4. Design in 3D
3D models of rough grading plans, proposed remedial (corrective) grading plans, and remedial as-builts make managing complicated site balance calculations possible. The initial cost to develop 3D models is a lot to bear, but the cost of a dirt imbalance can be far greater! It costs between $10 and $30 per cubic yard to import or export dirt. Just a 5,000 cubic yard imbalance can cost $150,000, not including the cost of a schedule delay! Not to mention the cases when exporting dirt is prohibited on the project... When it comes to large grading projects, the cost of 3D design is a worthy investment.