How is Earthwork Done?

Kilgore Companies is a group of successful firms specializing in various products and services in the construction sector. Our products and services include construction, site development, asphalt, sand and gravel products, and ready-fixed concrete. At Kilgore Companies, we value efficiency, quality, and safety. Earthwork is among the major activities for jobs in construction. It assists in making the site ready for construction, forming the cornerstone of all construction fields. Earthwork is done as explained below.

1. Excavation

In excavation, leveling is done where a level base for the construction job is provided. However, if the construction job requires uphill side excavation, then the excavation involves cutting to cross-fill. This step involves the downward movement of soil for a part cut and part fill for road construction. U-cut is done while excavating a ridge, and borrow excavation involves filling out an area for construction purposes.

2. Hauling

For jobs in construction, hauling is a vital process as it involves the transportation of the soil. The hauling strategy depends on the distance. Wheelbarrows or stretchers can be used for short distances. However, for long distances, trucks and tractor trailers are used.

3. Loading and Unloading

Loading involves putting the soil into the various modes of transport identified in hauling. The loading methods can simplify the loading process by reducing the load height. Unloading usually involves tipping to offload the soil from the vehicles or other hauling methods.

4. Spreading

Spreading involves the filling process in even layers. Jobs in construction require a good and firm surface to lay out the construction process. The spreading is done with heavy hoes, ensuring the soil reaches an even layer before compaction.

5. Compaction

Compaction ensures that the jobs in construction are not susceptible to erosion. A loose embankment affects the construction quality. Compaction using vibrating or non-vibrating weights ensures the soil particles are close enough and stick together.