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Piletec – The Quay to Successful Piling!

Piletec – The Quay to Successful Piling! - 16/01/18

The multimillion pound quayside development at Dundee’s Prince Charles Wharf Extension is on track for delivery with a bit of help from Piletec the piling arm of leading specialist hirer Groundforce.

Groundforce Bridge's Fly in to Help with Access

Groundforce Bridge's Fly in to Help with Access - 16/01/18

Groundforce Bridge fly in their temporary bridges to provide an eco-friendly access solution for pylon construction in Ireland.

Can you 'Tune' a Hydraulic Strut by Pre-loading to Achieve Stiffness Value?

Can you 'Tune' a Hydraulic Strut by Pre-loading to Achieve Stiffness Value? - 10/01/18

It would be most remiss of me not to firstly wish all readers a happy, prosperous and healthy 2018.

It’s certainly been a while since I posted a technical blog, as my colleagues in marketing keep reminding me. I can only apologise to followers for lack of recent content. However this is an obviously good time to make a meaningful New Year’s resolution to get back to regular postings; so here goes.

SheetMaster - Pitch | Drive | Extract - Typical Installation Methodology

SheetMaster - Pitch | Drive | Extract - Typical Installation Methodology - 08/12/17

SheetMaster is a revolutionary composite, non-hydraulic, sheet handling and installation attachment developed to undertake the three dig and push operations of pitching, driving and extraction for the Groundforce Shorco range of trench sheets. Reducing the need for manual intervention and keeping operatives clear of the slewing excavator, means SheetMaster introduces greater safety by assigning much of the control to the excavator driver.

Groundforce Shorco | Leicestershire Tank Installation

Groundforce Shorco | Leicestershire Tank Installation - 29/11/17

Groundforce Shorco supplied a full complement of piling, trench support and safety equipment to specialist contractor Clumber Construction for use on a wastewater improvement project in Beeby, Leicestershire. Watch our time lapse video of the installation here.

Groundforce Shorco Provides Essential Support for Rural Sewer Upgrade

Groundforce Shorco Provides Essential Support for Rural Sewer Upgrade - 28/11/17

Groundforce Shorco has supplied a full complement of piling, trench support and safety equipment to specialist contractor Clumber Construction for use on a wastewater improvement project in Leicestershire.

Front Page News for Groundforce Shorco Major Projects

Front Page News for Groundforce Shorco Major Projects - 15/11/17

You can read the full story on the complex propping solution

Groundforce Shorco meets pressing needs in Wolverhampton!

Groundforce Shorco meets pressing needs in Wolverhampton! - 15/11/17

Groundforce Shorco’s MP125 and MP250 modular hydraulic props are supporting two large excavations that will house heavy machinery for a new automotive factory in Wolverhampton.

MP60 Mechanical Struts: Typical Installation Methodology

MP60 Mechanical Struts: Typical Installation Methodology - 09/11/17

Groundforce MP60 is a modular format medium-duty mechanically adjustable strut, combining the compressive strength of steel tube with the convenience of mechanical length adjustment. Watch our typical installation video.

Groundforce Major Projects - Digital Case Study

Groundforce Major Projects - Digital Case Study - 09/11/17

Take a journey through our digital case study which highlights how our propping solutions can assist with your deep excavation projects.

Stopper Specialists team up with Picote

Stopper Specialists team up with Picote - 08/11/17

Stopper Specialists, the UK's leading supplier of pipe stoppers and pressure testing equipment to the construction, civil engineering and utility industries, has announced a new hire agreement with Picote Solutions.

Piletec gets attached to new business

Piletec gets attached to new business - 08/11/17

Piling equipment supplier invests in a dedicated attachments business.

Remote Pressure Testing hits new heights with Stopper Specialists

Remote Pressure Testing hits new heights with Stopper Specialists - 18/10/17

Next-generation system launched by Groundforce’s Stopper Specialists division. A unique remote pressure testing system which is user-friendly and instantly advises the customer of test passes or an issue should one arise has been launched by Stopper Specialists.

Groundforce win at Construction Enquirer Awards

Groundforce win at Construction Enquirer Awards - 17/10/17

Groundforce have picked up another industry award to add to their collection, after winning the Best Construction Supplier to Work With (over £25m) at the Construction Enquirer Top Ten Awards.

Groundforce Shorco Major Projects supporting the Basement and Underground Structures Conference

Groundforce Shorco Major Projects supporting the Basement and Underground Structures Conference - 25/09/17

Groundforce Shorco Major Projects are headline sponsors of the 2017 Ground Engineering Basement and Underground Structure’s Conference.

Piletec extends its piling attachment range

Piletec extends its piling attachment range - 19/09/17

Piletec’s new Excavator Mounted Vibrators (EMVs) will help contractors save time and reduce costs. Piletec, specialist supplier of piling and foundation equipment, can now offer its customers an even wider choice of piling attachments with the introduction of two new EMV’s that will help to reduce time and costs.

Groundforce delivers Swedish solution

Groundforce delivers Swedish solution - 25/08/17

Groundforce Shorco hydraulic propping equipment is once again helping to streamline construction of a large basement in Scandinavia. Working for the first time for main contractor Skanska, Groundforce has supplied its MP150 modular hydraulic props in a raking configuration to support the large basement excavation on the Valand Quarter 6 project in Kungsbacka, a few kilometres south of the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

John Wilson : Buried Alive!

John Wilson : Buried Alive! - 16/08/17

Stopper Specialists Director John Wilson takes us through the terrifying event of being buried alive and surviving to tell the tale.

Drag Box - Typical Installation Methodology

Drag Box - Typical Installation Methodology - 16/08/17

Groundforce Drag Box is lightweight designed for use with small capacity machines and excavators.

Megabrace: Typical Installation Methodology

Megabrace: Typical Installation Methodology - 16/08/17

The Mega Brace is a high load capacity modular hydraulic bracing system designed to support square, rectangular or multi-sided excavations ranging from 3.0m to 20.0m in plan.

Hydraulic Struts: Typical Installation Methodology

Hydraulic Struts: Typical Installation Methodology - 16/08/17

Hydraulic struts comprise of a series of extensions with a hydraulic unit at one end.

Groundforce supplies comprehensive support for Derbyshire pipeline

Groundforce supplies comprehensive support for Derbyshire pipeline - 16/08/17

Groundforce Shorco has supplied a full complement of trench support equipment, including ladders and ancillary components, to contractors carrying out a major improvement to waste-water treatment facilities in Derbyshire.

Key Elements of Successful Sheet Pile Driving

Key Elements of Successful Sheet Pile Driving - 25/07/17

There are many design and analytic techniques at the disposal of engineers when it comes to determining the most effective installation methods of sheets and piles.

Groundforce are put to the test in Limerick

Groundforce are put to the test in Limerick - 18/07/17

Poor ground conditions, shallow rock profile and a confined site called for an imaginative excavation support solution during construction for a new university library extension.

Groundforce has made two key appointments to support continued expansion in Scotland

Groundforce has made two key appointments to support continued expansion in Scotland - 29/06/17

The construction equipment specialist has named Alan Best as Area Sales Manager while Stephen Hill has come on board as Technical Design Engineer to support the Scottish construction sector by developing temporary works design solutions. Alan has worked in the shoring industry for 19 years and in the construction sector generally for three decades. Stephen worked as a Design Engineer for a competitor firm for 12 years.

Groundforce makes key technical appointment in the north

Groundforce makes key technical appointment in the north - 14/06/17

Groundforce has made a key technical appointment to support continued expansion in the north of England.

Groundforce Shorco expertise contributes to a new CIRIA publication

Groundforce Shorco expertise contributes to a new CIRIA publication - 23/05/17

Groundforce Shorco have made a small but significant contribution to CIRIA’sGuidance on embedded retaining wall design (C760). The recently issued document replaces the previous C580 guidance, and will provide a comprehensive Eurocode compliant design manual for embedded retaining walls.

Piletec’s Vibro hammer makes the best ripples

Piletec’s Vibro hammer makes the best ripples - 19/05/17

Piletec lends a helping hammer to a charitable cause. Children suffering from cancer, and their families, will be able to enjoy views of a serene Scottish loch from a jetty installed in a charitable initiative by the Piletec division of Groundforce in support of civil engineering contractor George Leslie.

