In alpine regions in particular, natural processes can become hazardous to settlements, as well as railways, roads and other infrastructures. In order to estimate the risks correctly, the many interactions between processes and the combined process chains must be recognised and analysed. Sixty years of experience with natural hazards, a trained eye in field assessment, and in-depth know-how in protection measure planning help us in this work, as do the latest technologies – including drones, mobile field applications, and sophisticated modelling methods (for fall processes, debris flows, floods and avalanches).
We can assess the hazards posed by:
- rockfall / rockslides
- landslides / hillslope debris flows
- debris flows / flooding / overbank sedimentation
- avalanches / sliding snow
Hazard assessments, risk analyses & planning of protection measures
To prevent natural processes from becoming hazardous in the first place, we must keep out of their way. Our hazard maps serve as a basis for avoiding natural process areas by means of spatial planning measures. Where avoidance is not possible, we use risk analyses to identify existing protection deficits. In order to eliminate these deficiencies, we plan solution-oriented measures – always with the right balance between the required accuracy and the necessary pragmatism, prioritised according to effectiveness and cost efficiency. The measures we help to implement range from the protection of individual buildings to complete solutions for entire settlements, road and railway sections, or valleys. To ensure the smooth implementation of protection measures, in addition to planning and consulting for these measures we play a key role in the realisation phase by assuming responsibility for site management, specialist construction management and construction supervision.
In crisis situations and cases involving incidents, we are available to our customers around the clock for advice and support.
Head office Zollikofen
GEOTEST Le Mont-sur-Lausanne
Construction management, specialist construction management and overall project management
Expert appraisals and reports
Hydrology and hydraulics