Stiver Engineering provided key design services for the Northeast Transmission Line (NETL) project in Houston. The NETL will transmit 365 million gallons of water a day from the Northeast Water Purification Plant through a 108-inch steel waterline to approximately 900,000 homes in Harris County. Stiver provided a shoring design using soldier piles, wale sets, and steel plate and timber lagging. We also developed a design for a temporary bulkhead to grout fill the annulus of the waterline pipe inside the casing pipe and a cradle design to support the existing 84-inch diameter waterline.

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Stiver Engineering provided a shoring design for the launch and receiving tunnel shafts, including portal design implementing soldier piles and the shaft design implementing sheet piling and wale sets. Calculations and a finite element analysis (FEA) were performed for a 108-inch diameter tunnel steel casing pipe. Calculations for grout pressure used to fill voids outside the casing pipe were also provided.

Stiver Engineering provided launch shaft, excavator digger shield and thrust block design services for a 108-inch-diameter water line project along city easements from Milner Road to Aldine Westfield Road in Houston, Texas, near the Intercontinental Park area. Two shoring pits, each more than 30 feet deep, were designed with soldier piles, steel plates and timber lagging. Waler beams were used to support the soldier piles. At the launch pit, a jacking frame was designed at the bottom of the pit to resist the thrust from the excavator boring shield system. The jacking frame consisted of three extra waler sets and diagonal bracings connected to a portal support frame using king beams, a header beam and a footer beam.

Stiver Engineering provided liner plate tunnel and bore pit design (launch and receiving) for 10 tunnel crossings as part of this integrated pipeline project. We also provided a trench safety design for pipeline installation, calculations for required jacking loads for carrier pipe in tunnels, and a grouting plan that accounted for pipe buoyancy calculations. This $21 million project for the Tarrant Regional Water District included 2,000 linear feet of 9-foot, 5-inch excavated diameter tunnel in 10 different tunnels crossing Texas Department of Transportation roads, each with launch and receiving shafts (20 shafts).

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System project will provide potable water to eight city and county member agencies and Cannon Air Force Base in east-central New Mexico. It will replace current groundwater supplies from the Ogallala (or High Plains) Aquifer with a renewable surface water supply, the Ute Reservoir. Stiver Engineering performed excavation plans, dewatering design, CLSM backfill calculations and pipe buoyancy calculations for this project.