Groundforce Shorco helps to uncover the past in Derby

Groundforce Shorco helps to uncover the past in Derby - 02/05/17

Historic Roman remains have been uncovered in Derby with the help of Groundforce’s Modular Aluminium Panel (MAP) lightweight box system. The system was used as trench support to provide a safe environment for archaeologists working to identify important Roman buildings and fortifications ahead of construction of the city’s new flood defences.

Groundforce & MEIC deliver secure solution to sensitive water scheme

Groundforce & MEIC deliver secure solution to sensitive water scheme - 27/04/17

Groundforce has supplied an intricate cofferdam solution to allow the construction of a new pumping station on the River Clodiagh near Holycross, County Tipperary.

Groundforce Training has formed a Partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College

Groundforce Training has formed a Partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College - 24/04/17

Groundforce Training has teamed up with Bridgwater and Taunton College to provide specialist training in excavation support for workers at Hinkley Point C.

EDF Hinkley Point Charity Rugby Match

EDF Hinkley Point Charity Rugby Match - 20/04/17

A charity rugby match, with Groundforce’s Bryan Webb captaining the winning side, raised over £10,000 for the Breast Cancer Now charity.

Dan Coen takes up the role of MD with Groundforce UK

Dan Coen takes up the role of MD with Groundforce UK - 20/04/17

Specialist ground engineering and equipment supplier Groundforce UK, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Coen as Managing Director.

Groundforce shortlisted for the Construction News Awards 2017

Groundforce shortlisted for the Construction News Awards 2017 - 18/04/17

SheetMaster from Groundforce Shorco, is shortlisted for another prestigious industry award.

Groundforce shortlisted for the Ground Engineering 2017

Groundforce shortlisted for the Ground Engineering 2017 - 13/04/17

Groundforce has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Equipment Innovation category of the 2017 Ground Engineering Awards for the development of SheetMaser, a new product that makes installing trench sheets quicker, more controllable and safer.

Groundforce provides propping solutions at Bryn Cowlyd treatment works

Groundforce provides propping solutions at Bryn Cowlyd treatment works - 10/04/17

Props supplied by Groundforce Shorco have enabled a large excavation to be carried out in very difficult ground conditions at a water treatment works in Wales.

Groundforce maintains support for Oslo's

Groundforce maintains support for Oslo's "Barcode" development - 07/04/17

Groundforce hydraulic propping equipment is once again helping to streamline construction of a large basement on Olso’s ambitious “Fjord City” project.

Groundforce Strikes Gold With FORS Accreditation

Groundforce Strikes Gold With FORS Accreditation - 13/03/17

Groundforce Shorco is proud to announce attainment of the FORS Gold accreditation; an award which embodies the company’s systematic approach to continual improvement and reinforces their reputation as an industry pace setter.

Groundforce Training teams up with Loughborough University

Groundforce Training teams up with Loughborough University - 08/12/16

Groundforce Training are pleased to announce the beginning of a new partnership with Loughborough University, through the delivery of a training module for the university’s Construction Engineering Management course.

Trenchless Technology Offers Minimal Disruption in the Urban Environment

Trenchless Technology Offers Minimal Disruption in the Urban Environment - 07/12/16

The project brief from Irish Water was to replace an 850m stretch of existing 100mm cast iron pipe with a new 180mm SDR11 profuse pipe at Station Road, Portmarnock. Carty Group Ltd was subsequently commissioned to complete this project and decided that given the constraints on the urban site, pipe bursting would be the safest and most efficient method of replacing the water main.

New SheetMaster Development

New SheetMaster Development - 06/12/16

Groundforce are pleased to report a successful September launch of the SheetMaster: an exciting new product which continues to generate a great deal of interest from temporary works contractors, health and safety personnel and the construction industry press.

A look back at Major Projects

A look back at Major Projects - 02/12/16

As 2017 approaches we take a look back to some of the great jobs that the Major Projects team have carried out over the last couple of years. No two projects are the same and each one comes with its own set of obstacles to overcome. Luckily the team at Groundforce Major Projects never shy away from a challenge which is demonstrated in the plethora of complex schemes completed in the UK and Europe.

Groundforce is ‘High Achiever of the Year’

Groundforce is ‘High Achiever of the Year’ - 24/11/16

Groundforce has been recognised for its many achievements within the construction industry at the 2016 Plant & Civil Engineer’s ‘Plant, Construction & Quarry’ Awards. Company representatives were presented with the much coveted ‘High Achiever’ award, sponsored by Terex and Sleator Plant, at a glittering ceremony at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast.

Excavator Mounted Vibrators

Excavator Mounted Vibrators - 22/11/16

A summary of Excavator Mounted Vibrators (EMVs) and ancillary equipment from Piletec. EMVs are a quick and cost-effective way to install and extract sheet piles.

LadderSafe: Typical Installation Methodology

LadderSafe: Typical Installation Methodology - 18/11/16

This sequence explains the various equipment available to provide safe access to an excavation. The products include: Maxi LadderSafe, Mini LadderSafe, Mega LadderSafe, Premier LadderSafe and StepSafe.

Excavation support from Groundforce Shorco for Port of Immingham road access

Excavation support from Groundforce Shorco for Port of Immingham road access - 03/11/16

A major project is currently under way to improve road access into the Port of Immingham in Lincolnshire. The £88 million A180/A160 Road Improvement scheme is designed to relieve congestion on this key strategic route, as well as stimulating growth and unlocking economic benefits in the area.

Groundforce expertise at work at Festival Park

Groundforce expertise at work at Festival Park - 02/11/16

Groundforce design expertise has contributed to a successful solution on a major water quality improvement scheme in Glasgow. The ground support specialist used its extensive experience to help re-design a cofferdam being built on the south side of the river Clyde in Glasgow.

Piletec ups its game with super-efficient Culvert Puller

Piletec ups its game with super-efficient Culvert Puller - 01/11/16

Installing precast concrete culverts is now quicker, safer and more efficient thanks to the new electro-hydraulic culvert puller from Piletec, the specialist piling division of Groundforce. The new device, which has been two years in development, has now gone into production following highly successful trials on an industrial site in Knottingly, West Yorkshire.

Groundforce takes to the stand at UK Construction Week

Groundforce takes to the stand at UK Construction Week - 29/09/16

Groundforce Shorco is exhibiting for the first time at Civils Expo 2016 part of UK Construction Week, the UK's largest construction trade event.

Groundforce makes it into top ten at Construction Enquirer Awards

Groundforce makes it into top ten at Construction Enquirer Awards - 28/09/16

Groundforce, who were nominated in the Construction Enquirer Awards category of Best Construction Supplier to Work for, have been voted into the final top ten companies in this category.

Groundforce Launches Revolutionary Product

Groundforce Launches Revolutionary Product - 22/09/16

Groundforce unveils SheetMaster, another first in construction site safety Handling and installing trench sheets is now quicker, more controllable and safer thanks to SheetMaster, the new three-in-one revolutionary trench sheet handling tool from Groundforce Shorco.

Can-do Attitude Wins Nottingham Contract

Can-do Attitude Wins Nottingham Contract - 22/09/16

Essex groundworks contractor CJM has used a combination of Groundforce’s MP50 and Maxi Brace modular supports in a complex excavation in Nottingham. The contract was for the construction of a new residential block in St Marks Street for client Elory Student Accommodation.

SheetMaster - Pitch · Drive · Extract

SheetMaster - Pitch · Drive · Extract - 09/09/16

SheetMaster is a revolutionary composite, non-hydraulic, sheet handling and installation attachment developed to undertake the three dig and push operations of pitching, driving and extraction for the Groundforce Shorco range of trench sheets. Reducing the need for manual intervention and keeping operatives clear of the slewing excavator, means SheetMaster introduces greater safety by assigning much of the control to the excavator driver.

A pioneering Groundforce training course augurs well for learners

A pioneering Groundforce training course augurs well for learners - 07/09/16

Groundforce Training has become the first to offer accredited training on EMVs and Pre Augers. A safety-critical course, believed to be the first of its kind, on the dangers of EMVs (Excavator Mounted Vibrators) and Pre Augers has been launched by Groundforce Training. As an EEIAS approved product successful delegates will receive an industry recognised photo id card registered under the popular Energy & Utility Skills (EUSR) scheme.

Groundforce lends support at the Home of Cricket

Groundforce lends support at the Home of Cricket - 06/09/16

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has embarked on its Ground Development Masterplan with the building of a new Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The new stand will have 2,656 seats, a new match-control and match officials’ facility, and a restaurant, three bars and catering facilities. It will have ground-source heat pumps to heat water, and photovoltaic roof panels generating electricity, as well as rainwater collection and recycling and "green" or living walls.

