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Mass Excavation

Once the site has been cleared of trees and stripped of topsoil mass excavation begins. In most cases excavation is accomplished by using a large excavator and on site haul trucks. The excavator makes a mass general cut, usually 8 feet to 10 feet in depth at a time. Then the excavated material gets loaded onto a large haul trucks that move the material on site to an area that needs to be filled. The material is dumped out and spread with a dozer and rolled with the vibratory roller in 1 foot increments or less. This operation is called cut and fill.

Foundation Excavation

Years ago foundation excavation was primarily done with a track loader. Today the most efficient way to excavate for a foundation is by using a hydraulic excavator. Using an excavator in conjunction with a laser is an extremely accurate means of excavating quickly and with great precision. This method allows the operator to monitor the depth of his excavation so as to eliminate over excavation and keep the concrete footings on virgin soil.

Trenching Excavation

Depending on the depth and width, most trenching is performed with a backhoe, however deeper and wider trenches are usually done using an excavator. We performed trench excavation for sewer, water, electric, gas, telephone and communication cables. Our clients include many homeowners, contractors and utility companies.

Controlled fill and Compaction

Within the last 20 years Controlled fill and Compaction has change the way projects are being built today. This fairly new method of removing unsuitable materials by undercutting the unstable soils down to stable soil conditions and importing suitable soil. Compacting in lifts is usually much more cost effective than pouring additional concrete to fill the excavated void. Today soil engineers monitor fill and compaction processes and test each lift to ensure top quality and proper compaction results.

Backfill is an operation that requires extreme caution. Depending on exactly what type of soil and the conditions are at your site; and the depth of the cut, the backfill process may be done in stages to prevent extreme pressures on foundations, walls, piping or utilities being back filled. Proper backfilling procedures are one of the most important stages of an excavation project.


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