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5 Key Advantages to Using Water Inflated Dams

5 Key Advantages to Using Water Inflated Dams

5 Key Advantages to Using Water Inflated Dams

Whether you are doing bridge repair, sediment control, concrete repairs or many other construction and pipeline projects, a dry workspace is a must. Instead of using time-consuming earthen dams or sandbags, there are numerous benefits to using a water inflated cofferdam.

Why Choose a Water Inflated Dam?

Need a dry work site for your next construction project? Check out these 5 advantages of a water inflated dam before you start work. Click To Tweet The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam was introduced on the market in 1996 and its advantages are being seen across the country. Water filled cofferdams have become a popular choice in many industries due to the many benefits associated with this type of solution. Here are five key advantages of using a water inflated dam:

  1. Quick and Easy to Use
  2. Environmentally Friendly
  3. Fills With Water from Your Site
  4. No Post-Construction Site Restoration
  5. Saves Money and Time

1) Quick and Easy to Use

The Aqua-Barrier® can be installed in two easy and basic ways depending on if the water is moving or still. The inner baffle is filled with water, inflating the dam in minutes, creating a safe barrier around your workplace or construction site.

2) Environmentally Friendly

An inflatable dam is environmentally-friendly compared to other traditional dewatering and flood prevention methods. It is reusable and can easily be stored when not in use. Most dams install in just 1-2 hours and are also quick to put away.

3) Fills With Water From Your Site

There is no need to haul in fill to make your Aqua-Barrier® work! The Aqua-Barrier uses water to inflate, so you can use the water on the site and never have to worry about bringing it from elsewhere.

4) No Post-Construction Site Restoration

When using sandbags and other materials to dam up a worksite, you run the risk of needing to perform site restoration at the end of the project. When you use an inflatable bladder dam to dewater your construction site, you simply drain the water back where you got it from and pack up in a day or two. Because of this, minimal manpower required, cutting down on prep and cleanup time, allowing contractors to finish on time or early.

5) Saves Money and Time

You might think that it would cost a bundle to use an Aqua-Barrier®, but it actually saves money! Prior to inflatable dams, most people opted for sand-bags. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the cost of using sandbags averages around $5.00 per sandbag and most use approximately 34 sandbags per foot. This cost adds up with the cost of materials along with the time and manpower used, too.

Advantages of Water Inflated Cofferdams

ProTip: Not only does a water inflated dam save time and money, but it is also more environmentally friendly compared to other dewatering methods.

A water inflated cofferdam is the most effective tool for creating a dry worksite. With it being so affordable and easy to install, it is the optimal choice when looking for dewatering solutions.

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7 Different Kinds of Dams & Their Uses

7 Different Kinds of Dams & Their Uses

Over 3 million miles of rivers and streams in the United States, and many of these flow into the estimated 84,000 dams around the country. But did you know that not all dams are created equal? They aren’t. In fact, there are many different kinds of dams, and they each have their own uses.  

Various Kinds of Dams

Did you know there is more than one kind of dam and they each have a different use? Here are 7 different kinds of dams and how they are used. Click To Tweet

A dam is a barrier that restricts or stops the flow of water, helps suppress floods, as well as providing irrigation, industrial, and aquaculture uses. Here are seven of the different kinds of dams used across America and what they are used for.

  1. Diversion Dam
  2. Buttress Dam
  3. Embankment Dam
  4. Cofferdam
  5. Storage Dam
  6. Detention Dam
  7. Gravity Dam

1) Diversion Dam

Like the name says, a diversion dam is used to divert water. They provide pressure to push water into ditches, canals, or other areas used for conveyance. Diversion dams are typically lower in height and have a small water storage area in it’s upstream.

2) Buttress Dam

Buttress dams can take many forms, but they all consist of a sloping deck supported by intervals of buttresses. There are three main buttress dams, including: multiple arch type, massive head type, and deck type. Buttress dams usually use less concrete than other dams but are not necessarily cheaper.

