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When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

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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How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

Weather can be very unpredictable, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding and other weather disasters. Floods are relatively common in coastal regions and it is important that you are ready and prepared in order to prevent any damage to your commercial property. In 2017 alone, damages from floods caused by Hurricane Harvey costs over $125 billion dollars in damage. Don’t let your business be destroyed by floods. Follow these simple tips to create a flood protection plan. Click To Tweet

Floods can cause extensive damage not only to your property but can also cause loss of business, a disruption of inventory and contents, too. It is imperative that you have a solid risk management plan, proper flood protection for your property, and you are prepared for the worst.

Risk Assessment Plan

Creating a risk assessment plan should be a top priority when it comes to your business. You never know when a flood will occur. Consider what needs to happen if there is flooding and get a plan of action in case employees are unable to make it to work. Likewise, consider what items, materials, and equipment might be at risk, as well, and how to best keep them safe during the flooding disaster.

Flood Protection

Flood protection is the number one thing to consider when it comes to keeping your business safe from flooding. Make sure to have adequate flood insurance to allow your company to recover if flood damage should occur. Have a flood plan in place in case the flooding happens during working hours, and make sure you have all the tools to help protect your business. For example, an Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dam is the perfect tool to help keep your business safe. Using Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® is the ultimate flood barrier and way to keep your business safe in commercial areas.

Flood Preparedness

If you do not properly prepare for a flood beforehand, there is not much you can do once the flooding begins. Being prepared can help keep your assets and employees safe, and protect your business from the extreme damage floods are known to cause. Be sure to backup all documents and files offsite, store things off the ground and have a clear evacuation route planned that all employees are familiar with.

Proper Flood Protection

No matter where you are, your business might be affected by a flood risk. By planning and having the right flood protection in place, you can make sure that you are properly prepared and protected for rising flood waters.

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3 Construction Safety Goals to Set for 2019

3 Construction Safety Goals to Set for 2019

2019 has rolled in and what better time to set some new goals for the new year? If you run a construction company, setting a goal for a safer year should be a top priority. Include these 3 safety goals into your construction plan this year to ensure 2019 is safe and injury-free. Click To Tweet

Your Construction Safety Goals

According to OSHA, construction is a dangerous industry. In fact, they found that 5,190 construction workers were killed on the job in 2016. This can be changed by setting construction safety goals for 2019 and making sure that you adopt these three objectives for your company in the new year.

Create a Culture of Safety

One of the top ways to achieve construction safety at your company is to create a culture of safety. Safety trickles down from the top, so leaders need to create a culture of safety as top priority. Everyone from the newest recruit through the CEO needs to have a safety-first mindset.

ProTip: To create a culture of safety, be sure to constantly communicate the importance and need for safety and make sure safety measures are always being implemented and followed.

Ongoing Safety Training

To help enforce a company culture of safety, it is imperative that your construction company offers and requires ongoing safety training. By holding ongoing training classes, safe habits can be reinforced and new safety techniques and procedures can be learned.

Safer Tools for the Job

Workers should always be wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE), such as heavy steel-toed boots, eye protection, gloves, hard hats, or whatever else is needed to keep workers safe from harm. Along with the required use of PPE, having the best tools for the job also helps cut down on injury and makes the worksite safer. 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.

Staying Safe in 2019

By making sure you set these above intentions for your construction company this year, and by using the best equipment for the project (and used correctly), you can help reduce workplace risks and make everyone’s job safer. You owe it to your valued employees to do all you can to protect them on the job. By setting a construction safety goal in 2019, you can be sure to create a safe place for them to work.

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The Essential Construction Site Restoration Checklist

The Essential Construction Site Restoration Checklist

Many times, a construction project disrupts the environment and the area they are working in. In order to help preserves the land and local habitats of birds, fish, and other important species. After the construction work is complete, the process of site restoration begins. Whether you are repairing a bridge, replacing pipeline, or constructing a new building, site restoration is an important piece of the job. Check out this site restoration checklist for your next project. Click To Tweet

Site Restoration Checklist

After construction, the goal is to restore the worksite to its pre-construction condition. To do this, it’s a good idea to create a site restoration plan. This site restoration checklist can help you better prepare for your next construction project and the site restoration afterward:

  1. Runoff Reduction
  2. Water Quality Protection
  3. Site Topography
  4. Water Table

1) Runoff Reduction

It is important to reduce runoff as much as possible. Runoff is created when rain falls and if the ground is not restored and runoff reduced after a construction project, it can lead to issues with erosion and habitat loss.

