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 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 the ongoing Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion project in Houston, Stiver Engineering was asked to provide a pulley system to pick up and place 108-inch-diameter pipe sections which weighed more than 20,000 pounds. An I-beam frame was provided to help with the lifting process. Finite element analysis was performed to size the beam and connections. An anchorage design for the frame was also provided using three alternatives that best fit the client’s needs. The frame was designed so the client could easily assemble/disassemble it as necessary.