3) Embankment Dam

An embankment dam is a large, artificial dam that is constructed with natural excavated materials or industrial waste materials, such as compacted plastics, and various compositions of soil, sand, rock, and clay.   

4) Cofferdam

A cofferdam is a temporary, portable dam used for a variety of projects including bridge repair, shoreline restoration, pipeline installation, and many other construction projects. A cofferdam is used to close off some or all of a construction area. Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdams are made from high-grade industrial vinyl coated polyester and can be used on all terrain and in any conditions. They are reusable and compact for transportation.

5) Storage Dam

These dams are not mean to divert or keep water out, but to keep water in. Storage dams are constructed to store water during the rainy seasons, supply water to the local wildlife, and store water for hydroelectric power generation, and irrigation. Storage dams are the most common types of dams.

6) Detention Dam

Detention dams are specifically constructed for flood control by retarding flow downstream, helping reduce flash floods (to some extent). The water is retained in a reservoir to be later gradually released.

7) Gravity Dam

A gravity dam is a massive, man-made concrete dam designed to hold large volumes of water. Because of the heavy concrete used, it is able to resist the horizontal thrust of the water, and gravity essentially holds the dam to the ground. They are used to block rivers in wide valleys and must be built on a strong foundation of bedrock.

Different Kinds of Dams

ProTip: There are many different kinds of dams and each has their different uses. If you are looking for a temporary dam to create a dry work site for your next construction project, a cofferdam is your best option.

There are many different kinds of dams, and they are all an important part of our country, providing for domestic, industry, and irrigation uses, including water for drinking, bathing, hydroelectric power generation, water storage, flood protection, and more.

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The Fascinating History of Cofferdams

The Fascinating History of Cofferdams

Cofferdams are used in many industries when dewatering and water diversion are necessary. You might not realize it, but the history of cofferdams is long and fascinating and dates back thousands of years. During this time the cofferdam has evolved and improved several times.

The Evolution of the Cofferdam

Cofferdams have been around for centuries, but they haven’t all looked or worked the same. The history of cofferdams is interesting and takes us back to the Persian empire. Here is the timeline of cofferdams used throughout history and how they have advanced through the years.

  1. Earthen Cofferdam
  2. Roman Cofferdam
  3. Sandbags
  4. Steel Sheet Pile Cofferdam
  5. Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam

1) Earthen Cofferdams

The first cofferdams were said to be used by King Cyrus of Persia in 539 B.C. to temporarily divert water from the Euphrates river, allowing the capture of Babylon. This capture of Babylon ended their rule, allowing the Medo-Persian empire to begin.

2) Roman Cofferdams

The Romans had their own cofferdam, as well, and it was made from wood pilings that they temporarily used in order to build bridges across the Danube river in 102 A. D. in what is now Romania.

3) Sandbags

In the 1880’s, during the Napoleonic wars, people used sandbags to control water. Initially, these bags of sand were used for the protection of the troops during battle, but eventually, they were used as temporary dams and water control.

4) Steel Sheet Pile Cofferdams

After a hundred years of using sandbags, a milestone in cofferdams was introduced through the steel sheet pile cofferdam. In the early 1900’s, a German engineer came up with an interlocking design of ‘U’ shaped steel to help control water. This interlocking steel cofferdam design is still being used today in some countries.

5) Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdams

Fast forward to 1996 and the invention of the Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam. This inflatable cofferdam features a patented internal baffle system that not only provides stability but the ability to use on any terrain, too. The Aqua-Barrier® is vastly more effective and efficient than outdate sandbags, and is also more environmentally friendly, too. The inflatable cofferdam comes in a variety of sizes and can be tailored to your specific needs. Click To Tweet

Modern Uses and the Cofferdam

The modern Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Cofferdam is the essential tool for a variety of dewatering projects, such as building and repairing boat ramps, pipeline construction projects, water park maintenance, shoreline restoration, flood protection, and more.

