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SHORING Suite is a software package that contains 4 Modules: Shoring, EarthPres, Surcharge, and Heave. These modules are sophisticated design and analysis tools developed by experienced engineers and professors. The program has been widely used by engineers, contractors, universities, and government agencies nationwide and overseas. The program is flexible, powerful, and has high performance qualities.  

Well Referenced: The calculation is based on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) methods, US Navy DM-7 (NAVFAC) manual, the Steel Sheet Design manual (USS), and TRENCHING AND SHORING MANUAL of, California Department of Transportation. It can be used for complex ground conditions, surcharge loads, and many types of shoring walls including: braced cuts, cantilever walls, bulkhead walls, sheet pile walls, soldier piles & lagging systems, tangent pile walls, slurry walls, and any flexible walls. The program can link to EarthPres and Surcharge modules so that the data from these two programs can be directly imported into Shoring.

Great Tools: The program shows diagrams of pressures, shear, moment, and deflection. It calculates the moment of the piles and selects the five most suitable piles for you. The program not only presents the major properties of these piles but also calculates the top deflection of each pile. For braced systems, the program supports calculation for wale and strut. For tieback systems, the program can determine the free length, bound length, and non-load zone of tieback anchors. <Smart Input> places soil properties at your fingertips. It is great tool for shoring design engineers.

Widely Used: The program supports multi-tieback or braces. It can automatically select the sheet pile and soldier pile from a database with all of the properties. The program has helped numerous engineers reduce time and costs for their projects. This program is recognized as Number One in shoring software. It is widely used in the U.S. and overseas. The program has been used by about 1500 professionals, including departments of transportation in CA, FL, WA, MT, NY, and NV, many cities, large and small firms, and engineers in Germany, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Taiwan and other countries. The software is recommended in EARTH RETENTION SYSTEMS HANDBOOK, McGraw-Hill.

Most Complicated Conditions: The program can handle the most complicated ground and construction conditions. Followings are some examples: 1) Step walls to stabilize a slope (Download method in PDF file); 2) Bedrock at bottom limiting the pile embedment; 3) Before and after trimming concrete is placed; 4) Water table is above ground surface; 5) Helix, Tieback, and Deadman anchors, which can be mixed together; 6) External force in any direction and angle on the wall; 7) Horizontal and vertical earthquake acceleration; 8) Surcharge loading at any elevation; 9) Different lagging spacing; 10) Different pile or shaft diameter; 11) Water table above ground surface; 12) E-80 Cooper Railroad; 13) Brace above ground or below dredge line; 14) At-rest, Ko condition; and more...

  • User-friendly interface with many drawings
  • Easy installation and use
  • Unlimited layered soils below and above dredge line
  • Step-by-step manual with many examples
  • Up to 30 levels of tieback, deadman, and plate anchors
  • Diagrams of pressures, shear, moment, and deflection
  • Selection of piles, determination of tieback length
  • Earthquake loading by Mononobe-Okabe method
  • Choice of at rest, Ko and active, Ka
  • External forces acting on wall in any directions


  • Suitable for most shoring walls and flex walls
  • Optimized pile size selection from a database
  • Input different spacing for each pressure
  • Complex surcharge and water conditions
  • High quality graphical reports that can be exported to other software
  • Step-Walls Calculation
  • Limited Embedment Wall (Bedrock in tip)
  • Trimming concrete slab case
  • Handle case such as pile encountered rock with limited penetration
  • Water Table can above wall and ground surface
  • FHWA 98-011, FHWA-RD-97-130, FHWA SA 96-069, FHWA-IF-99-015
  • STEEL SHEET PILING DESIGN MANUAL by Pile Buck Inc., 1987, 2002
  • DESIGN MANUAL DM-7 (NAVFAC), Department of the Navy, May 1982
  • TRENCHING AND SHORING MANUAL Revision 12, California Department of Transportation, January 2011
  • EARTH RETENTION SYSTEMS HANDBOOK, Alan Macnab, McGraw-Hill Handbooks. 2002
  • DESIGN OF SHEET PILE WALLS, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. March 1994 (Download in PDF file);

What are the improvements in SHORING version 8?

