1903 Frank Slide Southern Alberta, Canada

1903 Frank Slide
Southern Alberta, Canada

Geohazards can be generally defined as natural or anthropogenic hazards of a geotechnical, geological, hydrological, or seismo-tectonic origin that represent a potential threat to people, infrastructure or the environment. Geohazard identification, characterization, analysis, mitigation and management are critical components of system-wide and site-specific geohazard assessment.  RSRead Consulting Inc. has been engaged in major projects focused on geohazard assessment in relation to pipelines and other infrastructure in North and South America in diverse environments and terrain conditions including Arctic permafrost, coastal and interior mountain ranges, prairie river valleys in Cretaceous bedrock and glacial deposits, tropical rainforests, and coastal desert regions.  Typical projects are listed below.

Client Description Date
Confidential Expert review of geotechnical/geological conditions and geotechnical investigations related to geohazard effects on pipeline integrity, Western Canada 2016-Present
Confidential Geotechnical Lead and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for geohazard assessment of a proposed large-diameter natural gas pipeline in Alaska, including geologic model development and system-wide quantitative assessment of a suite of credible geohazard mechanisms 2014-2016
Confidential Expert review and refinement of a geohazard assessment methodology used for a major existing South American pipeline system, including natural gas and natural gas liquids lines, Peru 2015-2016
Confidential Technical oversight committee participation and expert review of geotechnical investigations related to geohazards along a large-diameter Arctic pipeline, Alaska 2013-Present
Confidential Geohazard assessment and detailed engineering of a proposed large-diameter natural gas pipeline through diverse mountain and interior plateau terrain in British Columbia, Canada. 2012-Present
Confidential Geohazard assessment of a proposed large-diameter natural gas pipeline through diverse mountain and interior plateau terrain in British Columbia, Canada. 2013-2014
Confidential Geohazard assessment of an existing large-diameter pipeline traversing diverse mountain and volcanic terrain in a seismically-active region, Colombia 2013
Confidential Expert review and refinement of a geohazard assessment approach, and field verification of geohazard assessment results, for a major proposed large-diameter pipeline in British Columbia, Canada. 2012-2013
Confidential Development and application of a quantitative geohazard assessment methodology involving LiDAR evaluation of landslides for risk assessment of a major existing pipeline in difficult terrain, Ecuador. 2011
Confidential Expert review of a geohazard assessment approach for a major South American pipeline, Peru. 2010
Confidential Review of a geohazard assessment approach for a major pipeline company in the Netherlands. 2009
Confidential Geohazard assessment of the international Alaska Pipeline Project crossing Alaska, USA and Yukon Territory, and British Columbia, Canada. Development and implementation of a geohazard assessment process applied system-wide to challenging Arctic and mountain terrains. 2008-2011
Confidential Geohazard assessment of the Camisea Pipeline, Peru. Development of a geohazard assessment process for a major operating South American pipeline project through challenging rainforest, mountain and coastal terrains. 2007-2010
Confidential Geohazard assessment of the Mackenzie Gas Project, Northwest Territories, Canada. Development and implementation of a rigorous geohazard assessment process for a major northern pipeline project through sensitive permafrost and other complex terrain. 2003-2008
Alberta Geological Survey Monitoring data review and analysis for the Turtle Mountain Monitoring Project focused on stability of the South Peak, Frank, Alberta, Canada. Involved developing an analysis approach tied to early warning protocols, and applying the approach to monitoring data from the project. 2005
Emergency Management Alberta Planning and implementation of a monitoring framework for the South Peak of Turtle Mountain, Frank, Alberta, Canada as part of the Turtle Mountain Monitoring Project. Involved project technical coordination, planning of instrumentation and monitoring system, engagement of the public, project reporting, and peer review. 2003-2005
Alberta Municipal Affairs Development of a monitoring framework for the South Peak of Turtle Mountain, Frank, Alberta, Canada. Involved review of landslide monitoring systems and strategies, conceptual design of a three-stage monitoring system for Turtle Mountain, review of operational logistics and emergency response protocol, development of an implementation strategy and preliminary cost estimates. 2002
Kyllo Planning and Development Slope stability assessment and percolation testing for housing development in Foothills colluvial terrain near Millarville, Alberta, Canada. 2001
Alberta Environment Geotechnical hazard assessment of the south flank of Frank Slide, Hillcrest, Alberta, Canada. Involved field investigation, land use study, numerical modelling, runout analysis, and review of historical information to assess the hazard posed by the potentially unstable rock mass associated with the South Peak of Turtle Mountain. 2000

Projects in italics involved Dr. Rod Read but were not conducted by RSRead Consulting Inc.