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6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

Operating a construction business costs money, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to cut costs. With careful planning and action, you can also help eliminate waste, decrease negative environmental impact, and boost your bottom line. Cutting costs doesn’t mean you have to give up quality. Click To Tweet

Cutting Construction Costs

Everyone wants to make the most money possible when they own a company, and the construction business is no different. Here are some top ways you can help cut down your construction costs without sacrificing a thing.

1) Create a Master Plan

Without a solid master plan, there is a higher likelihood that there will unnecessary spending. Make sure your plan includes management for time, costs, and quality, as well as contracts, safety, scope and more. A reliable project manager should monitor this plan and make sure it is updated through the entire construction process.

2) Hire Multi-Purpose Employees

It can be difficult to find good help, but it is important to find quality workers if you are looking to cut construction costs. Try to hire employees who have more than one skill and can be used in a myriad of areas.

3) Better Contract Negotiation

To help lessen the costs of supplies and other expenses, it is imperative you create good relationships with your vendors and negotiate contracts and prices. A long-term relationship can help you land discounts on supplies and services.

4) Reuse & Recycle

According to the EPA, more than 534 tons of construction debris end up in our landfill each year. By sticking to your master plan and not over-purchasing supplies, you can help cut back on waste. Try to find tools and supplies that are reusable or recyclable, like an inflatable cofferdam, to help cut costs, and also decrease your environmental impact.

5) Quality Tools & Supplies

Investing in quality tools and supplies will make a huge difference in your construction costs. If you purchase cheap tools, you will be replacing them and spending more money in the long run. For example, instead of wasting money on time-consuming sandbags for a dewatering project, an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is not only reusable, but less time consuming, therefore cuts down on manpower, as well as being environmentally friendly.

6) Get High-Tech

While new technology might seem expensive at first, it can definitely cut construction costs in the long-term. There are so many new technologies available to help you streamline your construction projects so you can get the job done faster.

Construction Costs & Your Bottom Line

Cutting the high costs of construction can be done with proper planning, the right tools, and by following the above tips. Not only will you be helping boost your company’s bottom line, but also making a difference for our environment, too!

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Why use a Bypass Pump? Keep The Water Flowing AND Your Work Site Dry!

Why use a Bypass Pump? Keep The Water Flowing AND Your Work Site Dry!

There are times during the construction process when you need to dewater an area, but the water needs to continue flowing. When this situation arises, utilizing a bypass pump in combination with a cofferdam is the perfect solution. The pump redirects water through a diversion pipe, keeping the construction site free of water. A bypass pump allows water to flow while avoiding the dry work site. Click To Tweet

Cofferdams: The Top Dewatering Solution

A cofferdam is an essential tool when you need a dry workspace for your construction project. Cofferdams can prove a vital dewatering solution for many projects, such as:

  • Boat ramp repair and construction
  • Bridges and Dams
  • Shoreline reconstruction
  • Sediment control
  • Pipeline construction
  • Canal and culvert work
  • Concrete repair

Maintaining Flow

While some of the construction projects listed above can be completed with the use of a cofferdam only, there are times when the water needs to continue flowing while the repairs are taking place. In these instances, a bypass pump in conjunction with your Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam will help divert the water to keep flowing, while letting the area that needs work remain dry.

Bypass Pumping

Bypass pumping is a critical element of many construction projects, as mentioned above. With more and more cities and counties working on updating their sewage systems and infrastructure, bypass pumps and cofferdams are the number one way to ensure that the community can still get the work completed without interrupting these vital services. Bypass pumping allows for temporary rerouting of water pipelines, creeks, sewer bypasses, and excavation.

Keep Water Flowing and Your Workspace Dry

If your next construction project requires you to have both a dry area and still maintain water flow, make sure to use the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam and a bypass pump together to achieve your project goals. There is no better or more efficient way to divert water and keep essential services operating.

To learn more about why you need to use a bypass pump to help keep water flowing and your worksite dry, 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.

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