Pile and Plate Shoring: Soldier piles and steel plates are a common shoring system used for deep excavations and are especially advantageous when existing utilities are entering or exiting the excavation. Timber lagging can be utilized, in lieu of steel plates, to shore around those utilities. Pile and plate shoring utilizes less steel than a sheet pile system. Only the soldier piles require embedment whereas, with sheet piles, each pile must be embedded. Less embedment means less drilling or driving of the piles.