If you think that all excavation projects are pretty much the same, think again. There are many types of excavation work, and each type mostly depends on the purpose of the project. Bulk excavation is one of them. To give you an idea, let’s explore what it is all about.

Bulk excavation, or earthworks, basically involves the removal, moving, or addition of large quantities of soil or rock to one location from another. It is carried out to make a particular area a suitable height and level to meet the specifications of a construction or development project. Bulk excavation paves the way for the construction of various structures and buildings, including roads, railways, causeways, dams, mines, as well as residential and commercial buildings.


If a company is doing bulk excavation, it’s very likely that they will carry it out using one of these two common methods:

1. By cutting or digging into an area
2. By building a new area such as an embankment

One of the goals of bulk excavation is to re-use the excavated soil or rock as much as possible. This is to prevent more waste materials from being generated and for additional earth materials from being wasted unnecessarily. To help fulfil this goal, excavation companies usually utilise specialised computer software that will help them calculate both the amount of material to be removed and used. With the help of computer software, they are less likely to make mistakes.


Bulk excavations are usually classified into two categories: by the type of material being excavated and by the purpose of the excavation. When the excavation is being done according to the material being excavated, it’s essential to accurately identify the type of material to be removed to reduce costs and avoid technical problems. But whether the project falls under the first or second category, all bulk excavations must be done using heavy construction equipment because of the large quantities of material that needs to be moved or shifted.

If your development project requires bulk earthworks, be sure to contact SSInc. We service Johannesburg and all surrounding areas of Gauteng.