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7 Different Kinds of Dams & Their Uses

7 Different Kinds of Dams & Their Uses

7 Different Kinds of Dams & Their Uses

Over 3 million miles of rivers and streams in the United States, and many of these flow into the estimated 84,000 dams around the country. But did you know that not all dams are created equal? They aren’t. In fact, there are many different kinds of dams, and they each have their own uses.  

Various Kinds of Dams

Did you know there is more than one kind of dam and they each have a different use? Here are 7 different kinds of dams and how they are used. Click To Tweet

A dam is a barrier that restricts or stops the flow of water, helps suppress floods, as well as providing irrigation, industrial, and aquaculture uses. Here are seven of the different kinds of dams used across America and what they are used for.

  1. Diversion Dam
  2. Buttress Dam
  3. Embankment Dam
  4. Cofferdam
  5. Storage Dam
  6. Detention Dam
  7. Gravity Dam

1) Diversion Dam

Like the name says, a diversion dam is used to divert water. They provide pressure to push water into ditches, canals, or other areas used for conveyance. Diversion dams are typically lower in height and have a small water storage area in it’s upstream.

2) Buttress Dam

Buttress dams can take many forms, but they all consist of a sloping deck supported by intervals of buttresses. There are three main buttress dams, including: multiple arch type, massive head type, and deck type. Buttress dams usually use less concrete than other dams but are not necessarily cheaper.

3) Embankment Dam

An embankment dam is a large, artificial dam that is constructed with natural excavated materials or industrial waste materials, such as compacted plastics, and various compositions of soil, sand, rock, and clay.   

4) Cofferdam

A cofferdam is a temporary, portable dam used for a variety of projects including bridge repair, shoreline restoration, pipeline installation, and many other construction projects. A cofferdam is used to close off some or all of a construction area. Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdams are made from high-grade industrial vinyl coated polyester and can be used on all terrain and in any conditions. They are reusable and compact for transportation.

5) Storage Dam

These dams are not mean to divert or keep water out, but to keep water in. Storage dams are constructed to store water during the rainy seasons, supply water to the local wildlife, and store water for hydroelectric power generation, and irrigation. Storage dams are the most common types of dams.

6) Detention Dam

Detention dams are specifically constructed for flood control by retarding flow downstream, helping reduce flash floods (to some extent). The water is retained in a reservoir to be later gradually released.

7) Gravity Dam

A gravity dam is a massive, man-made concrete dam designed to hold large volumes of water. Because of the heavy concrete used, it is able to resist the horizontal thrust of the water, and gravity essentially holds the dam to the ground. They are used to block rivers in wide valleys and must be built on a strong foundation of bedrock.

Different Kinds of Dams

ProTip: There are many different kinds of dams and each has their different uses. If you are looking for a temporary dam to create a dry work site for your next construction project, a cofferdam is your best option.

There are many different kinds of dams, and they are all an important part of our country, providing for domestic, industry, and irrigation uses, including water for drinking, bathing, hydroelectric power generation, water storage, flood protection, and more.

Contact us to learn more about the different kinds of dams and their uses.

6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

Operating a construction business costs money, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to cut costs. With careful planning and action, you can also help eliminate waste, decrease negative environmental impact, and boost your bottom line. Cutting costs doesn’t mean you have to give up quality. Click To Tweet

Cutting Construction Costs

Everyone wants to make the most money possible when they own a company, and the construction business is no different. Here are some top ways you can help cut down your construction costs without sacrificing a thing.

1) Create a Master Plan

Without a solid master plan, there is a higher likelihood that there will unnecessary spending. Make sure your plan includes management for time, costs, and quality, as well as contracts, safety, scope and more. A reliable project manager should monitor this plan and make sure it is updated through the entire construction process.

2) Hire Multi-Purpose Employees

It can be difficult to find good help, but it is important to find quality workers if you are looking to cut construction costs. Try to hire employees who have more than one skill and can be used in a myriad of areas.

3) Better Contract Negotiation

To help lessen the costs of supplies and other expenses, it is imperative you create good relationships with your vendors and negotiate contracts and prices. A long-term relationship can help you land discounts on supplies and services.

4) Reuse & Recycle

According to the EPA, more than 534 tons of construction debris end up in our landfill each year. By sticking to your master plan and not over-purchasing supplies, you can help cut back on waste. Try to find tools and supplies that are reusable or recyclable, like an inflatable cofferdam, to help cut costs, and also decrease your environmental impact.

