Also known as shoring, excavation support systems (ESSs) are designed to support the ground behind an excavation. The shoring may also be designed to resist groundwater pressure, building loads, construction traffic, roadways, railroads, and many other types of surcharge loads.
Shoring may be used to temporarily support the excavation until a new structure is built or it can be designed to permanently support the excavation. Permanent shoring differs from temporary shoring in that many of the components in permanent shoring incorporate protection from long-term corrosion.
The best type of shoring for a particular project depends on a number of factors including soil conditions, required stiffness, and whether or not a groundwater cut-off is required. Shoring systems provided by Schnabel include soldier piles and lagging, soil nailing, secant/tangent piles, deep soil mix walls, and sheet pile walls. Lateral support for the excavation support system is provided by tiebacks, soil nails, braces or by designing the vertical elements of the shoring to cantilever. Schnabel can design and install the shoring best suited for your project because we have experience in designing and constructing most of the methods currently used in the United States.