What is shoring in civil engineering?
Shoring is a supporting structure designed by civil engineers, used during the construction or repair of buildings to prevent it from collapsing. Shoring is usually temporary, and there are many different methods of shoring that can be used, depending on the situation. Shoring is most commonly used during the early stages of construction projects, also known as the excavation process, to reinforce below-ground work such as trenches.
Why is shoring an important part of civil engineering?
Shoring provides a reliable and strong supporting structure in a range of civil engineering projects, including the installation of a building foundation, or providing stability to an unsafe wall. Common shoring applications include home and building construction, foundation installation and repairs, and archaeological digs.
The main advantage of using shoring technologies when performing construction or excavation work is safety – because the key purpose of shoring is to provide stability and prevent collapses, helping to ensure a safe work site.
Shoring also provides efficiency by enabling excavations to be completed safely and thoroughly, preventing the need for remedial work which can cause delays and wasted resources if a collapse happens.