction site active after dark needs to be visible for both safety’s sake and to make sure that the already-completed work isn’t damaged. If your construction site is surrounded by an Aqua-Barrier, you have an excellent option for nighttime visibility: reflective tape, available for purchased inflatable cofferdams. This highly reflective accessory will ensure that anyone passing by can see the edge of your construction site and know where to avoid.


The Aqua-Barrier’s durable material will rarely rip or tear, but when it does, you’ll need repairs pretty quickly. Fortunately, the manufacturer can easily make your inflatable cofferdam as good as new. In the meantime, use a specially designed patch to seal up any tears and keep using your Aqua-Barrier until you can have full repairs completed.

Simple Connections for a Watertight Seal

For large-scale construction projects, you may end up needing more than one Aqua-Barrier to completely enclose your worksite. Fortunately, while there’s no way to truly link multiple cofferdams together, you can do the next best thing by stacking the ends. The durable material of an inflatable cofferdam creates a watertight seal that guarantees your safety as you continue working. Keep water and debris outside your construction zone with this dependable seal.

Pro Tip: The seal works best if your Aqua-Barrier is installed correctly. Make sure you know the right ways to unroll and inflate your cofferdam.

An Excellent Construction Choice

For many construction projects, the multiple safety features and design offered by the Aqua-Barrier provide a huge advantage. Whether your worksite needs heightened visibility to reduce accidents, or whether you’re just concerned that water might get back in, an inflatable cofferdam will keep you confident and secure.

Connect with us to learn more about safely using your Aqua-Barrier.

How an Inflatable Cofferdam Can Reduce Your Project’s Environmental Impact

How an Inflatable Cofferdam Can Reduce Your Project’s Environmental Impact

Anyone in the construction industry knows the impact a project can have on the surrounding environment. Between waste, energy consumption, and more, construction jobs aren’t always the most environmentally friendly.

Fortunately, there are multiple ways construction crews can keep their environmental impact to a minimum. A few simple steps include efficient energy usage, time optimization, and taking advantage of reusable equipment. As one of the most durable and important pieces of reusable equipment to a construction crew, the Aqua-Barrier is perhaps one of your best resources for reducing the environmental impact of construction projects.

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Waste Reduction from Dewatering

Dewatering a construction site involves removing water from the worksite and holding the rest of the water back with a barrier. The go-to barrier for several years has been sandbags or similar materials, but these common water barrier construction materials produce a good amount of waste. Sandbags in particular must be disposed of as hazardous waste since the crew has no way of knowing what they came into contact with in the water. An Aqua-Barrier, a fully reusable way to keep water out of the construction site, eliminates the problem of waste altogether. When the project is done, just roll the tube back up!

Pro Tip: Use the Aqua-Barrier as many times as you want! As long as you keep it well-maintained, an inflatable cofferdam is fully reusable.

Use the Water That’s Already There

An Aqua-Barrier lets your construction crew get right to work by taking advantage of the water already surrounding the worksite. By inflating the barrier full of the nearby water, the crew uses the environment to help with their project. Best of all, once the project is complete, the water can simply be drained back to its original spot. 

Conforms to the Environment

Finally, an inflatable cofferdam is designed to be compatible with any work environment for minimal damage to the cofferdam itself as well as the surrounding area. Not only does the inflatable cofferdam create a watertight seal that ensures no water gets in the crew’s way, but it also eliminates the need to clear out a space for a barrier and potentially damage the environment. The Aqua-Barrier works perfectly with most outdoor settings.

Reduce Your Construction’s Environmental Impact

There’s no way to completely eliminate your impact on the environment around your construction site, but with a little care and planning, you can reduce the damage your work leaves behind. One simple and hugely beneficial way to reduce waste is to invest in a reusable Aqua-Barrier for your next dewatering project. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also be happy with your efforts to leave the environment undamaged.

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