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5 Critical Components of a Successful Cofferdam Project

5 Critical Components of a Successful Cofferdam Project

5 Critical Components of a Successful Cofferdam Project

Temporary cofferdams are used effectively in a number of dewatering applications. Construction sites, pipeline maintenance and construction, bridge restoration, and much more. They are the industry standard and they come in different types.

Your Next Cofferdam Project

There are many dewatering solutions available to you. Choosing the best cofferdam solution is important. Before you begin your next cofferdam project, it’s also vital to consider the following 5 factors.

1) Necessary Permits

There are several items that may require permits for your cofferdam project. Turbidity, contamination, right-of-way restrictions, and time constraints are a few. It’s the project engineer’s primary responsibility to obtain these permits, but it’s helpful for you as the contractor to be knowledgeable of them as well.

2) Water Depth and Flow

These aspects of the water change throughout the seasons. It’s important to review your project timing. Consult the U.S. Geological Survey to understand water level fluctuations and determine the best timing for your project. Take accurate measurements at your job site to ensure your cofferdam will be tall enough to control the water depth.

3) Subsurface Analysis

You need to know what lies under the water. It’s important to choose the optimum cofferdam technology to handle the silt levels, vegetation, composition, and slopes of the subsurface.

4) Your Contractor’s Experience

Aqua-Barrier® is a user-friendly temporary cofferdam. Contractors that are familiar with in-water work will be able to install their own Aqua-Barrier®. If help is needed, the knowledgeable and experienced technicians of Aqua-Barrier® can provide onsite assistance to ensure a successful installation and they are available by phone 24:7 in case problems should arise. 

5) Engineering and Design

Do you have the right cofferdam technology for your project’s needs? Does the construction cost meet the specifications? It’s important to know if your project requires Professional Engineer Stamped Calculations. You need to be very familiar with dam safety protocol and able to provide necessary support in the case of an emergency. Aqua-Barrier® is an engineered temporary dam that is patented and has a Master Spec. Contact us to get your copy today. 

Good Preparation Solves Problems Before they Arise

You always want to improve your project efficiency and cost effectiveness. Good preparation will go a long way to preventing many issues from happening. It can also lessen the impact of issues that do arise. Knowing and putting to use these 5 tips will ensure you are well-prepared for your next cofferdam project. Contact Us to learn more about efficient and effective dewatering solutions.

5 Ways to Save Money on Construction Projects

5 Ways to Save Money on Construction Projects

Construction projects, as you know, have many different types of variables that affect project completion. Many being completely out of your control (i.e. the weather). To compensate for this, it’s essential for construction managers to keep looking for ways to save money without compromising quality.

Streamlining Construction Projects

As the project manager, you keep a careful eye on project status, progress, and delays. You know your team’s strengths and weaknesses, and you know what it takes to get the job done. The following essential tips will help you streamline your construction projects, saving you money over time.

Contribute to every stage of planning.

While you may not have a background in engineering, you certainly have project experience. Reality often supersedes theory and planning. Make sure you are there at every stage of planning to contribute your insight and experience. Having seen countless projects to completion, you are bound to have ideas and workarounds for many issues that will arise.

Take advantage of the latest technologies.

Keep yourself up to date with the latest in construction technology and trends. There are technologies and products in development constantly that are designed to save you time and money. Put them to use! A great example is Hydrological Solutions’ Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam and how its internal Baffle System locks into place when it’s exposed to uneven water pressure, keeping at least 25% freeboard for stability. Technology is your friend. Don’t pass up an opportunity to improve your processes and save time and money.

Mind the numbers.

What is not measured cannot be improved. Pay attention to your productivity metrics, materials, daily progress, and individual worker stats. There are many factors that affect productivity. Employee morale is a huge one. Weather, hazardous job sites, improper or insufficient tools and equipment, and having too many or too few workers at the job site are some others. Some things you can control, others you cannot. Sometimes you can’t get around having to work overtime, for example. By minding your productivity numbers, you will be able to spot issues and hangups early on, prevent some, and keep your projects moving along as efficiently as possible.

Use products that will save you time and money.

You may have to do a little research, but choosing products that save you time and money makes a considerable impact on your project costs. Pay attention to the labor, installation time, cost, removal time, and any other factors that affect project speed and cost efficiency. For example, the Aqua-Barrier® system saves you both time and money on projects that require dewatering. Make time and money saving products a priority in your projects.

