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What is the Dewatering Process?

What is the Dewatering Process?

What is the Dewatering Process?

Construction dewatering is when groundwater or surface water needs to be removed from a construction site, and if you work in this field, you understand the importance of a dry worksite. Dewatering activities must be done properly to avoid eroding the soil on the construction site, therefore it is important to understand the dewatering process.  Does your next project require dewatering? Here are 3 things to consider before you start construction work. Click To Tweet

In order for a proper dewatering process to happen, it is important to take things into consideration. Dewatering precautions, methods and damage prevention need to be taken into account in order for your dewatering process and construction project go on without a hitch.

Dewatering Precautions

In order to get a dry worksite, it is imperative to take precautions. Some things to pay close attention to while dewatering is:

  • Water is not being pumped directly into slopes
  • Continue dewatering if the area is showing signs of instability or erosion
  • Avoid dewatering if there are or has been heavy rains
  • Never discharge water that has been contaminated with oil, grease, or other contaminants
  • Check local, state, and federal agencies for proper permits  

Dewatering Methods

There are several different dewatering methods, but it is best to use one that is perfect for a multitude of different dewatering projects, like the Aqua-Barrier Water Inflated Dam. The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is an inflated, water-filled device essential for controlling surface water up to 6 feet deep. They are environmentally safer than traditional sandbags, they are reusable and provide for compact storage, transportation, and ease of handling.

Water Damage Prevention

When you’re removing water or lowering the groundwater level, the extraction of water alters the characteristics of the surrounding soil. You must be aware of how this change impacts your excavation. If this is not done properly, the resulting instability will cause problems for you and the owners of the surrounding property.  You also must be aware of and take responsibility for the safe relocation of the water.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam is the perfect way to ensure water is removed from a worksite without further damaging the work area.

The Importance of Proper Construction Dewatering

Having a proper construction dewatering plan is imperative to keeping your project on schedule and on budget. Construction dewatering can be very challenging and normally includes the removal, treatment, and discharge of groundwater and stormwater. Make sure you have a solid plan and the best tools for the job.

Join the conversation if you work in construction and want to learn more about the dewatering process.

Dewatering Tips for Construction Sites

Dewatering Tips for Construction Sites

If you work in construction, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all projects. Water needs to be removed from these sites to create a safer work environment, help prevent erosion, and also protect the environment. Need to dewater your next project site? Consider these 4 dewatering tips prior to starting your next construction project. Click To Tweet

What Dewatering Tips Can Help Ensure a Successful Construction Project?

To ensure a successful construction project which requires dewatering, it is important to make sure you have a solid plan, safety training, and risk assessment plan. When you follow these four tips for dewatering, you can make sure everyone stays safe while you get the job done.

  1. Start With a Plan
  2. Factor in Risk Assessment
  3. Implement Safety Training
  4. Choose the Best Equipment

1) Always Have a Plan

Creating a solid plan is the first step in a successful dewatering project. This procedure plan should include procedure requirements, relevant laws and regulations, as well as the concept design, groundwater monitoring documents, and anything else required for the project.

2) Factor in Risk Assessment

Safety should always be a factor when it comes to a construction project, and especially when it comes to the dewatering process. A risk assessment will identify any existing or potential adverse effects to the environment or humans in the area or on the project.

ProTip: Risk identification and analysis are vital to keeping people, animals, and the environment safe when dewatering a construction site.

3) Implement Safety Training

With construction dewatering being riskier and more involved than a normal construction project, it is necessary to have a proper training plan in place and implemented in order to ensure the safety of those working on the site.

4) Choose the Best Equipment

For a successful dewatering project, it is important to use the best equipment for the job. An Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam is the perfect tool for many dewatering and construction projects and is a more environmentally friendly and safe alternative to other traditional dewatering methods.

Successful Dewatering for Construction Sites

By making and sticking to a solid checklist, keeping staff well-trained, and using the best tools for the project, dewatering can happen without a hitch. Monitoring your plan and staying in communication with all involved will make sure your construction dewatering project is successful and safe for all involved.

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The Essential Construction Site Restoration Checklist

The Essential Construction Site Restoration Checklist

Many times, a construction project disrupts the environment and the area they are working in. In order to help preserves the land and local habitats of birds, fish, and other important species. After the construction work is complete, the process of site restoration begins. Whether you are repairing a bridge, replacing pipeline, or constructing a new building, site restoration is an important piece of the job. Check out this site restoration checklist for your next project. Click To Tweet

Site Restoration Checklist

After construction, the goal is to restore the worksite to its pre-construction condition. To do this, it’s a good idea to create a site restoration plan. This site restoration checklist can help you better prepare for your next construction project and the site restoration afterward:

  1. Runoff Reduction
  2. Water Quality Protection
  3. Site Topography
  4. Water Table

1) Runoff Reduction

It is important to reduce runoff as much as possible. Runoff is created when rain falls and if the ground is not restored and runoff reduced after a construction project, it can lead to issues with erosion and habitat loss.

