Research Pays Off: Developing and Implementing a Rockfall Management System and Mitigation Program for Tennessee

Transportation agencies need a systematic way to manage the hazards of rockfalls. Tennessee initiated a research project to develop a hazard rating system for the state and to produce a statewide map of sites. A rockfall database integrated into web-based geographic information systems (GIS) was developed to display, analyze, and prioritize rockfall hazards. Field data forms were developed and linked to the rockfall database via handheld computers. A training program and manuals were developed to assist geotechnical personnel in implementing the system. In 2008, the Tennessee Department of Transportation used the rockfall hazard inventory, database, GIS map, photographs, and other data to launch a rockfall mitigation program.

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  • Authors:
    • Bateman, Vanessa C
  • Publication Date: 2010-1


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 35-37
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 266
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
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  • Accession Number: 01152684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2010 10:08AM