How do you install a Slide Rail System? ICON’s slide rail system is installed simultaneously as the trench or pit is excavated. Start by excavating the trench to 4 feet deep. Install the first rails and lining plates. Then square up the system as best you can. Continue to dig on the inside of the system removing the excavated material as needed. Add more panels and rails incrementally using the “dig and push” method until the required sub-grade is reached.

Installation of a pre-engineered modular system of panels, rails and braces allows the contractor to easily sheet a small or large pit 30% to 50% faster than conventional methods such as steel-driven sheet piling

Work in Tight Areas

  • Installation and excavation take place together decreasing your costs by 50%.

  • Minimal vibration during installation minimizes damage to adjacent utilities and surrounding buildings.

  • More working room wall-to-wall without the use of inside waler beams.

Sheet and Shore around Existing or Adjacent Utilities, Safely and Quickly

  • With the use of ICON’s internal and utility crossing frames, existing utilities can be easily sheeted around as you advance the system.

  • Vertical panels, overlapping sheeting or vertical wood can be inserted into the crossing frame to shore around the existing utility.

Remove cross braces when needed by tying back to large, wide-flange beams

  • Rebrace Pit designs are available up to 40’W x 62’L and a maximum of 20’ in depth.

Triple Slide Rail Systems are used for Large, Deep, Difficult Jobs

  • Built to last for even the largest and toughest soil conditions.

  • Sheet as deep as 36’ in C60 soil.

  • Provide up to a 15’ or larger working room clearance under the bottom brace.



“Dig and Push” method of installation eliminates the need for vibratory hammers, increases production by 50% and decreases labor by 30% to 40% on average versus conventional sheeting.
What is a Slide Rail System? Slide rail systems are extremely versatile and can be used to shore simple pits or very elaborate excavations with utility problems, overhead clearance problems and difficult soil conditions all at once.

Icon Equipment is known as the original pioneer of this type of shoring system in the U.S. ICON’s slide rail shoring systems are made of high yield, Grade 50 steel and are comprised of lineal panels, rails or posts and bracing that enable the contractor to install 2, 3 and 4 sided pits and trenches for a variety of excavations and different soil conditions. ICON manufactures slide rails in either a single, double or triple rail design with a choice of Roller Rail Frames (Struts) or Fixed Position Braces for the contractor.

ICON’s Slide Rail system can be utilized on excavations for:

  • Large and small sewer line

  • Large water mains

  • Tunnel access pits or shafts

  • Tank installations

  • Environmental remediation and cleanup

  • Large and small diameter vaults

  • Pump stations, lift stations, wet wells, manholes and junction boxes

  • Bridge footings and wing walls

  • And much, much more.