Volume Analysis for Project Site Earthwork, Mines & Landfills
Control volumes to control costs
Because earthwork is typically the most expensive part of a construction project, any measures to control the amount of earthwork will have a substantial impact on a project’s bottom line. Using a terrestrial or drone-mounted laser scanner, WithersRavenel surveys the stockpiles of fill at intervals to determine the amount of material added or removed. We also survey the site itself: first after clearing and grubbing is completed, and again at intervals throughout construction. By running the results of these surveys through volume analysis calculations, we can report to the contractor or owner whether construction complies with the cut/fill sheets and recommend changes to the earthwork based on emerging conditions in the field.
Surveys performed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can be paired with a high-resolution orthophoto and interactive 3D model. In many cases, volumetric calculations can be flown, processed, and delivered the same day, allowing staff access to more decision-making capabilities.
Gain insight into capacity and environmental conditions
Real-time stockpile information is useful for mining companies tracking material for sale and landfill operators monitoring storage capacity. In both instances, facility managers are also alerted early to potential safety or environmental concerns.
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