Colleagues, we are only a few hundred votes behind.
GeoStabilization International’s joint venture partner Hiway GeoStabilization (HGS) is a finalist project in the Institution of Civil Engineers 200’s Favorite Project contest. As part of the competition, industry professionals are asked to vote for the winner and voting closes at 12PM EST Friday, September 28. Please take a minute to vote for “Moving mountains to reconnect communities (Kaikoura, New Zealand).”
The project involved the restoration of the main transportation artery links on the South Island of New Zealand following the 7.8 Magnitude Kaikoura Earthquake of November 2016. HGS led a major part of this NZ$1.1 Billion effort by stabilizing the rock faces at Ohau Point with a combination of rock scaling, rock bolts, and high-strength wire mesh and ring nets. Their work is illustrated in this video and this webpage.
As mining advances and undergoes operational changes, it is crucial to re-evaluate modes of slope failure potential. In addition to continually ensuring the integrity of the final highwall, this re-evaluation will also reduce the likelihood of instability and rockfall hazards.