Tips for Construction Site Preparation

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The construction site preparation process isn't glamorous, but it's essential to the successful completion of the project at hand. So what's the timeline for site prep, and what site preparation equipment is needed? Here's a look at the steps in the preparation process as well as the types of equipment that are useful when preparing a construction site.

The Timeline for Site Preparation

Construction site preparation falls into four broad categories. Here's a look at those four general steps in the construction site preparation process:

  1. Soil and Geotechnical Reporting: This reporting phase of construction site preparation is meant to align the actual site conditions to the recommendations and plans of the design and construction teams. Tests of the soil are conducted during this phase so that the right foundation, slope, groundwater and other decisions can be made.
  2. Clearing and Excavation: Clearing includes the removal of vegetation, and excavation is the removal of soil to make way for the setting of the foundation.
  3. Grading: The grading process ensures that water moves away from the planned structure so that it can properly drain. This phase also includes soil settlement.
  4. Compaction: Before construction can proceed, the soil beneath the foundation must be compacted to the right density for stability. The amount of compaction needed depends on the soil type and conditions. Poor compaction can lead to cracks in the future structure.

There are many smaller tasks within each of these larger steps, of course. And having the proper site preparation equipment during each phase is essential to the successful and timely completion of the project.

Equipment Necessary for Each Phase

A range of heavy equipment may be needed for the construction site preparation process. During clearing and excavation, teams may use excavators, backhoe loaders, bulldozers, skid-steer loaders and other equipment. During grading, teams may lean heavily on motor graders and similar heavy equipment. And, finally, wheeled rollers and other equipment are often used during the compaction process.

Naturally, the right site preparation equipment for your next project ultimately depends on the conditions of the site and its soil. Make sure you seek guidance on the right types of equipment in order to streamline the construction site preparation process and keep your project on schedule.

Rent Rather Heavy Equipment

While many teams engage in construction site preparation, they don't always need to invest in purchasing site preparation equipment. If you need equipment for site prep consider renting your equipment from the Cat® Rental Store. We offer rental options for backhoe loaders, bulldozers, skid-steer loaders, motor graders and much more. You get the performance and capabilities you need without the upfront investment and without the need to store equipment when it's not being used.

Even if you do have a collection of site preparation equipment, you may find that you need a specialty machine for a specific purpose. Again, count on the selection of rental equipment you'll find at the Cat Rental Store. Browse our equipment or contact us today to learn more about our equipment rental options.

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