During July’s Highway Geology Symposium (HGS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) revealed its 2016 Geohazards Photo Contest winners. The annual contest captures geohazard technologies and challenges, such as mitigating rockfall, avalanche, and debris flow risk.
“This year’s entrants and award winners represent how geohazards are a global engineering concern,” said Ghislain Brunet, AGHP President. “They demonstrate the wide range of environments for geohazard work and the ways in which geotechnical professionals, government agencies, and private industry must work together to ensure safer transportation networks, mines, communication networks, and communities.”
AGHP is a professional society dedicated to promoting technologies, standards, and best practices in the large and diverse geohazard engineering field.
The winners of the 2016 AGHP Photo Contest:
- First Place: Magda Anna Zagrajski, Geobrugg. Zagrajski’s picture showed the installation of a rockfall barrier in Kolokova, Greece.
- Second Place: Dane Wagner, HI-TECH Rockfall. Wagner captured an excellent shot of a snow net installation along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. The geohazard protection work was part of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Avalanche Protection Project.
- Third Place: Hans Steiner, Trumer North America. The third place photo demonstrated how a traditional flexible snow net is used for avalanche mitigation in the initiation zones.
- Honorable Mention: Ahren Bichler, Trumer North America. The lambda-framed debris flow barrier depicted stands 5m high and is designed to withstand 750 kN/m loads. The installation protects a transmission line tower in British Columbia, Canada.
The Geohazards Photo Contest and other images collected from AGHP members and non-members are part of the society’s long-term plan to elevate public and professional awareness of geohazard technologies, companies, and achievements.
Geohazard experts provide vital engineering services to numerous sectors of infrastructure, such as rockfall and landslide protection for roadways, communities, and industry; mitigation of seismic risks; and recovery response to natural disaster-affected regions and other large soil and rock threats.
For more information on AGHP committees, key issues, membership, and events, visit www.geohazardassociation.org.