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Getting Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane

Getting Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane

Getting Your Construction Site Ready for a Hurricane

Since strong hurricane winds can cause significant destruction in a construction site, hurricane preparedness is essential. When the storm hits hard, it can blow away building materials, flood the construction site, and weaken buildings under construction.

As a construction manager, it’s essential to prioritize the safety of all workers on the site. You need to protect them from the devastating impacts of hurricanes by preparing in advance. Let’s look at the best hurricane preparedness strategies to help.

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Developing a Plan Before the Storm Hits

As the peak of hurricane season approaches, you need to create a hurricane plan to guide you. It should highlight all the guidelines to follow before, during, and after the storm. You can appoint someone to oversee and implement the plan appropriately. 

Stay Alert

You need to keep an eye and ear on the weather. The best way to achieve that is by appointing a team to monitor the weather 24 hours closely. Also, frequently visit weather websites to check for weather alerts that require an immediate response.

Locking Down the Worksite

As the storm approaches the construction area, you need to lock down the construction site to keep everyone safe. Secure structures and equipment and evacuate all the workers from the site. Here’s a more detailed look at both of these steps:

Securing Structures and Equipment

  • Cover delicate materials with plastic sheets to avoid water damage
  • Weigh down all light materials using sandbags and ground anchors
  • Tie up loose materials together using a rope to prevent dispersing
  • Remove tools and equipment that can get damaged with water
  • Place sandbags around the perimeter of the structure to reinforce it
  • Install Aqua-Barrier cofferdams around structures to keep away flood water

Evacuating Workers from the Site

  • Develop an evacuation plan from the site
  • Stay tuned to radios, social media, and televisions for weather alerts
  • Evacuate as soon as the local authorities give a word

After the Storm

The storm is over, and the local authorities have given you the green light to return to the construction site. So, what are the things to do after the hurricane storm?

  • Assess all the damages on the construction site
  • Clean up all the materials and debris scattered on the site by floodwater
  • Pump out the flood water in the construction site
  • Engage your recovery team to oversee the re-entry process

Pro Tip: Beware of sharp objects in the floodwaters as you return to the construction site! Stay out of the water and stay away until it’s safe to go back.

Riding Out the Hurricane

Construction site hurricane preparedness is of crucial relevance before a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall. The best way to avoid the destructive impacts of hurricanes is by completing construction projects on time. If the hurricane storm comes before you finish the project, create emergency plans to protect workers and property.

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Importance of Erosion Control in 2020

Importance of Erosion Control in 2020

Erosion is a top concern for construction sites around the world. In addition to posing a threat to the environment, erosion can pollute surrounding rivers and bodies of water, putting both wildlife and human health at risk. That being said, there is a high need for erosion control measures for construction sites. As a manager in your business, it’s important for you to be prepared to adequately prevent erosion in your area.

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Construction sites use a number of materials, including wood lumbar, metal, and toxic chemicals. Both wind and water erosion can carry particles of those materials to nearby areas, creating a number of problems for society. Both erosion and sedimentation are major contributors to water pollution in a particular area.

Erosion vs. Sedimentation

Erosion is the process of soil, rock, or other particles becoming removed from one place and carried to another location by natural forces such as wind or water. As an aftereffect, sedimentation occurs when certain particles settle at the bottom of storm drains or rivers. Unfortunately, that excess amount of water can spread pollutants and increase the potential for flooding.

Why Is Erosion Control Important?

Without erosion control, your topsoil may lose its ability to hold nutrients, regulate water flow, and combat pollutants.  In addition to affecting the ecosystem of nearby wildlife, residential properties and transportation systems can suffer long term damage. To combat the environmental problem of both erosion and sedimentation, certain methods must be practiced by construction companies.

Traditional Erosion Control Measures

There are a number of ways construction sites have established to protect job sites and stay environmentally friendly. Effective erosion control methods may include:

  • Visiting your worksite and making note of potential erosion problems such as a sloped landscape or soil loss
  • Noting the natural flow of water runoff after a large amount of rain
  • Keeping the soil covered with “erosion control blankets” to slow the flow of water and protect vegetation
  • Installing sediment control methods such as straw rolls, silt fences, or gravel bags

Pro Tip: Understanding the environmental impact of your new job site takes strategic planning. Reduce erosion by taking the time to fully review your potential dangers.

Advantage of Aqua-Barrier

Aqua-Barrier is designed with environmentally friendly safe materials to minimize wildlife disturbance and conform to the natural landscape. If you are working near a river or lake, your construction project can gravely affect nearby water quality. With an inflated cofferdam, you can create a barrier between your job site and water levels to keep pollutants away. In addition to preventing water runoff, you can efficiently reduce the force of water erosion in your area.

Prevent Erosion on Your Worksites

While onsite erosion is a large concern for construction sites, offsite damage largely contributes to permanent ecological effects. If you’re planning a construction project, it’s crucial for you to consider the impact of erosion on your site. 

