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When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

If you own a contracting company or work in the construction field, you are well aware that many projects are in or around shorelines. Carrying out the project can damage or disrupt the shoreline, causing erosion and the possible destruction of our precious shorelines. Does your next construction project require dewatering solutions? If so, you may need to consider shoreline restoration. Click To Tweet

What Projects Require the Use of Shoreline Restoration Techniques?

Employing shoreline restoration techniques can be beneficial in a number of construction fields and projects. It is important to consider shoreline restoration when dealing with many dewatering projects, such as pipeline construction, bridge and dam projects, and for sediment control. Here are five times that shoreline restoration needs to be taken into consideration:

  1. Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization
  2. Sediment Control
  3. Bridge and Dam Projects
  4. Pipeline Construction
  5. Ecosystem Restoration

1) Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization

Erosion occurs by the removal of coastal land that has been supplanted by water. It can be caused by storms, high winds, improper irrigation, and construction projects that disrupt the shoreline.

2) Sediment Control

It is important that developers and builders take into consideration sediment to help prevent erosion. When the soil and shorelines are disturbed, it can lead to a loss of habitat, blocked stormwater drains, public health issues, and an increased risk of flooding.

3) Bridge and Dam Projects

Because bridge and dam construction or repair projects require dewatering and are located along shorelines, they are an important time to use shoreline restoration techniques and practices.

4) Pipeline Construction

Many times, pipeline construction projects and inspections are performed in the water, and therefore the shoreline needs to be taken into consideration.

5) Ecosystem Restoration

When it comes to keeping shorelines healthy and the ecosystem thriving, it is imperative that control measures are installed before excavation or site disturbance occurs. Construction projects and natural weather disturbances can cause harm to the shoreline. When it comes time to performing restoration techniques, be sure you are using the best tools for the job.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam allows you to create a temporary dam in order to get a dry workspace to begin a shoreline stabilization project–without having to worry about flooding surrounding areas.

Shoreline Restoration and the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam

It is the job of the builder or developer to consider shoreline restoration and take reasonable care to prevent material (soil, sand, litter) from leaving construction sites. This can be achieved by using proper dewatering technique and using the best tools available, like the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam. Traditional sandbags can actually cause more damage to the shoreline, so using a cofferdam is the best option for any shoreline restoration project.

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Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

The Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dams are the most effective, cost-saving, and efficient dewatering solution on the market today. Cofferdams are reusable, reliable, and environmentally friendly. If your company is looking to make dewatering easier and wants to get away from time-consuming sandbags and other dewatering methods, an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam is the perfect solution.You might be wondering if you should you rent or purchase a cofferdam. Here are 3 helpful tips to help you decide which is best for your business. Click To Tweet

Should You Rent or Purchase an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam?

Both renting and purchasing an Aqua-Barrier Water-Inflated Dam are good options, but it’s best to choose the option that best suits your construction and dewatering needs.

  1. Cost Factors
  2. Frequent Flooding
  3. Construction Purposes

1) Cost Factors

There are advantages to both options, but when deciding between these them, the biggest factor should never be in regards to just the cost, but the frequency of the need should be the main deciding factor.

2) Frequent Flooding

Water-Inflated Dams are an essential tool for flood prevention and minimizing the damage of your businesses’ valuable property. If your business is in an area with frequent heavy rains and flooding, it might be a good choice to purchase your Aqua-Barrier cofferdam.

3) Construction Purposes

If you own a construction company, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all construction projects. An Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is the ideal solution to creating the dry worksite needed for pipeline construction, bridge repairs, shoreline restoration, and other projects.

ProTip: Renting a cofferdam might be beneficial if you do not have a lot of work, but if you frequently need to dewater sites, you can easily save money and time by investing and purchasing a water-inflated dam.

Aqua-Barrier: The Smart Alternative

One thing is for certain, the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags. They are environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective. Both renting and purchasing a cofferdam are good options, but if you find yourself having to rent as frequently as once a year, those costs tend to add up quickly.

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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.

Contact us to learn more great tips on how to create a construction management plan.

Proactive Bridge Repair and Maintenance

Proactive Bridge Repair and Maintenance

According to 2017 reports by the American Society of Civil Engineers, more than 40% of the bridges in the United States are over 50 years old, and 10% are structurally unfit. What’s scarier is that over 188 million vehicles cross over these bridges each day. With so many bridges deteriorating, the main issue is the need to keep these bridges maintained to prevent further damage. To help be proactive in bridge repair and maintenance, it is important to implement bridge preservation and prevention. Here are 5 ways to be proactive in your bridge repair and maintenance. Click To Tweet

Bridge Repair: Prevention and Preservation

Prevention is about keeping bridges from developing issues, while preservation focuses on fixing and repairing problems. Both are crucial to proactive bridge repair and maintenance and helping halt the deterioration of the bridge. Here are five things that are done to maintain bridges, and in turn, preserve them.

  1. Establish a Long-Term Commitment
  2. Cyclical Maintenance Activities
  3. Condition-Based Preventions
  4. Crisis Maintenance
  5. Have the Right Equipment

1) Establish A Long-Term Commitment

One of the main elements of preserving bridges is to make a long-term commitment to maintaining and improving the bridge through its entire life. By setting a schedule to perform certain maintenance tasks, you can help extend the life of the bridge. Creating a checklist and timeline can help you stay on track.

2) Conduct Cyclical Maintenance Activities

Performed on a schedule, these maintenance activities can help keep the bridge from deteriorating. Some examples of maintenance that needs to be done every year or so are:

  • Wash and clean the entire bridge
  • Lubricate bearings
  • Clear drainage areas
  • Repaint exposed areas
  • Remove trash and other debris
  • Zone coat steel beams and girders
  • Install deck overlay on concrete decks

3) Condition-Based Preventions

While cyclical maintenance needs to be done on a planned schedule, condition-based prevention happens when issues are discovered during bridge inspections. If a problem is found during the inspection, the repairs are made in order to keep the bridge in good working order and to extend the life of the bridge. Some examples of this type of preventative measures are: replacing or sealing leaking joints, installing deck overlays, and painting and sealing steel structural elements.

4) Crisis Maintenance

Crisis maintenance in bridge repair is the most challenging because it means something has happened to put the bridge (and those using it) in jeopardy. You want to avoid crises at all cost by performing the cyclical and condition-based maintenance regularly. If the bridge gets severely damaged or neglected, rehabilitation or a total bridge replacement might be needed.

5) Have the Right Equipment

ProTip: To make sure you are able to properly maintain the bridge, it is important to have all the right equipment for the job. Having the best equipment allows you to save time and money when a repair is needed.

For example, an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable water dam is the perfect tool for your dewatering purposes. This reusable dewatering tool is a better option than traditional sheet piling or sandbags because it takes less time to set up and is also environmentally friendly, too.

Effective Bridge Repairs and Maintenance

By being proactive with your bridge repair and maintenance, you can help keep our American bridges safe and functioning. By planning and scheduling cyclical maintenance and condition-based preventions, and by having the right tools for the job, you can help eliminate crises and the need for more drastic issues that might lead to a bridge replacement.

Contact us to learn more ways on how you can adopt a proactive bridge repair and maintenance plan.

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.

Contact us to learn more reasons it is important to follow dewatering precautions to ensure a safe worksite.