Look for opportunities in routine tasks.

Routine tasks like dewatering your worksite are a great opportunity to cut costs because of the frequency with which you must execute them. Analyze the many pieces and phases of your construction projects and look for ways to save time on routine tasks. Utilize products and technology to make them more efficient, more affordable, and more effective.

A Product That Saves You Time and Money.

The Aqua-Barrier® is a water-inflated cofferdam that is quick and easy to deploy, easy to use, and easy to remove. Use fewer man hours than traditional dewatering solutions. Shave time off your dewatering process. Improve your bottom line with the Aqua-Barrier®.

Improve Your Project Efficiency

Yours is the task of keeping everyone on task, your project as close to on schedule as possible and completed on time. Make it easier on yourself by finding ways to improve efficiency and lower your costs. A little research will go a long way. Use this guide on streamlining construction projects as a starting point. Contact Us to learn more about how Aqua-Barrier® could save you both time and money and for other dewatering resources.

Bridge Repair and Dewatering

Bridge Repair and Dewatering

According to the 2017 Bridge Report from American Road & Transportation Builders Association, there are currently 56,000 bridges deemed structurally deficient across the U.S. This represents a huge opportunity for general contractors and construction companies. Many of these bridges aren’t imminently unsafe yet. However, work needs to be done soon before many of them become dangerous to cross. Bridge repairs require the worksite to be properly dewatered before the work can be completed. Gain an edge on your competition. Consider using the Aqua-Barrier® water-inflated cofferdam to dewater your worksites for bridge repair.   

Using the Aqua-Barrier® for Bridge Repair

Dewatering your worksite is a necessity anytime construction must be done under the water level. Avoid the hassle of sandbags and extra work traditional cofferdams require. The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is a portable, reusable dam that is easy to deploy and store. It has been proven to be a safe and reliable alternative to traditional methods. Aqua-Barrier® can be installed 3-5 faster than other methods. You can save significant time in the dewatering process and complete your bridge repair projects better and faster than your competition.

Inflatable cofferdams require no heavy equipment or difficult labor for installation. As the water fills the cofferdam, it molds to your environment forming a seal. This removes the risk of water leaking through the cracks as with sandbags. The fill material, water, is readily available at your worksite. It not only is more effective and will save you time, but it leaves minimal environmental impact.

Other Projects

The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is ideal not only in bridge repair, but also any project that needs dewatering. Our innovative system is designed with your safety in mind. It is used in a wide array of construction projects such as boat ramps, pipeline construction, concrete repair, shoreline restoration, water park maintenance, and more. Gain an advantage over your competition. Consider using Aqua-Barrier® water inflatable cofferdams as your dewatering solution. Contact Us for more information on dewatering your worksites for bridge repair and other construction projects.

Preparing Your Property for Extreme Weather Conditions

Preparing Your Property for Extreme Weather Conditions

Nature never rests and neither can you when it comes to protecting your property. Thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes are unpredictable and pose serious threats to life and property. All three of these extreme weather conditions can also cause flooding. You never know when inclement weather will strike, so it’s good to always be prepared. Consider how to prepare your property for heavy flooding this year.

Extreme Weather and Flooding

According to floodsmart.gov, floods rank as the #1 natural disaster here in the United States. They are devastating to your property if you’re not prepared. The cost of just a few inches of floodwater can be tens of thousands of dollars. Normal homeowners insurance typically does not cover flooding. While it is a really good idea to have flood insurance, it always better to prevent flooding than recuperating from it. Since many different types of inclement weather also cause flooding, it is imperative to prepare your property for this year’s storms.

Prevention: The Best Option

This year make sure your property will not suffer damage from flooding by installing a flood barrier system. Prevent damage to your property from invasive water. A flood barrier system can be deployed within minutes by as little as 2 people. They can be repaired easily in wet or dry conditions, and are reusable. They create a barrier around your property by inflating themselves with the surrounding floodwater. Your property stays safe until the floodwaters recede.

Protect Your Property

There is no way to predict when inclement weather will pose a serious threat to your property. Your best defense is to prepare your property now for this year’s storms. Don’t get caught after the matter trying to repair damage and make insurance claims. Contact Us to learn more about how our flood barrier systems can protect your property during this year’s extreme weather and flooding.

