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 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.

The Joes Creek Interceptor project in Dallas involves 8,370 linear feet of 60-inch excavated diameter tunnel that will house 36-inch HOBAS carrier pipe. There are 20 shafts (ranging from 21 to 48 vertical feet in depth), and ground conditions include sand, sand with gravel, sandstone, sandy clay, shaley clay, and shale (Eagle Ford). Stiver Engineering provided steel casing pipe calculations for 8 runs. We also created designs for various sizes of shoring pits using sheet piling and wale sets, as well as designs for a 32-foot-diameter liner plate and ring beam shaft at various locations and TBM face pressure calculations.

As a part of a terminal and ramp expansion project at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Stiver Engineering provided a custom beam and plate lagging shoring design that was greater than 2,500 feet long. The 30-foot and 35-foot steel H-piles for the shoring system were driven prior to construction to avoid conflict with the elevated roadway. Stiver prepared custom access shafts to accommodate the turns in the pipe runs, and a trench shoring design using soldier pile and timber lagging/steel sheeting. Stiver also designed intermediate pits along the trench that required wale set supports along with soldier piles.

Stiver Engineering provided a custom beam and plate shoring design for the ongoing Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project in Houston. The custom design was greater than 250 feet long. The pit was located next to Lake Houston with a live 74-inch diameter pipe that crossed through the shoring and discharged into Lake Houston. The shoring was installed so dual 108-inch water lines could be constructed. Stiver also prepared a custom pipe support frame that the contractor used to support the existing storm drainpipe while the dual water lines were built.