Railway Interchange will bring together members of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), and Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI) for the largest railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. Golder delegates will participate in technical presentations and discussions by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). Golder is a proud sponsor of AREMA and will be exhibiting at REMSA booth 1312.
Maintenance-of-Way Technical Session
Tuesday, September 24 @8:00 – 8:30 AM
Rock Fall Hazard Management on the Canadian Pacific Railway
Mark Gregory Goldbach, P.Eng. (Golder) and Anthony J. Morris, P.Geo. (Canadian Pacific)
The safe operation of a major railway line through mountainous terrain is a continual challenge for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). They have been keeping a slope inventory of Western and Eastern Canada since 1975, when the first detailed stability assessments were made of each site, priorities were established, and stabilization programs carried out. Data collected during this evaluation became the basis for what became a sophisticated database system, used to store, evaluate and manage rock slope and tunnel information obtained system wide on an annual basis. The system used by CPR today to manage rock fall hazards utilizes existing information from the database, annual inspection stability ratings, rock fall incident history and slope stabilization history for any given slope to identify priority locations.
Mark Goldbach, PEng, LEG, is a Geotechnical Engineer and Principal with Golder. He has worked on rock slope, rock foundation and tunnel projects related to railways, highways, hydroelectric projects, urban and industrial developments, pipelines and transmission lines for over 30 years. He has been involved in CP’s Rock Slope Stabilization Program since 1988 including conducting annual rock slope and tunnel inspections, rock slope stability analyses, rock cut design, rock slope and tunnel stabilization, and rock fall emergency response services.
Anthony Morris, P.Geo, is an Engineering Geologist with Canadian Pacific Railway. He has been with CP for 35 years and has been responsible for the management of CP’s Rock Slope Stabilization Program for the past 25 years across the entire CP system in Western and Eastern Canada and the Northeast U.S. This has included the planning, design and implementation of inspection and slope mitigation projects on an annual basis. He is also responsible for the inspection and stabilization of nearly 70 tunnels across the CP system.
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