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Groundforce Gives a Lesson In Shoring at Glasgow School of Art - continued

With the exception of one Prop, which is a 150 tonne capacity all of the other props are 250 tonne capacity MP250 hydraulic units with 610 mm diameter steel tube extensions."SRM produced the design loadings for all of the required supports, to which Groundforce specified props with adequate capacity" says Mark Whitmore. "With the exception of one Prop, which is a 150 tonne capacity all of the other props are 250 tonne capacity MP250 hydraulic units with 610 mm diameter steel tube extensions. With the two upper level central props which have a the relatively long span of around 31.5 m, we had to specify our 1220 mm diameter "Super" tubes" explains Mark.

Delivery commenced during May 2012 with the total duration expected to be around five to six months. However progress has been quicker than SRM had anticipated with the lower level of props scheduled for removal mid August with the upper level removed during September.

"I've worked with smaller equipment, like hydraulic manhole braces, many times before, but this is a whole different order of scale" says SRM construction manager Peter Unwin. "Instead of handling units weighing 250 – 500 kg, you"re handling pieces weighing 16 or 18 tonnes. But it’s very user-friendly and everything’s gone very smoothly".

Mark Whitmore comments "During the development and execution of this scheme, we have built a good working relationship with SRM’s design and site teams. A high level of attention to detail is required to ensure the system not only meets the design criteria but is delivered to site on time and in a configuration and sequence that can be easily handled. Our Major Projects Coordination team, from our Coatbridge depot, provided on site assistance at key moments of the project, to assist with the prop installation and the set up and maintenance of the wireless load monitoring system"

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