SH1 SLIP 15 KAIKOURA

Rockfall protection and slope stabilisation above the twin tunnel portals south of Kaikoura 

Project Overview

 

SH1 and several tunnels south of Kaikoura were closed after the 2016 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura Earthquake as a result of a significant slope failure and then frequent high energy rockfalls. The slip occurred above the tunnels on the peninsula and continued up a razor back ridge for over 100m that was only several meters wide at its narrow point, with rocks and debris falling each side of the ridge.

 

The slope and ridge line required approximately 4000m2 of an active G65/3 TECCO mesh system anchored back to the rock and soil face to stabilize the soil profile of the failed ridge line and the rock face directly about the SH1 tunnels.

 

Geovert Solution

 

The collapse of the crest when test anchors were installed required a full review the construction approach working closely with the designers as we moved to a ‘gentler’ grout flush technique to reduce impact of air into the unconsolidated soil. To achieve this several grout stations had to be set up as drilling 80m above the road, this including pumping from the roadside to an intermediary location to then pump trough the drill heads into the ground. Geovert looked at ways of improving the construction program and introduced a crane and our high reach telehandler drill for drilling above the portals and where space allowed.

Our ability to quickly switch anchoring and grouting techniques with out delay to the project, and the introduction of higher production high reach drills in the lower areas, ensured the works were completed more efficiently than with lightweight wagon drills that were used for the higher areas. With close to 1000 No. 40/16 hollow or 32mm solid bar anchors drilled from 6-9m in depth, ensuring a significant program saving.

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Australia Headquarters

Block B, Level 1, 

Suite 8 / 247 King St,

Mascot, NSW 2020, 

Australia

+61 (2) 9700 7975

New Zealand Headquarters

15 Kaimahi Rd
Wairau Valley
North Shore 0627

+64 9 837 7808

United States Headquarters

1919 W Elk Pl
Denver, CO 80211
United States

+1 720 452 1191

Singapore Headquarters

80 Robinson Road, #02-00
Singapore 068898

+65 9640 2997

Asset Integrity Maintenance 

Capabilities:

Blasting and Painting

Bridge Maintenance

Certified Fall Arrest Anchor Systems

Concrete Condition Inspections

Concrete Repair and Crack Injections

Condition Surveys

Confined Space

Corrosion Management

Fabrication and Welding

Industrial Cleaning and Water Blasting

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Plant Shutdowns

Protective Coatings and Waterproofing

Refractory Maintenance

Rope Access

Rigging and Heavy Lifting

Seismic and Structural Strengthening

Temporary Access Platforms

Avalanche Protection

Capabilities:

Avalanche barriers and fences

Avalanche towers

Remote avalanche control systems

Snow avalanche protection systems

Snow netting

Basements & Foundations

Capabilities:

Capping Beams

Ground Anchors

Limited Access Drilling

Micro Piling

Mini Piling

Rock Bolting

Seismic Retrofit

Self Drilled Hollow Bar

Shotcrete

Soil Nails

Temporary Ground Anchors

Timber Pole Walls

Geohazard Mitigation

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Debris Flow Barriers

Design and Build

Devegetation

Drill and Blast

Erosion Control

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rockfall Assessments and Investigation

Rockfall Attenuators

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Shallow Landslide Barriers

Ground Anchors

Capabilities:

Ground Anchor Inspection

Ground Anchor Lift Off Test

Permanent Multistrand Ground Anchors

Platipus Anchors

Post Grouted Ground Anchors

Pregrouted Ground Anchors DCP

Removable Ground Anchors

Restressable Ground Anchors

Self Drilled Hollow Bar Anchors

Temporary Multistrand Ground Anchors

Ground Support

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Bulk Infil Grouting

Cable Bolts

Drill and Blast

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rockfall Assessments and Investigation

Highwall Stabilisation

Longwall Stabilisation

Portal Protection

Rock Bolting

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Retaining Structures

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Design and Build

Drill and Blast

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rock Bolting

Rock Bolting

Rockfall Attenuators

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Rockfall Protection

Capabilities:

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Design and Build

Drill and Blast

Geotechnical Inspection & Instrumentation

Rock Bolting

Rock Bolting

Rockfall Attenuators

Rockfall Barriers

Rockfall Mesh Drapes

Rockfall Modelling

Scaling and Block Removal

Rope Access

Capabilities:

Emergency Response

Geotechnical Instrumentation

Supervised Inspections

Slope Stabilisation

Capabilities:

 

Active Mesh Stabilisation

Devegetation

Erosion Control

Ground Support

Retaining Walls

Rock Bolting

Scaling and Block Removal

Shotcrete

Soil Nails

Tunnelling

Capabilities:

 

Canopy Tubes

Ground Anchors

Injection Grouting

Portal Protection

Rock Bolting

Shotcrete

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