A step-by-step guide to preparing your excavation site

Site clearing

The first thing to do, which might seem obvious to some, is to clear out your excavation site. Anything that might impede the progress of your project needs to be removed for the site location. This will include trees, underground structures and remnants of any other building that used to stand on your worksite. Once the site is clear of any obstacles, make sure that all your land is level and ready for the next step.

A surveyor is someone who makes sure that the project takes place in the right location. They’ll place surveying pegs that outline the boundaries of your building side. They will essentially take the construction plans and create a physical representation of them on your excavation site. Surveying is usually a zoning requirement in order to obtain permission for your project. This will ensure that you are building exclusively within the boundaries of the desired location.

Test the soil
Before starting any sort of excavation, it’s important that you know exactly the quality of the soil you’ll be building on. The quality of the soil will determine what kind of weight your building can be as well as how much water the ground is able to absorb. This step should always be done before any plot of land is even purchased. If the soil quality isn’t adequate, it will be necessary to find yourself a new excavation site.

Sight plan design
A project can’t start without a sight design. As your project moves forward, your plans might change. Your sight design will include everything there is to know about your excavation site from the placement of the building, all the way down to where the septic system is housed.

If you’re looking for excavating contractors in Kamloops or Fort St John, give us a call at Dawson Construction. We’ll walk you through the process of preparing your project and making sure that it gets done right. Click here to find out more about all the services we offer.

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