Groundforce Sponsors Two Major Middle East Conferences

Groundforce Sponsors Two Major Middle East Conferences - 24/08/16

Following on from the success of working on Doha’s new Metro system, one of Qatar’s largest infrastructure projects, Groundforce has continued to promote its presence in the Middle East Market.

A Vp village is created for RailLIVE

A Vp village is created for RailLIVE - 24/08/16

Divisions from specialist equipment rental group Vp plc came together to showcase their latest products and innovations at RailLIVE, Europe’s largest outdoor rail show, which was held at Long Marston in Warwickshire from 22nd to 23rd June 2016.

Groundforce shortlisted in new Construction Enquirer awards

Groundforce shortlisted in new Construction Enquirer awards - 17/08/16

Groundforce have been shortlisted in the category of ‘Best Construction Supplier to Work for’ in the Construction Enquirer awards. The objective of these newly introduced awards is to recognise the industry’s best companies to work for and the best firms to do business with.

Stopper Specialists introduces Airtest Stopper

Stopper Specialists introduces Airtest Stopper - 12/08/16

Stopper Specialists, a division of Groundforce has introduced a new product which is set to significantly impact the stopper market, by reducing costs for customers.

Classification of Steel Sections

Classification of Steel Sections - 11/08/16

Once again welcome back to the drawing board with me Steven Lloyd, you may remember a little while ago we talked about the design of waling beam with combined effects, we had a look at von mises stresses, we had a think about plastic and elastic properties of the beam. 

Now what determines whether you consider a beam to be plastic or elastic, well that’s it's classification and today we will be looking at the classification of steel sections. This only applies to structural steel; stainless steel and aluminium have different material properties so the criteria involved is slightly different there. So this applies to structural steel, grades s235, s355 and so on, the kind that are covered in Eurocode part 3. 

Groundforce mobilises massive hire fleet for Scottish Water project

Groundforce mobilises massive hire fleet for Scottish Water project - 22/07/16

Scottish Water is building a 3.1 mile-long waste water tunnel in the south of Glasgow as part of the biggest upgrade of the city’s waste water network in more than a century. The Shieldhall Strategic Tunnel, which will run between Craigton and Queen’s Park area of Glasgow, forms part of a £250m, five-year programme of work to upgrade the waste water network in the Greater Glasgow area.

Groundforce wins new contract with Scottish Water

Groundforce wins new contract with Scottish Water - 12/07/16

Groundforce has taken its long-standing relationship with Scottish Water to new heights by successfully being appointed as a framework supplier for the hire of trenching and shoring equipment over an initial 5 year period.

Sheildhall Strategic Tunnel - Bespoke Bridge

Sheildhall Strategic Tunnel - Bespoke Bridge - 11/07/16

Scottish Water is building a 3.1 mile-long waste water tunnel in the south of Glasgow as part of the biggest upgrade of the city’s waste water network in more than a century. The Shieldhall Strategic Tunnel, which will run between Craigton and Queen’s Park area of Glasgow, forms part of a £250m, five-year programme of work to upgrade the waste water network in the Greater Glasgow area.

Tony Gould wins recognition for Groundforce safety solutions

Tony Gould wins recognition for Groundforce safety solutions - 11/07/16

Groundforce technical director Tony Gould wins an award for improving safety on site. His response to a challenge to improve the installation methodology of shoring boxes and edge protection systems, particularly in the area of safety, has won the technical director of leading excavation shoring equipment supplier Groundforce a regional award.

Innovate or Die.

Innovate or Die. - 08/07/16

Firstly, apologies for plagiarising and modifying the post WW2 “export or die” slogan which was generally associated with the motor industry, in the days that we had we actually had one, and the need for foreign money to keep Britain afloat. However, in this fast paced digital age, I can’t help feeling that the principal of the adage applies as strongly now as back then.

Hydraulic Waler Frames: Typical Installation Methodology

Hydraulic Waler Frames: Typical Installation Methodology - 04/07/16

This sequence explains the method for installing a Hydraulic Waler System, complete with optional End Bearers within a trench. Waler frames provide 2-way support to trenches and are used in conjunction with trench sheeting.

Inside a Hydraulic Cylinder

Inside a Hydraulic Cylinder - 01/07/16

Hello and welcome back to the drawing board with me, Steven Lloyd. A few months ago I talked to you about the design of hydraulic struts and I mentioned that at the end of the strut there’s always this hydraulic unit now the reason it's there is so you can pump some fluid in and adjust the length of the props so they will always meet the size requirements.

Today we are going to take a look inside the hydraulic cylinder and see how that works. I’m going to start simple talking about single acting cylinder. This basically means that you can pump it out but you can’t pump it back in, strictly speaking.

Groundforce headline GE Basements and Underground Structures Conference

Groundforce headline GE Basements and Underground Structures Conference - 07/06/16

As headline sponsors, Groundforce Shorco (Major Projects) will again be demonstrating their industry expertise at this year’s GE Basements and Underground Structures Conference which takes place on the 5th and 6th October at the Olympia Conference Centre, London.

Excavation Surcharges

Excavation Surcharges - 01/06/16

Once again welcome back to the drawing board. In the last couple of videos we talked about the design of equipment and the resistances of that equipment. We looked at the props and we looked at the wailers. Now we will have a look a bit at the other side, where the forces come from. 

Groundforce at GE Infrastructure Summit Exhibition

Groundforce at GE Infrastructure Summit Exhibition - 16/05/16

Groundforce will be exhibiting at the 2016 GE Infrastructure Summit exhibition, which takes place on the 18 and 19 May, at the Millennium Gloucester hotel in London.

Groundforce Training Scales New Heights

Groundforce Training Scales New Heights - 04/05/16

Groundforce has taken its training capability to a whole new level with course additions and accreditations, one of which makes the company the only provider to offer such. Less than two years after opening the purpose-built training centre in Worksop, the company has won EUSR (Energy and Utility Skills Register) accreditation for its one-day course “Appreciation of Excavation Safety”. This is the course that only Groundforce can offer.

Combined Effects and Waling Beam Design

Combined Effects and Waling Beam Design - 03/05/16

Welcome back to the drawing board and today are we talking about the design of walers as well as the combined effects that act upon them.  When I say combined effects I’m talking about axial force, bending moment and shear forces all acting on the waler at the same time. I won’t be talking about torsion because you don't usually see torsional effects on the kind of walers that we do. 

Piletec Expands Into New Premises

Piletec Expands Into New Premises - 19/04/16

New Piletec location will provide customers access to more Groundforce products and services from one site.

Groundforce Lends Support at Leicester Square

Groundforce Lends Support at Leicester Square - 15/04/16

Groundforce has used 3D modelling to assist in the design and installation of props supporting a large basement excavation in the heart of London’s West End. The two storey basement is being constructed as part of the redevelopment of London’s famous Leicester Square by main contractor Brookfield Multiplex.

Groundforce Launches ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ Engineering Videos

Groundforce Launches ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ Engineering Videos - 14/04/16

Renowned for leading the way when it comes to new and innovative ideas within the ground engineering sector, Groundforce has introduced another ’first’ with the launch of a series of innovative engineering discussion videos aimed at showcasing its commitment to knowledge sharing throughout the industry.

Hydraulic Prop Design to Eurocodes

Hydraulic Prop Design to Eurocodes - 13/04/16

Welcome to the very first “Back to the Drawing Board” with Steve Lloyd at Groundforce Shorco technical offices in Leeds. Today Steve will be explaining how we design our hydraulic props and the kind of actions and effects that act upon it.

Groundforce is boxing clever on Scottish Sewer Upgrade

Groundforce is boxing clever on Scottish Sewer Upgrade - 02/03/16

The latest trench support product from Groundforce - a new Drag box extension has helped contractor Morrison Construction complete a sewer improvement project safely and quickly as part of Scottish Water’s investment programme.

Groundforce’s Technical Director is New Chairman of a BSI Euro Committee

Groundforce’s Technical Director is New Chairman of a BSI Euro Committee - 01/03/16

Tony Gould, who celebrates 30 years with Groundforce this year, has been appointed chairman of BSI committee B/514/29, the UK representation on WG9 - the CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation) working group for standardisation of trench lining and hydraulic shoring systems.

