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Propping and needling work on BoxPark Bristol

Propping And Needling In Action

Adaptable and flexible, Slimshore Soldiers are quick and effective when Propping and Needling is required during construction. Here’s all you need to know. Posted by The SEL Team Used as a means of support for a structure during construction works, propping and needling systems are a form of temporary works intended to maintain building safety by avoiding the collapse of walls and ceilings during alterations of an existing structure.  For instance, this kind of equipment is often used on a construction site when creating an opening in a load-bearing wall. An adaptable and flexible system, propping and needling is quick and easy to deploy in most cases and can be used in both residential and commercial properties – and in all manner of challenging buildings. To give some examples, this method has been used when working with stone, old timber frames and even traditional cobb-style walls. Spotlight on Slimshore Formwork soldiers have proven to be an effective system for Propping and Needling and come in a range of sizes. A modular propping system with a variety of uses, Slimshore’s soldier units are a useful means of facilitating temporary support of structural walls in construction projects using conventional propping and needling techniques. Slimshore soldiers can be used for a range of purposes, such as prop units (including HD push-pull props and HD props), raking shores and needle beams – making them extremely versatile on site and adaptable to meet a project’s needs at short notice. Using a 4no. or 6 no. M16x40 bolted joint, soldiers can be connected end-to-end, making their deployment quick and easy. This modular approach also makes the kit is easy to transport. When used as needle beams, Slimshore soldiers may be laterally restrained using light or heavy duty raking props to ensure stability, depending on the loading

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Why Trenchless Technology?

Taking a closer look at our top quality equipment: the Impact Mole, Grundoburst and Grundowinch Posted by the SEL Team For those who may be less familiar with trenchless technology and its uses in construction, this is essentially a method of installing or replacing underground piping (often to expand pipeline carrying capacity) without the need for trenching, creating minimal disturbance to the site you’re working on. These solutions can be used for a variety of applications, including water and sewer lines, gas and oil pipelines, and communications and power cables; for instance, you might need to access a pipe beneath a busy road or carry out construction work in close proximity to a tree or other utility networks. We often see trenchless technology used at heritage sites where it’s important to avoid potential impact on structures that have been in place for hundreds of years. What are the benefits? Cost effective Using a trenchless method can be more cost effective as it avoids the expense of more labour-intensive options or the costs involved in restoration following surface damage or arranging road closures, for example. Environmentally friendly There are also the environmentally friendly benefits that come with avoiding a large excavation project and the impact that can potentially have on the surrounding landscape. A safe option There are fewer health and safety implications to consider when it comes to trenchless solutions. There’s no need to secure a trench to avoid accidents when not in use, nor the need to introduce the necessary measures to protect construction workers in and around an open excavation. Spotlight on pipe bursters Pipe bursters are amongst our most in-demand trenchless site equipment products and offer an efficient, convenient means of replacing buried pipelines, without the need for excavation – so let’s take a deeper dive into how pipe bursters

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Temporary works design being discussed over laptops

How Temporary Works Design Can Give Excavation Works A Solid Foundation

What is Temporary Works Design, and how can it help you get your construction project off to a successful start? Posted by the SEL Team Excavations are an important first step in any construction project. Whether the site is large or compact, this process is essential for site preparation and to lay solid foundations before a construction project can commence. No construction job or site is the same and therefore excavation works can face many complications. Forward planning is a key component to avoid pitfalls and ensure the success of this part of the construction programme. Temporary Works Design, done in consultation with a reputable Engineer, is a means to secure the desired outcome. It can give your construction job that solid foundation to deliver a successful and safe method. At Site Equipment Ltd (SEL), we always recommend getting an expert Engineer’s solution for on-site construction works. What Is Temporary Works Design? Temporary Works Design is about forward planning. It can be applied to a number of construction jobs, such as formwork, structural support and groundworks, which include excavations. By definition, “Temporary Works”, is a widely used expression in the construction industry for an “engineered solution”. It is used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanent works during construction; to support an item of plant or equipment; the vertical sides or side-slopes of an excavation; to provide access. Depending on the construction job and the nature of the site, the site excavation phase of the job can become rather complicated. Therefore the expertise of an Engineer could be a good investment. Temporary Works Design provides assurance to the safety and buildability of a solution used on site; often, designs are required to satisfy Health and Safety requirements, but can also be instrumental in a Contractor’s method statement and

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