View Full Version : How to determine excavated soil amount?

04-18-2003, 12:07 PM
I believe there is a formula that can help estimate how many yards of soil are in a pile? I have a potential job of removing a large pile of excavated soil from a site, but want to try to get a rough idea of how many yards it is so I can estimate how many loads the dump truck will need. I was thinking if I have the circumference, height and degree of slope there must be a formula that can be used to determine this? Can anyone help? Thanks.

04-18-2003, 02:03 PM
You need the area of the base of the pile.

multiply that number by the height of the pile at the very top.

divide that number by three so:

Volume=1/3*Base(area)*height---round up to be safe

Man, you never expect to use this stuff after high school;)