n Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences - An innovative mass haul diagram development for highway earthwork

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-7016
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This paper is on an innovative mass haul diagram development for highway earthwork in an electronics office via a general purpose application program approach as compared to tedious conventional hand methodology or using costly specific purpose application programs. The methodology makes use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet as a tool to develop a graphical representation of mass haul diagram of a portion of road accurately. It showcased an efficient and effective interactive user friendly methodology via Information and Communication Technology. There by providing the most needed convenient means of studying haul, overhaul and for computing payment of a highway earthwork project. Iterations involving the computation of earthwork volume by average end-area method were done speedily and at easy in spite of a large number of design alternatives carried out at regular interval along the alignment. With consideration for shrinkage factor, stations mass ordinates were computed and its diagram generated easily and successfully while using the spreadsheet. Validation of the new methodology established in this study was justified by comparing the newly developed mass haul diagram with an existing one of conventional hand approach and specific purpose application programs. The mass haul diagram generated using Microsoft Excel showed similarly and in very good agreement with the static conventional hand diagram but with higher dynamism and incomparable flexibility. The new methodological procedure established in this paper significantly gave way to substantial saving in times of cost, time together with personnel in the course of the analysis and design of mass haul diagram for a highway or railway earthwork project. This study is justified for the methodology introduced here would increase the productivity of the highway engineers and scholars of the third world in particular and on the internet in general.

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