Levi is a Field Engineer in GeoStabilization’s Northeast region. After Levi’s graduation from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Planning & Design, he began at GeoStabilization as a rockfall technician. His strong work ethic and attention to detail led to his quick promotion within the technician ranks and later to a field engineer position. Levi’s experience includes railroad emergency landslide mitigation, rockfall survey & scaling, soil nail testing, work planning, and project execution. For relaxation Levi is an avid climber, skier, mountaineer, and can usually be found in the mountains.
When poor drainage and a damaged culvert couldn’t handle a localized heavy rain, a bluff providing the backyard to many residential properties failed. The subsequent erosion caused a large canyon to form, the wall of which stopped within 6-feet from the back of the houses. To arrest the erosion and prevent its further spread, a slope stabilization system was needed.
Given the size of the resulting unstable earth mass below and near the house platforms and the depth of soft subsurface conditions, our solution addressed both the slope and stormwater drainage. The area below the repair area was unloaded with the construction of a shotcrete soil nail retaining system at the top of the bluff. As part of this retaining system, up to 15 feet of soil down from the current grade was removed. This soil removal reduced the slope angle below the soil nail wall system and improved the lower slope’s factor of safety. Then riprap and an engineered drainage system was installed to move future stormwater off the slope in a controlled manner.