Whether a slope is new or existing, naturally occurring or constructed – slope stability is a critical consideration.
Rock falls or landslides are dangerous and costly.
At Coffey we are experts in slope engineering – from design to remediation, our team can develop practical and cost effective solutions for any ground conditions. We provide highly specialised geotechnical advice and solutions.
Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in investigation, hazard and risk assessment, stability analyses, development of risk management strategies and remedial works designs for slopes and landslides.
We can respond rapidly to emergency call outs. Our team will interface with third parties including regulators and emergency services and identify the critical factors and procedures needed.
When specialist access is needed, we have roped access (IRATA) Level 1and 2 qualified engineers who also have expertise in slope engineering.
Our team specialises in landslide susceptibility zoning for new and existing developments in locations ranging from urban centres to very remote parts of the globe. Our studies assist in the reduction of vulnerability of developments to natural hazards and help to understand the nature and severity of the risks involved.
Slope risk assessment and management
Our geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists are accredited by Australian road authorities to undertake slope risk assessments.
Our team has worked with government agencies to develop and implement tailored risk analysis systems and procedures to address specific hazards, exposures and environmental factors.
Analysis and modelling of slope stability
We have expertise in analysing and modelling a variety of failure mechanisms in slopes and rock masses. We carefully select the appropriate analytical tool based on site requirements and geotechnical conditions from a wide range of products including Geo-Slope™, Rocscience™, Itasca™ and Dassault Systemes™.
Design of landslide remediation and new works on sloping ground
Our team works closely with clients to design solutions, assess the specific risks and takes into account regulatory requirements. Field-based geotechnical assessments focus on assessing the preparatory, trigger, propagation and run out factors within landslide hazard areas. Our solutions to mitigate risks always address one or more of these factors. Identifying these critical factors often leads to efficient solutions.
Construction advice and supervision
Supervision of slope stabilisation and construction works involving complex geotechnical aspects requires a solid understanding of the geotechnical model on which the design is based and considerable practical experience.
We collaborate with contractors during the construction of our slope remediation designs to ensure that we are providing the right solution for the actual ground conditions on site. With an active site presence we are able to take advantage of opportunities and manage the risks presented by variations in geology which could not be foreseen by investigation.
Instrumentation and monitoring
We implement a multi-level approach depending on risk criteria ranging from site observation by experienced technical staff, in combination with regular survey and geotechnical instrumentation monitoring, to more complex real-time monitoring systems.
We can also provide real-time/remote monitoring of slope movements. This can be critical in understanding the causes of slope instability or assuring safety during construction. We provide a dedicated instrumentation team who install, maintain, calibrate, establish telemetry and provide easily accessible data on site specific web based systems.