Groundforce expands operations in the Midlands

Groundforce expands operations in the Midlands - 29/02/16

To accommodate continued expansion and growth across its divisions, Groundforce has opened a new ‘super’ depot in Derby, which will incorporate four of the company’s businesses.

Groundforce Sponsor Exhibition for Leaders in Underground Engineering

Groundforce Sponsor Exhibition for Leaders in Underground Engineering - 25/02/16

Groundforce has announced it will be exhibiting and presenting at this year’s ICE Engineering Underground Space Conference, which takes place on the 15th March in London. The objective of the one-day conference is to raise the profile of the specialist skills sets required within underground engineering, and to share best practice across the industry.

SiteSafe Solutions: Typical Installation Methodology

SiteSafe Solutions: Typical Installation Methodology - 23/02/16

Groundforce Shorco are always striving to develop ancillary equipment to enhance their product offerings. Demonstrated in this video are the associated products that can be used in conjunction with boxes and braces to improve safety and access in and around excavations.

Eccentric Thermal Effects

Eccentric Thermal Effects - 08/02/16

It’s been a while since we’ve had a real nuts and bolts engineering entry in the blog and thanks to Mr. Garford-Tull for providing some comments to previous blog entries. I’ve been inspired to write a technical entry about a few of the more complex issues surrounding thermal effects.

Groundforce Shorco Awarded Silver Accreditation

Groundforce Shorco Awarded Silver Accreditation - 21/01/16

Another Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) silver accreditation promoting safe and sustainable transport for Groundforce Shorco southern region.

New Products to Kick Start 2016

New Products to Kick Start 2016 - 11/01/16

Heading into 2016, Groundforce Shorco has added 4 new products to their already extensive product offering. With an increasing requirement for enhanced box capability and capacity, larger boxes have been introduced into the Groundforce fleet to cater for large pipe and chamber installations. Utilising telescopic, pinned struts for quick width adjustment, their introduction augments the existing wide range of boxes and allows greater choice to facilitate most trench applications.

Groundforce Placement Student Wins Top Award

Groundforce Placement Student Wins Top Award - 15/12/15

Congratulations to Steven Taylor, pictured here receiving his certificate for ‘Outstanding Performance on Placement 2014/2015’ from Professor Peter Jimack, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. Steven gained success in a year which saw over 50 high quality nominations and this accolade underpins the valuable contribution he has made to the Technical Department while on student placement at Groundforce’s Morley operation.

Stopper Specialists add SAVATECH range

Stopper Specialists add SAVATECH range - 09/12/15

Stopper Specialists (part of Groundforce) has been appointed as the sole distributors for SAVATECH’s range of rubber products for environmental protection and rescue operations. SAVATECH, who are the market leaders in this sector, have more than more 30 years’ experience of manufacturing chemical resistant stoppers to hazardous material leak control products.

Groundforce’s Eurocode ‘Super’ Solution to Complex Basement

Groundforce’s Eurocode ‘Super’ Solution to Complex Basement - 09/12/15

No fewer than 17 of Groundforce’s modular hydraulic props – some spanning almost 50m with no intermediate support – have featured in a complex structural support contract for a new luxury housing development in Hammersmith, London and the first project completed by Groundforce to EC3 Eurocde.

Trench Boxes: Typical Installation Methodology

Trench Boxes: Typical Installation Methodology - 08/12/15

Groundforce Box Systems comprise a simple, robust, two-sided mechanical excavation support system. Each box is designed as a temporary earth retaining structure allowing the sides of the excavation to be cut vertical or near vertical. This quick and easy method ensures ground stability within a trench and helps minimise the excavation area to avoid damage to neighboring structures and utilities in the ground.

Totteridge Timelapse

Totteridge Timelapse - 16/11/15

MP125 hydraulic props installed by LMC Contracts Ltd on a basement in Totteridge. The props were connected to a steel upstand post fixed into the capping beam to allow the ground floor slab to be cast prior to prop removal.

Groundforce Provides Shoring Equipment for Paris Metro Extension

Groundforce Provides Shoring Equipment for Paris Metro Extension - 09/11/15

Groundforce has supplied complex propping solutions to work package T02 -the extension of line 14 of the Paris metro. The northern extension of line 14 of the Paris metro for the RATP/STIF (the Paris and Greater Paris transport operators), which is being project managed by SYSTRA. (global leader in mass transit and rail engineering), is being extended to reduce traffic on line 13 of the Paris metro, which has already reached its maximum operating capacity.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath - 03/11/15

Well summer has been and gone and judging from the persistent fog hanging around for the last couple of days, we must be well in to Autumn. Two of my colleagues are over in Sydney this week providing technical training for our Australian partner Coates Rental; I am hoping that they have not thrown away the return portion of their ticket!

Top Level Qualification Achieved by Groundforce Training Manager

Top Level Qualification Achieved by Groundforce Training Manager - 03/11/15

Chris Gearren, General Manager at Groundforce Training Services has been awarded Chartered Member (CMIOSH) within The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), internationally recognised and a highly valued health and safety qualification.

Groundforce Bridge completes first installation in Ireland with Mega Bridge

Groundforce Bridge completes first installation in Ireland with Mega Bridge - 28/10/15

Groundforce Bridge has successfully completed its first installation in Ireland. A 12.6m x 3.5m Mega Vehicle Bridge was installed in just two hours and has provided an eco-friendly solution for site traffic accessing works on a £17 Million major road improvement scheme in Co Derry.

Groundforce to the Rescue on Norwegian Shipwreck Site

Groundforce to the Rescue on Norwegian Shipwreck Site - 27/10/15

The surprise discovery of a 15th Century ship buried in central Oslo required the rapid deployment of Groundforce’s Megabrace shoring system while archaeologists unearthed the relic. The ship was discovered during construction of a basement on the Barcode Project, a section of the Bjorvika portion of the Fjord City redevelopment in the Norwegian capital.

 Groundforce Appoints New Sales and Marketing Director

Groundforce Appoints New Sales and Marketing Director - 16/10/15

A sales and marketing specialist who has worked for leading FMCG organisations has been appointed as the new sales and marketing director for Groundforce. David Garden, joins the senior management team at Groundforce as the group looks to progress the company through its next stage of UK and pan European growth.

Groundforce Appoints General Manager for Training Services Division

Groundforce Appoints General Manager for Training Services Division - 08/09/15

Groundforce has recently recruited Chris Gearren, a highly experienced training professional and safety practitioner, to head up and develop further growth at its Training Services division based in Worksop.

Piletec & Stopper Specialists Achieve Silver & Bronze FORS Accreditations

Piletec & Stopper Specialists Achieve Silver & Bronze FORS Accreditations - 01/09/15

Two Groundforce’s divisions have recently been awarded the FORS accreditation by Transport for London. Piletec achieving the Silver and Stopper Specialists the Bronze.

Groundforce, sponsors of the Basement & Underground conference 2015

Groundforce, sponsors of the Basement & Underground conference 2015 - 04/08/15

Groundforce will once again be supporting this year’s Ground Engineering Basement & Underground conference, which take place at London’s Olympia on the 6th & 7th October, as sponsors of the Temporary Works Seminar.

An in Depth Look at Manhole Shutters

An in Depth Look at Manhole Shutters - 22/07/15

 Following on from an earlier entry about the humble road plate, I thought I’d make a showcase of the often abused, manhole shutter. It may seem like a simple, primitive piece of equipment but even these simple tools have a raft of technical data and calculations to back them.

Considering that the shutter is, for the most part, just a 2mm thick sheet of steel, they are deceptively strong. This is primarily down to the way in which they carry the load from the fresh concrete within. 

Groundforce provides support for Brighton landmark

Groundforce provides support for Brighton landmark - 21/07/15

Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, designers of the London Eye – the new i360 tower is a slender 162m high observation tower with a viewing ‘pod’ rising to 450 feet, sited at the root end of the historic West Pier on Brighton’s seafront.

Click Stick vs Podger Bar

Click Stick vs Podger Bar - 19/06/15

The Click Stick is a mechanical alternative to manual hammers and Podger Bars, designed to break or crack redundant metal pipes safely and with controlled flexibility around other utilities. This video shows how easy it is to use the Click Stick in comparison to the Podger Bar.

U Mole Introduces Grundomat 'N' Generation to the Range

U Mole Introduces Grundomat 'N' Generation to the Range - 04/06/15

Market leaders in the hire and sale of trenchless technology equipment U Mole, has added a new ground breaking product to its portfolio - The Grundomat N Generation Mole.

