What Is Shoring?

Shoring in Building

Shoring in the context of formwork relates to the temporary propping to support both temporary construction loads including loads of wet concrete during the construction phase.

Shoring systems can be placed either in a horizontal, vertical or raking position and can be designed to support a wide range of loading situations and capacities. The type of equipment specified will be dependent on the shoring application. Each solution will be tailored to meet your project requirements.

What is shoring in building construction?

Shoring in the Building Construction Industry is a term used to describe temporarily propping or the general supporting a load. Whilst it can be used to refer to a permanent shoring system that becomes part of the overall building structure it is more often than not a term used to define temporary shoring in building construction. Temporary Shoring in the building construction can occur either during the construction phase of a building or during the demolition phase when the structural integrity of the building is at its weakest and additional support is required.

What is shoring design?

Shoring design is an essential component of all shoring systems used in the building construction industry. When temporary shoring or supporting of loads are required it is extremely important to engage a qualified structural engineer to accurately determine the loads which need to be supported. The engineer will be able to calculate the estimated loads and lateral bracing required as well as apply the necessary safety factors in accordance with the Australian Standards to ensure that the shoring system will safely sustain the loads.

Note: failure to have your shoring requirements designed by a qualified and experienced engineer is dangerous and could result in the loss of life.

What is shoring for excavation?

When the natural ground is excavated, for example in trenches or large open excavations for buildings construction sites, the natural ground on either side of the excavation is prone to collapse. The risk of excavation collapse increases depending on the type of material being excavated, surrounding water table issues and rain as well as loads being applied around the excavation site. The risk of collapse is extremely high and may come without warning. It is for this reason that if an excavation collapse occurs it often results in the loss of life.

To eliminate these risks of collapse, shoring systems are often used to support the surrounding excavation areas. As mentioned above shoring essentially involves temporarily propping or supporting a load. In the context of shoring for excavations, it involves bearing weight or strengthening the natural ground around the excavation to prevent it from collapsing.

When Shoring is used in excavations it generally involves shoring members being place in a horizontal, vertical and in some cases even in a raking position with timber or metal beams to support the loads. Once again it is essential that shoring systems used in excavations are designed by a qualified engineer.

What is involved with Cassaform’s shoring hire service?

Cassaform offers a full range of steel and aluminum shoring structures to satisfy every need of support and in particular for the casting of slabs. This service can vary from a simple hire supply service only to contractors that have the skills and knowledge and specifically know what equipment they requirements through to contractors that don’t necessarily have the experience and need technical advice. In this situation, Cassaform prepares preliminary and final designs, source the equipment to best suit all your construction requirements and programs as well as supply installation certifications.

If you have a shoring hire service requirement please contact Cassaform on 1300 745 674 so that we can tailor a solution to best suit your requirements.

by Kyle Valadon