3 Excavation Technologies Shaping the Future of Earthwork

In the construction industry, we’ve come a long way from hacking out sites with shovels and picks. Now, new technologies are completely revolutionizing the industry and our approach to earthwork. When it comes to safety, earthwork helps eliminate issues such as foundation cracks, instability, and water damage for future buildings. No wonder it’s so important! Historically, though, the earthworks and construction industries are behind the curve when it comes to new technologies. That is changing, though! We’ve identified 3 excavation technologies that are shaping the future of earthwork, so keep reading! 

3D Mapping

3D scanners provide a comprehensive view of the site. This helps identify obstacles, voids, and other issues before you even start digging.

Often, excavation risks include getting in over your head. Finding something you didn’t expect, like a site filled with huge boulders the further down you dig, is how projects start running over budget.

Another excavation risk is running into buried cables and utility lines. In an ideal world, they’d be properly marked. This isn’t always the case, though, as markings can be removed or not properly erected in the first place.

This is a major risk, one that can present significant damage to your equipment and crew. With 3D mapping, you have the ability to identify these cables or buried utilities before you ever start digging.

3D scanning produces a comprehensive map of the entire site, with very little room for human error. It’s easy to do and is highly accurate. With all these pros, 3D mapping is the new future of earthworks excavation technology.

Building Information Modeling

On high-stress, high-stakes projects, building time is everything. Intelligent, 3-D modeling software helps you build out projections, visualize structures, and share your vision with others.

Building out models used to be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. If you’re collaborating with other companies or individuals through the lifecycle of a project, or simply want to be able to communicate progress to stakeholders in an effective manner … software modeling is exactly what you need.

Building information modeling allows companies to manage the design of piping, structures, and foundations after the initial excavation are complete. It also completely digitizes the construction site itself, which allows project information to all be stored in one collaborative place.

Automated Grade Assist

Depending on the type of equipment you use, your excavators may come with the latest grade assist technology. This means you can preset boom and bucket movements for automated, more accurate cuts.

By relying on pre-established settings and eliminating human error, allows operators to rest easy and make fewer mistakes.

Relying On New Excavation Technology

When hiring an earthworks and excavation company, it’s important to contract with someone who understands the importance of staying on the cutting edge of technology. 

This can prevent errors, save time and budget, and make the project better in the end. If that’s what you’re looking for, reach out to us today! We’d be happy to work with you.

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