Module Overview

Earthmoving is one of the main activities associated with heavy civil operations and is primarily equipment-driven. In this module, you will be introduced to a wide range of earthmoving equipment, from bulldozers to excavators and dump trucks. The application of each equipment as well is its power considerations and production levels are all covered in this module.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify different types of equipment used on earthmoving operations, including excavation, transportation, and compaction
  • Differentiate the use cases for each type of earthmoving operation
  • Explain equipment capacities and constraints using equipment charts
  • Choose compaction method and equipment based on site conditions
  • Calculate production levels for major earthmoving equipment in different site conditions


Explore Module

Please note that this video preview is intended for exploration purposes only. If you'd like to use this interactive module in one of your courses, to ensure playback and tracking, you must upload the SCORM package (downloadable below) to your institution's Learning Management System (ex. Blackboard, D2L, Moodle, etc). 

Type: Illustrations
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Excavator Arm Diagram | Download File (6.53 MB) CC BY NC
Excavator Digging Envelope | Download File (337.12 KB) CC BY
Rolling Resistance Surface Types Chart | Download File (357.48 KB) CC BY
Struck vs Heaped Capacity | Download File (261.34 KB) CC BY
Struck vs Heaped Bucket Capacity | Download File (388.95 KB) CC BY
Traction Coefficients Chart | Download File (229.56 KB) CC BY
Type: Modules
Title Author Description
Earthmoving Operations and Equipment (SCORM package)

This SCORM package can be downloaded, and uploaded into your institution's Learning Management System.

Earthmoving Operations and Equipment (Storyline file)

This Storyline File can be downloaded and modified to your specific learning objectives (within the bounds of the creative commons licensing selected for this file. This is encouraged, but any technical issues are not supported by the University of Toronto.