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Risk, Impact, and Corporate Responsibility: Implementing an Environmental Management Program

Posted by Michael Cannell on December 16, 2019

As a marine solutions company, J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. (Brennan) faces a unique array of regulations and rules. While every company deals with regulations, most deal with rules that impact operations only on land or only in the water. We are accountable for regulatory requirements in both areas and have been for years. So, what's changed and what are we doing about it? 

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Tainter Gate Operation: Monitoring Tension for Longevity

Posted by Jeff Steiber on November 27, 2018

At Brennan, we work on dams of various sizes and functions. Very few new dams are built each year, so most of our work consists of rehabilitation and repairs. Dams are built to last for long periods of time, however certain components require periodic repairs and replacements. Radial gates, often referred to as Tainter gates, consist of components most commonly in need of attention. In our experience, we have found certain best practices that will increase the longevity of these gates, as well as increase their functionality.

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Cofferdams 101: Different Types and Construction Methods on Waterways

Posted by Dillon Hogan on August 21, 2018

Working around water poses a plethora of challenges. There are always two parts of a water-based project, the above and below water sections. Access to the above water section is easy, however when working below the waterline access is not that easy. One of the more apparent issues is what do you do when the water is in the way of your work? One solution is to build a cofferdam.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind; The Importance of Underwater Inspections

Posted by Dillon Hogan on July 10, 2018

Lock and Dams, bridges, pipeline crossings, and barge terminals are all examples of water-based infrastructure. Ensuring that these structures maintain their integrity is essential to their continued operation, however water-based infrastructure presents an added challenge because a portion of the structure is underwater.

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Stabilizing Dams Using Post-Tensioned Anchors

Posted by Dave Laack on May 01, 2018

Post-tensioned rock and soil anchors provide an optimal solution  for dam stabilization.According to the Post-Tensioning Institute, post-tensioned rock and soil anchors provide a cost-efficient, high-performance solution for projects in need of temporary and permanent stabilization solutions. There are numerous different post-tension applications in the construction industry, but one of the most important areas is in dam stabilization.

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Waterway Infrastructure from the Eyes of Those Who Build It

Posted by Mark Binsfeld on March 22, 2018

There is a lot of buzz around the president’s infrastructure plan lately. It is clear that everyone wants better infrastructure, regardless to which party an individual may belong. The biggest challenge to getting what everyone wants is funding, and making matters more difficult, the allocation of this funding is another source of disagreement. As a contractor that provides construction services to owners of infrastructure, it is clear that the waterways are suffering the most from lack of investment.

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2 Things You Should Know About Dropping Water Temps

Posted by Samantha Schmitz on November 04, 2016

As we begin the month of November those of us that work in and around the water have to start planning for seasonal changes and the accompanying cold weather challenges.  Water temperatures begin to drop rapidly, sometimes over a degree Fahrenheit (F) per day.  This presents a whole new bunch of logistical and safety risks. 

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