Dewatering for a construction project might have been arduous and time-consuming in the past, but a lot has changed over the years making these projects easier and safer than ever. In fact, many old dewatering practices have been abandoned, meaning that sticking with them can end up costing you time and money.
Debunking Dewatering Myths
With new technology, dewatering is simpler and more cost-effective than in previous years. In fact, many construction dewatering myths are no longer valid. Here are three dewatering myths that have been debunked with the evolution of the cofferdam.
1) Earthen Dams Are Best
Earthen dams have been used for thousands of years and were once thought to be the best option for a dewatering project. This no longer holds true, because earthen dams are outdated and likely to fail or be unsafe. Earthen dams are made of dirt, making their structure weak. This can cause the dirt dam to fail when sloughing or erosion occurs. An inflatable cofferdam lets you work with more stability and control and take minimal manpower to install.
2) Drain the Entire Pool
The myth that to repair a pool you must drain the entire thing is incorrect if you have an Aqua Barrier® inflatable dam. Inflatable water dams allow you to dewater a section of the pool for repairs, rather than draining the entire pool. The inflatable water dam is actually filled with pool water, and will conform to your pool’s shape, forming a seal. When the work is complete, the water is drained back into the pool, conserving water.
3) Sandbags Are Ideal
Sandbags have their place in construction but in most cases, the Aqua Barrier® Cofferdam will get you better results with far less prep time. To achieve a 100 foot long x 8 foot high sandbag wall requires more than 50,000 sandbags, adding time and effort from your employees. Sandbags also require special disposal, resulting in extra cost. An inflatable water dam requires no heavy lifting and equipment, and it is reusable and eco-friendly.
4) Inflatable Dams are Expensive
Think an inflatable cofferdam will be too expensive? Try the Cofferdam Cost Evaluator. This great tool allows you to get your costs before making your purchase. It also allows you to compare the inflatable cofferdam price to that of sheet piling or earthen dams. You will soon see that the inflatable dam wins out in the end, not only with ease of function, cost-effectiveness, but it is reusable and therefore, environmentally safe.
Dewatering Myths Debunked by the Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam
With the Aqua-Barrier cofferdam, dewatering projects have never been easier or more cost-effective. With inflatable cofferdams, you will cut down on post-work clean-up, reduce workers comp claims for heavy lifting, and also reduce installation and removal time, too.
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When construction projects require repairs in a body of water, it is important to understand what is required and how to successfully prepare. A repair requiring water work might include fixing a dam, constructing or repairing a boat ramp, repairing concrete, or inspecting or installing pipelines.
Successful In-Water Repairs
While making in-water repairs might pose challenges, with proper planning and the right tools, your project will help save you time and money, while keeping workers safe.
Before you begin your project, make sure you have assessed your needs. Take into account your project timeline and make sure you have all the equipment needed for a timely completion of the project. Consider the area around your project, and if it is at risk for erosion, be sure to take steps to protect the area around your work site.
Any project requiring in-water repair needs to be dewatered first in order to create a safe and dry environment. In the past, people would struggle with sandbags, or earth and rock-filled temporary cofferdams, but now inflatable cofferdams are the leading method for dewatering damaged areas and are instrumental in creating a dry work-space. Here are a few of the top benefits of using an inflatable cofferdam, like the Aqua-Barrier® on your next repair project:
- Inflatable cofferdams offer easy installation and can be installed and removed 3-5 times faster than traditional versions
- The Aqua-Barrier® environmentally friendly and reusable, making it cost effective
- With its patented internal baffle system, the Aqua-Barrier® can withstand large amounts of water pressure on flat, as well as uneven surfaces
- It provides a watertight enclosure that pumps out invasive water and leaving the ground dry
After the Dewatering Process
Once you have dewatered your project area, you are ready to haul in repair materials and get to work! Every project might be different, but an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam can successfully dewater them and help you stay on track with time and resources no matter how large your repair project is.
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Nothing lasts forever and that includes boat ramps, too. Through years of use, a boat ramp can deteriorate or break apart and become dangerous, making it unsafe to use.
Renovating a Boat Ramp
Whether the boat ramp is for private or public boating access, it is imperative there is a safe ramp that can handle different types and sizes of boats. During the renovation process, it is important to make sure to take certain guidelines into consideration. Here is a quick guide to help you on your next boat ramp renovation.
Boat Ramp Site Considerations
Before you begin your renovation process, you need to take into consideration what the ramp is being used for, site accessibility, the water depth, and siltation rates. Make sure to analyze the impact of aquatic plants, as well as the fish and wildlife. Make sure you have correct permits in place before you begin as well.
A proper site plan needs to coordinated so you don’t run into issues of the boat landing being too small, not enough turning radius, or the parking area being too small. Once you have your site plan, it is important to create a ramp design. The size of your ramp is an important factor and needs to accommodate boats and trailers of all sizes. Make sure to figure the slope and width, and take into consideration the area around the ramp, too. Ramps around rivers or angled may have silt issues if stabilized ditches are not placed along the sides of the ramp to catch runoff after heavy rains.
