Tag: soil types

In terms of soil texture, soil type usually refers to the different sizes of mineral particles in a particular sample. Soil is made up in part of finely ground rock particles, grouped according to size as sand and silt in addition to clay, organic material such as decomposed plant matter.

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of

Healthy Soils

Healthy Soils

It’s an entertaining and yet shocking pastime to read vintage advertisements. Today, we shake our heads in amazement at bygone celebrities who extol the relaxing and “digestive benefits” promised by smoking a particular brand of cigarette, at manufacturers who quaintly promote a children’s “lead party” with their paint icons, and

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Ever since the Romans used palm fronds and other plant fiber matting to reinforce the sub-bases of their famous roads, fabrics have been used to improve road longevity and performance. Modern road construction methods rely on a family of materials called geosynthetics to achieve the same results. But these more sophisticated materials can

Modern Scrapers—A Variety of Capabilities

Modern Scrapers—A Variety of Capabilities

When it comes to volumes of dirt moved, the sky is the limit for scrapers, notes Shane Kroeker, vice president of marketing for K-Tec Earthmovers. And, for moving earth on a job site, the scraper serves as a versatile piece of equipment, offering the ability to move a wide range of

A Necessary Support System

A Necessary Support System

Ever since the Romans used palm fronds and other plant fiber matting to reinforce the sub-bases of their famous roads, fabrics have been used to improve road longevity and performance. Modern road construction methods rely on a family of materials called geosynthetics to achieve the same results. But these more sophisticated materials can

Scraper Versatility

Scraper Versatility

When it comes to volumes of dirt moved, the sky is the limit for scrapers, notes Shane Kroeker, vice president of marketing for K-Tec Earthmovers. And, for moving earth on a job site, the scraper serves as a versatile piece of equipment, offering the ability to move a wide range of

Comparing Volumetric and Gravimetric Suspended Sediment Concentration Data From a Midwest Stream

Comparing Volumetric and Gravimetric Suspended Sediment Concentration Data From a Midwest Stream

The ability to categorize suspended sediment metrics (e.g., total concentration, mean particle size, particle size class) to specific land-use types is increasingly appealing in terms of better targeting mitigation strategies. However, innovative real-time in situ instruments that advance monitoring capabilities often provide results that are not readily comparable to traditional

Pipe Innovations

Pipe Innovations

Recent American Water Works Association (AWWA) studies conclude that America is currently in an era of pipe replacement, points out Lawyer Jolley, general manager of Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.

Keeping Them Alive

Keeping Them Alive

No contractor wants to make headlines because of a trench collapse. When a collapse results in the death of a laborer? That’s tragic, and the resulting fines and lawsuits could be enough to put even large contractors out of business.

But it doesn’t take a fatality for contractors to suffer a serious hit on

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