Hazards in Mountainous Terrain: Lessons for Linear Infrastructure from the Canadian Forest Industry

This chapter on hazards in mountainous terrain is from the proceedings of an international conference on the terrain and geohazard challenges facing onshore oil and gas pipelines (June 2004, London, United Kingdom). The authors use the Canadian forest industry in British Columbia as a model for discussing the impact of geohazards on linear infrastructure, such as roads and pipelines. The forest industry, which operates in the mountains in remote undeveloped mountainous areas, faces numerous terrain challenges, including landslides following logging operations. The authors focus on the changes in the industry that are being implemented following the 1995 passage of the Forest Practices Code, part of which required that terrain hazard maps were required for all areas of proposed forest harvesting or road construction. The newest code will require that primary forest activities by industry do not cause a landslide that has an adverse effect to the forest resource. The authors stress that the involvement of geoscientists and geo-engineers in the project team can help identify the hazards and assist in managing them. Although involvement of such specialists may be seen as inconvenient by the development company, the experiences of both the Canadian forest industry and the pipeline industry demonstrate that the sooner geo-engineers are brought into a project, the sooner more effective, cost-efficient solutions can be implemented.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 232-242
  • Monograph Title: Terrain and Geohazard Challenges Facing Onshore Oil and Gas Pipelines. International Conference

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  • Accession Number: 01109916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0727732781
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2008 1:55PM