  • Add cohesion in analysis
  • Choice of at rest, Ko and active, Ka
  • Load Factor input for LRFD method calculation
  • Earthquake load by Mononobe-Okabe method and etc
  • Add E80 railroad surcharge loading
  • Smart Input: from soil type or one property to find others such as friction, cohesion, and density. Smart Input helps to find soil properties easier and quick
  • Add pile allowable moment, Ms in embedment calculation to reduce embedment
  • Add a special Corner pile calculation
  • Improved deflection calculation. No need to input point of fixity.
  • Handle case such as pile encountered rock with limited penetration
  • Choice of wedge analysis, log spiral analysis and formula computation
  • Vertical bearing capacity check to see the pile has enough penetration for down drag force
  • Step-walls analysis ?two walls very close on sloped ground
  • Concentrated forces in any angle acting on wall (against or pushing wall)
  • Vertical loading can be applied on top of pile.
  • Capable to show failure line for wedge analysis
  • Active and passive pressure can have up to 5 different spacing and arching
  • Up to 120 active pressures and 60 passive pressures
  • Pressure input has choice to input slope or bottom pressure to save input time
  • Step Walls Analysis ?two shoring walls very close on sloped ground
  • Automatically selection of group piles to meet requirement and output to a pull-down list, no typing necessary
  • Automatically get Ms and I from pile list
  • Editable database of the sheet or soldier piles. User can add own piles to list.
  • Editable pressure tables made Insert, Delete and Copy pressures are much easier.
  • Choice of continuous beam or single span beam in moment calculation
  • For existing wall analysis or limited length of pile, program can evaluate the Factor of safety
  • Add possible friction at pile tip, choice of limited or un-limited friction
  • Add Corner pile calculation for corner pile analysis
  • Capable of input both passive and negative soil active and passive pressures
  • Soil pressures can be above ground surface
  • Water table can be higher than soil surface
  • Brace level can be above ground surface
  • Up to 30 braces including Raker, Struts, Wale, Tieback, Anchor Plate, and Deadman. All the brace type can be mixed and used together
  • Add Plate anchor such as Chance anchor, Augured or Screwed plate or Helix
  • No load zone calculation for Tieback, Anchor Plate, and Deadman.
  • More graphic description and explanation
  • Four different scales for graphics
  • Each module saves file individually or save together as project
  • Additional General module to improve integration of all modules

What are the improvements in SHORING version 7?

  • Deflection calculation at pile top and any depth
  • Diagrams of pressures, shear, moment, and deflection
  • Added "H" pile to the pile database (in addition to sheet pile and "W" beam)
  • User can edit pile database to add piles
  • Deadman Anchor is included in addition to Brace and Tieback Anchor calulation.
  • Better integration between SHORING and Epres
  • Added embedment depth of loading to Lpres so the surcharge can be at any depth from ground surface
  • Improved user interface for all four programs in SHORING Suite Plus (SHORING, Epres, Lpres, and HEAVE)
  • Graphics can be pasted or exported to other Windows applications, such as Word and Powerpoint

What are the improvements in SHORING version 5?

How does one input information to the SHORING programs?

Two types of input are commonly used for SHORING: soil pressure diagrams and parameters.

The pressure diagram input is based on the configuration of pressures on the wall. These diagrams are constructed by determining active pressure, passive pressure, surcharge pressure, and water pressure based on soil conditions, soil parameters, and surface loads. The pressure diagrams must be constructed by the user before inputting them to the program. Use of pressure diagrams for input allows maximum flexibility for handling differing field situations and wall configurations. Our SHORING program uses pressure diagram input. The graphical presentation in the programs provides an immediate visual representation of the pressure diagrams so they can be checked rapidly for accuracy.

Shoring Suite Plus also supports parameter input. For the soil parameter input, soil physical properties (such as friction, unit weight and cohesion) and wall configuration (e.g., water table, wall height, surcharge load) are entered. You have to use Epres to input the information, then Epres will generate the pressure diagram for the SHORING program. These two programs are tightly integrated for data translation.

What are the output results of the SHORING program?

The output from the SHORING program includes:

  • Reaction force for each brace, or tieback force for each anchor.
  • Minimum embedment for soldier piles or sheet piles.
  • Shear forces and moment of the pile at each span (between braces) and the maximum moment. This allows selection of the pile section based on maximum moment.
  • Diagrams of pressures, shear, moment and deflection.
  • Optimum selection of pile/beam from database.

What does the EarthPres program do?

Since the SHORING program uses pressure diagram input, one must determine the active and passive pressures before they can be entered. For level surfaces or infinite slopes, active and passive pressures can be calculated easily using Rankin's or Columb's equations or charts. However, if the ground surface is irregular, (i.e. two or more stages of slope), the determination of soil pressure is difficult. Sometimes empirical methods or conservative assumptions are made to solve the problems. Epres searches the failure surface to accurately determine the active or passive pressures on a wall. Wall friction, wall buttresses, and a complex ground surface can be accounted for. Epres is a very useful tool for the SHORING program. The data from Epres can be automatically translated to SHORING.

What does the Surcharge program do?

If there are surcharge loads on the ground surface near the wall, they produce additional lateral pressures on the wall which must be considered in the analysis. Lpres can determine the lateral pressure on a wall caused by different types of surcharges: point loads, strip loads, area loads, or combinations of these loads. The results are output in the form of a pressure diagram. The program is very useful for the design of retaining or shoring walls, and is another very useful adjunct tool for the SHORING program. The data from Lpres can be automatically translated to SHORING.

Does the SHORING program require EarthPres and Surcharge?

Both Epres and Lpres are stand-alone programs, which can be used for many geotechnical and construction problems. The SHORING program does not require Epres and Lpres. Without the two programs, you have to construct all the pressures yourself and input them to SHORING. We recommend that you purchase these two programs with the SHORING program, as they will increase your capability to easily solve problems with complex situations.

Our Users:

  • Your Shoring 8 program is truly outstanding. I do a significant amount of earth retention analysis and design in my private practice including bridgework, soldier piles, etc. Just finished a sheet pile analysis project for a local bridge contractor. Turned a lot of hand calcs into an hour or so. Wish I would have this program a few years ago.
  • - Dr. Gregory P. Wilson, P.E., M.ASCE, Department of Engineering and Technology, Texas A&M University

  • - John J. Peirce, P.E., D.GE, Peirce Engineering, Inc. Phoenixville, PA