Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Committee Member

David James

Number of Pages



The goals of this thesis research are to characterize emissions from construction equipment such as a Road Miner and Chain Trencher, develop and compare preliminary alternative designs for collection of emitted dust, and evaluate the potential economic and operational benefits of improved dust control technology; Data collected from two site visits using PM-10 DUSTTRAKRTM monitors, video camera, digital photo camera, and soil samples; served as a data source to analyze construction operations, delineate sources of emissions, and characterize emissions; Preliminary designs using vacuum and water spray dust control systems were developed for a Trencor Road Miner and a Trencor Chain Trencher. Costs for each vacuum and water spray system were evaluated and compared to find the best suitable alternative for both equipments; A water spray system proved more feasible for a Chain Trencher and a Vacuum system is recommended for a Road Miner for dust control; This thesis demonstrates strong potential for construction industry to improve productivity and reduce wait times, while complying with local regional and national air quality standards.


Chain; Construction; Dust; Equipment; Evaluation; Heavy; Miner; Potential; Road; Suppression; System; Trencher

Controlled Subject

Civil engineering

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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