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How to determine excavated soil amount?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BRL, Apr 18, 2003.

  1. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,211

    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.
  2. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    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;)

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