Difficult-Access Rockfall Mitigation: Design and Construction Way Up High!

by David J. Scarpato, P.E., (M.ASCE), President; Scarptec, Inc. - Rock Engineering Solutions, Bourne, MA, dave@scarptec.com,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 6, Pg. 56-61

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Rockfall mitigation projects frequently require work at elevated positions. This is not something that comes naturally for many engineers and geologists. Palms sweat, knees knock, and voices may start to crack — all of which is completely normal. But sometimes we need to work from elevated, remote locations in order to execute project work — to get to locations that are difficult to access and seem to tower above the rest of the world. On top of any fear of heights, there are other obstacles that can hamper progress in these locations, like dealing with protruding brush, flowing water, hornet nests, snakes, and falling materials (including rocks!).

Subject Headings: Landslides | Mitigation and remediation | Construction management


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