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Mountmellick
County County Laois
R32 C673
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About Groundforce

Groundforce - Specialist Construction Solutions

Groundforce is Ireland’s leading supplier of Excavation Support Systems. Operating from depots strategically located in Mountmellick, Co. Laois and Lisburn. Our success has been driven through innovative product development combined with the latest technical design and digital engineering processes.

Groundforce offer Total Solutions to the construction industry dealing in shoring equipment, piling and cropping equipment, pipe stoppers, pressure testing, temporary bridges, and excavation training. With over 40 years of experience Groundforce continue to lead the way in innovation, quality and service as the supplier of choice for most of the large, medium and smaller civil and building contractors working in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Our commitment to providing expert support and meeting environmental and safety obligations is reinforced by a team of highly trained and qualified engineers, technical representatives, and regional hire staff. Certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001, and equipped with products that carry CE and UKCA marks, we maintain a reputation for unparalleled expertise and support across our entire product range.

Groundforce have recently introduced a new emerging business called Groundforce Safety. Dealing in confined space safety, site survey and environmental monitoring equipment. Whether you are in need of Gas Monitors, Pipeline Cameras or C.A.T4TM & Genny4TM Cable Avoidance Tools, Groundforce Safety is here to help.

Groundforce Ireland – supporting your business from the ground up!

Lisburn Office:
162 Moira Road,
Lisburn,
County Antrim,
BT28 1JA

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12/03/2024
Groundforce delivers bespoke solution for major Dublin dig

Groundforce has supplied a bespoke support system for a major excavation in Dublin.
Contractor Bennett Construction is building a new eight-storey campus building in Dublin city centre for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

Two of the building’s eight storeys are below ground, which means the site is currently occupied by a deep excavation more than 50m long and 30m wide.

Modular hydraulic equipment supplied by Groundforce is supporting the concrete secant-piled retaining wall while Bennett Construction completes the excavation and installs the reinforced concrete basement slab.

Although the excavation is roughly rectangular in plan, it includes several irregularities that complicate the engineering of the support solution. Lateral forces impose geotechnical loads varying between 215kNm and 300kN/m which are supported by Groundforce’s MP150 and MP250 hydraulic props via a waling beam comprising the company’s modular Mega Brace system.

However, where the shape of the excavation does not allow the use of standard equipment, bespoke beams and props have been designed and supplied to ensure that all of the concrete secant piles remain fully supported.

Five MP250 props support the middle of the excavation, spanning almost 30m. These props are fitted with 1,220mm-diameter ‘super-tube’ (twice the diameter of standard extension tubes) to increase stiffness and prevent deflection.

Each of the four corners of the excavation is supported by a combination of MP150 and MP250 props in lengths ranging from just over 5m to more than 18m. These props act as knee-braces, supporting the Mega Brace beam at angles of approximately 45o. This arrangement imposes a significant shear force on the retaining wall.

“At certain locations there are very short lengths of retaining wall comprising only a few piles and these are unable to resist the shear from the knee braces,” explains Groundforce major projects manager Adam Fletcher.



To enable the waling beam to resist the shear at these points, Groundforce designed bespoke steelwork that was welded to the Mega Brace beam in-situ.

“When the final pile layout was determined we decided to split the frame to suit two levels of propping and designed a bespoke corner brace to follow the pile line and limit the deflection where shear keys could not be used,” explains Adam.

Chiara Morena, Groundforce design manager, said: “In standard procedures, the props are located against the retaining wall using gallows brackets. These not only ensure the correct positioning of the prop but also carry its unsupported weight and prevent any risk of slippage. On this project, only the hard secant piles could be used for supporting the beam via gallows brackets and that was an additional challenge. Once a partial built wall was provided, we had to verify the anchored connection of the gallows brackets for each beam extension around the excavation.

“However, due to the difference in level in the RCSI excavation, one of the MP250 props is installed at a 3o angle to the horizontal which introduces an upward force at the higher end of the prop as it is braced against the waling beam. To counteract this, we installed an additional gallows bracket upside down, in non-standard fashion, above the prop at this point.”

Adam added: “Groundforce became involved when the design was at a very early stage and contributed to several revisions before the design was finalised, which also gave the opportunity to have a full picture of what was happening around the design. The bespoke solutions provided where the standard kit was not suitable are one of our strengths.”

Damien Watson, project manager with Bennett Construction, commented: “Groundforce provided continuous assistance after completing the design and during the installation and removal phases. They even helped with elements that fell outside their responsibility as a supplier of temporary propping equipment.”
11/12/2023
Groundforce win at Machinery Movers awards in Ireland

Specialist construction equipment supplier Groundforce are celebrating after winning the category of ‘Best Health, Safety & Training Standards, at the 2023 Machinery Movers magazine industry awards.
Groundforce were presented with the prestigious award during a spectacular gala dinner held at the Knightsbrook Golf & Spa resort in Trim, Co. Meath, on the 1 of December, where 650 guests came to celebrate and recognise the achievements of companies and individuals working in the construction, quarrying and plant sectors across Ireland.

Eugene Heather, Judge at Machinery Movers Magazine Industry Awards said: “Groundforce clinched the 2023 Best Health, Training & Safety Award due to its commitment to making safety a paramount principle in the provision of services and products. The company ensures secure groundworks for trench workers, and its dedication to safety is evident in pre-planning, protective systems, and ongoing training updates provided to clients.”

Joseph Lenihan, Groundforce Ireland director said: “We are very proud to have won this award, health and safety is at the heart of everything we do, from product, through to our extensive range of training courses designed to bring people home safely.”

03/10/2023
Introducing: YourSolution+

Groundforce Shorco are pleased to announce the launch of YourSolution+, an industry-first temporary works design tool. Offering engineers, temporary works coordinators and anyone confident to give a soil profile, unprecedented access to create their own trench and manhole box designs.
The main functionality of the tool is to create box designs bespoke to individual sites, with detailed soil profiles and bespoke surcharges in just a few clicks. Instantly generating a design by assessing a box against three load patterns to ensure safety whilst maintaining economy.

Using its built-in engineering calculations, the design tool will create real-time design documentation and technical drawings exclusive to your excavation, for the company’s extensive range of boxes. Information regards the CO2e of hire will also be included on the designs. Once you have your bespoke design you have the ability to check this through your own companies procedures or request a Groundforce engineer to check your work though a fast tracked process.

YourSolution+ is available 24/7 on mobile and desktop devices from the Groundforce website, making it ideal for out-of-hours emergency works. The new tool is designed to be used in tandem with the standard design solutions tool, YourSolution. We recommend reading our article YourSolution vs YourSolution+ to determine which tool is the most appropriate for your design requirements. Click here to read now.

If you have a specific question about YourSolution+ check out our FAQ’s here.
Products & Services

shoring equipment kit

pipe stoppers

air testing equipment

Pipe Testing and Rehabilitation

Pipe Testing

Trenchless Technology

Vacuum Excavation

Temporary bridges

Confined Space Entry

Training

Excavation support training

Specialist Construction Solutions

pipe stoppers

air testing equipment

Pipe Testing and Rehabilitation

Pipe Testing

Trenchless Technology

Vacuum Excavation

Temporary bridges

Confined Space Entry

Excavation support training

Shoring Equipment

Pumps

Utility equipment

Specialist Construction Solutions

Piling Equipment

Groundforce Serves The Following Areas

Groundforce General Description

Shoring Equipment Piling Equipment Pipe Stoppers Utility Equipment Temporary Bridges Pump Hire Confined Space Entry Vacuum Excavation Pumping Trenchless Technology
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