The Revolution of the Excavation Industry


Working in an earthmoving project requires plenty of time, space, and specialized equipment in order to get the job done safely and efficiently. Many projects rely on earthwork, whether it calls for homebuilding or city-wide construction. While excavation and construction may predominantly seem like a manual job, this industry has been able to change and advance due to many inventions, especially with the help of modern-day technology. Technology is usually discredited from the advancements within the realm of construction, but the professionals at EP Vacuum Truck are more than honored to discuss how it has helped the process of excavation. We break it down for you. 

The Industrial Revolution: Where it All Began 

The Industrial Revolution marked a crucial point in time, where machines had taken over almost all of the manual work that most people had to do for centuries before. The first attempts at creating such a machine that could move soil in large increments for digging projects came about in 1880. Automating the tasks of removing and grading soil made construction workers beam with excitement. Shortly after the idea, people began to turn this thought into a real-life invention. Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company is credited with having created the first excavator to utilize hydraulic technology in 1882. 

The machine was known for using water for its digging functions, although, the creators found the need for advancements. The design process continued where many improvements were suggested and implemented. It wouldn’t be long until another machine would replace the successes of this hydraulic-based invention. 

Shortly after, the first system that would replace the first technological excavator was built in 1887. Although this machine had fewer and simpler components, it was able to expedite much more power as opposed to previous models. 

Excavation in the 20th Century 

The evolution of excavation continued for many years of post-Industrial Revolution. In 1948, people witnessed the first wheeled excavation unit in which they would later learn about the first telescopic boom excavator, which also came out this same year. These machines were beamed at with admiration, creating holes in the ground bigger than anyone could have ever imagined. The telescopic boom was designed as an arm for the entire machine, which could be lowered and raised and titled to the left or right. While this is the everyday machine we see in the modern world of construction, this invention dramatically changed how people viewed the advancement of excavation. 

What The Excavation Industry Looks Like Today

It’s safe to say that with the power of technology comes the ability to meet customer needs with more full and accurate results throughout project site development. The excavation industry today is not only designed to move earth in large increments in short periods of time, but it also serves to estimate preparation for a site, determine the scope of work, the effort needed for excavation, and comprise a manageable budget and schedule needed for completion of a project. 

The excavation industry of today is constantly looking for ways in which employees and field workers can gain a better understanding when it comes to operating these machines. Many machines provide the process of excavation with the opportunity to collect measurement data, deliver data to the main office, all while going about the excavation. 

More precise grading and earthmoving procedures are executed due to the speed at which premeditated three-dimensional designs are transferred to the machine operators instantly. By providing these machines with the latest updates and information, rework, earthwork, and drive time are drastically reduced, saving invaluable time and money while optimizing project efficiency. 

Tools That Have Supported Advancements

In addition to the implementation of three-dimensional plans and the transferring of messages, there are many other tools and essential changes that are credited with the advancements in excavation. Site positioning has been optimized with GPS, lasers, and optics to create accurate positioning, which allows operators to effectively do their jobs and effectively make predictions and estimates at the beginning of a project. Real-time communication links machines to their operators which displays data regarding the location and an interpretation of the data. This improves the flow of two-way communication and faster decision making while operators are on the field. 

Choose EP Vacuum Truck for Your Construction Project 

The professionals at EP Vacuum Truck are proud to work in an industry that has come such a long way. From hydraulics to 3D technology, we can only expect methods of excavation to go up from here. Contact us today to learn more about how our excavation machines are optimal for your construction needs.