Determine Accurate Water Depth for Your Worksite with a Sonar Fish Finder

Determine Accurate Water Depth for Your Worksite with a Sonar Fish Finder

When dewatering your worksite it is important to know the depth of the water you will displace. You need to match the height of  your Aqua-Barrier® temporary cofferdam to the water depth. If your cofferdam is too short, it will not be adequate to dewater your worksite. Judging depth of water can be challenging, though. Use this guide to learn how to use a sonar fish finder to more easily measure the water depth of your next worksite.

A Better Way to Find an Accurate Water Depth for Your Worksite

Fishermen use sonar fish finders to locate fish under the water and find ideal fishing spots. They also use them to avoid hazards such as shallow waters, logs, and rocks. Designed to display everything beneath the surface of the water, sonar fish finders are ideal for accurately measuring the water depth of your worksites.

How a Sonar Fish Finder Works

A sonar fish finder is composed of two parts: a transducer and a display. Sound waves are sent into the water by the transducer, which bounce off of things and then back to the transducer. The transducer interprets the data, estimating the size and depth of the objects, and sends this information to the display. The display converts this information into a graphic representation of everything below the surface of the water.

Using a Sonar Fish Finder at Your Worksites

It is extremely important to know the depth of your worksite when determining what height your Aqua-barrier® Cofferdam needs to be. The Aqua-barrier® is placed around your worksite and the water inside the barrier is used to inflate it. Any excess water is then displaced to a holding area. If the Aquabarrier® is too short, it will not effectively keep the water out of your worksite. Use a sonar fish finder to easily measure the depth of your worksite and the height of the cofferdam you will need. With this height, the length, and other information, use our Aqua-barrier® Cost Calculator to determine the cost of the cofferdam you will need. There is no easier way to determine the depth of the water.

Make Measuring Water Depth Much Easier

It can be a challenge to determine the accurate water depth for your worksite, yet it is crucial when dewatering with an Aqua-barrier® Cofferdam. Contact Us for more information on how to use a sonar fish finder to measure the water depth for your next Aqua-barrier® installation.

Water Conservation During the Holidays

Water Conservation During the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, ‘tis the season for long family visits with a high traffic volume going in and out of your home. As all the cousins stand in line waiting for their turn in the bathroom, you can’t help but wonder what the next water bill will be like. Water usage does not just impact your bill but also has a significant impact on the environment – making water conservation during the holidays a must.

Water Conservation Tips for the Holidays and Beyond

How do you conserve water during a time of year when usage is more likely to go up? You are likely cooking large meals, cleaning the house to get ready for family and friends, doing lots of laundry, and hosting guests who all need to use water. You may not be able to keep water usage at the same level as or lower than normal, but you can minimize the amount of extra water used.

Here are a few tips to help you with water conservation during the holidays:

Plug the Drain

After cooking a big holiday feast, there’s no getting around the large number of pots and pans needing a good scrubbing! Instead of washing dishes with the water running, run a sink full of soapy water and wash your pots and pans in it. Not only will this save a lot of water, but will also save soap too!

Plan Ahead

Need to defrost vegetables or other food as part of your meal prep? Consider thawing the night before instead of running water over them the same day.

Use Your Trash Can

A garbage disposal makes clean up neat and clean, but you have to use water to dispose of all those food scraps this way. Instead, scrape them into the trash can (or better yet, start a compost for the raw vegetable items!) to keep the water from running all day while you prepare your turkey and Thanksgiving treats.

Set a Timer

Your relatives may not, but your earth will thank you! Set a mandatory timer for all showers to minimize the amount of time the water is running. (Bonus tip: Turn off the water while brushing your teeth! This saves more water than you may realize.)

Invest in Water Saving Appliances

Now and throughout the year, modern-day technology can help you save water. Water-saving washing machines, dishwashers, showers and toilets may cost a little more, but the savings and benefits to the environment will significantly outweigh the investment.

Water Conservation Away from Home

At Hydrological Solutions, we understand the importance of doing our part to protect the environment. Not only can you make a huge difference by changing your lifestyle and habits at home, but you can also make changes in the way you work to preserve our environment. Contact us to learn more about how our products can help.