Soldier pile walls provide support through the stiffness of the steel beams supported by the ground below the finished grade. They are effective earth retention systems in both “fill” and “cut” wall situations and are especially useful along property boundaries. Soldier pile systems can be used as permanent retaining walls and as temporary shoring.
Soldier pile walls consist of soldier pile beams (steel HP or W sections) that are vertically driven or concreted into drilled holes. The structural lagging, which spans the between piles typically consists of horizontally placed timber, steel plates, concrete sections, or reinforced shotcrete. For wall heights in excess of about 15 feet, additional resistance to active earth pressures may be provided by tieback anchors, dead man anchors, or internal bracing.
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