Geologic Hazards

Video: Rockslide Damages Wisconsin Home

Wisconsin_Rockslide_WXOW A 50-ton boulder caused severe damage to a La Crosse, Wisconsin home after a rockslide event near the appropriately named Cliffwood Lane.  Residents in some adjacent houses were asked to evacuate as well.  Click through for the news coverage of the rockslide. [Source and Image: WXOW. Hat tip to USGS]


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Weekend CUP

Weekend CUP March 15, 2010

Death toll in NW China landslide rises to 23 – China Daily Italian Team Repairing Collapsed Head-Race Tunnel at Ethiopian Dam – ENR: Engineering News Record OSHA Cites Company Following Trench Fatality – KPVI NEWS […]

Sea to Sky Highway
Project Related

Geotechnical Engineering Challenges of British Columbia’s Sea-to-Sky Highway, gateway to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Sea to Sky Highway I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying watching the 2010 Olympic Winter games over the past few days. If you have, you know that Whistler is the venue for many of the sports including alpine skiing, luge, skeleton, bobsled, ski jumping, biathlon and cross-country skiing among others. The Whistler area is located about 50-miles or so North of Vancouver. In order to get to Whistler, you need to drive along Highway 99, better known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway.  This highway has a long history of geotechnical problems, including some significant structurally controlled rockslides and landslides.  In the years leading up to these Olympic Games a fair amount of work was done on the highway with some significant geotechnical innovations.