Galserv wins the 2023 Sorel Design Award

We’re proud of the work we do at Galserv and stand by the quality and expertise that we put into every project we deliver.

Making the customer successful is in our DNA so it’s particularly rewarding to be recognised for it.

we’re honoured to have won the prestigious Sorel Award for Innovation Use of Hot Dip Galvanizing in Project Work for 2023, for our collaboration with Shore Hire on their Shore Brace 400 modular bracing system.

And it’s a project that’s been some time in the making.


About the Project

The Shore Brace 400 is a unique product. An engineered hydraulic bracing system, it’s the first of its kind to be manufactured in Australia.

Shore Hire conceived the Shore Brace 400 as a way to improve shoring practices industry-wide, while at the same time meeting the growing market need for a reusable system that suited larger projects.

What makes it different is its heavy-duty modular design. It features a series of various lengths and configurations, which work together to improve the strength and capacity of traditional bracing systems.

It was created with a complex design, to highly exacting specifications, which meant no room for error or quality issues.

This also meant that it needed a coating that was durable enough to withstand harsh site conditions and repeat wear and tear from the excavation and installation process.

On consultation with the team at Galserv, and after considering other painted options, Hot-dip galvanising was chosen as the best way to provide longevity of protection.


The Galserv Difference

Galserv was first approached by Shore Hire in 2018 during the early R&D phase of product development to discuss solutions. In-depth design, engineering and development followed,  with Galserv providing technical support and advice in a range of different areas, from the design itself to practicalities in the hot-dip galvanising process.

Our team worked with Shore Hire’s engineers to propose and test how to achieve the best outcomes to ensure a seamless system with no failure points once it was assembled. It was also critical to ensure correct drainage so that no zinc would build up in the tight tolerance such as the pins, pivot points, and fingers.

It was an iterative development, and we assisted Shore Hire in understanding each stage of the hot-dip galvanising process, undergoing many rounds of testing to determine the correct orientation that would achieve a consistent finish to specification.

To achieve this, we formulated a unique dipping process that delivered a consistent finish every time, which would reduce fleet maintenance needs and eliminate remedial work in the future.


Helping to create a more sustainable industry

Making our customers successful is a shared passion at Galserv. Working with an innovative client in Shore Hire made this an exciting project to be a part of and one that we knew would allow us to contribute to the strength and durability of the system.

At its core, the Shore Brace 400 has been designed to be safe and durable, but it has also improved the sustainability processes of the industry as well. The Shore Brace 400 project, by being re-hireable over and over again, and made locally in Australia, has a reduced carbon footprint to imported one-off systems.

Shore Hire has created a heavy-duty bracing system designed for repeat use in large pits and major projects, a break from the typical once-and-done approach often seen in construction.  This helps eliminate the wastage associated with similar single-use bespoke steel walers. Hot dip galvanising also helps to extend the lifespan of the materials—and this can be extended even further by re-galvanising the product.

Today, we’re proud to have processed more than 250 tonnes of the Shore Brace 400 product, which is in use in high-profile projects around the country, a testament to the innovation and hard work that has gone into making the project a reality.

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