Moving the Earth: The Workbook of Excavation

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9780070464841: Moving the Earth: The Workbook of Excavation

This groundbreaking new edition of the classic guide to heavy excavation projects and equipment provides the latest, most comprehensive guidance in the field. From site preparation to blasting and tunneling, pneumatic drills to the largest power shovels, it covers every step of every kind of excavating project and all the practical aspects of using the machines and vehicles involved. This first major revision in 20 years features insight into the latest general construction technology and methods, updated material on the costs and management of excavation projects, and an abundance of new clarifying photos. As easy to read as it is expansive in scope, the new edition is indispensable "heavy equipment" for every professional involved in excavation and construction.

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"The most comprehensive source of basic excavation information available."
--Construction Methods & Equipment.

Since 1955, Moving the Earth has stood as the standard source of practical know-how for the excavation and construction industries. Geared to the needs of the men and women who do the actual earthmoving, this is a book as massive as the tasks they perform -- an all-encompassing guide that covers every aspect of site preparation and management, and that details every machine and vehicle needed to perform each task. This edition--the first in twenty years--completely updates all the information to cover the latest advances in equipment and operating techniques, as well as important safety and environmental issues. From clearing the land to tunneling beneath it...from old-fashioned hand leveling to highly accurate laser alignment...from freeing a tractor from the mud to basic bookkeeping to keep your costs from bogging down...this book explains how to do it correctly and efficiently. For the small contractor, the foreman, and the operator--as well as the engineer,the architect, the superintendent, and the student--Moving the Earth is a professional accessory as indispensable as your hard hat.

"The down-in-the-dirt standard work for the excavation industry."
--Military Engineer.

"Helps solve the thousands of problems that face the earthmoving contractor. Complete, well-illustrated."
--Construction Equipment.

About the Author:

Herbert L. Nichols, Jr., has devoted most of his business and professional life to earth-moving and heavy equipment. A longtime private consultant, he owned his own excavation and grading business in Connecticut for many years. In addition to his widely translated benchmark work Moving the Earth, he is the author of Excavator Operation, Heavy Equipment Repair, and numerous other books and manuals in the field. He is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers, the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and the American Welding Society.

David A. Day, P.E., is a consultant with ABCO Engineering Corporation, with nearly 50 years of experience in civil engineering and construction. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Illinois with a master's degree in construction and structures, he is the author of Construction Equipment Guide. Mr. Day is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

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