Many construction projects require dewatering in order to reach the areas that need repairs, and building a boat ramp is certainly no exception. Boat ramp construction carries with it the added risk of working literally in a large body of water, with just a small area dewatered and portioned out for the construction work. With this in mind, safety becomes an absolute priority for yourself and your coworkers.
Creating a Safe Work Environment
As you work to keep your final product up to a high standard of safety for future users, make sure to pay the same close attention to your employees and your own safety. Keep these essential safety tips in mind as you work:
- Maintain your equipment
- Train your employees thoroughly
- Use a quality dewatering method
- Keep the worksite clean and safe
1) Maintain Your Equipment
An unfortunately high percentage of workplace accidents are caused by faulty equipment. The best way to combat this problem is through simple equipment maintenance. Keep an eye on your machines and replace any faulty parts immediately. If your inflatable cofferdam springs a leak, have it patched as soon as possible. Keep everything in perfect working order to prevent an accident.
2) Train Your Employees Thoroughly
Of course, even brand new equipment isn’t any good if your employees don’t know how to safely use it. On top of that, any system updates or new additions to your equipment set confuse even experienced construction workers. What’s the best solution? A near-constant training plan. Anytime your plan or equipment set changes, keep your employees fully informed and knowledgeable on how to handle everything.
Pro Tip: Even if nothing has changed, have your employees periodically take a test to demonstrate they still know how to handle all your construction equipment. Forgetting a critical piece of knowledge could lead to disaster.
3) Use a Quality Dewatering Method
Building a boat ramp requires a significant amount of dewatering to be done before work can truly begin. To both speed the process along and ensure your crew’s safety once the water has been removed, use a high-quality dewatering method such as the Aqua-Barrier. Drain the water from your worksite and use an inflatable tube to hold it all back!
4) Keep the Worksite Clean and Safe
Finally, keep the work site clear of debris. Left unattended, trash and other hazardous substances can prove to be tripping hazards or, worse, damaging to your sensitive construction equipment. You can avoid this hazard by making sure the construction site is clear at the end of every shift and making sure any and all debris is removed quickly.
Promote Safety During Your Construction Projects
Building a boat ramp already comes with a long list of important factors to consider, including the types and sizes of boats that will use the ramp, their turning radius, the water depth, and much more. Of course, the safety of the users is paramount. But long before the ramp is complete, make sure to give consideration to keeping yourself and your construction crew safe during the building process.
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Boat ramp construction projects take place in an area normally submerged in water. Clearly, the construction crew will require a reliable dewatering solution and water barrier to keep the work area safe and dry. For a time-sensitive project, a quickly installed solution will be very helpful.
A water-filled cofferdam such as the Aqua-Barrier provides a quick, cost-effective, safe solution for boat ramp construction projects. This inflatable dam will more than prove its worth to your construction crew.
Sandbags, perhaps the most common flood barriers, aren’t always as effective as you might think. Worse, they often must be disposed of as hazardous waste since there’s no way to know what they came in contact with in the water. A steel or concrete cofferdam also generates plenty of waste that must be hauled away. Meanwhile, an Aqua-Barrier provides a simple cleanup experience: just deflate it, roll it up, and pack it away for the next project! An inflatable cofferdam all but eliminates the waste left behind by holding back water.
Concrete cofferdams or sandbags aren’t cheap. Add in the cost of providing new water barriers for every construction project, and the price climbs quickly. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier could save you money on both fronts. Not only are they generally half the price of a traditional cofferdam (use this cost calculator to see for yourself), but inflatable dams are also reusable. Their durable vinyl material stands up to enough abuse that the same inflatable barrier can be used many times before repairs or replacements are needed.
Pro Tip: For an even more convenient experience, rent an inflatable cofferdam instead of buying one! Spend less and get the same services for your project.
Typical water barriers can require an extensive amount of time to properly install, not even considering the dewatering process itself. With proper installation techniques, an Aqua-Barrier can be set up in far less time. Even better, the barrier itself performs the dewatering by inflating full of water, keeping the construction site dry and the rest of the water at bay. This quality product won’t force you to delay construction!
An Excellent Solution for Boat Ramp Construction
An Aqua-Barrier presents the perfect solution for boat ramp construction work. With a perfect balance of price, speed, and environmental protection, this inflatable dam will help your construction project stay on track and keep your work area protected from water damage.
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Regardless if your boat ramp is for public or residential use, it’s critical to ensure that it’s being properly maintained. If your boat ramp is deteriorating, it could cause damage to boats and even injuries to passengers. Boat ramps must be built to withstand the elements and support the weight of various boat types and shapes.
What are the Best Dewatering Solutions for Boat Ramp Construction Projects?
Construction can be impossible if water is preventing you from accessing the boat ramp. That’s where dewatering the ramp area comes into play. People have been dewatering sites for construction for centuries. Here are some possible dewatering solutions for you to consider:
- Traditional Sandbags
- Conventional Cofferdams
- Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dams
1) Traditional Sandbags
Sandbags have been traditionally used in construction projects for years. However, transporting them to the site can be pretty difficult. You either have to transport the heavy sandbags or fill them on site. After that process is complete, you’ll need to strategically place them around the boat ramp. Once you’ve finished, there is still the possibility of water leaking through the cracks. While sandbags work in some applications, technology has advanced to provide better dewatering alternatives.
