The measurements for length, width and height have to be in yards to get the volume in cubic yards.
For reference, 1 yard = 3 feet or 36 inches.
The Applications for a Cubic Yard Calculator, Like Dirt Calculations
Measurements in cubic yards or yards are most often used in construction and landscaping. It’s a convenient way to measure large quantities of materials such as concrete, gravel, dirt and mulch.
Businesses that measure volume in cubic yards, cubic feet and cubic meters include:
- Gardening, Landscaping and Agriculture
- Home improvement
- Waste management
- Shipping and moving services
- Logistics and warehousing
- Storage units
All the above mentioned industries use, haul and store materials in bulk. Similar businesses that deal with retail customers who require smaller quantities will also benefit from a cubic yard calculator that automatically converts cubic yards into cubic feet, cubic inches or even into gallons.
Common materials and products that are measured in cubic yards include:
You can create a calculator to convert cubic yards into pre-packaged quantities like bags, sacks, buckets, barrels, containers or truck loads of whatever product or service you’re offering. This is very useful for quickly determining how many trips it will take to transport or haul the materials.
Cubic Feet to Cubic Yards
Most people measure things in feet and inches. These measurements first have to be converted into yards in order to calculate the volume in cubic yards.
Using our calculator builder, you can add a drop-down list to your cubic yard calculator so customers can easily pick any unit of measurement they’d like to use.
A cubic yard calculator can also automatically calculate the price of the materials for your customers which greatly simplifies the buying process and gives them a compelling reason to click on your call-to-action buttons.
To convert feet into yards, simply divide the measurement by 3.
5 feet ÷ 3 = 1.67 Yards
12 feet ÷ 3 = 4 Yards
To convert inches into yards, simply divide it by 36.
16 inches ÷ 36 = 0.45 Yards
24 inches ÷ 36 = 0.67 Yards
You can convert cubic feet into cubic yards by dividing the volume (in cubic feet) by 27, which is the number you get when you multiply 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet.
27 Cubic Feet ÷ 27 = 1 Cubic Yard
64 Cubic Feet ÷ 27 = 2.37 Cubic Yards
To convert cubic inches into cubic yards, divide the volume (in cubic inches) by 46,656, which is what you get when you multiply 36 inches by 36 inches by 36 inches.
216 Cubic Inches ÷ 45,656 = 0.0047 Cubic Yards
It’s more convenient for your customers if your cubic yard calculator can automatically convert any dimensions they enter into cubic yards.
You can give them the ability to convert cubic meters into cubic yards by simply multiplying the volume in cubic meters by 1.308.
3 Cubic Meters x 1.308 = 3.92 Cubic Yards
Calculating Cubic Yardage for Different Shapes
Many projects will require volume calculations for different shapes such as cylinders for posts and columns, and triangular prisms for ramps and slopes.
You can create separate calculators for different shapes and put them on different pages or let your customers select the type of volume calculation they want from a drop-down menu before they enter their measurements.
To calculate the volume of a cylinder you just need two measurements — the radius and the height. Multiplying π (or its approximate value of 3.14) with the square value of the radius gives you the area of the circle. Multiplying the resulting area in square yards with the height of the cylinder gives you the volume.
The formula for the volume of a cylinder is illustrated below: