TOTAL Shaft Sinking

TOTAL Shaft Sinking contractors overview

Here at Total, we are experts in caisson shaft sinking. We have completed many challenging and diverse caisson shaft projects that needed us to think creatively. We install shafts from 2.5 m internal diameter up to 25m internal diameter. They are popular for: 

  • Pump stations  
  • Utility holes 
  • Tunnel construction access, with the inclusions of tunnel ‘eyes’ for TBM launch and removal plus excellent thrust walls for pipejacking operations. 

Their robust nature also makes appropriate permanent works structures possible once tunneling activities have been completed. 

Caisson Shaft Construction 

Caisson shaft sinking is often a popular method of excavation where ground conditions are poor, usually on projects where the groundwork is of sandy base or gravel. 

Caissons are watertight structures that are ideal for constructing shafts in wet ground or underwater situations. When creating the caisson shaft, concrete segments are sunk using a hydraulic ram. These segments form the primary support for the shaft. We can create a caisson haft up to 25 meters in diameter using this technique  

The advantages of using a caisson shaft system include: 

  • Fast, clean, and accurate construction  
  • Quick construction  
  • Less labour time needed 
  • Creates immediate shafts 

An alternative technique to creating a shaft is to use a steel lining as the caisson. The steel remains in place throughout the construction process, until the permanent structure is complete. It is frequently used in pumping stations and utility hole construction projects. 


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TOTAL Shaft Sinking

Here at Total Groundworks and Civil Engineering we are experts in caisson shaft sinking., we have completed many challenging and diverse caisson shaft projects

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