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A manhole is an opening in the ground that provides access to underground infrastructure, such as sewage or stormwater systems. They are typically located in areas that are easily accessible, such as sidewalks or streets.

In a “soft scape” area, a manhole would likely be located in a lawn, park, or other vegetated area. These types of manholes are designed to blend in with their surroundings and can be covered with grass or other landscaping materials. This can help to minimize the visual impact of the manhole, and make it less of an eyesore.

In a “hard scape” area, a manhole would likely be located in a paved area, such as a street or parking lot. These types of manholes are typically made of concrete or other durable materials and are built to withstand the weight of vehicles and heavy traffic. They are typically raised above the surface of the pavement, so that they can be easily accessed for maintenance and repairs.

Manholes are important for maintenance of infrastructure and for that reason must be accessible for workers, but also needed to be safe for the public, so proper markings and covers are important for safety.

Overall, regardless of the location of manholes, it’s important for them to be properly maintained and marked, to ensure the safety of the public and the proper functioning of the underground infrastructure.

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Manhole in soft scape or hard scape area detail drawing – 1

A detail drawing of a manhole in a soft scape area would typically include information on the location of the manhole, the materials that are to be used in its construction, and the method of installation. The drawing would also show the manhole’s dimensions and any specific requirements, such as the type of cover that is to be used.

For a manhole located in a hard scape area, the detail drawing would typically include similar information as a manhole in a soft scape area, but with a focus on the durability and strength needed for the location of the manhole.

It would include information on the type of materials to be used for the manhole’s structure, and how it would be anchored and supported to withstand heavy loads from traffic and other factors.

Some specific information that could be included in the detail drawing, depending on the project requirement, are:

  • The type and thickness of the cover plate.
  • The type of seal and gasket used between the cover plate and the manhole frame.
  • Details of the ventilation system.
  • The minimum size of the manhole opening and the maximum height of the manhole frame.
  • The type of reinforcement and the clearances required for the reinforcement.
  • Any special requirements such as slope or drainage.

It’s important to note that while I can give you an idea of what might be included in a detail drawing, the exact information required will vary depending on the project, local codes, and the specific needs of the underground infrastructure.

Always consult with the relevant engineering and design professionals to get the accurate information for your specific project.

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