Rockfall testing station Risk of rock movements and LCPC's response The rockfall risk is a major concern for public authorities assigned to protect people and property against natural hazards This hazard can stem from isolated boulders or massive rockslides reaching buildings or transport infrastructure Such phenomena are frequently encountered in mountainous zones and near cliff formations where rockfall protection systems have become more prevalent in the form of either flexible facilities e g rock sheds mesh screens and gratings energy dissipation structures or more rigid elements galleries and protective shields reinforced concrete slabs infrastructure components etc

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Rockfall testing station Risk of rock movements and LCPC's response The rockfall risk is a major concern for public authorities assigned to protect people and property against natural hazards. This hazard can stem from isolated boulders or massive rockslides reaching buildings or transport infrastructure. Such phenomena are frequently encountered in mountainous zones and near cliff formations, where rockfall protection systems have become more prevalent, in the form of either flexible facilities (e.g. rock-sheds, mesh screens and gratings, energy dissipation structures) or more rigid elements (galleries and protective shields, reinforced concrete slabs, infrastructure components, etc.). Dwelling in Barjac destroyed by a rockfall – Landslide on a road in the town of Péreyres (photos courtesy of P. Guillemin) The LCPC Laboratory got involved during the 1980's in the study and protection against this hazard, as a collaborative effort with the CETE Technical Research Centres and under joint supervision of the Ministries of Public Works and Environment. These efforts have resulted in the publication of guides to describe and analyze rockslides, select and maintain protection systems, and monitor sites. Moreover, the studies undertaken have produced software applications that help calculate the trajectories of falling rocks or landslides.

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Rockfall testing station Risk of rock movements and LCPC's response The rockfall risk is a major concern for public authorities assigned to protect people and property against natural hazards. This hazard can stem from isolated boulders or massive rockslides reaching buildings or transport infrastructure. Such phenomena are frequently encountered in mountainous zones and near cliff formations, where rockfall protection systems have become more prevalent, in the form of either flexible facilities (e.g. rocksheds, mesh screens and gratings, energy dissipation structures) or more rigid elements (galleries and protective shields, reinforced concrete slabs, infrastructure components, etc.). Dwelling in Barjac destroyed by a rockfall – Landslide on a road in the town of Péreyres (photos courtesy of P. Guillemin) The LCPC Laboratory got involved during the 1980's in the study and protection against this hazard, as a collaborative effort with the CETE Technical Research Centres and under joint supervision of the Ministries of Public Works and Environment. These efforts have resulted in the publication of guides to describe and analyze rockslides, select and maintain protection systems, and monitor sites. Moreover, the studies undertaken have produced software applications that help calculate the trajectories of falling rocks or landslides.