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Earthwork Estimating

Students will learn to accurately estimate earthwork construction costs. Using a real set of drawings, students will complete a variety of earthwork take-offs and will apply labor and material costs to each take-off. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to produce accurate earthwork estimates using efficient and reliable estimating techniques.

  • Pre-bid investigation
  • Plans and specifications
  • Site visit and soil borings
  • Pre-estimate checklists
  • Area and perimeter calculations
  • Cut/fill calculations: average end area method
  • Soils shrink and swell
  • Cut/fill calculations: grid cell method
  • Soils classifications
  • Matching equipment to soil type
  • Excavation production
  • Bulk excavation exercise
  • Crew analysis
  • Trucking optimization 
  • Bidding and mark-up discussion
  • Equipment costing
  • Road calculations
  • Mass haul diagrams
  • Earthwork “Rules of Thumb”
  • Complexity of work
  • Site haul planning
  • Road cross sections profile
  • Depths of subsidence
  • Haul and place process
  • Indirect and Direct costs
  • Balanced vs. Unbalanced bidding
  • Cycle times for hauling units
  • Earthwork reference data



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