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?
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:
- Quick and Easy to Use
- Environmentally Friendly
- Fills With Water from Your Site
- No Post-Construction Site Restoration
- 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.
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So much time and consideration go into commercial construction projects, and sometimes, things can get back up or slowed down, costing you lost time and money.
Complete Your Construction Project On Time
When it comes to a successful and timely construction project, it takes everyone working together to get things done. To ensure your next project doesn’t have any setbacks, follow these six tips to ensure it’s done by the projected time:
- Plan Effectively
- Hire the Right Team
- Assign Accountability
- Keep Clear Communication
- Choose the Right Tools
- Monitor Progress Daily
1) Plan Effectively
Before you do anything else, you must have a master plan that is clear about objectives, scope, budget, and even the methodology for getting the project done. One way to do this is to have a meeting with all the major players involved to discuss the project and how it can best be completed in a timely manner.
2) Hire the Right Team
If you want things done right, you have to hire the right people. Do your homework and make sure you are working with contractors, subcontractors, and vendors that have good reputations and are known to follow through.
3) Assign Accountability
Make sure everyone knows exactly what their tasks and jobs and hold them accountable for their work. Make sure everyone has a clear understanding of what is expected of them, as well as the timeline for completion.
4) Keep Clear Communication
Without clear communication, people might become confused, make assumptions, or miscommunicate what they need to complete the project. Make sure all members understand your expectations and be sure to communicate with them regularly so there are no misunderstandings.
ProTip: To ensure your team completes the construction project on time, make sure all workers understand your expectations, as well as what they are responsible for.
5) Choose the Right Tools
Not having the right tools for the job can slow a project down. For example, if your project requires dewatering, you can save time (and money) by using an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam instead of other time-consuming alternatives, like sandbags.
6) Monitor Progress Daily
The construction project manager needs to be aware of everything that is happening through the entire design and construction phase of the project. By communicating and checking progress daily, the project will move forward just as planned.
Ensuring Timely Construction Projects
With the right people on board, a solid working plan, and the right tools, you are on the right path to ensuring a timely construction project.
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Our shorelines are very important, providing habitats for fish and wildlife, and cleans stormwater runoff before it gets to the water supply. Shoreline erosion is a natural process which takes place on all bodies of water, such as lakes, streams, oceans, and rivers. When erosion becomes too much, it can harm the water quality, ecosystem, and even cause property loss. When this happens, shoreline restoration techniques need to be implemented to help halt the erosion of the natural shoreline.
Shoreline Stabilization Techniques
To preserve shoreline protection and natural resources, erosion control becomes necessary.
- Imitate Nature
- Bulkheads & Retaining Walls
- Buffer Zones
- Erosion Matting
- Stone & Vegetative Rip Rap
1) Imitate Nature
In its natural state, the shoreline is able to perfectly protect itself against erosion. Imitating nature is the perfect way to help prevent erosion. Use native vegetation around the shoreline to help build structural integrity and prevent the land from breaking apart. The deep roots of these plants help protect the land from heavy rainfall and winds.
2) Bulkheads & Retaining Walls
Bulkheads and retaining walls have been used with the intention of preventing erosion, but it has been found that these methods end up increasing erosion eventually. From an environmental standpoint, retaining walls are the most expensive and the most environmentally harmful option there is. If you have a retaining wall or bulkhead currently set up, it would be wise to remove it and work on a more natural shoreline stabilization method.
3) Buffer Zones
Buffer zones have been found to be effective in slowing down shoreline erosion. A buffer zone is a stip of vegetation at the water’s edge that typically extends between 50 and 100 feet. Native vegetation should start returning to this area, or you can supplement grass and native species with deep roots and woody vegetation to help speed up the process.
4) Erosion Matting
With the advances in technology, there are now biodegradable products on the market to help get control of exposed shorelines. Erosion control matting is a three-dimensional geotextile fabric that is laid down on the shoreline. Spread a layer of seeds under the mat, then once the matting is laid down, spread ¾ an inch of soil on top and then spread seeds over the mat, as well.
5) Stone & Vegetation Rip Rap
This particular method of shoreline stabilization should only be used if other, more natural methods have not worked. This technique needs a stable underlying soil base and can be difficult to put in place. The basic idea is to lay the rip rap (hard quarry stones, or a combination of live vegetation and stones) in two layers. This technique allows for the shoreline to be stabilized while still providing some habitat for wildlife.
Restoring Shoreline Erosion
As you see, there are numerous options for helping prevent shoreline erosion. When it comes time to performing restoration techniques, be sure you are using the best tools for the job. An Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam will allow you to create a temporary dam in order to get a dry workspace to begin the shoreline stabilization projects, without having to worry about flooding surrounding areas.
Pro Tip: Shoreline stabilization projects that call for dewatering can cause flooding to surrounding areas. Mitigate the risks with an Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam.
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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.
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Being in the throes of hurricane season, it is vital to your business to plan ahead for floods and disasters. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that closed during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs.
Business Flood Recovery Guide
Every business is in jeopardy of experiencing a serious threat from flooding that can halt operations.
- Disaster Plan
- Risk Assessment
- IT Systems Back Up
- Recovery Resources
- Apply for Assistance
1) Disaster Plan
Every business needs to have a disaster plan–whether you are in a flood area or not. A good start is to list and document all necessary documents and information needed for your company to run. Make sure your list and plan include:
- Staff emergency contact numbers
- Lists of emergency services and contact numbers
- List of supplier and their contacts
- Operations and administration procedures
- Asset inventories
- IT inventories
- Communication system specifications
- Maintenance agreements
- Insurance information
2) Risk Assessment
It is important to assess the risks of all components of the business. Not only is flooding a risk but other disasters, as well. Take into consideration environmental disasters, and also loss or disruption of utilities, system or equipment failures, security incidents, and other emergency situations. Be sure to include these emergency scenarios in your disaster plan and assess the steps needed for each to keep your business running and employees safe.
3) IT Systems Back Up
Your entire IT system needs to be properly backed up in case a flood (or any disaster) affects your business. Consider alternative business processing methods, as well as backing up essential equipment, administrative and operations information, and customer service files.
4) Recovery Resources
If your business is harmed by a flood or other natural disaster, there is a plethora of information and helpful resources available for assistance. Check with state and local government websites to see what they have available for recovery. FEMA, United Way, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Disaster Recovery website are just a few to get your recovery started.
5) Apply for Assistance
After you visit various recovery resources, it is a good idea to apply for disaster assistance. There is assistance available–but only if you apply. The Small Business Administration, various city organizations, as well as those listed above in recovery resources can help get your business back up and running again.
Flood Recovery: Be Prepared
Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. Along with having a solid business recovery plan, and your systems backed up, take an extra step in precaution and invest in an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam to help keep water out and your business dry. The Aqua-Barrier is the essential tool for flood prevention at your establishment.
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