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Soldier Pile Wall Safety

By Jeffrey W. Coonse, PE / April 28, 2021

What are some safety considerations when constructing soldier pile walls? Soldier pile wall safety is about taking care of people first. Here’s how we do it. Drill Rig Stability Drill rigs must have a stable base to prevent overturning.  The bearing capacity of the soil must be sufficient to support the rig weight and the…

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Soldier Pile Wall Construction

By Jeffrey W. Coonse, PE / April 15, 2021

How are soldier pile walls constructed? Soldier Pile Installation Soldier piles are typically steel H-piles or W sections.  The piles may be driven, vibrated, or drilled into place.  Piles are typically driven or vibrated into the ground where soil profiles do not prevent driving and were vibrations can be tolerated by adjacent structures.  On newer…

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Duke University Bed Tower Anchored Soldier Pile Walls

Soldier Pile Wall Advantages

By Jeffrey W. Coonse, PE / March 31, 2021

What are the advantages of a soldier pile wall? Flexibility Soldier Pile Walls are the go-to excavation shoring solution in densely populated urban areas such as city centers, hospital campuses, and universities.  Soldier piles allow for flexibility when working around existing buildings and existing utilities.  For taller walls, anchors can be installed 10′ below existing…

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