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When constructing roadways, buildings, bridges and installing pipes and underground lines, the site must first be inspected and prepared to create a strong foundation. This is where excavation comes in. Excavation is an essential part of all construction projects and uses various equipment, machinery and tools to prepare the land for construction.

At iSeekplant, you will find excavation contractors that can handle all of your excavation needs. Each excavation company has a team that will handle your construction project using various strategies and methods. They do this through careful planning and customised excavation services according to your project needs. Our nationwide network of suppliers offer excavation, bulk earthworks, earthworks, earthmoving and subdivision. Find them at iSeekplant today!

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When constructing roadways, buildings, bridges and installing pipes and underground lines, the site must first be inspected and prepared to create a strong foundation. This is where excavation comes in. Excavation is an essential part of all construction projects and uses various equipment, machinery and tools to prepare the land for construction.

At iSeekplant, you will find excavation contractors that can handle all of your excavation needs. Each excavation company has a team that will handle your construction project using various strategies and methods. They do this through careful planning and customised excavation services according to your project needs. Our nationwide network of suppliers offer excavation, bulk earthworks, earthworks, earthmoving and subdivision. Find them at iSeekplant today!

Excavation FAQs

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1. What is excavation in construction?

Excavation is the moving of soil, rock, and other materials at a construction site. This can be done through handheld tools such as shovels or pickaxes for small construction projects. In contrast, large construction projects will involve the use of various machinery and equipment. Excavation services included digging, removing or relocating, clearing, and levelling land for structures or any construction projects. These projects may include driveways, residential or commercial buildings, septic systems etc.

 

2. What are the different types of excavation?

Excavation type may be classified by material or purpose.

By Material:

  • Topsoil Excavation.
  • Earth Excavation.
  • Rock Excavation.
  • Much Excavation.
  • Unclassified Excavation.

By Purpose:

  • Stripping.
  • Roadway Excavation.
  • Drainage Excavation.
  • Bridge Excavation.
  • Channel Excavation.
  • Footing Excavation.
  • Borrow Excavation.
  • Dredge Excavation.
  • Underground Excavation.
 

3. What are the steps of excavation?

Before excavation begins, there are two things to consider. First, the site must be carefully examined to ensure that no natural habitats and artifacts are affected throughout the excavation. Second, excavation site boundaries such as depth and size must be determined for excavation contractors. After the two steps are done, excavation may now begin.

  1. Set out corner benchmarks
  2. Survey the ground and top levels
  3. Excavate to the approved depth
  4. Dress the loose soil
  5. Makeup to cut off level
  6. Construct dewatering wells and interconnecting trenches
  7. Make boundaries of the building
  8. Construct protection bunds and drains
 

4. What are the tools used for excavation?

Here is the list of Hand Tools used for excavation:

  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Trowel
  • Rake
  • Pick Axe
  • Mattock

Machinery Tools used for excavation:

  • Tracked Excavator
  • Wheeled Excavator
  • Backhoe Excavator
  • Bulldozer
  • Dragline Excavators
  • Trenchers (Chain and Wheeled)
  • Dumper
  • Dozer
  • Scraper
  • Grader
  • Loader
  • Clamshell
 

5. How much does excavation cost?

Excavation costs are affected by a few factors. These are (1) soil type, (2) equipment used, (3) site accessibility and location, (4) labour, (5) project type, and (6) project size. There are also additional fees involved including (1) travel fees, (2) float charges, and (3) penalty rates.

Below is the hourly rate for excavation costs per excavator size (from 1 Tonne to 50):

  • 1-2 Tonne Excavator = $40+ GST dry hire, $115+ GST wet hire
  • 3-4 Tonne Excavator = $50+ GST dry hire, $120+ GST wet hire
  • 5-6 Tonne Excavator = $55+ GST dry hire, $125+ GST wet hire
  • 7-9 Tonne Excavator = $60+ GST dry hire, $130+ GST wet hire
  • 10 Tonne Excavator = $65+ GST dry hire, $135+ GST wet hire
  • 12, 13, 14 Tonne Excavator = $70+ GST dry hire, $140+ GST wet hire
  • 15-19 Tonne Excavator = $75+ GST dry hire, $140+ GST wet hire
  • 20-25 Tonne Excavator = $90+ GST dry hire, $170+ GST wet hire
  • 26-30 Tonne Excavator = $105+ GST dry hire, $180+ GST wet hire
  • 30-35 Tonne Excavator = $120+ GST dry hire, $190+ GST wet hire
  • 40 Tonne Excavator = $165+ GST dry hire, $225+ GST wet hire
  • 50 Tonne Excavator = $180+ GST dry hire, $270+ GST wet hire

For more costing information, please check out our Excavation Cost Guide.

 

6. Where can I hire excavation contractors?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of quality excavation companies operating in all Australian capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer excavation services in all major towns and cities from the Sunshine Coast down to the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast, Bendigo and Geelong.

 

7. How to find the best local excavation contractors near you through iSeekplant?

You can use iSeekplant’s get a quote tool to receive quotes from the best local excavation contractors near you for your excavation needs. Find excavation companies who value safety and deliver quality excavation services at iSeekplant now! You can also give us a call on 1300 691 912 or email us at projects@iseekplant.com.au to submit your quote request!

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