Tag: soil conditions

Soil is the mixture of minerals, organic matter, gases, liquids, and the countless organisms that together support life on earth. Soil is a natural body known as the pedosphere and which performs four important functions: it is a medium for plant growth; it is a means of water storage, supply and purification; it is a modifier of the atmosphere of Earth; it is a habitat for organisms; all of which, in turn, modify the soil.

Underground Detective Work

Underground Detective Work

There are approximately 100 billion feet, or 20 million miles, of underground utilities in this country, estimates Eric Huber, senior product manager at RIDGID. And every six minutes, a line is damaged.

Cable-Location Equipment and Applications in Utility Line Identification

Cable-Location Equipment and Applications in Utility Line Identification

Vacuum excavation applications and utility locator technologies are discussed along with site specific conditions that help determine the choice between hydro versus air vacuum excavation. Conditions as frozen soil and brittle utilities are evaluated in determining vacuum excavation methods and why nothing beats an experienced operator and reliable equipment.

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 1

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 1

Despite all the work done by earthmoving equipment, each year wind and rain move much more soil than man could ever hope to shovel. And because soil is a finite commodity, one has to hold on to as much of it as possible.

Plantings aid in this quest; the roots of

Pipeline First Aid

Pipeline First Aid

The responsibility for repair and maintenance of pipelines is borne by the entity that installed it in the first place. Major pipelines such as interstate aqueducts may be the responsibility of the federal or state governments. Regional storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water supply mains are managed by county and

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

The rolling landscape of Scott County, MN, is rural but not particularly remote. “That area is farm country, and the Minnesota River goes through the entire area. On the top of the bluffs it’s farmland, but at the river, the elevation drops about 200 feet in 800 feet,” says Paul

Guest Editorial: Dumbing Down Hydrology

Why are we dumbing down hydrology for engineers? When I say “dumbing down,” what I mean is that we (the stormwater profession) are telling engineers to use pre-computer, simple methods and techniques to size stormwater facilities. I recently asked a noted, national stormwater expert this question, and his response was

Why You Need Compact Equipment In Your Toolbox

Why You Need Compact Equipment In Your Toolbox

There’s a general idea or misconception that “compact” means low duty. Nothing can be further from the truth. While compact equipment as a whole can’t move the same volume as larger excavators or loaders can, it provides a valuable function nonetheless. It’s seen on every big job site and is

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