Shoring Suite

Shoring Suite is a software package that contains four modules that can be linked together: Shoring, EarthPres, Surcharge, and Heave. All 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. For more information on EarthPres, Surcharge, and Heave, click here.

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Well Referenced

The calculation is based on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) methods, the US Navy DM-7 (NAVFAC) manual, the Steel Sheet Design manual (USS), and the Trenching and Shoring Manual of the 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 and lagging systems, tieback/braced wall, second/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 a great tool for shoring design engineers. Users can input soil pressures directly or let the program calculate pressure based on field data, lab testing data, or geotechnical recommendations.

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 used by thousands of professional in the U.S. and overseas (e.g., Australia, Brazil, Germany, Kuwait, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, etc.). Several state and city departments of transportation, including in CA, CO, DE, FL,MT, NV, NY, PA, WA also employ Shoring Suite. The software is recommended in McGraw-Hill’s “Earth Retention Systems Handbook.”

The program can handle the most complicated ground and construction conditions. The following 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, Sheet pile, and Deadman anchors, which can be mixed together;
  6. External force in any direction and angle on the wall such as vertical load on top of shoring;
  7. Horizontal and vertical earthquake loading;
  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
  • 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 direction
  • 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
  • Corner pile such as two walls intersected
  • Limited Embedment Wall (Bedrock in tip) such as existing wall analysis
  • Trimming concrete slab case
  • Pile encountered rock with limited or no embedment
  • Water Table can be any depth


  • 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)

“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 had this program a few years ago.”

Dr. Gregory P. Wilson, P.E., M.ASCE
Department of Engineering and Technology, Texas A&M University

Projects using Shoring Suite software

Shoring projects by Pierce Engineering

Phoenixville, PA

Shoring project by Civiltech Engineers

Seattle, WA

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