Great Grades: What Does Construction Site Grading Mean?

What makes a construction appealing to a buyer is often very different than the person who’s going to be doing the building. Someone might see the perfect spot on a gently rolling landscape or at the peak of a land ridge. Once it comes time to draw up blueprints, however, they realize they’ve bitten off more than they can chew.

Construction site grading is actually one of the most important considerations you’ll need to make for your building project. Even a .6 percent slope will have a major impact on how your construction project turns out. 

Calculating construction site grading isn’t that difficult once you get used to it. It does involve some geometry, however, and not everybody has brushed off their trigonometry recently. The logistics that gradient can raise on construction sites can become quite complicated, though.

To help you sort it all out, we’ve put together a short guide with everything you need to know about construction site gradient. 

What Is Construction Site Grading?

To understand construction site grading, it helps to first have a working knowledge of a construction site grade. A construction site grade is “the vertical location of the ground surface.” 

That’s just the start, though. There’s the existing grade, to start. This is defined as “the ground surface prior to grading.” 

Then there’s the finished grade. This is the final grade of a site that conforms to the approved plan. 

Already, these few short definitions should be giving you an idea of what site grading is, in particular, and how it looks on the building site.

Construction site grading is the act of modifying the ground level for your construction project.

How Does Site Grading Work?

While the basic math for site grading isn’t necessarily that complicated, the other logistics means that an earthworks expert needs to be consulted to give you even a rough idea of how to implement your project. 

First, the earthworks expert will come to your site to make a base-level assessment. From there they’ll be able to determine where the site gradient will begin, and the rest of the variables will flow from there. 

The earthworks company will also assess the site for additional logistics. The type of soil makes a huge difference on the logistics of your construction site, for example. Whether you’ll be building on sand, clay, or bedrock, the earthworks company will know how to implement your project as easily as possible! 

They’ll also do the math to figure out how to use as much of the local material as possible. You won’t have to pay for unnecessary dirt, sand, and gravel if you take the time to plan your site grading carefully! 

Looking For Earthworks? 

Moving earth is a big job. It requires a fleet of specialized machinery and extensive technical know-how. It’s also essential for making a construction project go smoothly

If you’re ready to work with an accomplished earthwork construction company for your construction site grading, contact us today to set up a consultation!

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