Strut Testing

Strut Testing - 02/06/15

For what now seems like an age, we have been operating a load monitoring service with pre-calibrated electronic swivel pins to measure the force acting within a hydraulic prop. An important part of this system is the test rig that we use to calibrate the load cells.

Groundforce Expands In Scotland

Groundforce Expands In Scotland - 12/05/15

Since opening a depot in Dyce last year, the company has experienced considerable growth in the region, and to accommodate further expansion has moved to significantly larger premises at Mugiemoss.

Groundforce to exhibit at Solscope in France

Groundforce to exhibit at Solscope in France - 30/04/15

Groundforce will be exhibiting at France’s leading bi-annual geo-technical exhibition Solscope, which takes place at the Eurexpo Exhibition Centre in Lyon on the 24th and 25th of June.

Groundforce Launches Next Level Website

Groundforce Launches Next Level Website - 15/04/15

Groundforce has launched its most technically integrated and user-friendly website. Groundforce’s newly redesigned website will provide visitors to their site quick and easy access to all essential product information, and for the first time will include fully integrated technical literature.

Groundforce Training Services achieves Gold Standard

Groundforce Training Services achieves Gold Standard - 13/04/15

Groundforce training services has been awarded the status of Gold Provider by The Energy and Efficiency Independent Assessment Service (EEIAS) having met a threshold level of good quality as a provider of training, offering the necessary reassurances to employers that this brings.

Spotlight on the Humble Trench Crossing Plate

Spotlight on the Humble Trench Crossing Plate - 10/04/15

Returning this month to a more technical theme I have unashamedly plagiarised one of my colleague’s recent technical notes concerning the long serving (and suffering) trench crossing plate. These are one of the less glamorous pieces of kit in our hire fleet generally cut out of old ¾” thick boiler plate in 8’ x 4’ (apologies for the imperial units) size. To comply with current safety regulations they are generally coated with some sort of non-slip or anti-skid coating with a lifting hole burnt into each corner; and that is just about as sophisticated as they get.

Groundforce nominated for Technical Excellence

Groundforce nominated for Technical Excellence - 17/03/15

Groundforce has achieved industry recognition for their innovative design and technical expertise in excavation support, having been shortlisted in the 2015 Ground Engineering Awards, category for Technical Excellence.

3 Awards and a Exciting New Release

3 Awards and a Exciting New Release - 13/03/15

Once again I have managed to embarrass myself in that this is the first time I have posted in 2015. January and February have vanished already and here we are getting on for a quarter of the way through the year already. Anyway let me bring you up to speed with what has been going on in the technical department over the last couple of months.

Groundforce Shorco Launches Their First 3D Animation

Groundforce Shorco Launches Their First 3D Animation - 11/03/15

The first 3D Animation for Groundforce Shorco has been created by the Groundforce Technical department.

Pre-Driven Shoring Methodology

Pre-Driven Shoring Methodology - 10/03/15

This 3D Animation shows pre-driven shoring methodology using Groundforce Shorco shoring equipment.

Groundforce Rolls Out Super Mega Brace For Its First Major Project

Groundforce Rolls Out Super Mega Brace For Its First Major Project - 03/03/15

Groundforce Shorco has used its new Super Mega Brace support system with integral hydraulic rams for the first time on a major project for the renewable energy sector.

Groundforce Sets Its Sights On The Middle East

Groundforce Sets Its Sights On The Middle East - 25/02/15

Having successfully established itself in mainland Europe, Groundforce is now looking at new markets and further expanding its reach in the Middle East.

Chris Bennion Of Kier Wins iPad In GFTech Competition

Chris Bennion Of Kier Wins iPad In GFTech Competition - 05/02/15

To celebrate reaching 2,000 users of the Groundforce Technical Library (www.gftech.co.uk) a competition was launched for all users to be in with a chance of winning an iPad Mini.

Contractor Goes Back To School For Trenchless Training

Contractor Goes Back To School For Trenchless Training - 25/01/15

U Mole provided specialist expertise and portable rope bursting equipment, which saved time and cost on a tricky sewer replacement job in Trowbridge.

U Mole introduces a new range of revolutionary pipe handling equipment

U Mole introduces a new range of revolutionary pipe handling equipment - 19/01/15

U Mole announce partnership with UIS (Utility Innovations Solutions Ltd) in the UK and Ireland. U Mole will offer for both hire and sale a range of exciting new innovations from UIS, which will enable their customers to save time and reduce costs and significantly remove risk to their workforce.

Groundforce hoping to add another award to their growing collection

Groundforce hoping to add another award to their growing collection - 15/01/15

Groundforce are hoping they can increase their collection of industry awards after again being shortlisted in the Construction News Specialist Awards.

Christmas Blog 2014

Christmas Blog 2014 - 22/12/14

It’s difficult to believe that the end of another year is fast approaching. I thought that this was an ageist thing but talking with the guys in the office, everyone seems to feels the same. As usual the festive season gives us chance to reflect on the year departing and look forward at the same time. 2014 has been another good if challenging year for both Groundforce and the technical team, highlights include, in no particular order.

Tony Gould
Stopper Specialists launch new Tool Box videos

Stopper Specialists launch new Tool Box videos - 02/12/14

Stopper Specialists, a division of Groundforce, has introduced Tool Box Videos - a new online training resource to further support its growing customer base.

The 2014 Technical File Is Here!

The 2014 Technical File Is Here! - 18/11/14

The technical file houses the most up to date, technical specifications of all our excavation support products and accessories.

Groundforce Completes Second Phase Of Molesey Weir Replacement

Groundforce Completes Second Phase Of Molesey Weir Replacement - 17/11/14

Groundforce has completed its second contract for joint venture contractor Team Van Oord (TVO) on the Molesey Weir replacement project on the River Thames at Hampton Court.

Multitest Stopper - User Guide

Multitest Stopper - User Guide - 12/11/14

A step by step user guide for using the Multitest Stopper from Stopper Specialists. This product assists in overcoming ovality and irregular sized pipelines.

Tony's Autumn Tech Digest

Tony's Autumn Tech Digest - 11/11/14

Firstly, rather sheepish apologies for not posting a blog since September. Today’s 11/11 date seems an appropriate day for me to commit pen to paper again so to speak, as apart from the more obvious and poignant anniversary remembered on this day, it is also the date I started out in the shoring industry, way back in 1985. 

Cone Pipe Stopper - User Guide

Cone Pipe Stopper - User Guide - 08/11/14

Increase site safety and boost productivity while using the Cone Pipe Stopper from Stopper Specialists. Step by step guide and best practice when using this product in a range of pipe shape profiles.

Cylindrical Inflatable Stopper - User Guide

Cylindrical Inflatable Stopper - User Guide - 07/11/14

The Cylindrical Stopper is ideal for air testing, water testing and flow stopping. This videos provides a step by step user guide when inserting, using and removing this product.

Stopper Specialists Open New Northern Drive-In Trade Centre

Stopper Specialists Open New Northern Drive-In Trade Centre - 07/11/14

Stopper Specialists, a division of Groundforce has opened a new drive-in trade centre in the Northwest, offering customers immediate access to an extensive range of flow control stoppers and pipe testing equipment.

Milltest Stopper - User Guide

Milltest Stopper - User Guide - 05/11/14

Designed for use when air testing drainage pipes to a standard air test of 100mm of water over air. Milltest Air test stoppers are very light and easily transported, making them ideal for testing awkward to reach locations. This video is a user guide for installing, testing and removing the Milltest Stopper.

Ireland Wind Farm

Ireland Wind Farm - 24/10/14

Two of Ireland’s largest windfarm projects have been constructed on behalf Bord na Mona, Ireland’s leading producer of peat based products and now renewable energy and recycling, at its Bruckana peat bog site in Tipperary and Mount Lucas site in County Offaly.

Groundforce Bridge helps runners compete in the Macmillan Brownlee Triathlon

Groundforce Bridge helps runners compete in the Macmillan Brownlee Triathlon - 09/10/14

One of Groundforce Bridge’s temporary modular bridges has helped competitors complete the running course at the Macmillan Brownlee Tri North event, hosted at Harewood House, one of Yorkshires most impressive stately homes and estates.

New Trench Crossing Units from Groundforce Bridge Keeps Golfers on Track

New Trench Crossing Units from Groundforce Bridge Keeps Golfers on Track - 25/09/14

New Trench Crossing Units from Groundforce Bridge have had their inaugural installation at one of the UK’s most prestigious golf tournaments – The Men’s Open Golf Championship, at Royal Liverpool Golf Course, in Hoylake.

