A Brief Overview of Excavation and Grading Services


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For nearly six decades, Giannetti Contracting, Corp., has provided reliable underground utility construction services to clients throughout South East Michigan and, more recently, South Florida. Although the company specializes in underground utilities, Giannetti Contracting also provides excavating and grading services.

While excavation and grading professionals are generally associated with the removal and relocation of large quantities of soil and debris, a successful excavation and grading services provider will perform a number of additional tasks on behalf of clients.

Proper site preparation is one of the most important aspects of an effective excavation project. In residential areas, site preparation typically includes the determination of property boundaries and numerous types of soil testing, particularly in regards to soil firmness. A property that fails an excavator’s compaction test can be remedied through the use of various compaction equipment. Over the course of site preparation, professionals must accurately mark excavation depth, pour footers and stem walls, and backfill the perimeter of the new foundation.

Excavation professionals should also be capable of providing and operating a number of large pieces of heavy equipment, including front end loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, and compactors. Such equipment helps excavation and grading construction workers meet a variety of client needs, from the building of roads to the digging of ponds and sewers.

Understanding and Dealing with Underground Utility Signs


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Giannetti Contracting, Corp. is a family owned, Pompano Beach, Florida-based underground utility construction services provider with nearly six decades of industry experience. Giannetti Contracting excels in various areas of underground utility support, including directional drilling and jet sewer installations.

Underground utilities are signaled using a variety of signs and warning markers. Cable markers may be designated by a generalized warning marker, which often read Buried Cable Call Before You Dig or something similar, followed by a relevant phone number. Other signs may be more specific in regards to the utilities that have been buried, such as advisories regarding high pressure pipelines and gas utilities, sensitive petroleum pipelines, and water and sewer pipelines.

Individuals posting warning signs for buried cables and utilities should make sure that their markers are concisely worded and in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Any private citizen or commercial contractor that encounters a marker indicating underground utilities should should phone the relevant authorities prior to digging or beginning any construction projects in the area.

An Introduction to Directional Drilling

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Located Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting Corporation is a family-owned construction company first established in Detroit, Michigan, more than 50 years ago. The Giannetti Contracting team is best known for its underground utilities work, as well as its excavating and grading project support services.

To save its clients time and money and cause as little disruption to surrounding areas as possible, Gianetti uses advanced directional drilling equipment and techniques. A process that has been instrumental in the expansion of the oil and gas industry for nearly a century, directional drilling involves the ability to maintain precise control of the direction of a single bore hole as it moves through the ground to a specific location underground.

Advances in directional drilling technology have allowed operators to optimize the installation of underground utility lines, ranging from electric power lines to reclaimed water and irrigation lines, by opening up the opportunity to drill at virtually any angle, rather than just vertically. Directional drilling also has helped minimize the environmental impact of various underground utility projects.

Giannetti’s Work at Great Lakes National Cemetery

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For nearly 60 years, Giannetti Contracting Corp. in Pompano Beach, Florida, has focused on the excavation and development of large-scale underground utility systems – both water and sewage – in both private and public sector projects. Over three generations, Giannetti Contracting has become a widely respected name in the industry and been involved in many high-profile construction efforts.

One of the most expansive projects that Giannetti worked on was the first phase of development for the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. The company provided planning and excavation services for more than 30 acres of land, which also included the development of road and sidewalk systems, and placed more than 5,000 crypt units on-site. Moreover, workers erected an information center, administration building, and on-site repair shop. In addition to aboveground work, the company graded the large area to ensure proper drainage and installed of the cemetery’s landscaping. To date, it is one of the most significant and meaningful projects on which Giannetti has ever had the privilege to work.

S.P.A.C.E. School Helps Nigerian Children in Need


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Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting is a third generation company that has grown to take on multimillion dollar construction projects in the public and private sectors. Specializing in underground utilities and excavation, Giannetti Contracting has constructed water and sewage systems for neighborhoods and cities to accommodate thousands of residents. In the past, Giannetti Contracting has also sponsored a golf tournament benefiting the S.P.A.C.E. Scholars.

Located in Ogoli-Ipangbo, Nigeria, the Saint Philemon Academic Center for Excellence (S.P.A.C.E.) helps educate 200 children and provide guidance and support to its teachers and volunteers. Funded through Healing Hearts Outreach in Michigan, S.P.A.C.E. students learn basic skills in reading, writing, and math, and are also taught English as a second language.

S.P.A.C.E. facilitates a Student Sponsorship Program in which a $50 donation can provide resources to a child receiving an education. In return, the donor will receive a photo, name, grade, and contact information of the person they are sponsoring, enabling them to keep in touch.

