Cut & Fill Analysis
A process that includes information gathering from a project design perspective and gaining an understanding of quantities of earthmoving materials. Where an original topographical survey is used to determine starting levels or surface terrain, then through actual trial pit processes or site investigation reports a topsoil depths is averaged across the site to establish the quantity of soils to be retained on site or removed as export. The Cut and Fill exercise then starts from a classified fill, normally clay. This gains the knowledge that using the current finished design levels (and their construction depths), whether the site can balance the materials, so to not have to import a more expensive fill or export to landfill.