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Using the Aqua-Barrier for Shoreline Restoration

Using the Aqua-Barrier for Shoreline Restoration

Using the Aqua-Barrier for Shoreline Restoration

What comes to mind when you think of construction projects the Aqua-Barrier is perfectly suited for? Shoreline restoration may not be your first thought. However, this environmentally-friendly solution to dewatering and water storage is an excellent choice for a shoreline restoration project.

Anyone who has observed gradual erosion knows how important shoreline restoration is. Whether the goal is removing invasive species or simply preventing shoreline erosion, restoring the natural shoreline of a body of water provides stability to the surrounding land in addition to extending the area’s life expectancy. Of course, dewatering is a necessary part of this process. Let’s see how an Aqua-Barrier can help with the work of shoreline restoration.

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Why is Shoreline Restoration Necessary?

Shoreline restoration helps with more than just sustaining the natural environment. Water-dependent structures like bridges, dams, and pipelines all depend on a stable shoreline to be able to do their jobs and last a long time. Before you begin work on any of these essential fixtures, pay attention to the nearby shoreline and make sure it’s strong enough to sustain your project.

Pro Tip: Part of shoreline restoration is removing invasive species of plants. If you introduce vegetation to hold the soil in place, make sure they’re native to the area.

How is Shoreline Restoration Performed?

Simply put, shoreline restoration consists of rebuilding an eroding shoreline and strengthening it to prevent further erosion. The most common and most effective methods of shoreline restoration are creating a buffer zone, a strip of vegetation to hold the soil in place, or through erosion matting, which consists of planting seeds in a biodegradable but largely water-resistant mat. In serious cases, you may prefer to try stone and vegetation rip rap. This technique involves rebuilding the shoreline with a combination of gravel and vegetation, solidifying the shore while encouraging the plant life to grow back.

How Can the Aqua-Barrier Help?

The Aqua-Barrier dewaters your construction site quickly and does an excellent job holding the rest of the water back, providing a safe, dry worksite. Additionally, once the job is done, you can just drain the inflatable cofferdam right back into the body of water to restore the natural ecosystem and balance. Use a temporary cofferdam to make your project go faster and make the results last longer!

Protect Your Shorelines

Whether your goal is to prevent erosion or restore a dwindling body of water, an Aqua-Barrier can help streamline your shoreline restoration project. This waste-free, fully reusable addition to your construction kit is a wonderful tool for environmentally-focused work.

Connect with us to learn more about how to use the Aqua-Barrier and reduce your project’s environmental impact.

4 Safety Tips for Pipeline Construction

4 Safety Tips for Pipeline Construction

Pipelines are essential to our world, carrying everything from water to natural gas for the modern home. Naturally, construction crews spend a good amount of time perfecting each pipeline to ensure it’s up to code and safe. It’s also important to make sure the construction crew stays safe during the job, especially if the pipe is partially underwater and the area requires dewatering.

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A Safe Construction Site

At a pipeline construction site, safety is a high priority. Work that requires dewatering can especially present a challenge. As you prepare to start work on a pipeline project, keep these safety tips in mind to protect yourself and your coworkers:

  1. Stay alert and aware
  2. Use personal protective equipment
  3. Follow standard excavation procedures
  4. Continue safety training

1) Stay Alert and Aware

Carelessness or distractions can easily lead to injury in a construction zone. To best combat this danger, stay alert and encourage your coworkers to do the same. Maintain a constant awareness of everything around you and watch where you step.

2) Use Personal Protective Equipment

PPE may be seen as cumbersome or unnecessary, especially in less hazardous construction settings. However, it’s important to consider the potential consequences of ignoring your protective gear. If a heavy pipe drops on your feet, you’ll be grateful for those steel-toed boots! Even if feels inconvenient, don’t forget to wear your personal protective equipment.

Some protective equipment can be applied to the rest of your construction site. During a nighttime job, you’ll be grateful for huge industrial lights rather than just having to carry a flashlight, or reflective tape to increase your visibility to others. Research the most practical types of protective equipment for your site and make sure to make good use of them.

3) Follow Standard Excavation Procedures

Standard construction procedures are standard for a reason. These tried-and-true methods have been proven to be safe and effective. To maintain a safe work environment, your best bet is to stick as close to the standard as possible.

Pro Tip: As with any digging project, call 811 to ask about buried utility lines before work begins. The last thing you need to deal with during a project is extra costs and work from damaged underground lines.

4) Continue Safety Training

Safely training should never truly stop. Even after the initial classes are finished, keep yourself and your coworkers up-to-date on any new potential dangers or new methods of construction work. Similar to staying alert on the job, keeping aware of industry standards will also contribute immensely toward maintaining a safe work environment. Make sure everyone knows how to use an inflatable barrier for your project, how to use the construction equipment properly, what to do in an emergency, and more.

Staying Safe on the Job

The best way to maintain a high standard of pipeline construction safety is simply to not take chances. Stick to the safety standards you’ve already been observing, and continue promoting safe practices and habits on the job. The fewer risks you take, the better.

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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.