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Sustainable Infrastructure Planning and Slope Remediation Measures

Geotechnical rock slope inventory and assessment for the City of Hamilton

  • Hamilton, Ontario

    Hamilton, Ontario

Offering a long-term monitoring plan to remediate slope stability and rockfall

Decades ago in the City of Hamilton, several roadways were built across an escarpment—various rock cuts were excavated along the road alignments to facilitate road construction in a mountainous region. Many of these cuts were located in close proximity to the roadways and now rockfalls from exposed slopes pose a hazard for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The City engaged us to provide engineering services for slope stability analysis, evaluation of long-term slope remediation options, and preparation of tender documents. Our team’s inspection encompassed 20 rock slope locations that were included in a 2015 initial assessment. In addition, we applied the Ontario Rockfall Hazard Rating System (RHRON) to assess the rockfall hazards for each slope and provide a rating based on four parameters, including magnitude, frequency, reach, and consequence of rockfalls. Keeping the previous remedial work under consideration, we inspected and re-assessed the conditions of the rock slopes.

We updated the rockfall hazard rating for the slopes and provided recommendations for the prioritization of the next round of remedial and maintenance work.

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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