2019 World's Most Ethical Companies

Rockfall Barrier Inspection & Maintenance

Rockfall Barrier Inspection & Maintenance

A rockfall barrier, previously installed in a remote place above a major highway in the mountains of Colorado, had been repeatedly impacted and the state department of transportation was uncertain of its remaining functionality.   GeoStabilization’s Rockfall Remediation Technicians (RRTs), utilizing rope-access techniques, conducted a thorough inspection of the barrier and validated the maintenance actions required to bring it to its original service condition.  They found the barrier fully loaded along the southernmost approximately 150 to 200 linear feet (LF) and the double-twist mesh ruptured in localized areas; presenting a significant hazard to the roadway below.  The RRTs then scaled the immediate vicinity of the work area to ensure safe work conditions, patched the barrier in the areas of localized rupture, and performed hand-scaling where the fence was overtopped.

GeoStabilization then worked with the DOT’s engineers to evaluate enhanced mitigation methods for the site that included fully scaling the area around the barrier, hydro-scaling the slope, or installing a new larger barrier below the existing one.  Once the choice was made to install a more substantial barrier, our RRTs installed it to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Project Photos

Meet the Team

Nathan Thompson, Rockfall Barrier Inspection & Maintenance
Nathan Thompson
M.S., P.E., Project Development Engineer
Jennifer Crites, Rockfall Barrier Inspection & Maintenance
Jennifer Crites
E.I.T., Project Manager

Featured Employees

Mike Close, M.S., P.E., Bridge Specialist
Mike Close
M.S., P.E., Bridge Specialist
Tim Ruckman, Founder & Advisory Board
Tim Ruckman
Founder & Advisory Board
Andrew Ferguson, P.E., Pacific Regional Engineer
Andrew Ferguson
P.E., Pacific Regional Engineer

Meet Our Entire Team