Increasing demand from clients has led Ireland-based engineering consultant Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG) to establish a dedicated geohazards team, which will be headed by Karlo Martinovic.
The company says that it has always delivered projects that address a wide range of geohazards but the business has seen a dramatic increase in this type of work this year which has led to setting up of the new team.
“Geohazards are having an increasing impact on the world around us and can cause mass devastation if not treated with respect,” said GDG managing director Paul Doherty. “We have built a team of experts in this area with a view to providing advice and consultancy to public bodies and private clients across the world. Our level of technical knowledge has been tailored to this field with a team of PhD qualified engineers, geologists, risk analysts, geomorphologists, and various scientists providing a very high-level of expertise.”
One of the firm’s recent project that led to launch of the new team was a project for the World Bank where GDG was commissioned to undertake landslide hazard and risk study for Guatemala which has a history of ground instability in densely populated regions. The company has said that it has also recently worked with the Geological Survey of Ireland to develop landslide inventories and compile historical evidence to facilitate future predictions of landslide susceptibility.