U.S. Flood Control
INFLATABLE DAM SYSTEM
Rapid Deployment Tiger Dam System
Ground Sheets and Stakes
Unique Features of the Tiger Dam System
The system has been designed to be rugged, stable and adaptable to a wide variety of
situations and climates
Tiger Dam is comprised of a series of engineered interlocking tubes that when filled
with water form a temporary dam, or with concrete to create a more formidable
Can be configured in any shape, any length from a few feet in length to miles and from
and can be stacked to 32ft in height.
Tiger Dams are modular and simple to use (like lego blocks). They can be custom
made to any height or diameter to meet the specific need of the project. The
components are easily connected and can be stacked. This avoids wasting valuable
time and resources keeping Louisiana’s communities and precious coastline intact.
Design Features Continued
Speed is a critical component in building a containment barrier so
the system was designed to be deployed rapidly. Depending on
the method of filling, each standard tube (19inches x 50 feet) can
be filled in as little as 3 minutes.
Each Standard Dam weighs only 65lbs.(empty), can be handled
by one or two men thus eliminating the need for heavy equipment.
When full of water weighs 6300 lbs, while the concrete filled dams
weigh 14,000 lbs to help ensure dam stability.
After each deployment the equipment is simply drained, cleaned
and rolled up for future use. The Concrete dams can be picked up
and moved to another location, or recycled for future concrete use.
With proper care the reusable system (tube/dam) is designed to
last up to 17 years or longer if not left in the sun… (its maximum
Dams can be repaired with a customized adhesive patch system
specifically designed to adhere to our material.
The system has been independently assessed for function and safety by a
leading certified engineering laboratory.( Engineer Report is attached)
Research and development was conducted at the University of British Columbia’s
Ocean Engineering Test Center .(BC Oceanic institute)
Test results showed that the system exceeded its design criteria and preformed
well under a wide variety of situations.
Is stable when subjected to wave action.
Burst test demonstrated a maximum internal pressure of
17 pounds per square inch. The system typically operates
at 2 pounds per square inch.
Puncture tests met or exceed all applicable ISO standards.
The fabric is a heavy 28 ounce Vinyl coated polyester
coated with vinyl in a propriety fashion. The fabric is
resistant to a wide range of chemicals and is UV stable.
The valves are 2 inch check valves with a bayonet style
The connecting straps are 2 inch polyester with a ten
thousand pound tensile strength.
The anchors are 26” long and can support 4500 lbs each.
Recommended number is dependant upon specifications
of each project.
COST COMPARISON OF SANDBAGS TO PORTABLE WATER-FILLED BERMS TO PRODUCE A 100
FOOT LONG IMPOUNDMENT FOR PROVIDING 18” PROTECTION
Compares USACOE Data with Customer Actual Costs for Making 2500 Sandbags and 50’ Sectional Berm
Description of Material / Activity USACOE* Customer** Berms
# Sandbags / # of Berms 3,100 2,500 6
Direct Material Cost NA $2000 $7500
Labor hrs / Cost to fill 69 hrs $5500 <5 mins
Annual Makeup Costs (no deployment) - $7700 $7500
Labor hrs / Cost to deploy 61 hrs $3000 1 hr
Labor hrs / Cost to remove 53 hrs $2000 1 hr
Deployment Labor Hours / Cost per Event 114 hrs $6000 2 Hrs
Sandbag transport: # Pickup loads 15 - -
Equipment Costs for makeup, deployment, removal - $1200 -
Berm transport: # Pickup loads - - 1
Total Cost for 100’ Protection (make, deploy, remove) $19,375 $14,700 $7500
Total Cost/ Sandbag or Berm (make, deploy, remove) $6.25 $4.40 $1250 + 2 hrs
Average lifetime before replacement 1 yr 1 yr 20+ yrs
2 Year Cumulative Costs (no deployment) - $15,400 $7500
5 Year Cumulative Costs (no deployment) - $38,500 $7500
10 Year Cumulative Costs (no deployment) - $77,000 $7500
*US Army Corps of Engineers estimate of $6.25/sandbag total cost for materials, makeup, deployment, and removal of 3100 sandbags.
** Customer actual costs to makeup 2500 Sandbags annually, deployment and removal costs estimated using standard labor rates.
By using the Tiger Dam systems we can minimize the impact on the surrounding
areas, therefore improving the overall benefits of the project.
Both the Tiger Dam and the concrete Tiger Dam are environmentally friendly.
The water system will utilize water directly from project area site. When the
project is complete the water can be pumped out, allowing the dams to be moved
to another locations and reused.
The concrete Tiger Dam are filled with a flow able recycled concrete. Upon project
completion, should the dams need to be removed, they can be cut into sections
and lifted away, redistributed to another job site in tact or taken to be broken down
and recycled again.
Some of Our Current Customers Include
US Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Pontchartrain Levee District
Southwest Florida Water management System
Cedar Falls Utilities
New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board
Red River Basin District
California Wildlife and Fisheries