5) Quality Tools & Supplies

Investing in quality tools and supplies will make a huge difference in your construction costs. If you purchase cheap tools, you will be replacing them and spending more money in the long run. For example, instead of wasting money on time-consuming sandbags for a dewatering project, an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is not only reusable, but less time consuming, therefore cuts down on manpower, as well as being environmentally friendly.

6) Get High-Tech

While new technology might seem expensive at first, it can definitely cut construction costs in the long-term. There are so many new technologies available to help you streamline your construction projects so you can get the job done faster.

Construction Costs & Your Bottom Line

Cutting the high costs of construction can be done with proper planning, the right tools, and by following the above tips. Not only will you be helping boost your company’s bottom line, but also making a difference for our environment, too!

To learn more about how you can cut construction costs and boost your bottom line, Contact Us.

Your Construction Checklist

Your Construction Checklist

All building projects need solid plans in order for the construction process to go smoothly. This is especially true for special circumstances, such as dewatering or pipeline construction. A carefully planned construction checklist will help you and your staff stay on track and on time. Click To Tweet

Your Project Plan

Getting together a game plan and construction checklist helps you maintain control over your project, as well as setting up budgets, time schedules, and product options. Here are some examples of some items to make sure to have on your comprehensive checklist for your next construction project.

General Construction Checklist

There are plenty of things to include in the general building portion of your checklist. This will cover all the general materials needed for the entire project. Make sure to include:

  • Scope documentation to establish business needs, objectives, deliverables, and milestones
  • Materials and products needed for production
  • Manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation and warranty
  • Risk Management plan for emergency preparedness

Reassess Your Construction Checklist

During the early stages of construction, it’s important to gather all your information and supplies on excavating and earthmoving. Do you have proper dewatering solutions, like an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam? Are pipes being correctly positioned? Are you using approved safety measures for working from heights and on scaffolding? All of these potential issues need to be included on your construction checklist. Make sure before beginning work to go through your checklist and make sure there is nothing that hasn’t been covered.

Plan Your Next Project With A Construction Checklist

There are certainly more items you can add to this construction checklist, but these are just a few factors to think about when planning your next construction project. Make sure your list is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of your project. Make sure to communicate with everyone involved to make sure your checklist is fully complete and ready for work to begin.

To learn more about planning your construction checklist for your next construction project, Contact Us.

Top 4 Environmental Considerations for Construction

Top 4 Environmental Considerations for Construction

The construction industry isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and it has a proven detrimental impact on the environment, too. Over 500 million tons of construction debris is discarded per year in America. Click To Tweet More and more companies are trying to find ways to be more green and carefully consider the environmental impact they are making. 

Environmental Considerations for Construction

One thing is for sure, construction generates a lot of waste. While it might be impossible to stop waste from being produced, there are ways to go green and help cut down on environmental byproducts of construction. Here are the top five environmental considerations for construction and the best ways you can start going green.

1) Reduce Waste

Reducing waste should be a main factor in reducing environmental impact. Make sure to come up with a plan to track and document waste reduction goals. Make sure to carefully plan your project so you don’t purchase too many supplies and create additional waste.

2) Go Green

More and more products are going green and there are many viable options available.  Make sure to use products that are green or reusable, such as inflatable bladder dams, in place of traditional cofferdams or sandbags.

3) Become Energy Efficient

Increasing energy efficiency is imperative in cutting down environmental effects during the construction process. Using older and outdated tools decreases productivity and makes you use more energy. The more productive everyone is, the less energy is used and projects can be completed quicker.

4) Long-Term Sustainability

Not only do you need to think about environmental considerations of construction projects, but also of the long-term effects, too. How will the facility being built continue being green? Make sure to consider an integrated design, water management, building location, and energy efficiency during the planning stage.

Environmental Considerations for Your Construction Site

The environment cannot be ignored and should always be taken into consideration when planning any construction project. Being environmentally conscious helps create a better future and can be cost-effective and save time in the long run.

To learn more about how you can make your next construction project environmentally safe and reduce waste, Contact Us.

Top Ways to Cut Construction Costs Without Sacrificing Quality

Top Ways to Cut Construction Costs Without Sacrificing Quality

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. Reducing #construction costs benefits everyone and there is no need to sacrifice quality, either! Click To Tweet

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.

To learn more about how you can cut construction costs on your next project, Contact Us.