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Site prep is the best term that is used to describe

the operations necessary to make raw land ready

to accept improvements such as buildings, parking

lots, roads, and other amenities. Once the project

has been completed, the site prep is invisible.

The term site prep is a broad term that can include

several different tasks, such as clearing and

grubbing, soil erosion, sediment control, storm

drains, water and sewer pipes, topsoil stripping,

rock removal, underground utility, and several

other tasks.

Soil erosion and management

To protect the quality of the water, soil erosion

and sediment control measures are vital. With

most locations, storm water permitting is

required. All erosion and sediment control

measures and devices must be in place and inspected

before the first tree drops or first shovel full

of dirt is removed.

The designs for storm water management systems

are becoming more and more complex. The detension

basins have complex and spiraling side slopes

and bottoms that have almost flat grades.

Clearing

The limits of clearing can be marked with a GPS

dozer. By following the outline of the display

in the cab, the bulldozer can cut a path through

the wooded area so other equipment will have a

clear line to go by.

The traditional method used to clear debris, such

as burning, is rapidly fading away. The air

pollution standards will prevent any type of

burning of most areas across the United States.

Site prep made easy

Depending on the job site, what you have to do will

vary greatly. With excavation, what is needed to

complete a job is as different as night and day. No

matter what type of work you are doing, it will

almost always require the use of heavy machinery.

Clearing lots for houses, grading roads, laying

pipe, fixing water leaks, and digging foundations

are just some of the most common tasks found with

the art of excavation. To do this type of work,

it takes a special individual as work is outdoors

year round, meaning that you freeze in the winter

and burn up in the summer.

Laying pipe is a task that takes skill. You first

must dig the trench for the pipe, making sure that

the elevation is right, and that the pipe will meet

the specifications listed in the blueprints. There

are several different types of pipe that needs to

be layed, including water, sewer, and storm drains.

When you first begin your job, you’ll need to have

the proper permits from the area that you are going

to be disturbing the ground in. Once you have

the proper permits, you can begin your work. With

some jobs, you’ll need to document on paper just

how much land you disturb each day.

Sometimes with excavation, the job site and plans

will call for ponds or temporary ponds. This can

be fun to do, although you have to be careful as

well. Very common with sub divisions, ponds are

something that take a lot of skill to dig right.

Manholes are something else that you will encounter

as well. You can use machinery to set them in place,

although they will need to go a certain way. The

easiest way to put them in place is by using an

excavator, as you can lower it down and have a

couple of workers set it in place.

Anytime you are working on an excavation site, you

should always be careful and make sure you do things

by the book. There are always rules and regulations

that you need to follow. Excavation is a very fun

trade, although you’ll need to be well versed with

following plans, running machinery, and having fun

outdoors.

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