SCHUTTE EXCAVATING, INC.
Complete solution for all your farm drainage needs. From large mains, pattern systems, splitting existing pattern systems and repairing failing systems, we can handle your needs.
All projects start with a site meeting to determine your needs, site locations, and site history. FSA history will be addressed and if necessary we can aid in paperwork for determinations. From there the survey process starts. The field is surveyed with a Trimble RTK rover. Most surveys are completed with an ATV, along with invert shots on any features critical to the systems planning. This data is then converted into a topographical contour map, from which the design can be drawn. During the survey the search for existing tile begins. Any tile holes found will be marked for later research. Depending on the situation we may need to excavate and use a rodder and locator to determine size and location of existing laterals and mains. Use of old aerial photos, drone images at the right time of year, and good old fashioned boots on the ground are used to find existing tile.
Once all the data is gathered, soil maps become involved to help determine spacing of laterals. Systems are designed to provide the best drainage possible given the soils and there properties. All mains are sized on a 1/2" drainage coefficient to insure there is plenty of capacity. Most systems are dsigned on a 3/8" drainage coefficient, which is ok for laterals, but can fall short when sizing your main. A lot of this is determined by your soil type, and its ability to move water. If you have soils that can move water easily your main will quickly become your limiting factor. Systems are also designed to obtain the most fall possible on laterals, without running to deep for the soil type. This can occasionally create the need for an extra main. Laterals that are to flat and lack flow will silt in very quickly. Silting is the main factor in the life of a system. We are currently replacing plastic systems that have completely silted full in 25 years. These are on flat low percolating silt soils.
Once all factors have been accounted for we can provide two or three different design options with on the advantages and disadvantages to each. Each option will have an estimate. From there we will determine which option works best for you and your operation. Many times designs and estimates are made for large systems, and the installation is split into phases to meet the budget of the landowner. This can be helpful in creating a long term plan to address drainage issues on your farm
Once plans and estimates have been approved and accepted the installation process can begin. Watch the slideshow below to see some of our crew and equipment. The pics and captions give a view of the crew and the care they take in a safe, and proper installation. They take a great amount of pride in the job they do along with the image they portray of the company. Everyone is capable of doing several different jobs, which gives us flexibility, but also insures that everyone is on top of there game. It has always been emphasized that the connections can be the must crucial part of installation. For that reason you will find the people in the hole making connections and backfilling know as much about the process as the operators running the equipment. Often times we rotate operators into the trenches when we are really busy. This keeps everyone remembering "where they came from!".
Upon completion landowners receive a print and digital copy of installation maps. Any format that is necessary can be sent, allowing use by multiple software programs. Even a simple KML is provided, these can be viewed in Google Earth, and are a typical favorite. I have been asked about guarantees a couple of times, and have never had any issues. We stand behind all of our work, I have been in business for years and plan to continue that. The only way to do that is to continue to build a customer base of repeat customers. Customers won't have us back if they weren't satisfied with our work, and responsiveness to there concerns.