Cubic Yard

What is Cubic Yard?

Definition of Cubic Yard in Construction
A cubic yard is a volume of material that measures three feet by three feet by three feet. The total volume of a cubic yard is 27 cubic feet based upon the calculation of 3 X 3 X 3 = 27 cubic feet. Concrete is normally measured in cubic yards.

cubic yard illustration

The total quantity of a mass of concrete, in cubic yards, would be to multiply the width, the length and the height of the mass and then divided by 27 cubic feet. This calculation will identify the number of cubic yards that is in the mass of concrete. Ordering concrete is normally done by indicating the number of cubic yards that is required to place in the forms, or the area that is receiving the concrete. A standard concrete truck will contain approximately 12 cubic yards of concrete.