Soil excavation work is one of the fundamental elements in the construction of any structure and, as such, it has a notable impact on the design and development of a project. Poorly handled soil excavations can derail a project’s cost, scope, and duration. In fact, shoddy excavation in Melbourne can lead to potential structural failures.

Therefore, it is necessary to recognise the fundamental aspects of soil mechanics and to evaluate and detect the specific conditions of excavation work to be done.

One of the first steps in doing so is learning to identify the different types of excavation work.

Types of Excavations

Trench Excavations

Trenches, or ditches, are a long and narrow type of excavation made when there is a need for the installation of underground water, electricity, or gas pipes. Trench excavations in Melbourne can be dangerous when their depth significant and especially so when the soil is unstable. This type of excavation can be done either manually or with the aid of specialised machinery.

Large-Scale Excavation

Massive excavations involve the removal of large volumes of natural soil. These types of excavations are generally carried out with heavy machinery. Large-scale excavations are typically limited to projects that involve the construction of underground parking lots, roads, and retaining walls.

Well Excavation

The excavations of wells can have a circular or square cross-section and are usually very deep. They are used for shoring, as well as for soil studies and water collection. Most well excavations are performed manually.

Whatever type of project you are about to embark, it is imperative that your next excavation in Melbourne is handled by a team of professional, and experienced, contractors who are capable of assessing the nature of the project as well as the soil conditions of the site.