Case Study 2 of ZeonEarth

Earthworks Solutions:

Case Study of ZEON EARTH: Earthworks Methods. 3D method, grid method and cross section method.

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CAD Data

Project size CAD Entities EL Data PL Data Platform Triangles
2.81 acres 411 279 61 16 1037

Hardware information

CPU Memory OS Time CAD Time Run 3D
i7-6500U CPU2.5GHz 16GB Win10 Pro 64bits 10 mins 0.174mins

One of our unique feature of our ZeonEarth is that it comes with 3 method of earthworks which can provide user an alternative computation on any earthworks given.
This is one of test case on a project which comprised of 3 methods of earthworks computation.
This site is consider as a flat terrain which not 100% flat. With a small portion of hilly area in bottom area of site.
The results of run have been tabulated below:

Method Total Vol Cut Vol Fill Vol Total Area Cut Area Fill Area
3D Method 3127.56m³ 6295.94m³ -3168.38m³ 11369.5m² 7046.92m² 4322.58m²
Grid 5mx5m 4121.64m³ 6492.99m³ -2371.35m³ 12300.00m² 7775.00m² 4525.00m²
Grid 1mx1m 3561.85m³ 6688.73m³ -3126.88m³ 11677.00m² 7267.00m² 4410.00m²
Section 5m spacing 3016.00m³ 6308.85m³ -3292.85m³ 1920.34m² 1261.77m² 658.57m²
Section 1m spacing 3105.70m³ 6400.45m³ -3294.75m³ 9695.20m² 6400.45m² 3294.75m²

From the 3 methods computation. We used 3D model result as a benchmark to compare. Where we found out the moment reduce the size of grid or cross section, the results of each methods shown toward the 3D model. the area of grid method is not similar to are of cross section method.

Somehow, it seems the cross section method can provides more close result to 3D model.

it shown besides 3D cross section can provide more closer result to 3D output.

Below are the Layout image captured after the run of software in 3 methods. 3D, grid and cross section.

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The run result may varies a lot depends on the terrain being attended. Especially in hilly terrain. Zeon Earth can given a choice for designer to evaluate the result on 3 difference methods. Designer must uses his own best expertise to make the choice of cut and fill volume in his project.

The selection of result is a subjective matter where there is always argument on this from difference parties. Like consulting engineer, earthworks contractor, client, property developer. Due to the earthwork amount being entertained is a huge volume. A small change in volume will reflect a large amount of money.
For this example, let say earthworks contractor submitted a claim of 4121.64m³ of volume. Say 1 m³ cost RM3.00 will amount to RM12,364.92. And the consulting works out by 3D volume of 3127.56m³ will come to total of RM9382.68. There will be a difference of RM2982.24. If consultant is approved this claim, then it will not fair to client because of consultant has over paid the contractor. Whereby, if consultant follow his own computation, then the contractor will under be paid with amount of RM2982.24. Therefore, which will be the best answer to be used. Either side will have one party get losses.

For this case, we do not have a solid solution for this. Somehow, this is a recommendation that in order to keep arguing which is more correct, why not put in this way, get an average position for the volume by summing up (4121.64+3127.56)/2=3624.60m³. Then amount to be approved is RM10,873.80. Else the argument will not be ended, every parties will get losses in term of project cannot be progressed due to argument.
Another recommendation is on check which method of earthworks being computed, then use that method a benchmark to compare to approve the claim.


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