The mechanics associated with forepoling structures explicitly, has never been fully investigated in order to determine the associated support mechanics when installed in isolation and/or in groups as an umbrella arch. Further, numerically, these support structures cannot be modelled using the commonly used, industry standard, two-dimensional (2D) numerical software packages. In numerical software using three-dimensional (3D) codes, these support elements are commonly standardized using pile or rockbolt simplified noded elements that do not truly describe their behaviour when subjected to the true 3D stress conditions that result at face or near the face due to the tunnel or mining excavation process. As such, a deficiency exists with regards to prediction of the interaction of umbrella arch support systems with forepoles element for tunnelling practices within weak rock masses. Methods have been developed in order to predict the behaviour of radial support systems to include temporary support elements such as rock bolts, steel sets, and liners such as the convergence-confinement method. However, these tools do not have the ability to capture the influence of support systems installed longitudinally at the face of tunnel such as forepole, and core reinforcement elements. In an attempt to improve tunnel design strategies, this paper will focus on the mechanical response of the application of the forepole element as part of the umbrella arch method installed in deep and shallow excavations; As well, other issues associated (influences) with the use of forepoles are also highlighted and discussed.