ShoreTrench dig sure with the Bobcat Depth Check System


The UK’s first Bobcat Depth Check System aids further development for ShoreTrench.

You will find innovation at the heart of Chester based ShoreTrench – a subsidiary of Secure Ground Solutions. With 35 years’ experience in the construction and groundworks industry, ShoreTrench founder and CEO, Glenn Molyneux, knows all too well of the problems associated with trench excavations. Such experience led to the development of a revolutionary system that would benefit the safety and productivity of all aspects of trench shoring activity. 

ShoreTrench systems are the UK’s first preassembled trench shoring systems, providing an immediate support solution to an excavated trench and removing the risk of collapse. The unique design allows installation and removal to be completed within minutes, saving significant amounts of time when compared to traditional shoring systems, making site operations safer and more efficient. 

Another UK first for ShoreTrench and Norwest Plant is the recent investment in the Bobcat Depth Check system. Garry Wheawall of Norwest Plant, official Bobcat dealer for the North West and North Wales, has known ShoreTrench founder Glenn for a number of years. Garry commented, “I’ve known Glenn for about 6 years, he’s bought Bobcat machines in the past and more recently the Bobcat E45 excavator. We had discussed at length how the Bobcat Depth Check works and the benefits it could offer their continued development of ShoreTrench products. I’m pleased to be able to provide an innovative solution to help progress the ShoreTrench range, it’s also great that it’s the first in the UK”. 

The Bobcat Depth Check System is exclusive to Bobcat excavators and allows the operator to achieve an accurate grade every time without leaving the cab. The operator simply has to set  the width and depth of the trench support unit into the Dig Depth system and choose the right width bucket.

It’s a system of 3 sensors, one on the bucket, one on the arm and one on the base of the boom. All 3 sensors read the exact position of the attachment, boom and arm and constantly send and process data to the control panel that shows on the Bobcat Deluxe Display Screen. The processed information gives the operator visual and audible signals to guide them to either sustain or achieve a desired dig depth or grade. The Bobcat Depth Check System is efficient and easy to use, it is installed by the dealer and delivers an accurate dig depth measurement for precision grade control performance. It prevents over-digging – and the associated costs – while also preventing under-digging and the resulting need for manual labour to finalise the depth or grade.

Offering greater precision, the Bobcat Depth Check system improves productivity, efficiency and safety on site and eliminates the need for additional personnel and expensive laser equipment. 

ShoreTrench’s Glenn Molyneux said: “Our ambition is to make all trench shoring activity safer, more productive and more efficient and using the Bobcat E45 will help us to achieve that. Working with Norwest and Bobcat is helping us to continue to develop innovative solutions for the construction and engineering industry.”With a highly qualified team as the driving force behind ShoreTrench and reliable partners in the ever innovative Bobcat and Norwest Plant, the team continue to further develop the groundbreaking ShoreTrench technology and remain at the forefront of innovation.