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Starting A Dredging Project

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Like any major construction or renovation project, a dredging project requires a lot of forethought and insight to ensure its success. While it’s easy to identify the project site, and maybe even the goal and purpose of the project, you’ll want to ask yourself some other questions to make sure you understand every aspect of your project. You’ll also want to find out which companies offer a dredge rental service. Lucky for you, U.S. Aqua Services is here to help with all of these things and more. Read on to see some of the questions and considerations you should keep in mind when you start a dredging project.

Things To Consider

While these nuances of any dredging project are difficult to measure and think about, there are some basic elements that are important to keep in mind when you start a project.

Project’s Objective

This might seem obvious, but it’s always important to ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish with your project. This can be influenced by a wide variety of things, like where the project is being conducted, the stakeholders in the project, and what the expected outcome is. Some of the most common dredging projects include port maintenance, land reclamation, environmental remediation, offshore work, and coastal erosion protection. Each of these projects have different expected outcomes, so it’s important to recognize what they are.

How Much Material Needs To Be Moved

Some projects are akin to the Suez Canal in scale, while others might be much smaller, and more localized. In either case, it’s always important to have an estimate of just how much material needs to be moved. The volume of soil that you need to dredge can be estimated by looking at the size of the dredging area, and the thickness and type of the soil that area is made up of. It’s important to have accurate measurements when making these estimates, as under or overestimating can result in a misallocation of resources, or renting the wrong dredger for the project.

Characteristics Of The Soil

One of the most important considerations in any project is the type of soil that is presenting at the dredging site. Before you contact a dredge rental service, it’s important to examine the soil content and have a sense of whether it is made up of sand, clay, silt, rock, or gravel. The makeup of the soil influences what kind of dredge you rent, as some dredges are specially designed to handle certain soil types better than others. You’ll also want to consider any special characteristics of the soil. For instance, if it has been contaminated by a chemical or waste product, that may influence your choice of dredger, as well as if you need added equipment like screens and filters.

What Is Your Timeline?

The size and scale of your project, as well as your deadlines will be a major influence on your choice of dredge. If your project requires more and larger equipment to meet a tight deadline, you’ll want to start consulting with dredging equipment rental firms sooner than later. Alternatively, you might need a few, highly specialized dredging machines to carry out a long-term project at a reclamation site. In either case, provide the rental firm a sense of how long you’ll need the equipment.

What Are The Conditions Of The Site

Even enclosed bodies of water are not static spaces. Tides and water flow can affect how much water is at your job site. This can impact the area’s accessibility and may force you to move the dredger to the site by boat in some situations, or by truck in others. Tides and currents can influence where you set up your worksite, and whether you use more specialized equipment like curtains and filters. Additionally, the depth of the water determines what kind of dredger you’ll use. Finally, it’s important to consider any special conditions, like local regulations and pertinent environmental aspects.



We’re To Help You

Planning a dredging project is a major undertaking. There’s a lot to keep in mind, and it can feel dizzying sometimes. If you’re unsure about which dredge is right for your project, don’t hesitate to give U.S. Aqua Services a call. We’ll offer you expert insight into your project during your free consultation. As a premier dredge rental company, we can help you find the perfect, environmentally friendly dredge for your project. Contact us now!