Product Spotlight - Rolling Strut Box

Product Spotlight - Rolling Strut Box - 19/09/14

After a bit of a summer break its time to put pen to paper again on the technical aspects of shoring equipment. The last two blogs have focused on trench box design, so to complete the picture; I will go through the basic design principals of the increasingly popular rolling strut box and slide rail products that we supply.

Groundforce shortlisted in International Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards

Groundforce shortlisted in International Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards - 18/09/14

Groundforce are celebrating following the announcement they have been shortlisted for their joint submission with main contractor Costain Skanska JV (CSJV), for Technical Innovation of the Year, in the International Tunnelling & Underground Space Awards 2014.

Groundforce hosts a fun day and BBQ in Lisburn

Groundforce hosts a fun day and BBQ in Lisburn - 04/09/14

Groundforce recently invited the local community to join them and their neighbours Bann Hire, for a family fun day and BBQ at their newest depot in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

McGinty and O Shea and Groundforce solves sewer challenge

McGinty and O Shea and Groundforce solves sewer challenge - 01/09/14

Designing a bespoke support system for a major excavation requires experience and ingenuity. But it’s not only the big jobs that test the engineer’s skill.

U Mole Announce Line-up for No Dig Live 2014

U Mole Announce Line-up for No Dig Live 2014 - 28/08/14

U Mole, a division of Groundforce will be exhibiting at this years No Dig Live exhibition, which will be held at the Peterborough Arena from 16th – 18th September.

Groundforce Holds Tight In The City

Groundforce Holds Tight In The City - 31/07/14

No fewer than 22 of Groundforce’s massive MP250 hydraulic props have been installed as part of one of the UK’s most delicate and challenging redevelopment projects.

Groundforce Continues to Sponsor GE Basement and Underground Conference

Groundforce Continues to Sponsor GE Basement and Underground Conference - 17/07/14

Groundforce Shorco (Major Projects) will be once again be Diamond sponsors of this year’s Ground Engineering Basement and Underground Structures conference, which will take place from the 30th September to 1st October.

Groundforce Expands Technical Division

Groundforce Expands Technical Division - 15/07/14

Groundforce’s technical department has expanded its operations with the opening of a new dedicated office in the south.

Groundforce and their customers take on the Brabazon at the Belfry

Groundforce and their customers take on the Brabazon at the Belfry - 15/07/14

There may not have been a hole in one, but competition was still fierce at Groundforce’s recent Diamond Anniversary Golf Day at The Belfry.

For he’s a jolly good Fellow – Tony Gould gets FICE

For he’s a jolly good Fellow – Tony Gould gets FICE - 14/07/14

Groundforce Technical Director Tony Gould has been appointed a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) in recognition of his contribution to the profession.

Groundforce Offers Specialist Package for Nuclear Engineering Project

Groundforce Offers Specialist Package for Nuclear Engineering Project - 26/06/14

Equipment from two specialist Groundforce divisions has combined to provide a turnkey solution to a challenging task for NAMRC, the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The Wretched Life of a Trench Box Strut

The Wretched Life of a Trench Box Strut - 14/06/14

Struts or spindles as they are sometimes known perform the understated but essential task of transmitting the forces exerted by the ground between opposing box plates.

Lateral Thinking for Innovative Sewer Replacement using Pipe Eating Technique

Lateral Thinking for Innovative Sewer Replacement using Pipe Eating Technique - 28/05/14

A difficult ‘pipe eating’ project was undertaken recently for the replacement of a 300 mm diameter sewer with a 600 mm diameter pipe. The work was required because the existing sewer was under capacity for its present requirements and was causing flooding upstream.

St Helens Place

St Helens Place - 14/05/14

Groundforce Shorco’s Major Project Team designed a complex basement propping solution for one the UK’s most delicate and challenging redevelopment projects in London - 5-7 St Helen’s Place, the residence for The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, one of the City of London’s Livery Companies.

An in Depth Look at Trench and Manhole Boxes

An in Depth Look at Trench and Manhole Boxes - 17/04/14

One of the many projects we are desperately trying to complete at present is the launch of our new technical file. Whilst drafting out some guidelines relating to the design of trench boxes, it struck me that this would make an ideal technical yet easy going blog submission.

Groundforce Showcases BIM Capability at BIM Show Live

Groundforce Showcases BIM Capability at BIM Show Live - 15/04/14

Groundforce will be demonstrating how its structural support and bracing systems designs work in a project-wide Building Information Model environment at this year’s BIM Show Live.

Groundforce Training Services Set to Raise Industry Standards

Groundforce Training Services Set to Raise Industry Standards - 04/04/14

Ground engineering hire specialists Groundforce, has opened a new purpose built training facility to help improve health and safety standards, and raise awareness on the dangers of excavation construction.

Groundforce Pumps Help to Save Energy and Time on Major Wind Farm Projects

Groundforce Pumps Help to Save Energy and Time on Major Wind Farm Projects - 03/04/14

A range of energy efficient dewatering pumps supplied by Groundforce, Ireland’s leading specialist rental company, helped to save time and costs on the construction of two of Ireland’s largest windfarm projects.

Groundforce Bridge carries the load for Demolition Team

Groundforce Bridge carries the load for Demolition Team - 21/03/14

Groundforce Bridge, the temporary bridge division of hire specialist Groundforce, has supplied a 10m x 6m Vehicle Bridge, and 7m Vehicle Bridge to allow contractor Babcock, reach and remove an electricity pylon in North Wales, under critical scheduling and site conditions.

Shorflo Triumphs at Watford Dewatering

Shorflo Triumphs at Watford Dewatering - 05/03/14

Shorflo, the pump-hire division of equipment hire specialist Groundforce, has supplied Four of its Super-silent diesel pumps to help contractor Dyer & Butler underpin bridge foundations in the River Gade at Watford.

Electronic Prototyping and 3D Modelling

Electronic Prototyping and 3D Modelling - 04/03/14

More and more engineers are turning these days towards computer numeric modelling and FEA. I have to admit that I am a bit ambivalent about it all. On the one hand, these are powerful tools capable of modelling complex scenarios and achieve incredibly accurate results in rapid timescale.

Groundforce shortlisted for Best International Project

Groundforce shortlisted for Best International Project - 04/03/14

With the construction awards season well underway, Groundforce is hoping they can make it two wins in row at this year’s Ground Engineering awards, after being shortlisted in the prestigious category of Best International Project.

Groundforce early design for Durham development

Groundforce early design for Durham development - 28/01/14

Early design input and a problem-solving attitude has won Groundforce Shorco a contract to provide specialist ground support for a micro-hydroelectric scheme in the heart of Durham.

Groundforce Expands UK Operations

Groundforce Expands UK Operations - 23/01/14

Leading excavation support rental company Groundforce, has kicked off 2014 with a firm show of intent by expanding its operations and national coverage across the UK, with the opening of two new dedicated hire depots, in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Babcock | North Wales

Babcock | North Wales - 16/01/14

When main contractor, Babcock, needed an immediate and effective temporary bridge solution to enable access to undertake both the emergency demolition and replacement of an electricity pylon in the Dwyryd estuary, North Wales, they contacted Groundforce Bridge, who were able to meet both their technical criteria and deadline.

U Mole Deliver City Sucker to Brenchley

U Mole Deliver City Sucker to Brenchley - 14/01/14

U Mole is pleased to announce the delivery of a new MTS CitySucker to Brenchley Civil Engineering Ltd of Farlington, near Portsmouth.

Eurocode 3 (EC3) vs BS5950

Eurocode 3 (EC3) vs BS5950 - 07/01/14

Prior to the adoption of Eurocodes in the UK, all the load capacity verifications and charts for our standard CHS struts were determined from BS 5950; EC3 although on the face of it, being a limit state code, is a natural progression from BS5950 however numerous detail changes exist within the document. 

Christmas Competition Winner Announced

Christmas Competition Winner Announced - 06/01/14

To celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of Vp plc, Groundforce launched a competition to all readers of their seasonal e-newsletter.

Introducing Our Young Engineers

Introducing Our Young Engineers - 11/11/13

For many years, Groundforce has been supporting young engineers by providing employment, training and education in many forms. Over the last five years in particular, we have sponsored a steady stream of budding engineers through university on a part time basis.

