Computing volumes associated with transportation alignments is accomplished using a technique known as average-end-area method, which is rarely exact. This paper introduces a new earthwork volumes technique called the finite-element-volumes method. The algorithm provides automatic curvature and prismoidal correction using cross-section data in conjunction with horizontal baseline geometry. The numerical examples illustrate extreme conditions and demonstrate the proposed method's ability to return very accurate results with little data. Commercial software rarely allow for curvature and prismoidal correction; however, finite-element volumes consider both with fewer limitations and less data.


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  • Accession Number: 00664728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 12 1994 12:00AM