Module Overview

Equipment is an integral part of any heavy civil operation. In this module, equipment performance, planning and acquisition for heavy civil operations are discussed. Specifically, you will learn how to estimate required power, available power, and usable power of equipment. You will also be introduced to a framework to estimate cycle-time and productivity of equipment. Finally, heavy equipment acquisition will be discussed from a financial perspective, to help you plan the equipment needs of a project.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain power considerations for heavy civil equipment, including rolling resistance, gradient, traction, altitude, and minimizing power requirements 
  • Analyze cycle times, fixed time, variable time, and operating efficiency
  • Calculate basic parameters used to select heavy equipment, such as Rimpull requirements, number of cycles, and cycle times.  
  • Calculate equipment cost and depreciation
  • Evaluate equipment replacement strategies 

Explore Module

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Type: Illustrations
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Equipment Profitability Graph | Download File (363.86 KB) CC BY
Grade Resistance | Download File (746.74 KB) CC BY
Ownership and Operation Cost Graph | Download File (191.5 KB) CC BY
Performance Graph | Download File (1.41 MB) CC BY
Required Power | Download File (850.34 KB) CC BY
Rolling Resistance | Download File (726.09 KB) CC BY
Rolling Resistance Chart CC BY
Salvage Value Graph | Download File (216.82 KB) CC BY
Sample Rolling Resistance Chart | Download File (392.7 KB) CC BY
Straight line Vs Sum of years Digit Depreciation Graph | Download File (217.78 KB) CC BY
Useable Power - Traction Chart | Download File (275.97 KB) CC BY
Type: Modules
Title Author Description
Equipment Performance, Planning and Acquisition (SCORM package)

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

Equipment Performance, Planning and Acquisition (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.

Type: Video Links
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Front Loader Example | Front Loader Example CC BY
Hydraulic Excavator Loading Example | Hydraulic Excavator Loading Example CC BY