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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.

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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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6 Reasons to Invest in Water Storage

6 Reasons to Invest in Water Storage

There are many instances where investing in water storage might benefit you. One of the most portable methods of storing water is to use an Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage system (formerly Insta-Tank). This durable and reusable storage system is lightweight, made from heavy-duty vinyl, and is perfect for storing fresh water. Need to repair your pool but don't want to lose all your water? Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage is the perfect way to store your water while completing the work. Click To Tweet

What Types of Projects Can Benefit From Water Storage?

When it comes to water, you don’t want it to go down the drain, whether you need to store grey water, conduct a pool repair, remove water from a disaster area, or just need a temporary water storage unit, the Aqua-Barrier® is the perfect solution for your job. Here are six instances where water storage can be beneficial.

  1. Grey Water Storage
  2. Pool Repair
  3. Irrigation
  4. Disaster Areas
  5. Temporary Water Storage

1) Grey Water Storage

Grey water is gently used water that comes from your sinks, tubs, showers, and washing machines. Sometimes, when repairs are needed, it is necessary to store this water. While greywater should never be released into streams, rivers, or lakes, it is perfect and beneficial to irrigate lawns with.

2) Pool Repair

Using water storage during a pool repair is the smart thing to do to help conserve water! Instead of letting all that clean, chlorinated water drain out down the street, store and reuse your water with the Aqua-Barrier® water storage system.

3) Irrigation Needs

Sometimes the weather doesn’t always cooperate, and if you are experiencing a long dry spell, sometimes irrigation is needed to help bring water to the land.

ProTip: Instead of installing a large and immovable silo or basin, the compact, portable, and rapidly deployed Aqua-Barrier® water storage is perfect for all irrigation needs.

4) Disaster Areas

When a disaster is heading your way, one of the most important things people run out to buy is water. Don’t waste money on bottles and bottles of water. The Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage can hold up to 90,000 gallons and can provide you with water through the duration of the disaster!

5) Temporary Water Storage

If you own a construction company, you know that many times projects require temporary dewatering. Whether you are working on a bridge, pipeline, or another repair, the perfect solution is to drain and store the water is through Aqua-Barrier®.

Aqua-Barrier®: The Smart Way to Store Water

If you are curious about or in need of water storage, be sure you are making the environmentally friendly choice with Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage. With its many size options, it can be used in truck transport or for ground installation.

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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.

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