Desktop Studies

Desktop Studies and Geohazard Geotechnical Assessment

Geoporte carries out Desktop Geotechnical, Geological & Geomorphological Studies including development of feasibility studies, site reconnaissance and other high level information to assist with planning or acquisition stages. A detailed geohazard assessment is carried out as part of the desktop study and recommendations are provided related to significant geotechnical risks or future investigations to understand geohazards and associated risks.

Bridges, dams, landfills, tunnels, transmission lines, pipelines 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 Geoporte 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.