The Risks Associated with a Wet Jobsite

You know you have a groundwater problem and that dewatering is needed, but what if you decide not to dewater? Controlling groundwater on a construction project is critical to success. Water intrusion can threaten ground stability which can be a major safety concern.

Impact of Site Groundwater

Groundwater can have a significant impact on the overall project duration and cost. Therefore, it is essential to understand the problem and the risks associated with a wet job site. This allows us to make informed decisions about what to do next.
Accumulated groundwater and precipitation can put a halt to any construction progress.

Project Schedule Issues

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Staying on schedule is a critical factor of a construction project.

Groundwater can cause delays associated with:

  1. Dewatering system planning & installation
  2. Proper permitting

Risk- Unstable/Unsafe Excavation

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Uncontrolled groundwater causes unstable conditions decreasing personnel safety while creating additional liability.

Site water can cause the following:

  1. Shoring instability
  2. Erosion
  3. Slope failure
  4. Site flooding
  5. Settlement/Subsidence

Budget Impact

Lack of planning for groundwater control can lead to higher costs throughout the life of an excavation.

Budget & costs can be impacted due to:

  1. Permitting, discharge costs, system installation, operation & maintenance
  2. Project delays while addressing groundwater control (liquidated damages)
  3. Repairing adjacent utilities/structures due to settlement from soil movement

Mitigate Risks

After we understand the groundwater issues, we can determine the best methodology to mitigate these risks and associated costs. Installing a dewatering system ahead of excavation creates optimal working conditions and ensures your project remains on time, budget, and safe.