Have you ever walked through a building wondering all the construction methods needed to bring the structure to fruition? Sure, you realize that architecture and design played their part. General construction got its hands on a few things and sub-contractors were also brought on, but do you know that the project probably required shoring?

Shoring is a construction method used in supporting a structure and preventing a collapse. Typically, the developer and project manager relies on common shoring techniques during the early stages of construction. One of these stages is an excavation. Shoring helps supports the soil and groundwork during an excavation. This support allows the construction team to lay piping, plumbing, long-term support, and important underlying support.

Let’s dive deeper into the most common questions regarding shoring.

 

What is the shoring in construction?

In construction, shoring is completely different than a retaining wall. Shoring is used only to retain soil during construction and is not primarily used for structural design or the purpose of a retaining wall. However, shoring is still a crucial part of any construction project.

If you still don’t realize the importance of shoring, consider where any structure would be without it. Many buildings wouldn’t stand as erect as they do today. In fact, many wouldn’t even get off the ground without shoring keeping them standing during the necessary underlying construction stage. All in all, shoring allows workers to lay the building blocks of a structure without collapses, trench failures, or any other detrimental consequences.

 

Why is shoring needed?

Men working in bore pitAnother common question regarding trench shoring is why is it needed. Trenches and shoring is used much more frequently in construction than people realize. From laying cement to placing plumbing and creating the framework of a structure, shoring makes it all possible. Trench shoring is a method used to support a trench from collapse, and is very important to the safety of construction workers moving in and out of the trench. Along with safety it can save money, time, and future structural collapse.

If construction workers hope to stay safe, they need proper shoring techniques and execution. A trench failure can cost lives, money, and time. Just think back to a time when you built a sandcastle. With every bit of sand you moved, a little bit creeped back in. Now, think about that on a larger scale and you slightly understand trench failure and collapse. (You can read more about trench failures on our recent blog post.)

You can also appreciate how critical it is to have trench shoring equipment in place so that workers are safe to perform their job. Without it, shoring is unnecessarily dangerous. Not only will working with the proper shoring equipment and professionals save you time and money, but more importantly it will save lives.

 

What is sheeting and shoring?

Sheeting is a type of shoring used in excavation and construction practices. Sheeting involves complete systems of shoring driven into the soil without any lagging. While it differs from other methods, sheeting generally uses the same principals of shoring and structural stability. Working with a professional, developers will receive a land analysis that helps determine the ideal type of shoring technique. Once selected, the system will require a custom shoring design, including sizes, depths, spacing, locations, and angles.

 

Find the Right Shoring Solution with Trench Shoring Systems

Trench Shoring CPT TrainingAs you begin your construction project, you will need a team that understands your project from the ground up. You can trust Trench Shoring Services and our decades of experience to get the job done right. Our fleet of customized solutions and expertise provides is second to none. Contact us to learn more. We also provide job site consultations as well as training in OSHA Subpart P monthly at each of our facilities.

 

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