Pipelines, bridges, dams, landfills, tunnels, transmission lines, and other large structures often stretch across many types of terrain, cross watercourses, and encounter changing and unstable geologic conditions, called geohazards. Whether naturally occurring or human-triggered, geohazards can cause serious damage to infrastructure and significant delays in operation and sometimes interfere with the remediation of important sites.

Operators turn to Geosyntec to assess and manage geohazards to critical infrastructure. We offer them expertise in geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, geological engineering and rock mechanics, geology, seismology, and remote sensing to help avoid geological hazards and mitigate their consequences.

We identify, characterize, and classify threats to determine whether and where mitigation and monitoring are needed. This three-phase approach allows us to scale assessments appropriately, focusing time and money on the most threatened areas and sites to prioritize work that will have the biggest impact.

Following assessment, mitigation and monitoring plans are designed and implemented at sites where they are determined necessary. Even after projects conclude, we help clients protect their assets by monitoring ground and pipe movement with strain gauges, inclinometers, and monitoring markers. We can also focus on multiple hazard locations at once by scanning a region for indications of newly formed hazards.

Benefits to clients:

  • Avoid hazards by rerouting pipelines and other structures
  • Relieve stress on existing pipelines and related structures
  • Engineer improvements to existing structures
  • Improve surface and subsurface drainage
  • Quickly identify new hazards as they form

Some of the many services we offer operators:

  • Seismic, liquefaction, and frost-heave risk evaluation
  • Site response analysis
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Casualty loss modeling
  • Landslide and steep-slope stabilization
  • Post-earthquake reconnaissance
  • Inertial measurement unit (IMU) bending strain review
  • Root-cause analysis
  • Data management, program management, and construction management
  • Remote sensing and monitoring

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