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Process analysis of rockfalls with stationary terrestrial LiDAR and RockFall Analyst

  • Author / Creator
    Russell, James A.
  • Rockfalls are a hazard concern for many transportation corridors in Alberta and British Columbia. A method of analyzing and further understanding rockfalls could help to reduce the hazard potential that rockfalls present. Rockfall hazard assessments are carried out in three steps: (1) identification of hazard zones, (2) site investigation to establish the site characteristics and rockfall source, and (3) empirical and numerical analyses. This study investigates the use of terrestrial LiDAR technology along highways in Southern Alberta for the second step of rockfall hazard assessment, and the RockFall Analyst software program on data obtained from a measured rockfall event at Tornado Mountain for the third step. The limitations of technologies involved are described, as well as the importance of the topography that describes rockfall trajectory and determines rockfall energy.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R35X5M
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Martin, C.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Schmitt, Doug (Physics)
    • Wilson, Ward (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Davies, Evan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)