Vertical Shores

About Vertical Shores

The Vertishore system comprises opposing vertical rails separated by hydraulic cylinders, designed to provide ground support in selfsupporting soils. The important principle behind the system is reliance on the soil ‘arching’ between the vertical support.

The units are designed to be installed from ground level by one man in a matter of seconds thus providing safe effective shoring without operatives having to enter an un-shored excavation. Each unit comprises two aluminium rails, expanded against the cut trench walls by a pair of interconnected hydraulic rams. The rams are expanded and pressured between the walls of the trench by a manually operated hand pump.


  • Aluminium construction 
  • Simple method to support self-supporting soil 
  • Installation from outside the trench 
  • Hydraulic width adjustment


  Type A Type B
Rail Length (mm) 1500 2100
Minimum Excavation Width (mm) 450 450
Maximum Excavation Width (mm) 1600 1600
Clearance Below Cylinder (mm) 570 570
Typical Unit Weight (kg)* 27 34
Cylinder Range Specification Cylinder Model
  1 2 3 4
Trench Width (mm) Min 450 550 650 1000
Trench Width (mm) Max 680 880 1080 1600

*Weights will vary with cylinder lengths used

** The cantilever effect of the shore rail under the lower ram is the limiting factor on uniformly distributed load ratings. The working axial load capacity of individual cylinders is 80kN

Technical Library

Vertishore Technical Literature

Vertishore Technical Literature

Technical Literature for the Vertishore support system.


Vertishore User Guide

Vertishore User Guide

Equipment User Guide for the Vertishore support system.