In their simplest form, the earthworks involve operations such as hauling, excavating, crushing, dumping and compacting. Almost every earthmoving operation consists of the following phases: the preparation of the material, the truck/loader cycle, the haulage of these trucks to the place of disposal, the material’s deposition and then the returning of trucks to loading station so that they can start another cycle.
One of the most common methods in earthmoving is employing an amount of excavators, haulers and wheel loaders which will prepare, dig, load, and then transport the soil. This is the method that we at Steve Magill are using, as we’re often working on large projects around Parkes, Orange, and Dubbo, as this method is more beneficial when the material quantities and the hauling distances that are involved are large.
We’re also using the second method – employing wheel loaders and scrapers to carry out the whole process since this approach is a more appropriate one when the transport distances are short. Depending on the working conditions and the scope of each project, we’re using different machine types and the operation methods, trying to maximize the overall performance of the whole procedure.
Let’s take a more detailed look at the two principal operations in the earthmoving – loading and hauling.
Loading would be the process of transporting the soil from the pile into the trucks, with the excavators and the wheel loaders being the machines that are most employed in this kind of operation. Depending on the ground space limitations and the material state, we’re using different kinds of machines to complete this process, as one type of equipment could be more applicable than the other.
Generally speaking, the wheel loaders come with the larger bucket capacity – but they require a particular ground space so that they can drive forward and in reverse in order to scoop up the soil from the ground.
This means that the wheel loaders are more suitable for loading of the material that has been already excavated and stockpiled.
The excavators, on the other hand, can dig the soil from its untouched natural state, and also separate the large chunks of soil into smaller sizes. The excavators are always placed on the higher ground, to make the loading process much easier and more efficient.
Hauling includes the haul trucks that are traveling through traffic intersections and roads with varying ground conditions in order to move the soil to the deposit place.
Depending on the primary goal of the whole operation, the soil is transferred from trucks into crushers or onto spreading piles at the project’s dumping station.
These dumping stations often have mobile or stationary crushers that transform the earth into tiny pieces, since the crushed soil is the essential material for the construction of buildings like houses, roads, and bridges. Once it deposits the load, the trucks returns to start another cycle.
Even though it might seem easy, the earthmoving process actually requires a lot of coordination and teamwork – and this is what the Steve Magill Pty Ltd is all about.