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Means Heavy Construction Handbook. A Practical Guide to Estimating and Accounting Methods; Operations/Equipment Requirements; Hazardous Site Evaluat. Edition No. 1. RSMeans

  • Book

  • 448 Pages
  • February 1993
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 2212718
This working handbook provides invaluable assistance for estimating and planning today's more complex urban and suburban heavy construction rehabilitation projects.  Means Heavy Construction Handbook is designed to simplify the task by providing relevant information and advice for the problem at hand... whether it's selecting the right number of haulers for a load and haul job, choosing the right method of compaction, or projecting equipment repair and maintenance costs.

You'll find a tremendous range of expert advice on every aspect of heavy construction work... including guidance for using RSMeans cost data to prepare highly reliable estimates.


Special benefits of this unique Handbook:

  • Explains the business aspects of buying vs. leasing, maintaining, and accounting for equipment. 
  • Includes a major section on site evaluation and hazardous wastes.
  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of heavy construction operations and equipment. 
  • Explains techniques for hazardous waste site assessment and remediation. 
  • Provides guidance for analyzing and estimating heavy construction on a unit price basis. 
  • Explains and illustrates the math of heavy construction with formulas and sample calculations –  solutions to a variety of productivity and operational problems. 
  • Provides a substantial Appendix of productivity and other reference data for estimating and project planning. 
  • Explains successful management and supervision approaches –  including guidance for those who oversee the work.

Table of Contents


Part I: Estimating, Accounting, and Contract Documents.

Chapter 1: Equipment Accounting.

Chapter 2: Equipment Acquisition Decisions.

Chapter 3: Equipment Maintenance and Repair.

Chapter 4: Heavy Construction Estimating Overview.

Chapter 5: Heavy Construction Law and Contract Documents.

Chapter 6: Plan Reading and Quantity Takeoff: An Overview.

Part II: Bulk Excavation Operations.

Chapter 7: Common Excavation Formulas and Calculations.

Chapter 8: Preparing for Earthwork.

Chapter 9: Earthmoving Methods.

Chapter 10: Compaction Methods, Equipment and Troubleshooting.

Chapter 11: Rockmoving Methods.

Chapter 12: Bunching.

Chapter 13: Mass Diagrams.

Part III: Other Heavy Construction Operations.

Chapter 14: Crushing and Aggregate Manufacture.

Chapter 15: Stabilization of Soils.

Chapter 16: Trenching and Pipes.

Chapter 17: Augered Casings, Jacked Pipe, and Tunnels.

Chapter 18: Concrete and Bituminous Paving, Pavement Rehabilitation.

Chapter 19: Dewatering Cut-off Walls, and Cofferdams.

Chapter 20: Erecting Structural Steel.

Chapter 21: Placing of Vertical Concrete.

Chapter 22: Piles and Piledriving.

Part IV: Equipment.

Chapter 23: Power Fundamentals.

Chapter 24: Tractors, Dozing, and Ripping.

Chapter 25: Scrapers.

Chapter 26: Motor Graders.

Chapter 27: Power Shovels and Off-Road Haulers.

Chapter 28: Front-End Loaders.

Chapter 29: Backhoes, Draglines, Gradalls, and Trenchers.

Chapter 30: Air Compressors.

Chapter 31: Rock Drilling Equipment.

Chapter 32: Crushers and Conveyors.

Chapter 33: Concrete Conveyors and Pumps.

Chapter 34: Water Pumps.

Part V: Hazardous Waste: Site Assessment and Remediation.

Chapter 35: Hazardous Wastes: Site Assessment and Remediation Methods.

Part VI: How To Use Means Heavy Construction Cost Data.

Chapter 36: How to Use Means Cost Data.


Glossary of Terms.


Richard C. Ringwald