Commercial Geohazard Mitigation & Geotechnical Engineering

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What is Geotechnical Engineering?

Commercial geotechnical engineering involves the investigation, analysis, and design of soil and rock structures for commercial projects, such as office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial facilities. The objective of commercial geotechnical engineering is to ensure that the proposed construction is safe, stable, and reliable, and can withstand the expected loads and environmental conditions.

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Some of the Key Activities Involved in Commercial Geotechnical Engineering Include:

  1. Site investigation: This involves assessing the soil and rock conditions at the project site to determine their strength, compressibility, and other relevant properties. Site investigation can involve a range of techniques, such as drilling, sampling, testing, and geophysical surveying.
  2. Analysis and design: This involves analyzing the data obtained from the site investigation and using it to design the foundations, retaining structures, and other geotechnical features of the project. The design process may involve the use of computer models, calculations, and simulations to determine the best solutions.
  3. Construction supervision: This involves overseeing the construction of the geotechnical features of the project to ensure that they are built according to the design and meet the required standards. Construction supervision can involve monitoring the quality of materials, inspecting the work, and providing guidance to the construction team.

Rockfall, Unstable Ground, and Retaining Wall Remediation

What are Commercial Rockfall Risks?

Rockfalls can pose a serious risk to commercial projects, especially those located near steep slopes, cliffs, or mountains. Some of the risks associated with rockfall include:

  • Damage to property: Falling rocks can cause significant damage to buildings, equipment, and other infrastructure at the project site. The impact of a large rock can cause structural damage and result in costly repairs.
  • Business interruption: If a commercial project is damaged by rockfall, it may need to be shut down for repairs. This can result in lost revenue, project delays, and increased costs.
  • Environmental damage: Rockfalls can also cause environmental damage, such as soil erosion, vegetation loss, and water pollution. This can lead to regulatory fines and damage to the company’s reputation.

It is important to assess the risk of rockfall at a commercial project site and take appropriate measures to mitigate the risk. This may involve installing rockfall barriers or fences, stabilizing the slope or cliff, or relocating the project site to a safer location.

What are Unstable Ground Challenges?

Unstable ground can pose a serious risk to commercial projects, especially those involving heavy structures or equipment. Here are some of the issues that can arise when dealing with soil stabilization in a commercial project:

  • Foundation instability: Unstable ground can cause the foundation of a commercial project to shift or settle unevenly. This can result in structural damage, cracks in walls or floors, and other issues.
  • Slope instability: If a commercial project is located on or near a slope, the unstable ground can cause the slope to collapse or slide. This can result in significant damage to the project site and surrounding areas.
  • Sinkholes: Unstable ground can also lead to the formation of sinkholes, which can swallow up buildings, vehicles, and other infrastructure.
  • Safety hazards: Unstable ground can create safety hazards for workers and visitors at the project site. For example, sinkholes or slope failures can cause serious injury or even death.

To address unstable ground issues in a commercial project, it is important to work with a qualified geotechnical engineer like GeoStabilization International to assess the site and develop an appropriate stabilization plan. This may involve techniques such as soil stabilization, slope stabilization, or the use of specialized foundation systems. It is important to consider these issues early in the planning process to avoid costly delays and damage to the project. Additionally, ongoing monitoring and maintenance may be required to ensure the stability of the ground over time.

What Commercial Retaining Wall Instabilities?

Geohazards are the single source for all failed retaining wall issues. When unanticipated geohazards threaten critical commerce – failed retaining walls or ground settlement threatening parking lots, roads, or structures – GeoStabilization International® provides fully engineered solutions to any ground instabilities in any geological setting.

Retaining walls are structures that are used to hold back soil and prevent erosion. They are commonly used in both residential and commercial settings, and over time, they can become damaged or deteriorated, which can lead to the need for remediation. Here are some common techniques for retaining wall repair:

  • Soil stabilization: One common cause of retaining wall failure is soil erosion or instability. Soil stabilization techniques such as soil nails, micropiles, or ground anchors can be used to improve the stability of the soil and prevent further damage to the retaining wall.
  • Drainage improvement: Retaining walls that are located in areas with poor drainage can be vulnerable to damage from water buildup. Improving the drainage around the retaining wall can help to prevent water from accumulating and causing damage.
  • Wall reconstruction: In some cases, a retaining wall may be beyond repair and will need to be completely reconstructed. This can involve removing the existing wall and building a new one with new materials, reinforcing elements, and proper drainage systems.

Keeping Critical Infrastructure Operating

Delivering time-sensitive products and supplies is critical for efficient retail services. When failed retaining walls, slope slides, or crumbling rock slopes threaten your operation, our engineered solutions provide cost-effective, rapid repair options that protect your customers and employees. Most importantly, our solutions keep your commerce flowing.

Protecting Residents and Income-Producing Assets

Erosion, bulging retaining walls, and slope slides can threaten residents and the properties where they reside. GeoStabilization International is an expert mitigation company and trusted partner for the engineered solutions we provide to keep your infrastructure safe. Rapid response to your critical issues – while protecting people and property.

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Why Choose GeoStabilization International?

With engineering expertise focused solely on high-risk, geohazard mitigation, you can be assured that you will receive the best solution for the specific problem you are facing. Our fleet of specialized limited-access equipment coupled with an industry-leading safety record, rapid deployment, and commitment to quality ensures the solution will be installed the first time correctly.

Our professional expertise becomes a staff extension for your operation to realize practical geohazard remediation solutions for rockfall, unstable ground conditions, retaining structures, and all other geohazard conditions. GeoStabilization creates value through innovative consultative, design-build expertise, and project execution with the advantages of:

  • No cost/obligation rapid site assessment (typically within 48 hours)
  • 24-Hour emergency response capability
  • In-House engineering staff to drive value-engineering with operational alignment
  • Highly qualified, skilled crews and proprietary equipment
  • Project management support to drive project planning, deliverables, the highest quality, rigorous safety standards, production, and budget controls
  • Unlocking design-build value with the proper degree of collaboration and transparency
  • Materials stockpiled nationwide
  • Warranty

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