While excavation and earthmoving are closely aligned, both tasks have similarities but also differences that need to be understood before becoming involved in any construction project. Put simply, earthmoving is the process of, as the word implies, moving earth from one location to another. Excavation takes place when this earthmoving action involves digging into the earth in order to create a trench, tunnel or shaft.
Site Clearing made Simple with the Right Equipment
When contractors arrive at a location to start a construction project, it is very unlikely that the site will be cleared and levelled. This is usually the starting point and involves the use of earthmoving equipment, but what size, type, and how many? These are all questions that need to be researched and answered before any work starts.
Professional Analysis Determines the Machines Needed
On large projects, surveyors and other construction professionals will most likely have ascertained the amount of soil to be moved, the condition of the soil such as the presence of rocks, timbers, other contaminates or any other variables. This analysis is important because it determines the size, type and even the model of the earthmoving equipment that will be needed to complete the work efficiently.
Clearing the site is not the end of the need for earthmoving equipment. The removed material needs to be taken off site and transported elsewhere, with a quick turnaround needed to keep the work flowing. It makes sense that the larger the bucket, the more material that can be moved, but sometimes this is not practical in tight locations with adjoining structures, so specialised equipment is needed.
Excavation Work can be Dangerous
With the site preparation complete, trenches of varying depths are required in preparation for the building construction. The deeper the trench, the greater the risk of soil collapse, which is a major hazard for workers. A range of regulatory measures are required to be in place to protect both workers and members of the public where applicable.
Safety Measures Protect Workers from Excavation Hazards
Earthmoving machinery is also used to create trenches, tunnels and shafts. Depending on the type and size of the project, all three excavations may be required, so all necessary safety measures must be in place before workers are exposed to the associated hazards. In both earthmoving and excavation, expert knowledge and sound experience is needed.
Our machinery operators at Dee Gees Bobcats are experienced at both earthmoving and excavation, and always operate with both safety and efficiency in mind. Our reputation for reliability and quality results is well-known, and our clients have confidence that our team and our machinery are both ready for any of their projects.