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Claremont Access Slope – Assessment and Remediation Planning

A geotechnical investigation encompassing a slope and steel wall monitoring program

  • Hamilton, Ontario

    Hamilton, Ontario

From steel wall failure to establishing sustainable infrastructure planning measures

On an escarpment-climbing road in Hamilton, Ontario, a section of the failing Claremont Access retaining wall collapsed—causing a landslide to tumble towards a rockfall fence in a catchment area. The fence prevented it from reaching the highway, but the retaining wall needed repair to keep the slope and the road safe. The City of Hamilton engaged us to complete a geotechnical drilling investigation in support of the slope stability analysis.

Based on discussions with the City, we began this two-part project with a drilling investigation and slope monitoring, followed by a stability analysis and development of remedial options. Our work also included borehole televiewer survey and dilatometer testing and development of a monitoring program for the slope and existing steel walls in support of planned wall removal. The geotechnical study was completed to meet the City’s requirements, in accordance with relevant federal and provincial geotechnical guidelines and regulations.

We supported the project by preparing a geotechnical assessment report, summarizing the results of the stability analysis and rockfall evaluation, and recommendations for next steps. The work for Claremont Access continues—a tender and construction phase will come at a later date.

At a Glance

  • City of Hamilton
Meet Our Team

Gabriele Mellies, Senior Associate, Senior Geotechnical Engineer

I enjoy problem solving and finding solutions for rock engineering challenges that help our clients and make our communities safer.
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John Nichols, Geotechnical Engineer

Client relationships are built on trust. Having their best interests in mind means engaging with them to find a solution they can be proud of.

Mollie Bowness Miles, Team Leader, Geotechnical Engineering

My team inspires me–I love seeing them work collaboratively together to support each other on complex projects.
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Rebecca-Anne Borysenko, Geotechnical Engineer

I love working on a diverse range of projects—my work provides me numerous opportunities to do unique fieldwork across Canada.
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Gabriele Mellies

Senior Associate, Senior Geotechnical Engineer

John Nichols

Geotechnical Engineer

Mollie Bowness Miles

Team Leader, Geotechnical Engineering

Rebecca-Anne Borysenko

Geotechnical Engineer

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