2) Water Quality Protection

One of the most important parts of the restoration process is being in compliance with water quality and protection. It is imperative that chemicals and other hazardous materials are not dumped on land or in water and that they are properly disposed of to prevent harm to the water in the area.

3) Site Topography

Restoring the site topography is another top concern when it comes to site restoration. It is important to document the existing topography so it can properly be replaced after the construction process.

ProTip: Restoring the site topography after construction is important. Be sure to document topographic variation prior to project work, including shape, slope, elevation, aspect and contour.

4) Water Table

When you pull water out of a site for construction purposes, the water table risks contamination, which can seep into the groundwater. It is important to return the water table back to its original depth. By using an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam, you can simply drain the site water back to where it belongs and prevent contamination of the water table.

Essential Site Restoration Checklist

It’s important to have the right tools for your project–they can help reduce damage and cut down on restoration time. For example, when you use sandbags to dewater your site, it raises the risk of damage to the area. If you were to 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.

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How to Create a Construction Management Plan

How to Create a Construction Management Plan

Having a solid plan is the foundation of a successful construction project. In construction, projects may be large and complex, but with a proper construction management plan, you can keep everything running smoothly while managing the constraints of time, cost, and quality with ease. A well-crafted plan can help you manage every construction phase in a project. Here are some helpful tips on how to create a construction management plan. Click To Tweet

Creating a Construction Management Plan

So, what exactly is a construction management plan? Basically, it can be many things, but overall, it maps out the entire project from its goals to evaluation, to progress, through completion. A management plan is a roadmap of where you want to go and how to get there. When creating a construction plan, it is important that it includes the following things:

  1. Determine Project Scope & Phases
  2. Activities Schedule & Task Milestones
  3. Budget & Resources
  4. Communication & Progress
  5. Document Everything

1) Determine Project Scope & Phases

The project scope determines the responsibilities of each team member, as well as deadlines and phases it will take to get everything complete.

2) Activities Schedule & Task Milestones

This sets up deliverable timeframes and creates a schedule for team members to follow. It is basically a to-do list for what needs to happen before the project is complete. Make sure to prioritize the list to get an understanding of which things are more important than others.

ProTip: Identifying task milestones helps break down your construction project into smaller, more manageable pieces.

3) Budget & Resources

What are the costs associated with this project? What tools and equipment are needed to complete the job? Make sure you have everything you need to get the project done in a timely fashion. Be sure to use the best tools for the project. For example, you can save time and money during the construction dewatering process when you use an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable water dam instead of the outdated system of sandbags.

4) Communication & Progress

One of the most important pieces of the construction management plan is to keep daily communication and progress on the project. Frequently assessing the goals and objectives of the project can help everyone stay on task, and also allows issues to be brought to immediate attention so it can be quickly handled.

5) Document Everything

Everything that happens or changes during the project needs to be documented. Always keep a paper trail for each step of the project. These documents are crucial to making sure everything was completed as expected and in closing the project successfully.

Construction Project Management

With a strong construction management plan, you can be sure your project runs into few if any issues. Whether you are new to the construction industry, or you’ve been in it for years, a management plan is a must-have for any project, big or small.

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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.

Contact us to learn more advantages of using water inflated dams in your next construction project.

The Importance of Dewatering Precautions to Ensure a Safe Work Site

The Importance of Dewatering Precautions to Ensure a Safe Work Site

If you work in construction, you know how important a dry worksite can be. Dewatering the construction site prior to beginning work allows the site to be safer by lowering the risk of accidents, firms the soil where work will be conducted, and it also helps the environment by removing standing water that can be a target for mosquitos and toxins. About to begin a new construction project? Learn the importance of dewatering precautions so you can ensure a safe work site. Click To Tweet

Construction Projects and Dewatering Precautions

Dewatering is needed on nearly all construction sites. Water needs to be removed from these sites to create a safer work environment, help prevent erosion, and also help protect the environment. It is important to consider some dewatering precautions before getting started on a project. Here are a few to remember:

  • Water should never be pumped directly into slopes.
  • Discontinue dewatering if the area shows signs of instability or erosion.
  • Channels used for dewatering need to be steady and protected by grass and vegetation.
  • Never dewater during heavy rains. The water and infiltration rate will be slower during the dewatering process or it will not function entirely.
  • Never discharge water that contains oil, grease, or chemical products.
  • Make sure to acquire any additional permits from state, local, or federal agencies.

Dewatering Methods

There are many dewatering methods to get the dry worksite you need for your construction project. These vary from open excavation, trenches, gravity drainage channels, and also inflatable cofferdams. An Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam is the perfect tool for many dewatering and construction projects and is a more environmentally friendly and safe alternative to other traditional dewatering methods.

ProTip: An Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags that is environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective.

Ensure Safety with Dewatering Precautions

Whether you are working on a bridge repair, pipeline construction, sediment control, or shoreline restorations, keeping your work site safe requires dewatering and following the dewatering precautions above.

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