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What is Excavation Safety?

What is Excavation Safety? - 02/08/18

Excavation Safety involves the removal of materials (usually soil) to dig into the ground, creating space for a variety of construction works. This ranges from installing building foundations, to creating trenches that allow pipework and other utilities to be laid. Excavations carry a variety of health and safety risks, ranging from cave-ins to falls, and these dangers must be mitigated accordingly.

What are Temporary Bridges?

What are Temporary Bridges? - 30/07/18

Temporary Bridges are used to provide site access for construction vehicles and operatives. They are generally between four and twelve meters long, and can be flat-packed for easy transportation and storage.

Groundforce helping to promote health & safety

Groundforce helping to promote health & safety - 18/07/18

Groundforce Shorco and Groundforce Training took part in the Working Well Together (WWT) North East regional group’s Health & Safety event which took place in June at Komatsu’s premises in Chester le Street.

Complex shoring project is a walk in the Parc for Groundforce

Complex shoring project is a walk in the Parc for Groundforce - 04/07/18

Modular hydraulic props and braces from Groundforce have helped civil engineering contractor Roadbridge install a number of underground pumping stations on a major leisure development in County Longford.

CPCS accreditation awarded to Groundforce Training Services

CPCS accreditation awarded to Groundforce Training Services - 25/06/18

First CPCS course to be run by the company will be for Appointed Persons on July 30th. Groundforce Training Services has gained CPCS accreditation and the first course it will be offering is the five-day A61 Appointed Persons (lifting operations) course which will take place on July 31st.

Groundforce Shorco marks 10 years of sponsoring leading industry event

Groundforce Shorco marks 10 years of sponsoring leading industry event - 13/06/18

Groundforce Shorco, Major Projects once again headline sponsors of the Ground Engineering Basement and Underground Structures Conference. Groundforce Shorco is marking 10 years of sponsoring Ground Engineering’s Basement and Underground Structures Conference by this year repeating its headline sponsorship of the event.

Groundworks Health and Safety Event in Aberdeen

Groundworks Health and Safety Event in Aberdeen - 23/05/18

Groundforce recently sent a team, led by Scottish regional sales director Richard Cherrie, to a groundworks health and safety event in Aberdeen.

Groundforce Supplies Propping System to €80 Million Mur-Powerplant Project in Austria

Groundforce Supplies Propping System to €80 Million Mur-Powerplant Project in Austria - 17/05/18

Groundforce Germany has supplied a total of 100 MP150 hydraulic props for the construction of a new discharge channel, part of the new Mur-hydroelectric power station on the outskirts of Graz.

Groundforce Support Boosts Pilot Apprenticeship Scheme

Groundforce Support Boosts Pilot Apprenticeship Scheme - 17/05/18

The training division of Groundforce is helping Solent CEGA with men and materials. Groundforce Training is supporting a pioneering apprenticeship scheme.

Groundforce Training Services awarded CITB Approved Training Organisation status

Groundforce Training Services awarded CITB Approved Training Organisation status - 19/04/18

Groundforce Training Services has gained further industry accreditation following confirmation they are now a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO).

Groundforce Wins Health and Safety Award

Groundforce Wins Health and Safety Award - 12/04/18

Groundforce celebrates winning Health and Safety Company of the year award Groundforce have won the coveted Health and Safety Company of the Year Award at the Machinery Movers Operators and Construction Awards 2018.

Groundforce gets ICE approval for graduate training

Groundforce gets ICE approval for graduate training - 07/03/18

Specialist construction solutions provider Groundforce has become one of a select band of suppliers to run an ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) company approved training scheme (CATS).

Groundforce gets ICE approval for graduate training

Groundforce gets ICE approval for graduate training - 07/03/18

Specialist construction solutions provider Groundforce has become one of a select band of suppliers to run an ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) company approved training scheme (CATS).

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reducing Ground Vibrations During the Piling Process

Reducing Ground Vibrations During the Piling Process

Pile driving in close proximity to domestic dwellings, roads or buried services may attract restrictions on noise and vibration; restrictions that could be easily avoided by using a Piletec High frequency FSV.

Safety Is A Key Priority For Piletec

Safety Is A Key Priority For Piletec

An Interview with Piletec Operations Manager David O'Brien discussing how Piletec use safe business practices which allow for better quality products and fully trained staff.

What is a Mini Box?

What is a Mini Box?

Mini boxes are a straightforward method of shoring trenches. In most cases, they comprise two robust metal panels, with struts spanning between them.Mini boxes are often used in conjunction with other shoring and excavation safety equipment, such as handrails, ladders and fencing. The boxes themselves ensure the structural integrity of the trench.

What are Air Testers?

What are Air Testers?

Air Testers are specialized pieces of equipment that are designed to test the quality, ‘tightness’ or escape of air in a number of industrial applications. Current regulations mandate three different types of air testing take place on a construction site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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