What You Need To Know About Commercial Land Clearing & Excavation

What You Need To Know About Commercial Land Clearing & Excavation

Commercial land clearing and excavation are important components of large construction jobs. Land clearing involves moving anything from large amounts of brush and trees, to soil and rocks. This process comes before excavation. Excavation involves moving dirt in a very calculated manner.

Excavation is so much more than just moving dirt from one place to another. Every last detail counts, for instance exact soil depth is fundamental to supporting a solid foundation. Compaction tests and compaction equipment are used to determine if soil firmness is adequate for intended purposes. Here are some other important things to know about commercial land clearing and excavation.

What Is Blending?

Blending is a term used to describe the process of mixing and compacting the natural site soils, say for instance there are two or more natural soil horizons on site. This term can also represent mixing and compacting natural site soils with imported soil or other materials.

What Is Buttress Fill?

Buttress Fill is used as a compacted fill that can help retain weak or unstable materials.

Certifications & Civil Engineers

A civil engineer is generally required to work on excavation projects. You may need to present written proof of engineering or geological opinions regarding the work you are conducting and its progress through completion. Civil engineers bring a lot to the table, including valuable knowledge regarding principles of mechanics, construction of civil works and the forces of nature. It’s worth it to ensure a safer and more reliable end design.

What Is Contour Rounding?

Contour rounding is the process of cutting and filling slopes in horizontal and vertical planes in order to create better stability. This also helps blend existing contour to horizontal variation, as well as removing the faux appearance of slopes.

Do You Have A Dust Control Plan?

You’ll need a dust control plan in order to prevent creating a serious dust storm that could upset local businesses and communities. A dust control plan outlines the equipment, method and materials one plans to use in order to minimize and control dust.

Are Materials Considered Competent?

Competent material is an important term that signifies if earth is strong enough to withstand the loads or forces your project will place on it. Could these forces potentially lead to detrimental settlement or failure? The answer requires certification from a geotechnical consultant.

Don’t Forget All of The Interconnected Components

There are so many factors that go into how you clear and excavate land. For instance, what types of drainage systems are going to be installed? The goal should always be to provoke the smallest impact possible on the natural environment. By working with the environment instead of against it you create a much sounder foundation for the project. Oversights can easily result in land that is prone to mud flows, rock falls or undue settlement. In order to prevent things like this from occurring, contractors must find ways to limit the negative effects of cut and fill operations, grading, land clearing, soil erosion, and water runoff.

Erosion and sediment control are two of the most important components, as they can lead to serious issues down the road if left untreated.

You Might Need Permits For Excavation Or Land Clearing

In most cases, you’ll need to obtain permits before clearing land for grading or development. In some cases you may not need to obtain a permit, such as if you are clearing brush that is within 500 feet of a residential space. Or, if you are clearing a very limited space for landscaping, geotechnical exploration, wells, surveying, or percolation tests. 

Hire Licensed Professionals

You don’t want just anyone clearing and excavating your property. Hiring someone that is licensed and insured is the first step in the right direction. By hiring someone that is insured you help limit your liability, say for instance a worker is hurt on the job. Secondly, look for someone with a top notch reputation, known for the quality of their work.

Kleenco Construction is second to none! We treat each and every project with specific attention to detail in order to ensure the best results possible.