Earthworks (engineering)

Earthworks (Engineering)

Earthworks (engineering)

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Earthworks are engineering works created through the moving and/or processing of quantities of soil or unformed rock.

Civil engineering use

Typical earthworks include roads, railway beds, causeways, dams, levees, canals, and berms. Other common earthworks are land grading to reconfigure the topography of a site, or to stabilize slopes.

Military use

In military engineering, earthworks are, more specifically, types of fortifications constructed from soil. Although soil is not very strong, it is cheap enough that huge quantities can be used, generating formidable structures. Examples of older earthwork fortifications include moats, sod walls, motte-and-bailey castles, and hill forts. Modern examples include trenches and berms.


Heavy equipment is usually used due to the amounts of material to be moved — up to millions of cubic metres (or cubic yards). Earthwork construction was revolutionised by the development of the (Fresno) scraper and other earth-moving machines such as the loader, production trucks, the grader, the bulldozer, the backhoe, and the dragline excavator.

Mass haul planning

Engineers need to concern themselves with issues of......
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