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How Can Urban Construction Cause Soil Erosion?

How Can Urban Construction Cause Soil Erosion?

Unlike ever before, the world population is growing and new communities are being developed across large cities. According to a recent survey, nearly 4.1 billion people live in urban areas and 3.4 billion people live in rural areas. This means that over half of the world (55%) now live in cities and outlying suburbs. Understanding how urban construction can cause soil erosion is important, especially as the construction industry continues to grow.

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Erosion Effects of Urbanization

In rural and urban areas, soil erosion can be viewed quite differently. Although many acres of land remain untouched by humans, rural areas experience erosion that affects vegetable and natural weathering. Urban areas, in contrast, experiencing soil erosion can face potential flooding and air pollution due to the limited amount of space. In order to prevent erosion in your construction projects, it’s important to understand the various erosion effects that often result.

  • Sedimentation
  • Air & Water Pollution
  • Land Disturbance

Sedimentation

Sedimentation occurs when soil or sand particles gather at the bottom of a body of water. In urban settings, construction sites generally introduce large amounts of concrete and toxic building materials into an environment. When weather patterns carry these particles to nearby rivers, lakes, and streams, it can be destructive for society. Unfortunately, a buildup of sediment in urban storm drains increases the risk of major flooding.

Air & Water Pollution

As new developments are constructed, decreased air quality and water runoff is a major concern. Urbanization brings a number of polluting substances that inevitably enter the water streams of nearby bodies of water. Between infecting drinking water and affecting aquatic life, health problems can result because of nearby urban construction.

Land Disturbance

Above all, the effect of soil erosion associated with suburban development is the disturbance of land. Large office buildings, residential communities, and transportation systems all required moving tons of topsoil to make room for the new construction. Not only does this increase the risk of sedimentation, but it completely alters the natural environment of vegetation and wildlife.

Pro Tip: If you’re working near a body of water, weather conditions can spread your construction site materials. Install a water-inflated dam to keep water from entering your worksite.

Erosion & Flood Control Solutions

Our population will continue to grow, and the number of towns and cities will keep increasing during our lifetime. It’s important for urban construction projects to understand the risks associated with soil erosion and plan accordingly. Having a flood control system that will minimize the amount of disruption from your projects is an important place to start.

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What Exactly is Construction Erosion?

What Exactly is Construction Erosion?

Erosion is one of the leading issues today, affecting land use, plant growth, and more importantly, construction sites. According to a new study, nearly $8 million economic losses can be attributed to erosion. Understanding construction erosion in full detail is important for making sure your next project will remain structurally sound and safe.

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Construction erosion is a term used to describe the impact of construction on the environment. Man-made structures such as roads, buildings, and bridges have led to a large amount of soil erosion in the U.S. and around the world. Aftereffects such as reduced plant growth and large sediment deposits in rivers or lakes have become unfortunate realities in the construction industry. That being said, it’s important for your crew to start taking the necessary steps to reduce erosion at your worksite.

Types of Erosion

There are two primary types of erosion that can affect the topsoil found on construction sites or nearby areas of large worksites.

  • Wind Erosion – More severe during times of drought or in arid areas such as the Great Plains, wind erosion is characterized by wind movement. In a process described as a deflation, movement in the air picks up soil particles and transfers them to another location. While construction crews may not have any control over the wind, large amounts of dust and digging spots contribute to erosion.
  • Water Erosion – Observed in a number of forms, water erosion occurs when any water source moves the soil from one place to another. From rainfall to river currents, water has a powerful effect on sediment transport. For construction sites to remain protected, it’s important to have a water control solution you can trust.

Ways to Minimize Erosion

There are a number of potential problems to consider in regard to erosion. When the first layer of dirt and vegetation, or ground cover, disappear, more layers of the earth are uncovered. This causes problems for farmers, property owners, and the foundation of many buildings. 

Depending on your situation and the specific needs of your project, there are a number of ways to help you prevent erosion, such as:

  • Water diversion – Formulate a plan to guard against water and reroute running water in another direction affecting your worksite.
  • Sediment control – Use control methods such as silt fencing, filter socks, or straw wattles to manage the soil that collects during water flow.
  • Moderate excavation – Minimize or split your project into phases for excavation so that you can limit the size of your worksite.

Pro Tip: For projects located near water bodies, install an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam to reduce water passing through your worksite.

Protecting Your Construction Projects

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, erosion and sediment damages occur both on and off the construction site, ultimately affecting every member in society. As you plan your next construction project, make sure you are adequately prepared to prevent soil erosion around you. The foundation of your structure and responsibility to the environment depends on it.