Now that the Dust has Settled

Now that the Dust has Settled - 18/10/13

Following on from last month’s blog regarding preparations for the annual Ground Engineering Basement Conference; now this has been and gone and the dust settled, perhaps it is time to reflect on the event and to assess whether it has all been worthwhile.

Prepping for GE Basements and Underground 2013

Prepping for GE Basements and Underground 2013 - 25/09/13

After the summer’s “blog holiday” I am pleased put pen to paper again so to speak and report on our preparation for our headline marketing event; that is Ground Engineering’s Sixth Annual Basements and Underground Structures Conference; which is incredibly and rather worryingly less than a week away. 

Introduction to BIM - Part 2

Introduction to BIM - Part 2 - 01/07/13

In April’s technical blog I touched upon some of the basic principles of BIM and then started to look at what this could mean for our industry in general. 

An Introduction to Dewatering

An Introduction to Dewatering - 21/05/13

When groundwater is likely to be encountered within and below an excavation, this generally means bad news for the designer at least due to a number of undesirable effects, including increased loads on supports, flow of material, boiling (see photo opposite) or heave of the formation etc.

Glasgow School of Arts

Glasgow School of Arts - 12/04/13

Constructing a new building in a city centre requires a great deal of expertise if disruption to nearby residents and businesses is to be minimised. Speed and efficiency are key to getting the job done with the minimum of fuss and are essential to delivering the project on time and to budget.

Introduction to BIM - Part 1

Introduction to BIM - Part 1 - 05/04/13

This month I thought I would add a small introductory piece of the very topical subject of Building Information Modelling otherwise known as BIM. Grateful thanks to my colleague Dan Cuthbert for penning this blog.

'Enshoring the Future' - Shoring Innovation to Come

'Enshoring the Future' - Shoring Innovation to Come - 01/04/13

British standards may come and go as do the latest industry trends and buzz words but how much has really changed in shoring in recent years? 

Springing into a New Year

Springing into a New Year - 08/03/13

Apologies once again for not posting for a while; the best laid plans and all that. At least it’s good to be busy, or so they say! 2013 has already seen quite a few changes to the Groundforce Technical Department. A makeover of our main office, which has been looking a bit tired of late, has just been completed. 

Trench Box & Backhoe Box - Toolbox Talks

Trench Box & Backhoe Box - Toolbox Talks - 08/03/13

User guide for the assembly, installation, use, and dismantling of the Trench Box and Backhoe Box from Groundforce Shorco.

Temporary Bridge Installation

Temporary Bridge Installation - 04/02/13

Temporary bridge installation video for use on construction sites, events and anywhere that requires quick temporary access.

A Merry Farewell to Twenty Twelve

A Merry Farewell to Twenty Twelve - 18/12/12

An unusually treacherous journey into work this morning reminds me that yet another year has flown by and the well earned and looked-forward to Christmas break is fast approaching.

A Day in the Life of a Technical Sales Engineer

A Day in the Life of a Technical Sales Engineer - 08/11/12

Apologies for not posting for a while, poor excuse I know but the months just seem to fly by. For something a bit different from my usual offering, I have asked one of my technical colleagues Helen Aird to put something together along the lines of “a day in the life of a Technical Sales Engineer”. 

VibroSafe (Quick Hitch Adaptor) - A New Way of Thinking...

VibroSafe (Quick Hitch Adaptor) - A New Way of Thinking... - 13/09/12

Following problems identified by the HSE regarding single pin connections to quick hitches, Piletec has worked with Miller UK to develop the best possible solution to the problem when working with Excavator Mounted Vibratory Piling Hammers. This research and development has taken some considerable time as Piletec considered that many of the "quick fix" fabrications offered by other suppliers actually create as many safety risks as they avoid.

A Break from the Norm

A Break from the Norm - 23/08/12

After the brain ache sessions of the last two months blogging on thermal effects in struts, I thought it better to provide perhaps a gentler themed blog commensurate with the holiday season being in full swing. 

Load and Temperature Effects for Hydraulic Struts Supporting Deep Excavations - Part 2

Load and Temperature Effects for Hydraulic Struts Supporting Deep Excavations - Part 2 - 31/05/12

Last month we looked at the basic theory behind calculating thermally induced load effects in steel props. This month we’re going to attempt to bring this more into Groundforce’s arena by applying these theories to one of our modular hydraulically operated props.

Load and Temperature effects for Hydraulic Struts Supporting Deep Excavations - Part 1

Load and Temperature effects for Hydraulic Struts Supporting Deep Excavations - Part 1 - 04/05/12

Continuing last month’s technical theme, this month’s blog discusses another old chestnut; the effect of ambient temperature change (thermal effects) on hydraulic struts. 

The 45 Degree Rule of Thumb for Surcharges

The 45 Degree Rule of Thumb for Surcharges - 18/04/12

Why do we so often apply the 45° rule of thumb for the influence that surcharges have on the design of excavation support?

Tower Bridge | Blackfriars Road

Tower Bridge | Blackfriars Road - 19/03/12

Miller Piling needed to install a total of 1500 concrete piles on two major high profile projects in the centre of London, one residential and one mixed use. Although in close proximity to each other, both projects had different and equally challenging ground conditions to contend with. Having worked with Piletec previously on a number of projects, Miller chose to hire two Free Suspended Vibratory piling hammers.

My Belated New Years Resolution

My Belated New Years Resolution - 20/02/12

Apologies for not posting for a while but an exceptionally busy end of year placed great demands on the technical team. It’s nice to be busy or so they say!

European Adventures

European Adventures - 28/11/11

With a welcomed boost in activity over recent weeks, I thought this month we would give you a whistle-stop update into what is going on within Groundforce`s European adventure, an overview of some of the projects we are working on at the minute and even show you some pictures of our equipment in the ground.

Hydraulic Struts - Advanced Principles

Hydraulic Struts - Advanced Principles - 25/09/11

For those of you who have been on tenterhooks since the basic principles of hydraulic struts entry back in March, your wait is finally over as in this edition I intend to take it one step further and delve into more advanced workings of hydraulic struts.

Construction News Awards 2011

Construction News Awards 2011 - 01/08/11

Firstly apologies for not submitting a blog entry for a while, must be a sign of my age but the months seem to fly by particularly when you have to compile a monthly departmental report! 

Hilton Hotel

Hilton Hotel - 09/06/11

Construction of a major new hotel on London’s South Bank has required the excavation of a large two-level basement in poor ground conditions in an extremely built up location. The main contractor is GTM, a joint venture between McGee and Galliford Try, which has taken the unusual step of eliminating the use of subcontractors wherever possible.

Front Page News

Front Page News - 13/05/11

I know last month’s entry promised you more on the principals of hydraulic struts, however there has been so much going on in the technical camp since my last transmission that I thought it might be preferable to hear about that instead……. so you’re just going to have to wait a little longer before we get back on with the joys of pre-stress!

Hydraulic Struts - Basic Principals

Hydraulic Struts - Basic Principals - 09/03/11

I thought that this month I would take the opportunity to go back to basics and give a brief insight into how Groundforce propriety equipment operates and to try and explain what is actually going on within the struts when you get to work on the hand pump, or when you simply flick the lever on the labour saving motorised pump.

Tyne Tunnel

Tyne Tunnel - 17/02/11

The second Tyne Tunnel is a £260m scheme to alleviate traffic congestion through the existing single lane each way tunnel bore. It is one of the largest road infrastructure projects in the UK in recent years. The Tunnel, due for completion in 2011, is being constructed by French contractor Bouygues mainly using traditional cut-and-cover techniques on the North and South approaches and immersed precast concrete tunnel segments sunk into the river bed for the tunnel itself.

Tech Team Head to Rotterdam - Infratech

Tech Team Head to Rotterdam - Infratech - 19/01/11

After a well deserved festive week off, followed by the usual slow first week back, construction sites are starting to make noises again and 2011 is underway, and at pace!

Year Round Up

Year Round Up - 16/12/10

As the end of year fast approaches and the wind-down begins in earnest (hope the MD does not read this!), there is a definite change in the mood of the camp here in the technical department; the telephones ring less often, the number of new projects starts to dwindle, staff rush to use up their remaining holiday entitlement and the seemingly never ending supply of sweets and cake from kind suppliers becomes available.

Tony Gould
Value Engineering

Value Engineering - 21/11/10

Value engineering (VE) is a current buzz phrases within the industry. It is a systematic process which either identifies and eliminates unnecessary costs or increases utilisation.