2) Water Quality Protection

One of the most important parts of the restoration process is being in compliance with water quality and protection. It is imperative that chemicals and other hazardous materials are not dumped on land or in water and that they are properly disposed of to prevent harm to the water in the area.

3) Site Topography

Restoring the site topography is another top concern when it comes to site restoration. It is important to document the existing topography so it can properly be replaced after the construction process.

ProTip: Restoring the site topography after construction is important. Be sure to document topographic variation prior to project work, including shape, slope, elevation, aspect and contour.

4) Water Table

When you pull water out of a site for construction purposes, the water table risks contamination, which can seep into the groundwater. It is important to return the water table back to its original depth. By using an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam, you can simply drain the site water back to where it belongs and prevent contamination of the water table.

Essential Site Restoration Checklist

It’s important to have the right tools for your project–they can help reduce damage and cut down on restoration time. For example, when you use sandbags to dewater your site, it raises the risk of damage to the area. If you were to 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.

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Proactive Bridge Repair and Maintenance

Proactive Bridge Repair and Maintenance

According to 2017 reports by the American Society of Civil Engineers, more than 40% of the bridges in the United States are over 50 years old, and 10% are structurally unfit. What’s scarier is that over 188 million vehicles cross over these bridges each day. With so many bridges deteriorating, the main issue is the need to keep these bridges maintained to prevent further damage. To help be proactive in bridge repair and maintenance, it is important to implement bridge preservation and prevention. Here are 5 ways to be proactive in your bridge repair and maintenance. Click To Tweet

Bridge Repair: Prevention and Preservation

Prevention is about keeping bridges from developing issues, while preservation focuses on fixing and repairing problems. Both are crucial to proactive bridge repair and maintenance and helping halt the deterioration of the bridge. Here are five things that are done to maintain bridges, and in turn, preserve them.

  1. Establish a Long-Term Commitment
  2. Cyclical Maintenance Activities
  3. Condition-Based Preventions
  4. Crisis Maintenance
  5. Have the Right Equipment

1) Establish A Long-Term Commitment

One of the main elements of preserving bridges is to make a long-term commitment to maintaining and improving the bridge through its entire life. By setting a schedule to perform certain maintenance tasks, you can help extend the life of the bridge. Creating a checklist and timeline can help you stay on track.

2) Conduct Cyclical Maintenance Activities

Performed on a schedule, these maintenance activities can help keep the bridge from deteriorating. Some examples of maintenance that needs to be done every year or so are:

  • Wash and clean the entire bridge
  • Lubricate bearings
  • Clear drainage areas
  • Repaint exposed areas
  • Remove trash and other debris
  • Zone coat steel beams and girders
  • Install deck overlay on concrete decks

3) Condition-Based Preventions

While cyclical maintenance needs to be done on a planned schedule, condition-based prevention happens when issues are discovered during bridge inspections. If a problem is found during the inspection, the repairs are made in order to keep the bridge in good working order and to extend the life of the bridge. Some examples of this type of preventative measures are: replacing or sealing leaking joints, installing deck overlays, and painting and sealing steel structural elements.

4) Crisis Maintenance

Crisis maintenance in bridge repair is the most challenging because it means something has happened to put the bridge (and those using it) in jeopardy. You want to avoid crises at all cost by performing the cyclical and condition-based maintenance regularly. If the bridge gets severely damaged or neglected, rehabilitation or a total bridge replacement might be needed.

5) Have the Right Equipment

ProTip: To make sure you are able to properly maintain the bridge, it is important to have all the right equipment for the job. Having the best equipment allows you to save time and money when a repair is needed.

For example, an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable water dam is the perfect tool for your dewatering purposes. This reusable dewatering tool is a better option than traditional sheet piling or sandbags because it takes less time to set up and is also environmentally friendly, too.

Effective Bridge Repairs and Maintenance

By being proactive with your bridge repair and maintenance, you can help keep our American bridges safe and functioning. By planning and scheduling cyclical maintenance and condition-based preventions, and by having the right tools for the job, you can help eliminate crises and the need for more drastic issues that might lead to a bridge replacement.

Contact us to learn more ways on how you can adopt a proactive bridge repair and maintenance plan.