SERVICES

GEO-ASSET & GEOHAZARD RISK MANAGEMENT

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Making risk-informed decisions & acting upon them 

BGC provides services that help transportation clients understand risks to safety and other performance measures, whether from geohazards or from deferred maintenance on built geo-assets. Our solutions help manage data geospatially, convert data into knowledge and support the making of priority decisions and appropriate context-sensitive actions. BGC designs and implements monitoring and data-learning programs and designs physical risk management infrastructure where needed.   

BGC’s risk management services for transportation clients include helping them establish their performance objectives, developing risk management programs, convening and leading risk assessment workshops, screening level assessments and cataloguing inventory, site specific assessments, decision making support, and mitigation design – whether by avoidance, monitoring or design/construction options.

Geo-assets can be preserved with actions taken during their life and these options can be chosen to minimize the lifecycle cost, for example. Geo-assets include soil and rock slopes, embankments and retaining walls. The risk attributed to geo-assets arises from the possibility that they do not perform satisfactorily for their intended life, or that they cost too much to maintain and own. 

The geohazards that impact transportation networks include floods, earthquakes, landslides, rock fall and debris flows, as well as swelling and collapsing soils, sink holes and other natural hazards, directly or indirectly. Geohazards typically have a climate-related frequency/magnitude relationship where smaller magnitude events occur more frequently, and larger ones are rarer. The risk from geohazards arises from events across this spectrum. 

Risks are measured with respect to any number of performance objectives and BGC routinely considers safety and direct and indirect costs, also known as user costs, and less frequently considers other performance objectives of our clients. BGC most often uses a formal risk formulation considering the likelihood of an event, the vulnerability of the element at risk and the consequence of impact, and we do so in qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative ways, using data where they exist and using structured approaches to elicit expert opinion where they don’t.  

Transportation corridors and networks can cover very large areas and be exposed to different environments and hazards, so the spatial component of the risks is important. BGC often uses Cambio to manage the data for transportation clients. Cambio provides an excellent platform for informing decisions and prioritizing actions to manage risk for our transportation clients. 

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KEY CONTACTS

Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Chris Bunce

Principal Geotechnical/Geological Engineer

Chris Bunce Ph.D., P.Eng., has over 30 years of experience sp

Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Lukas Arenson

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Dr. Lukas Arenson’s (Ph.D) main area of expertise is geotechnical, mountain permafrost engineering
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Martin Devonald

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Martin Devonald M.Sc., LL.B., P.Eng., has thirty years’ international experience in geotechnical a
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Matthew Lato

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Matthew Lato, Ph.D. Eng., P.Eng. is a Senior Engineer with BGC, an Adjunct Professor in the Departme
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Rod Kostaschuk

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Rod Kostaschuk, M.Eng., P.Eng., has over 30 years’ experience in civil geotechnical engineering an
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Scott Anderson

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Dr. Anderson Ph.D., PE, is in our Golden, Colorado office, with geotechnical design and construction
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Catherine Schmid

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

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Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Mark Vessely

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Mark Vessely, M.Sc., PE, has 25 years of experience in geologic hazard and risk assessment, emergenc
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Andrea Lougheed

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

ANDREA LOUGHEED, M.Sc. (E
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

John Cholewa

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

John Cholewa, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a geotechnical engineer with over ten years of experience on a broad
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Cole Christiansen

Geological Engineer

Mr. Christiansen, M.Sc., P.E. is a Geological Engineer with a diverse background in the applied eart
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Heather Brooks

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Heather Brooks, Ph.D., P.E., has many years experience in geotechnical and arctic engineering. She h
Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Zac Sala

Geological Engineer

Geo-asset & Geohazard Risk Management Team

Katie Tait

Civil Engineer

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