Populated areas are often exposed to geohazards, including landslides, rockfall, debris flows, flooding, erosion, and snow avalanche. Evaluating the risks associated with these events with respect to proposed development requires sound knowledge of geological and engineering principles, air photo interpretation, remote sensing techniques and application of qualitative and quantitative analytical methods.

  • Geohazard and geotechnical feasibility studies for route planning and selection;
  • Geohazard and geotechnical analysis for mine sites;
  • Geohazard and geotechnical analysis for energy projects;
  • Landslide hazard and risk analysis / mitigation for terrain stability assessments;
  • Hydro-geomorphic and hydrotechnical assessments (i.e. debris flow/flood, flood);
  • Liquefaction assessments;
  • Emergency landslide assessment and stabilization;
  • Slope stabilization for soil and rock;
  • Geotechnical and geological subsurface investigations;
  • Construction engineering and supervision;
  • Forensic landslide investigation;
  • Post-wildfire hazard (slope and hydrologic) and risk analysis;
  • Standards and guideline development;
  • Expert witness testimony.

Westrek’s team of professional Engineers and Geoscientists is dedicated to providing geotechnical services in order to meet client’s project needs. We provide solutions to project challenges ranging from terrain evaluation and site investigation to slope stability analysis and foundation design, developing value-based solutions using a common-sense, risk-based approach to meet regulatory, safety and environmental approval standards. In addition, we are well practiced in providing sound risk management recommendations that optimize safe conditions and allow for economic growth.

Our professionals were involved in the development and review of APEGBC professional practice guidelines in the fields of landslide and terrain stability assessment. They have authored numerous technical papers and developed the risk assessment methodology for post-wildfire flooding and landslides for the BC Ministry of Forests.

Westrek has experience in all geotechnical phases of design and construction and we are able to provide assistance through each step of a project, from site selection and conceptual design, through final design and construction. Services provided include:

  • Shallow and deep foundation design;
  • Lateral pile and WEAP analysis;
  • Retaining wall design (Mechanically Stabilized Earth and Geosynthetic Reinforced Segmental);
  • Settlement analysis and pre-load design;
  • Forensic investigations for structures;
  • Site development for various projects;
  • Construction engineering and supervision;
  • Pavement structure design.

Westrek has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced engineers, geoscientists, hydrologists, and GIS analysts to provide timely and cost-effective hydrologic solutions for our clients. Our established connections make us lead contacts for various industrial clients in the power and transmission, forestry, mining, land development, and agricultural sectors, as well as all levels of government (federal, provincial, First Nations, regional, and municipal). We also provide services directly to private landowners and subcontract our specialist expertise to larger consulting firms when requested.

  • Drainage conditions assessments for subdivisions and roads;
  • Watershed (basin) analysis.