2) Conventional Cofferdams
Cofferdams are another dewatering solution that have been used throughout the centuries. They can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, sheet metal, concrete, and more. Traditional cofferdams require a holding tank to displace the water temporarily. Furthermore, installing and dismantling them takes manpower, time, and heavy equipment.
3) Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dams
A cost-effective dewatering solution is the Aqua Barrier® inflatable dam. They require a much shorter installation time. (Typically, 3-5 times less time than conventional cofferdams.) Moreover, they don’t need a holding tank, because innovative technology allows them to inflate with water. Aqua barrier® inflatable water dams can be used in rocky areas without harming fish and wildlife. They provide a safe and eco-friendly solution for your dewatering needs.
Pro Tip: If you want to reduce the time it takes to dewater your boat construction site, consider the Aqua Barrier® solution.
Timely Boat Ramp Construction
Time is of the essence for construction projects. Every minute wasted is essentially money being wasted. If you’re looking to increase the efficiency and productivity of your project while reducing the amount of money spent on dewatering, then Aqua Barrier® is perfect for you.
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Summertime is here again- time for sun, fun, and getting out on the water. People are busy preparing their boats and making plans. That means it’s also time for boat ramp construction and repair. Consider upping your game with an innovative tool for dewatering your boat ramp worksites: the inflatable bladder dam.
Boat Ramp Construction: Best Method
The best method for constructing the underwater portion of a boat ramp is to cofferdam the area, pump the water out of the site, and then pour and dry the ramp in place. This method gives you the best quality control and overall final result. However, if you’re using a traditional cofferdam, you need to pump the water out into a retention pool and then pump it back into place once the cement has dried. This takes additional time and resources.
The Inflatable Bladder Dam Advantage
Instead of using a traditional cofferdam, consider an inflatable bladder dam like the Aqua-Barrier® from Hydrological Solutions. The bladder dam can be placed in the water, then filled with the water you want to displace forming a wall and keeping your work area dry. Once the ramp is poured and dried, the water is drained back into the ramp area and the bladder dam removed. This eliminates the need for a holding tank, saving you time and money. The Aqua-Barrier® bladder dam is reusable and easy to install. This innovative solution is ideal for boat ramp construction and repair.
Ramp Up Your Boat Ramp Projects
Whether ramp repairs or new construction, an inflatable bladder dam like the Aqua-Barrier® is the ideal dewatering solution for boat ramp projects. It will save you time and money, simplifying the process and giving you an edge on your competition. Consider using the Aqua-Barrier® bladder dam for your boat ramp construction projects this summer. For more information on the Aqua-Barrier® bladder dam and other dewatering solutions, Contact Us.
Want an edge on your competition when bidding on boat ramp construction projects? Boat ramps are best constructed on-site. However, the difficulty of working in the water makes dewatering the ramp area necessary for best results. Choosing the best dewatering method will shorten your construction time and may make the difference in winning more bids.
Traditional Options for Dewatering Your Worksite
Many rush to sandbags anytime water is a challenge to a construction project. This solution can work, but it also comes with some specific challenges that can mean more time and money. The bags will have to either be filled up with sand onsite or transported prefilled to the site. You will also have to manually place the bags in place. After all of that work, you will also still have the risk of water escaping through cracks.
A traditional cofferdam will require the use of a retention pool to hold the displaced water until the project is complete. You will need time to set up the cofferdam. You will need additional time to create a space for the retention pool and to drain the water. It will require more money for tools and supplies as well.
The best way to construct the underwater section of a ramp is to cofferdam the ramp area, pump out the water, place (pour) and finish the ramp in the dray (cast-in-place.) This method provides the best horizontal and vertical control of the slab. (VA Game and Inland Fisheries)
Water-filled Cofferdam: The Smarter Option
The Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is a water-filled solution that improves on traditional methods in several ways. This inflatable dam for boat ramp construction brings savings in both time and money. Consider the following:
Sophisticated Internal Baffle System
Our patented internal baffle system locks into place when the barrier is exposed to uneven water pressure. This allows the Aqua-Barrier® to be used in various ways to help prevent invasive waters from entering sensitive areas.
Quick and Easy to Install
This solution goes up quickly because the water does all the work. The very water you need to control is used to fill the cofferdam. This eliminates the need to transport fill material and reduces the time and effort needed to drain the water.
Forms Airtight Seal
Gone is the risk of water escaping through the cracks. An airtight seal is formed as the water fills the cofferdam, ensuring no water will get into the site during construction.
Molds to Physical Environment
Large boulders and uneven waterbeds will cause no delays in installation as the water forms to the environment without resistance.
Aqua-Barriers® are reusable and leave no environmental impact. This reduces product waste and saves money as they need not be replaced often.
Aqua-Barrier is Your Competitive Edge for Boat Ramp Construction & Repair
Simplify the dewatering process for your boat ramp construction projects with Aqua-Barrier®, a safe and cost-effective way to install a boat ramp. Why not enjoy savings in time and money and a boost to your competitive edge? Contact Us for more information on how a water filled cofferdam can help speed up your boat ramp construction or repair projects.