488m Long Rockfall Bund Protects a Coastal Road

The coastal town of Kaikoura is located on New Zeland’s South Island in the North Canterbury region. It is a popular tourist destination and renowned for its scenic views, nature, and sperm whale population. In November 2016, the region was badly affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The event caused landslides and rockfall along the coastal State Highway (SH1), which is an important roadway not only for tourists between Christchurch, Kaikoura, and Blenheim, but for transporting essential resources from Picton. Restoring SH1 after the earthquake was paramount. Bunds, rockfall barriers, and hybrid barriers utilizing geosynthetics have played an important role in responding to the disaster. Geofabrics and Maccaferri share their rockfall bund case study here, and in it one can...

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