An underwater pipe in need of repairs presents a challenge to the average construction crew. Before any work can begin, the crew has to dewater the entire area and set up a barrier so they can work in safety. Typical dewatering methods and barriers won’t help a great deal in this case.
For underwater pipeline construction, a water-inflated bladder dam such as the Aqua-Barrier offers a faster, cheaper, cleaner solution than most go-to barriers. An inflatable cofferdam can even reduce waste during your project. Here’s why an inflatable barrier is an ideal choice for a pipeline construction project.
Fast, Easy Installation and Removal
A steel cofferdam or wall of sandbags requires at least a full workday or longer to set up, costing you valuable time and allowing any damage to worsen. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier can be unrolled and inflated to its full capacity in much less time. It’s also fully portable! Once you’re done at one construction site, deflate your cofferdam and move on to the next one.
Keep Costs Low
Since an inflatable cofferdam is reusable, you won’t have to invest in a new barrier for each construction project. Just buy a new cofferdam and use it for years to come. Not only will you save money over time, but you’ll save on your initial purchase as well. An Aqua-Barrier typically costs about half the price as its steel or concrete cousins!
Pro Tip: Use a cost calculator to see how much you’ll be saving by choosing an inflatable cofferdam rather than a steel or concrete barrier.
Compared to sandbags or traditional cofferdams, an Aqua-Barrier is surprisingly environmentally friendly. Just fill it up with the very water you’re barricading against, and drain it when your project is finished. There’s no trash or hazardous waste to haul away as sandbags would produce. An inflatable cofferdam is one dewatering solution you don’t have to clean up after!
The Perfect Dewatering Solution
For a pipeline construction project, the Aqua-Barrier presents a fully portable, reusable, eco-friendly solution. The strong vinyl material will withstand huge amounts of pressure and obstacles. No cofferdam presents an easier installation method. What more could a construction crew ask for?
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Pipeline construction or repair presents its own unique set of challenges. This is particularly true if the pipe is underwater. To create a clean and safe workspace, your construction group has to completely dewater the area before work can begin.
The Aqua-Barrier, an inflatable bladder dam, presents a perfect solution for all your pipeline construction needs. It’s far more affordable than most dewatering solutions on the market today, in addition to requiring far less time to set up and tear down. Here’s how the Aqua-Barrier can make your pipeline construction project go faster.
Quick Installation and Removal
Traditional cofferdams or other water barriers can take days to assemble and require additional time to remove the water. With an Aqua-Barrier, installation takes just a few hours. Better yet, the water you need to remove is stored inside the inflatable dam itself! Reduce both your time commitment and your environmental impact with an inflatable cofferdam.
Most traditional dewatering methods or flood barriers are single-use. A traditional steel cofferdam in particular has to be completely disassembled and the materials hauled away once the project is complete. Fortunately, an Aqua-Barrier can be used multiple times. After the initial purchase, you shouldn’t need a new one for a long time! Just deflate it, roll it up, and head to the next job when your pipeline construction is complete.
Pro Tip: If your company currently uses traditional dewatering methods, plug them into this cost calculator to see how much money you could be saving with an Aqua-Barrier instead.
Works with Any Construction Site
A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to six feet of water and silt, making it the ideal choice for a high-water area. Additionally, the cofferdam’s scrim-reinforced PVC material is durable and tear resistant, preventing most leaks and making repairs simple. The Aqua-Barrier can survive almost any problem your construction site can throw at it!
A Great Choice for Your Construction Job
An inflatable cofferdam can save you money on your construction project and reduce the time spent on a job. Plus, the same barrier will last you for plenty more jobs in the future without major maintenance. What more could you ask for in an inflatable dam?
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When it comes to construction projects, time is literally money. Every minute is extremely valuable, so wasting time is essentially wasting money. However, when a body of water is in the way of the worksite, like in pipeline construction, you might not realize that there is a fast dewatering solution.
You’ve probably spent some time researching the fastest dewatering solutions for your pipeline construction project. Have you heard of an inflatable cofferdam? It’s a game-changer in pipeline construction. The innovative material inflates with the very water you need to remove. The Aqua-Barrier® is easy to transport, quick to install and will save you time and money. Keep reading to explore the amazing benefits of inflatable cofferdams.
Compared to other dewatering methods, Aqua-Barrier® is supreme. Considering how important minimizing downtime is during the construction process, water inflated cofferdams provide a solution. They can be installed in three hours or less! Furthermore, they require far less manpower than traditional dewatering methods such as pumping or sandbagging.
Another benefit of inflatable cofferdams is that they are completely eco-friendly. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that they can fit perfectly in your project, without disturbing the ecosystem. You don’t have to remove the water and worry about harming plant and animal life during your pipeline installation.
The shortened installation time automatically saves you money, but did you know that you can rent the Aqua-Barrier®? If you just need a short term solution for dewatering your pipeline construction project, consider renting an inflatable cofferdam.
