Multilevel debris flow barrier

Multilevel flexible debris flow barrier installation Milibach, Hasliberg / Switzerland

Photo documentation/ /März Foto-Dokumentation September 2007 2008

heavy rainfall triggered a shallow landslide containing a total of 2. For details.000 m3 of debris before the shallow landslide had had chance to build up significant erosive force. Barrier 1. The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) rated these heavy rainfalls as a once-in-a-century occurrence. The debris held by barrier no. 2 completely and barrier no. please turn to page 4. a storm in the Weiler Reuti and in Meiringen caused serious debris coverage and severe damage. October 2011 Multilevel debris flow barrier holds back 2. stopping an estimated 2. while barriers 3 and 4 were not filled up as they have a higher basal opening. 5 is also to be left and should be carried away over time as the water drains naturally. 80 mm of rain had fallen in the space of 12 hours on top of a 70 cm layer of snow from the previous day.Multilevel debris flow barrier / Photo documentation / September 2008 Multilevel flexible debris flow barrier Milibach. which was situated above where the shallow landslide was triggered. Hasliberg.000 m3 of debris in good time helped prevent the shallow landslide further eroding the unstable banks of the Milibach river and forestalled an even greater shallow landslide that could have caused damage to the settlements further downstream. The event filled barrier no. As recently as August 22. Switzerland 10. as happened in 2005. Satellite image of the storm that moved across the northern Swiss Alps on October 10 (source: SF Meteo website) 2 . A cascade comprising 13 flexible debris flow barriers and with a retention volume of up to 10. This multilevel debris flow barrier system successfully held back the latest event of October 10.000 m3 was installed to protect the two settlements.000 m3 of Alenienschiefer (schist) in the drainage area of the Milibach river. 2011. After an in-depth investigation during an on-site inspection. Stopping the 2.000 m3 of debris following exceptionally heavy rain On October 10. 2011. 5 partially. 2 filled to protect the riverbanks. the customer decided to leave barrier no. 2005. remained unaffected.

Barriers no. 3 . 2 was filled by a landslide triggered nearby.Barrier no.000 m3 of material. 2 and 5 held back a total of 2.

Back-filled nets are overflowed by subsequent events and act like filled concrete abutments. August 2005 Position of the thirteen barriers 4 . 2005 which resulted in serious debris coverage and damage in the Weiler Reuti / Hasliberg and in Meiringen. the Lauenenbach being situated in the upper drainage area in the Alenienschiefer (schist). The upstream side of the first net is designed primarily for energy conversion on the occurrence of a debris flow. a total of some 13 000 m3 of loose material became detached through water saturation in ca. On the basis of various criteria the coordinators decided in favor of a series of high-tensile ring net barriers from Geobrugg. over a 500 m long axis. The remaining nets are activated in stages. Due to the large amount of precipitation. Bernese Oberland / Switzerland Floods and a debris flow event occurred in the Milibach torrent on August 22. In some cases this first net is destroyed and overflowed.Multilevel debris flow barrier / Photo documentation / September 2008 Multilevel debris flow barrier Milibach. Snow and Landscape (WSL) in Birmensdorf carried out physical model trials parallel to the project planning. Hasliberg. As support for the design fundamentals the Federal Research Institute for Forest. Between autumn 2007 and summer 2008. thirteen ring nets with heights of up to 7 m were mounted in series down the torrent section. rich in fine material). In an emergency this net system with thirteen barriers retains a total of 10 000 m3 derived from the starting zone. 1 hour which then flowed downhill as a mudflow in two to three batches (muddy debris flow. After the devastating rainfalls a suitable barrier system for debris flow retention had to be evaluated. 22. The Milibach torrent above Reuti comprises of two creek sections. The exact sites were evaluated in the field.

Debris flow starting zone Marking off Drilling in progress 5 .

Multilevel debris flow barrier / Photo documentation / September 2008 Ring net installation Anchor foundation Ringnet ready for transportation by helicopter 6 .

End of installation in August 2008 7 .

03. we can offer not only short delivery paths and . however. There we provide support.Rockfall barriers Rockfall drapes Slope stabilization systems Debris flow barriers Avalanche prevention structures Open pit rockfall barriers Special applications Geobrugg protects people and infrastructures from the forces of nature It is the task of our engineers and partners to analyze the problem together with you in detail and then.EN.0809 Geobrugg AG Geohazard Solutions Aachstrasse 11 • CH-8590 Romanshorn Phone +41 71 466 81 55 • Fax +41 71 466 81 50 www.geobrugg. Painstaking planning is not the only thing you can expect from us.203. including technical support – from installation right on up until acceptance of the structure. together with local consultants. to present solutions. we deliver preassembled and clearly identified system components right to the construction site. With a view towards a trouble-free execution. if desired. since we have our own production plants on three continents. A company of the BRUGG Group Certified to ISO 9001 • info@geobrugg. but also optimal local customer service.

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