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Water Control Water Structures

In the field of water control, water structures fall into one of two categories – permanent or temporary.

Permanent water structures include levees, locks, seawalls and earthen berms

Temporary water structures include cofferdams (also coffer dams), portadams, aquadams, sandbags and – yes – beaver dams.
Dewatering 
Regardless of type, the major purpose of these water structures is to control the flow of water. Today’s temporary water structures are used either to hold back flood waters or to provide a dry environment for work on a short-term project through Dewatering, Diversion and/or Damming.

Dewatering (or unwatering) is the removal or drainage of ground or surface water, typically on a construction site. Dewatering is often required before subsurface excavation for such things as  foundations, shoring, cellar space and repairs to existing water structures.

Examples of Dewatering water-control situations include:

* Boat ramp repairs

* Bridge repairs

* Dredging

* Environmental remediation

* Shoreline restoration

* Wetland protection

Diversion

Diversion is the temporary (or sometimes permanent) re-routing of water. It may be required to avert flooding, initiate a project or allow a project to proceed.

Examples of Diversion water-control situations include:

* Bridge repairs

* Dredging

* Environmental remediation

* Flood control

* River crossings

* River flow

* Spillways

* Wetland protection

Damming

Damming is the process of creating a barrier that holds back water. The barrier may be needed to maintain water table levels, collect water for storage or prevent water from crossing established/safety threshholds.

Examples of Damming water-control situations include:

* Bridge repairs

* Canals

* Cold weather projects

* Dredging

* Environmental protection

* Environmental remediation

* Flood control

* Flood protection

* Shoreline protection

* Shoreline restoration

* Spillways

* Wetland protection

Which Water Structure Is Best for Water Control?

Most experts agree cofferdams are the best solution for water control; and Dam-It Dams’ cofferdams are superior for the following reasons:

* Adaptability – They conform to virtually every type of landscape and weather condition.

* Affordability – They are less labor intensive than traditional sand bags, use on-site water and are reusable

* Availability – You can select from heights of 1’ to 12’, widths of 2’ to 23’ and unlimited lengths

* Durability – Our cofferdams are made of industrial strength geotextile materials that can withstand tremendous water pressure are puncture resistent. Workers can walk on them during installation and removal without fear of damage.

* Expandability – Multiple cofferdams can be connected as needed to form any length barrier.

* Portability – They go anywhere and are easy to transport. We can provide immediate and convenient delivery to your project site.

* Responsibility – Our cofferdams work with Mother Nature, not against her, to create effective water barriers that leave no – or only a minimal – footprint on the environment.

Our cofferdams are immediately available to accommodate virtually every project manager’s needs. Contact us today for more information and a free quote. Click here www.damitdams.com to go to our Home Page.

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What Are Water Control Water Structures?

In the field of water control, water structures are man-made formations that fall into one of two categories – permanent or temporary.

* Permanent water structures include levees, locks, seawalls and earthen berms

* Temporary water structures include cofferdams (also coffer dams), portadams, aquadams, sandbags and – yes – beaver dams.

This Beaver Dam is Permanent. This beaver dam is Temporary.

Regardless of type, the major purpose of these water structures is to control the flow of water. Today’s temporary water structures are used either to hold back flood waters or to provide a dry environment for work on a short-term project through Dewatering, Diversion and/or Damming.

Dewatering

Dewatering (or unwatering) is the removal or drainage of ground or surface water, typically on a construction site. Dewatering is often required before subsurface excavation for such things as  foundations, shoring, cellar space and repairs to existing water structures.

Examples of Dewatering water-control situations include:

* Boat ramp repairs

* Bridge repairs

* Dredging

* Environmental remediation

* Shoreline restoration

* Wetland protection

Diversion

Diversion is the temporary (or sometimes permanent) re-routing of water. It may be required to avert flooding, initiate a project or allow a project to proceed.

Examples of Diversion water-control situations include:

* Bridge repairs

* Dredging

* Environmental remediation

* Flood control

* River crossings

* River flow

* Spillways

* Wetland protection

Damming

Damming is the process of creating a barrier that holds back water. The barrier may be needed to maintain water table levels, collect water for storage or prevent water from crossing established/safety threshholds.

Examples of Damming water-control situations include:

* Bridge repairs

* Canals

* Cold weather projects

* Dredging

* Environmental protection

* Environmental remediation

* Flood control

* Flood protection

* Shoreline protection

* Shoreline restoration

* Spillways

* Wetland protection

Which Water Structure Is Best for Water Control?

Most experts agree cofferdams are the best solution for water control. There is a Company headquartered in Fenton, Michigan – Dam-It Dams, Inc. – whose cofferdams are considered superior for the following reasons:

* Adaptability – Dam-It Dams’ cofferdams conform to virtually every type of landscape and weather condition.

* Affordability – They are less labor intensive than traditional sand bags, use on-site water and are reusable

* Availability – You can select from heights of 1’ to 12’, widths of 2’ to 23’ and unlimited lengths

* Durability – Their cofferdams are made of industrial strength geotextile materials that can withstand tremendous water pressure are puncture resistent. Workers can walk on them during installation and removal without fear of damage.

* Expandability – Multiple cofferdams can be connected as needed to form any length barrier.

* Portability – They go anywhere and are easy to transport. The Company provides immediate and convenient delivery to your project site.

* Responsibility – Their cofferdams work with Mother Nature, not against her, to create effective water barriers that leave no – or only a minimal – footprint on the environment.

Dam-It Dams cofferdams are immediately available to accommodate virtually every project manager’s needs. Contact them today for more information and a free quote. Click here www.damitdams.com to go to their Home Page.

 

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Types of Cofferdams

A cofferdam (also coffer dam) is a temporary barrier in or around a body of water to allow dewatering, diversion or damming of an enclosed area. The major purposes of cofferdams are to hold back flood waters or create a dry environment for a project to proceed.

As such, there are only a handfull of structures that truly qualify as cofferdams –  portadams, aquadams, earthen berms and sandbags – because they all are intended to be temporary in nature.

A Dam-It Dams cofferdam holds back water to create a temporary barrier around a project site.

Cofferdam Applications

There are dozens of applications for cofferdams. Dam-It Dams’ patented, portable, water-filled Cofferdams offer effective and cost-efficient solutions for these major types of situations that we call the 3-Ds of water control:

Dewatering

Dewatering, unwatering and water control are common terms used to describe the removal or drainage of ground or surface water, typically on a construction site. Dewatering is often required before subsurface excavation for such things as  foundations, shoring, cellar space and repairs to existing water structures.

Examples of Dewatering water-control situations include:

 

 

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