Sheet piles are used as an earth retention and excavation support technique that retains soil by using interlocking steel sheets as temporary or permanent earth retention systems.

Common Uses

  • Build seawalls and bulkheads
  • Support excavations
  • Control groundwater

Technical Details

Permanent steel sheet piles are designed to provide a long service life. Anchors can also be incorporated to increase lateral support. Steel sheet pile walls have been used to support excavations for below grade parking structures, basements, pump houses, and foundations, construct cofferdams, and to construct seawalls and bulkheads. Sheet piles are also a sustainable option since recycled steel is used in their construction, and the piles can often be reused. This technique is typically used for cofferdams in rivers, wharfs, other marine structures or excavation pits where the complete removal of all shoring elements in required.