Stiver Engineering provided sheet pile shoring for the installation of beach vaults for the Big Wave Project in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. The site had hard corals located 13 feet below natural ground, so we created two alternatives for the shoring pit. The first alternative was a cantilever shoring system consisting of 14-foot and 30-foot-long piles with staggered embedment. The second was a braced shoring system designed to accommodate the client’s concern of not being able to embed the sheet piles more than 6 inches into the hard coral. Material was limited on the island, so Stiver proposed a custom wale set consisting of channels and pipes.

Stiver Engineering provided numerous services for capital improvements to a 108- inch-diameter water line running from Aldine Westfield Road to Willis Street in Houston, Texas. We created shoring and portal designs for launch and receiving shafts — some as deep as 31 feet — using sheet pile and soldier piles, wale sets, steel plates, timber lagging, and other methods. Stiver also created trench safety designs for installation, special shoring requirements with trench boxes, steel plates and soldier piles, and steel casing designs.

As part of work on three new Highway 105 bridges that cross rivers between Brenham and Navasota, Texas, Stiver Engineering provided a sheet pile and tie rod shoring system design for the installation of the bridges’ bent foundation and abutment. The shoring plan included temporary wale sets, as well as a staging plan for accessing and excavating to the required depth to install the bent foundation and abutment. The final stage of work was a permanent sheet pile structure around the bent that was filled with low density concrete.

As part of a levee improvement project in Sugar Land, Texas, Stiver Engineering provided analysis and design for a three-sided shoring system with steel frames and timber lagging. The shoring was roughly 28.5 feet deep and set back in the levee with one side of the shoring system daylighting into the channel.

Stiver Engineering provided shoring design services for the construction of three new railroad overpasses on Hempstead Road in Houston. Due to the proximity between the proposed and existing overpasses, a shoring system had to be implemented that was only 12 feet away from the railroad. The shoring design, which followed AREMA and UPRR guidelines, consisted of sheet pile with wale sets, tie backs and grouted anchors. Construction of the overpasses was performed in multiple phases, and Stiver Engineering successfully carried out designs that were tailored for the needs of each phase. The project was completed in September 2019.