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Top 5 Uses of Cofferdams: Highlighting Inflatable Dams

Top 5 Uses of Cofferdams: Highlighting Inflatable Dams

Understanding the history of cofferdams directly relates to how dewatering solutions are used today. From bridges to canals, the introduction of cofferdams in construction provided a solution for building structures near large depths of water. With the varied uses of cofferdams, we now have the ability to create dry worksites quickly and efficiently for any construction project.

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Top Uses for an Inflatable Cofferdam

If you’re building or handling equipment near a body of water, it’s crucial for you to control the flow and location of the water. Without a proper dewatering tool, your worksite could suffer from erosion, damage, and in severe cases, complete destruction. Cofferdams can be used in a number of applications, but the following five are some of the most common in construction.

  1. Bridges
  2. Pipelines
  3. Boat Ramps
  4. Pool & Waterpark Maintenance
  5. Canals/Culverts

1) Bridges

Despite the force of water currents, cofferdams have been used quite often in the construction of bridges. By establishing an enclosed area within the water, builders can build or repair the road connection without fear of flooding.

2) Pipelines

Digging underground to install large pipelines can create a myriad of issues, but water doesn’t have to be one of them. With a cofferdam, you can create a secure single wall against water from the ground up. Whether you’re installing a new pipeline or repairing an existing line, the cofferdam is a perfect solution for keeping water at bay.

3) Boat Ramps

When building a boat ramp, there’s a great need for removing water from the site location. Cofferdams can be used to create a dry worksite to fit the needs of your project. Inflatable cofferdams are an excellent solution for flood protection.

Pro Tip: Save time and money by using an Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Dam for your next boat ramp project, with the capability to work in water up to 6 feet deep.

4) Pool & Waterpark Maintenance

To save time and conserve water, a temporary cofferdam is a great solution for pool or waterpark repairs. AquaBarrier, in particular, is a water-filled cofferdam that is installed in your pool to create a dry work area without having to drain any water.

5) Canals/Culverts

Unlike most construction projects, canals and culverts are designed with water control in mind. That being said, necessary repairs on culvert concrete or surrounding areas can be weakened if the water isn’t routed in another direction. Cofferdams provide a way for construction workers to get their job done without having to worry about water getting in the way.

Dewatering Solutions Designed for You

Compared to doubled walled cofferdams or rock-filled sheet piles driven into the ground, the AquaBarrier is an affordable solution for projects requiring dewatering. With various dimension sizes and easy handling, it is a water control solution recommended in many construction applications.

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What is a Cofferdam in Construction?

What is a Cofferdam in Construction?

In 539 B.C. the first cofferdam was built by King Cyrus of Persia to capture the city of Babylon. While modern dewatering efforts don’t usually concern advancing empires, the cofferdams used today are just as important for construction projects. That being said, the cofferdams used in construction look nothing like what the Persian empire had.

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If your construction site is near a body of water, chances are you need a water control solution. A cofferdam used in construction might vary in material and size, but the goal is to divert water from the worksite. By having a system to control nearby water, you can maintain a dry work area for your projects.

Defining a Cofferdam

A cofferdam is defined as a “watertight enclosure from which water is pumped to expose the bed of a body of water in order to permit the construction for a pier or other hydraulic work.” In other words, it’s a structure that is able to retain water and pump it out into a different area. Whether it stores water or pumps it in a different location, a cofferdam ensures a dry area for construction sites.

The Evolution of Dewatering

Throughout history, there have been a variety of cofferdams in existence. After those first earthen cofferdams created by the Persians, the Romans created their own cofferdam out of wood pilings. Fast forward to the 1880s, people started to use bags filled with sand to create temporary dams and flood protection.

During the early 1900s, engineers designed a cofferdam that has stood the test of time by using steel sheets. By creating ‘U’ shaped steel sheet piles, each piece was designed to interlock together to ward off water. Also called a cellular cofferdam, the sheet piles are able to form a single wall. Often used in dam construction, the circular arcs of the sheet piles can be used in a variety of water levels.

Introducing the Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Cofferdam

In 1996, innovation and technology collided to create the Aqua-Barrier cofferdam. Unlike past cofferdams, the Aqua-Barrier is an inflatable cofferdam with a patented internal baffle system. Besides being environmentally-friendly and easily transportable, the Aqua-Barrier gives construction sites unparalleled functionality. The quick and user-friendly installation allows construction projects a dewatering solution that doesn’t cut into the actual building phase. With an inflatable water dam, construction sites can save time and money.

Pro Tip: The Aqua-Barrier has no bounds regarding project size or application. Customize an inflatable cofferdam to meet the needs of your next project.

Protect Your Construction Sites

Does your construction site need an alternative dewatering solution? Our water-inflated dams have been designed with your projects in mind. Every Aqua-Barrier is equipped with durable materials that can be easily repaired and reused. We’re committed to providing a product that will create a dry site for each of your applications.

Are you ready to protect your construction site from nearby water? Connect with our sales team to customize an inflatable cofferdam for your next project.