To accurately perform a boat ramp renovation, dewatering the area is a top priority. There are a few dewatering methods, but an inflatable dam is a safe and environmentally friendly method that is safe and cost-effective. Cofferdams come in a variety of sizes and can work in water up to six feet deep. An Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam works well in rocky surfaces and gives you the edge on competitors.
Once you have dewatered the area of renovation, it is time to remove the old boat ramp and begin your new ramp construction. There are multiple ways to construct a concrete boat ramp, so decide which method will work best for your project. Make sure to choose good quality materials and construction methods, following specifications on the site plan.
Boat Ramp Renovation
The design of your site, the boat ramp plan, and the materials and tools you use will all impact your construction and maintenance costs. By careful planning and using environmentally friendly tools, like the inflatable water dam, your boat renovation project will be completed without any issues.
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Finding new ways to cut overhead costs is typically a top priority of many industries, but especially in construction. Over the past few years, construction spending has continually increased, and unfortunately, according to the EPA, much of it ends up as waste in landfills.
Cut Construction Costs
There are some simple ways to cut costs, maximize value for your customer and minimize waste. Below are five ways contractors can cut construction costs and boost profits without sacrificing a thing.
1) Get Technical
It’s 2018. It is time to put down the yellow pad and invest in some software. There are a variety of construction-related applications available and most can be downloaded on a mobile device. Make sure to look for software that can integrate with the company’s other software applications. Using technology to manage construction projects increases workflow efficiency, and cuts costs without affecting output.
2) Create a Plan
A master plan is key to cutting building costs and minimizing monetary waste. Your plan needs to include cost management, time management, quality management, the contracts, safety management, scope, and more. A project manager should oversee this plan and keep it updated throughout the construction process to ensure everything is happening as planned and documented.
3) Eliminate Waste
Construction waste is a major issue. In 2014, the EPA reported that 534 tons of construction waste and demolition debris ended up in our landfills. Not only does this waste negatively impact the environment, but it also impacts your bottom dollar. By utilizing your project plan, you can purchase only what is needed and necessary. This helps cut down on spending, as well as waste. Make sure to recycle and reuse as much equipment and supplies as possible.
4) Invest in Quality Tools
Quality counts and investing in quality tools that will last years will help cut costs in the end. If you try to save money by buying cheaper tools, you will end up replacing them and spending more money than first thought. Also consider purchasing products that are reusable, such as an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam for projects requiring dewatering. Typically people waste time and effort using traditional sandbags, but cofferdams environmentally friendly, and are able to be reused, then stored away when finished.
5) Shop Around
You might be surprised at some of the new tools, applications, and materials on the market. If you have been using the same supplier or manufacturers for years, take some time to check current market prices to see how things have changed. Shop around the find the best quality products at the best price. You can also consider leasing equipment instead of purchasing if you are only going to need it for one project.
Boost Your Bottom Line
As mentioned, cutting costs is an important factor in all industries–but especially in construction. By following the above tips, you will be cutting costs, creating efficiency, and eliminating waste without sacrificing quality.
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Planning a construction project is a large undertaking, but especially when you have to dewater the site. A cofferdam is essential to a dry work site and can be useful in projects such as bridges, concrete repair, dredging, pipeline construction, sediment control, and more.
Cofferdams are perfect for dewatering at your construction project and are more effective and environmentally safe compared to sandbags. By centering the cofferdam in your construction project plans, you are certain to have fewer issues arise. Here are some helpful tips in planning your cofferdam construction project.
The Project Manager
When planning a cofferdam construction project, it is important to have a manager to ensure it is going as planned. A project manager makes sure the project stays on time and on-budget, and also stays within building codes and specifications. They also help choose subcontractors and workers and develop communication strategies and resolve conflicts.
Scope and Documentation
A scope document establishes the business needs, objectives, deliverables, benefits, and key milestones. It is basically the master plan. The scope and documentation also include the budget and team project standards and should be signed off by all parties involved prior to beginning the construction process.
Communication is key to all projects, but especially in a construction project. There should be regular project meetings through the entire construction process. Regular reports on progress and issues should be planned at regular intervals to ensure the project is managed properly.
All project risks should be identified in the scope of the project and should be addressed throughout the cofferdam construction project. Construction is a high hazard industry and workers are exposed to many dangers. Make sure to have an emergency preparedness plan in place and documented in advance to starting your project.
Execute the Plan
This is when all the work happens. After all scope and documentation, as well as a risk management plans have been drawn and all parties are in agreeance, it is time to begin the project. The project manager should assign workers their tasks, allocate resources, project the schedule, and continue refining the project plan.
Performance and Monitoring
As soon as the project is executed, performance and monitoring begin.It is important that quality standards are met and the project runs in the allotted for the project. As the project progresses, performance and building progress should be reported to all parties involved.
Your Cofferdam Construction Project
Using an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam on your construction project allows you a more efficient and environmentally safe way to dewater your construction site, but you still can’t have a safe and successful project without first developing a solid plan. By following the above tips, your cofferdam construction project is sure to be a success.
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