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Reviewing a pertinent worked example bolsters any designer’s confidence. The more detailed the worked example is, the better. This design guide is comprised solely of such detailed worked examples.
Excavation support mechanics are adequately described in widely available manuals. Article 68 of Terzaghi’s Theoretical Soil Mechanics describes the standard of practice from 1943 when excavation shoring was still called “timbering.” Agencies with an interest in safe and stable excavation support have been issuing design manuals ever since, updating them every decade or so to include new construction techniques and support changing procurement practices. The most widely used publications include: