Geomechanical analysis

IdroGeo S.r.l. has a high level of competence in carrying out geomechanical surveys of rocky walls, as a result of experience acquired over recent years. This company has performed several works with the aim of consolidating rock masses and reclaiming quarries and underground environments.

Geomechanical surveys of rock masses are carried out by making detailed geomechanical and geo-structural investigations. This is done by climbers using rock climbing techniques to make wall inspections.

Geomechanical surveys are conducted according to the guidelines of the ISRM. Geomechanical and geo-structural data are subjected to statistical and kinematics analysis using specific software. This procedure allows us to define the structural setting of the rock mass, to assess volume of potentially unstable blocks and the resistance of the rock.

We have a great deal of experience in classifying rock masses according to the Romana classification, Bieniawski classification, Barton classification and GSI classification.

Geomechanical and geostructural data are represented in detailed topographic surveys in both plan and perpective views. The three-dimensional topographic surveys are carried out by means of photogrammetric techniques and laser scanner technology.

Over recent years the IdroGeo S.r.l. has been committed to the development of innovative geomatics terrestrial laser scanning survey techniques for the investigation of slopes over their full extension. This technique enables the integration of geomechanical surveys (carried out using traditional manual techniques) with geostructural processing and analyzing made using  point cloud laser scanning. This approach reduces the costs of the investigation to be carried out by geological rock climbers and, at the same time, data can be acquired for the whole cliff, with an obvious advantage for the dimensioning of the consolidation work.