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A BRUGG GROUP COMPANY
United States

Kaikoura State Highway (SR27) / Coastal Pacific Rail (NS15)

Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand, 7300, Kaikoura, New Zealand
2019
Customer
NCTIR / NZTA / KiwiRail
Contractor
Geovert, SRG, HGS, Ground Anchor Systems and Geotech
Protected object
Road, Railway
System height
3.5 m
System length
24 m - 126 m
Corrosion protection
GEOBRUGG ULTRACOATING®
Number of barriers
6
Retention capacity
From the smallest to largest barrier 250 - 1'350 m³
Initial situation

The Kaikoura M7.8 Earthquake caused widespread damage to the road and rail corridor 20 km North and South of the Kaikoura township. Initially, more than 40 major slips inundated the road and rail with >750,000 m³ of material from source zones up to 500 metres above sea level. The loosened highly fractured Grey Wacke has caused subsequent frequent rockfalls, shallow landslides and debris loads.

The increased hazard associated with the frequent failures created a requirement to install shallow landslide barriers on several open slope locations to be able to maintain the SH1 road and Railway below. The major design constraint for the sites was minimising the deflection of the barrier in both rockfall and debris load events.

Description

The 3.5m high SL-150 barrier was selected due to its 150kN/m² load capacity with low defection (<2.2 metres in a debris load event) and due to it being the only tested and certified landslide barrier. To lower the deflection further for the maximum energy level (MEL) rockfall event, a custom transmission rope was designed and installed. The lower deflection was required due to the barriers close proximity to the railway.

To date, six SL-150s ranging from 24 metres to 126 metres long have been installed in the Kaikoura region with three of them having an additional transmission rope.

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Kevin H. Coyle
Kevin H. Coyle
Regional Manager Northeast
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
3 Beaudet Terr
Columbia CT 06237 / USA
Phone +1 860 377 3230

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Saleh Feidi
Saleh Feidi
Regional Manager California
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
8921 Emperor Ave.
San Gabriel, California 91775 / USA
Phone +1 909 706 8964

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John Kalejta
John Kalejta
Regional Manager Central US
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
3215 67th Avenue Pl
Greeley CO 80634 / USA
Phone +1 505 220 1404

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Bob Lyne
Bob Lyne
Regional Manager Southeast
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
8004 Windspray Drive
Summerfield NC 27358 / USA
Phone +1 336 337 0945

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Pierce Runnels, Civil Engineer
Pierce Runnels, Civil Engineer
General Manager Geobrugg North America
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
22 Centro Algodones
Phone +1 505 771 4080
Mobile +1 505 400 0796

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Tim Shevlin
Tim Shevlin
Sales Director
Natural Hazards
Geobrugg North America, LLC
4676 Commercial St. SE, PMB 174
Salem OR 97302 / USA
Phone +1 503 423 7258

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