Gravity Sewer Systems Explained

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A multi-million dollar construction company based Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting provides underground utility installation services. The expertise of Giannetti Contracting in this area includes constructing gravity sewer systems.

A gravity sewer system uses gravity to gather wastewater from various sources to a central location, such as an area where it is legal to discharge wastewater or a treatment facility. Wastewater from each source (including residential homes and other buildings) goes to a network of sewer pipelines which become larger in diameter as the volume water of being transported becomes greater.

The pipes in the sewer pipeline network must have enough slope to keep suspended solids moving through the system. If there is not enough gravity flow throughout the system, lift stations are installed at lower portions of the network to pump the wastewater to a higher gravity pipeline. For maintenance purposes, manholes are installed at specific intervals along the pipeline network to provide access.

Well-designed and built gravity sewers are a reliable and feasible means of transporting wastewater. But in most instances the topography is far from ideal, requiring extensive excavation and lift stations for the gravity system to work. This makes construction expensive, hence, there must be adequate population density to justify the costs.

The Benefits of Directional Drilling

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A family-owned-and-operated business based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting Corp. has worked on large underground utility installation projects in both private- and public-sector construction. By using directional drilling technology, Giannetti Contracting is able to avoid causing damage to local landscapes and nature zones, while also offering the many other benefits of directional drilling.

For project stakeholders, the savings inherent in directional drilling can be extensive. Excavation and shoring costs are reduced substantially, as are restoration costs upon completion of the work. Less needs to be spent on ensuring the work blends with the surrounding environment, due to the less-intrusive nature of the drilling operation when compared to traditional methods.

Further, directional drilling offers increased flexibility, as it allows for pipes to be installed in larger areas that need to avoid surface disruption, such as parks, roads, and golf courses. It also allows for quicker install times when compared to the traditional trenching method, and can be scaled to suit residential jobs up to large-scale industrial projects.

Municipal Infrastructure – Sanitary versus Storm Sewers

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A construction firm with extensive water and sewer improvement experience, Giannetti Contracting Corporation serves clients from its offices in Southeast Michigan and South Florida. A family-owned underground utility construction firm, Giannetti Contracting has been in the business since 1958.

When people think of a sewer system, they tend to picture a common network of pipes that channel wastewater away from homes and businesses. In fact, sewers fall into two very different categories, and we encounter both on a regular basis.

One type is called a storm sewer. It’s specially designed to take in runoff from rainfall and carry it to natural bodies like rivers. Sanitary sewers, the second type, exist specifically for the disposal of sewage. Sanitary sewer pipes shuttle human waste to plants that treat wastewater until it’s safe to release back into the environment.

Knowing the difference between these two types of municipal infrastructure makes clear the dangers inherent in disposing of hazardous chemicals or sewage in storm drains. By doing so, people introduce harmful waste products directly into the environment, because storm drains do not lead to water treatment plants.

Directional Drilling Equipment a Key Component of Company Results


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A third-generation, family-owned business, Giannetti Contracting Corporation leads and executes million dollar governmental, public- and private-sector construction, and infrastructure projects. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Giannetti Contracting Corporation guides the projects from beginning to end, from breaking ground and inserting utilities, to paving the foundation and more.

There are various aspects of underground utility installation. One major component of this demanding specialization is the installation of pipes across an open field. Tools used to complete this and other related jobs are referred to as directional drilling equipment. The latest in advanced technology in the construction industry, directional drilling equipment, operated by skilled, experienced professionals, helps to ensure the pipes are placed correctly each time.

With the accuracy of the equipment, the obstacles surrounding the construction site location, such as any landscaping, paved surfaces, or wooded areas are left untouched and unharmed. Additional benefits of using the directional drilling equipment include a savings of money and time, as the machinery allows the tasks to be completed quickly and efficiently.


75dcef_c3161ede1fc84eb98f2831cafa83b8e1Whether your project consists of a simple or detail excavating needs, Giannetti can perform all your detail excavating needs. With an experienced staff of operating engineers, Giannetti can stage a safe, multifaceted excavation, under the most grueling circumstances.

In addition to our operating engineers, we employee an equally qualified staff of skilled laborers needed to work alongside our equipment.

Regardless of the size or the complexity of a project, staging and coordination with other subcontractors is critical. Planning of any excavation begins during the bidding stage of the project, when the estimator reviews plans and begins to formulate a staging plan. This staging plan is reviewed with the general contractor, prior to the submittal of any proposal, in order to reduce any conflicts with other subcontractors. It is through staging and coordination that Giannetti meets and often exceeds project schedules.