Site preparation

Published on 13 February 2008

Before starting site operations, the site manager may decide to have further geotechnical surveys carried out which will allow him to construct his earth movement programme and schedule its implementation, as well as gain an indication of what plant will be needed.

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This involves

• site reconnaissance of ground conditions

• selecting the heavy plant to be used

• ordering in supplies and selecting the sub-contractors

• drawing up the execution plan

• earth movement planning and scheduling

• obtaining the required approvals from and making the relevant submissions to agencies and authorities

Before starting site operations, the site manager may decide to have further geotechnical surveys carried out which will allow him to construct his earth movement programme and schedule its implementation, as well as gain an indication of what plant will be needed.

At the same time, the execution plan will involve a rescheduling of the original engineering brief.

A consultation process will be started to order the necessary supplies, such as fuel, materials, lime and binders, as well as geotextiles...
The same will apply to any sub-contracted work that might be needed.

A location will be found for setting up the site installation platform or platforms, unless these have already been designated.

During this period various administrative approval processes are initiated, such as those relating to crushing, processing plants and the use of explosives. Submissions of intent to commence site works are made to the relevant authority departments.