TRB's Rockfall: Characterization and Control addresses rockfall hazard identification and evaluation, investigation process, mitigation options, and maintenance and management programs. A recent survey of readers indicates that the publication has demonstrated usefulness in the field.
The 600-plus page publication includes a DVD with video clips of rockfall field tests and several historical movies documenting rockfall field activities. A 2016 survey of the practitioners conducted by the Rockfall Management subcommittee of the TRB Standing Committee on Engineering Geology indicated that 71 percent use the publication as a reference for the rockfall design. That same survey revealed that 61 percent of the respondents use TRB Special Report 247 - Landslides: Investigation and Mitigation
, published in 1996 as a reference for rock slope design and as design guidelines.
Rockfall is an important, ongoing socioeconomic issue at many locations worldwide. Accelerated development accompanying population growth, with the associated increased demands for energy, mining, forestry, agricultural, and recreational activities, has caused communities and civil infrastructure to expand onto marginal lands, where evaluations of potential rockfall hazards and appropriate countermeasures are often difficult.
At many locations on major transportation routes, the degradation of rock exposures constructed 30 to 40 years ago has increased rockfall-induced traffic disruptions, accidents, and injuries.
Demands for improved rockfall evaluation and mitigation have encouraged adoption of new technologies to support new approaches to the evaluation and quantification of rockfall hazards and to the provision of protection from rockfalls.
Information about these technologies, however, was not widely available--until now!
An article on Rockfall: Characterization and Control
was published in the January-February 2013 issue of TR News.
TRB conducted a webinar
on April 30, 2014, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET that explored current topics on rockfall mitigation and management.
Rockfall: Characterization and Control was awarded second place in the Washington Book Publishers 2013 Book Design and Effectiveness Competition in the Small- to Medium-Sized Nonprofit Publishers Technical Text category.
This Summary Last Modified On: 1/27/2016