Pro Tip: You will save valuable time and money with our state-of-the-art dewatering method, inflatable cofferdams.
Stay Ahead of the Competition
You will save your resources while preserving the environment with the Aqua-Barrier®. And on top of this, you’ll stay ahead of your competition by increasing the number of projects you can complete in a shortened amount of time.
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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
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.
- Diversion Dam
- Buttress Dam
- Embankment Dam
- Storage Dam
- Detention Dam
- 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.
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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Managing any project can be challenging, but especially when the project requires dewatering. An Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam is the perfect tool to use in your dewatering system. You will save time, money, and manpower when you use an inflatable cofferdam to dewater your work area.
When Use a Dewatering System?
You might be wondering what type of projects require a dewatering system. Here are six applications that rely on fast dewatering systems for a dry work site.
- Bridge Building & Repair
- Concrete Repairs
- Pipeline Construction
- Shoreline Restoration
- Flood Protection
- Waterpark/Pool Maintenance
1) Bridge Building & Repair
Many bridges take people over rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water and these bridge repair projects typically require dewatering or water diversion.
2) Concrete Repairs
If you have an underwater concrete repair, you most certainly need the area dry before you begin work. Whether you are working on a canal, culvert, or boat ramp, a dry work site is a necessity.
3) Pipeline Construction
Pipeline workers need to practice safe excavation procedures, as well as the proper and best tools for the job. Pipeline construction projects tend to have terrain issues, and an inflatable cofferdam is a perfect tool to help keep everyone safe and get the area dry.
Pro Tip: Need fast dewatering for your next project? Sandbags are time-consuming and costly A water-inflated dam is fast to set up and ensures a safe and dry work area.
4) Shoreline Restoration
Cofferdams work wonderfully to separate harmful work site emissions from sensitive aquatic wildlife during your shoreline restoration and stabilization projects.
5) Flood Protection
One of the most devastating forms of natural disasters is flooding. Using Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property. With hurricane season in full swing, consider renting or purchasing a flood prevention dam.
6) Waterpark/Pool Maintenance
All pools and waterparks have one thing in common–they take maintenance. Commercial pools and waterparks need to be occasionally drained, whether for a deep cleaning, or to correct the pH and chemicals.
Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Cofferdam
Aqua-Barrier® can be installed 3-5 faster than other older, traditional methods. You can save significant time in the dewatering process so you can complete projects better and faster than your competition.
Contact us to learn more applications that rely on fast dewatering systems.
According to OSHA, between 2011 and 2017, there were 79 fatalities and over 3070 non-fatal injuries among gas and pipeline workers. And while pipeline construction workers are at a higher risk of accidents, the good news is most are preventable when proper construction safety tips are practiced.
Staying Safe: Pipeline Construction Industry
Due to exceptionally heavy equipment, terrain issues, suspended loads, and many times inexperienced workers, pipeline construction workers have an increased risk of injury. To prevent accidents and keep everyone on the worksite safe, follow these six pipeline construction safety tips
- Company Culture of Safety
- Ongoing Safety Training
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Safe Excavation Procedures
- Heavy Equipment Safety
- Constant Awareness
1) Company Culture of Safety
Above all, safety trickles down from the top. Leaders need to create a culture of safety and set it at top priority. Everyone from the newest recruit through the CEO needs to have a safety first mindset. Leaders need to constantly communicate the importance and need for safety and make sure safety measures are always being implemented.
2) Ongoing Safety Training
Ongoing pipeline construction safety training needs to be a regular part of your company’s safety culture. By holding ongoing training classes, safe habits can be reinforced and new safety techniques and procedures can be learned.
3) Personal Protective Equipment
Pipeline workers should always be wearing their personal protective equipment, such as heavy steel-toed boots, eye protection, gloves, hard hats, or whatever else is needed to keep workers safe from harm.
4) Safe Excavation Procedures
Pipeline workers need to practice safe excavation procedures. Make sure they call to verify all underground utilities are marked prior to digging and also supply them with the best tools for excavating. For example, if working in an area that requires dewatering, don’t waste time on cumbersome sandbags that can cause back pain, opt for an inflatable cofferdam that can be set up quicker and safer.
5) Heavy Equipment Safety
Operators who work with heavy equipment need to be properly trained. Make sure they read the operation and maintenance manuals for each piece of equipment they work on. Before getting on a machine, they should already know how to properly use and operate the tool.
6) Constant Awareness
Many times, injuries happen because people just aren’t paying attention. Avoid slips, falls, and other accidents by always being aware of your surroundings. If you see debris laying in a walking path, clear it out of the way to help others from being injured, too.
Pipeline Construction Safety
When your workers feel safe, they are more productive and overall output is of higher quality. Go beyond normal safety standards and keep these higher standards enforced. By following the above tips, you can help make your pipeline construction sites safe and lower (if not remove) incidents of injury and accidents.
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