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Wood Shoring Systems: How Do They Perform?

By DAVID J. HAMMOND Because of its availability and versatility, wood shoring is widely used to temporarily stabilize damaged structures during urban search and rescue (US&R) operations. Shoring systems have been developed using wellaccepted engineering principles and design specifications. Testing conducted in California since 2000 has sought to verify predicted strengths and, more importantly, the failure characteristics of vertical and lateral wood shoring systems. The sites included the Menlo Park (CA) Fire District, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) US&R California Task Force 3 (CATF3) training site, and the Moffett Field National Aeronautics and Space Administra...

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