Wireless Load Monitoring

Wireless Load Monitoring - 31/10/10

The latest development in proprietary support systems is the ability to equip struts with integrated wireless load monitoring capability. 

SWL v Design Load

SWL v Design Load - 06/10/10

The initials “SWL” are one of the most easily recognised and understood acronyms in the construction industry; you know that something marked “SWL 5 Tonnes” can safely support a maximum load of 5 tonnes in real terms.

Wandsworth Riverside Quarter

Wandsworth Riverside Quarter - 15/06/10

Construction of an unusually wide basement box in poor alluvial soil requires exceptional lateral support for the piled retaining walls. The traditional method of bracing such an excavation is to install a specially designed framework of structural steel – a method which is both expensive and time consuming.

Limerick Tunnel

Limerick Tunnel - 22/03/09

The Limerick Tunnel is a E570 million public-private partnership scheme for the Irish Republic’s National Roads Authority. Designed to carry four lanes of traffic under the River Shannon, it forms the centrepiece of a major by-pass project for the city.

Rolling Strut Double Slide Rail

Rolling Strut Double Slide Rail - 26/02/08

Groundforce Shorco have provided a unique ground support solution to Barhale Construction for a flood alleviation scheme in Gloucester.

Hydrostatic testing

Hydrostatic testing

Hydrostatic testing is the most commonly used procedure for checking the performance of pressures vessels. This testing is especially brought into play to verify pressure vessels like cylinders, boilers and tubes either they have leaks or manufacturing flaws that may result in leakage.

What to Look for in a Construction Supplier

What to Look for in a Construction Supplier

Choosing the correct construction supplier plays an important role in the success of the job in hand. There are various factors to consider when offering a tender, some of which will be covered throughout this article.

Interesting facts about Piling Equipment

Interesting facts about Piling Equipment

When it comes to construction, using piling equipment is of high importance, it plays a major role in construction projects, and various building sites need them at some point during the build.

Safety First – Excavation and Trenching

Safety First – Excavation and Trenching

When dealing with an excavation or trenching, safety must be of the highest importance. The following article discusses the dangers and protection when working with excavations or trenches.

Stoppers - A Guide to Size and Use

Stoppers - A Guide to Size and Use

Inflatable cylinder stoppers are used in construction during various phases of site preparation and in the building of long-distance supply lines. They can be used to test for both air and water leakage as well as to temporarily plug piping segments during repair.

What is Pressure Testing

What is Pressure Testing

Want to know the basics of pressure testing? It’s always useful to start from the beginning to understand what the term means. Pressure testing explained follows.

Basic Requirements of starting the process of Checking air pressure in Pipes

Basic Requirements of starting the process of Checking air pressure in Pipes

Pneumatic and Hydrostatic pressure testing can be hazardous and unsafe therefore the procedures need to be carried out with immense attention and with all precautionary measures.

Importance of Safety in Trench Excavation

Importance of Safety in Trench Excavation

Trenching and excavation activities are executed million of times around the world. Excavation is one of the most risky kinds of jobs in the construction industry and it becomes more dangerous while trench excavation is performed.

What is Trenchless Technology?

What is Trenchless Technology?

Trenchless technology is a relatively new method of installing and maintaining underground pipes and cables which does away with the need for excavation. So far it’s been successfully deployed across all types of underground utilities, including water pipes, sewers, gas pipes and electrical conduits.

What is Trench Shoring?

What is Trench Shoring?

Trenches are defined as being any below ground excavation which is deeper than it is wide. The deeper a trench the more dangerous it becomes, which is of particular significance for construction workers for whom trenches have become an industry staple.

How to Build a Small Bridge Over a Ditch

How to Build a Small Bridge Over a Ditch

Ditches can be immeasurably useful in ensuring the land remains flood-free, but they can also act as an annoying obstacle when you want to cross from one side to the other. If you need to get vehicles, equipment or large groups of people to the other side, you need a bridge that is going to guarantee stability at all times.

Build a Box Shoring

Build a Box Shoring

Box shoring is a type of excavation reinforcement which is most commonly used to secure lateral trench walls. They’re ideal for use when the excavation site floor is unstable, as they work by using spring mounted spindles and can be installed using a straightforward cut and lower technique. This also helps to minimise the size of the excavation area, which means the surrounding environment is less impacted than it otherwise might have been.

Pile Installation

Pile Installation

Piling is an essential technique used in the construction industry to strengthen excavations and provide vital support for below-ground projects. In fact, without piling it’d be almost impossible to develop the sorts of buildings we take for granted today: high rise apartments, office blocks, car parks and residential homes with basements.

What is Vacuum Excavation?

What is Vacuum Excavation?

Excavation is necessary part of below-ground construction. It’s primarily used to create building foundations, but is also commonly during the laying and maintenance of below-ground pipe and cable systems.

Advantages of Trenchless Technology

Advantages of Trenchless Technology

Trenchless technology has become increasingly popular in the construction industry as it provides an environmentally and financially sound alternative to traditional excavation techniques. It comprises a collection of different construction methods.

Double Acting Manhole Brace - Toolbox Talks

Double Acting Manhole Brace - Toolbox Talks

Covering the assembly, installation, use and dismantling of the equipment.

Trench Shoring Requirements

Trench Shoring Requirements

Trench shoring is a common technique in below-ground excavation. It’s also one of the most dangerous aspects of construction work, which should therefore be approached with caution and foresight.

Vertishore - Toolbox Talks

Vertishore - Toolbox Talks

This Groundforce ToolBox Talks video guides you through the assembly, installation, use and dismantling of the Vertishore equipment.

Types of Shoring Systems

Types of Shoring Systems

Shoring is a common technique used to reinforce below-ground excavations during construction projects, as well as to provide temporary reinforcement for above-ground structures which are in the process of being renovated or permanently reinforced by other means.

Hydraulic Hand Pump - Toolbox Talks

Hydraulic Hand Pump - Toolbox Talks

This Groundforce ToolBox Talks video guides you through use of the single and double acting mega hand pump. Installation, Health and Safety, use and dismantling of the pumps are covered.

What is Shoring in a Trench?

What is Shoring in a Trench?

Trench excavations are a common sight in the construction industry. Most often used to facilitate the below-ground placement of wires, pipes and other modern facilities, they’re a practical solution made necessary by our increasing dependence upon modern technology.

Hydraulic Power Pump - Toolbox Talks

Hydraulic Power Pump - Toolbox Talks

This Groundforce ToolBox Talks video guides you through the use of Groundforce Shorco Hydraulic Power Pump. This includes the Health and Safety surrounding the use of single and double acting hydraulic pumps. Installation, use, storage and dismantling of the pump is also covered.

What is a Temporary Bridge?

What is a Temporary Bridge?

“Temporary bridge” is a lay term for any floating, modular structure. They’re generally used during periods of construction, when regularly-available pedestrian or vehicular bridges have become inaccessible. They can also be used for events, and come in particularly handy when goods need to be transported to and/or from a rural location.

Rolling Strut Trench Box - Toolbox Talks

Rolling Strut Trench Box - Toolbox Talks

This Groundforce ToolBox Talks covers the use of our Rolling Strut Box. Assembly, installation, use and dismantling are covered.

What is a Trench Box?

What is a Trench Box?

Excavation is one of the most fundamental aspects of modern construction. Not only do our buildings increasingly sturdy reinforcements, but modern inventions, such as telephone wires, domestic pipes and electrical grids, have also necessitated the development of more complex and permanent below-ground placement.

Waler System - Toolbox Talks

Waler System - Toolbox Talks

This Groudforce ToolBox Talks video covers the use of the Waler system in trenches. Light duty aluminium units and heavy duty steel units are covered.

MP500 - Toolbox Talks

MP500 - Toolbox Talks

The 1.2m diameter strut can be assembled in configurations up to 45m long and withstand axial loads up to 500t; hence the name MP500. The adjustable end unit, shown being installed here spanning between RC diaphragm walls, uses the versatility of hydraulic adjustment and the security twin mechanical locking screws to withstand these high loadings with complete safety and security.

Mega Brace - Toolbox Talks

Mega Brace - Toolbox Talks

This Groundforce ToolBox Talks video covers the use of a Mega Brace. Covering the assembly, installation, use and dismantling of the equipment.

Rolling Strut Double Slide Rail - Toolbox Talks

Rolling Strut Double Slide Rail - Toolbox Talks

Rolling Strut Double Slide Rail installation and user guide, excavation support available from Groundforce Shorco

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