Risk Assessment & Management

SCE provides clients with extensive advice and services in the assessment of ‘risk’ posed by various geotechnical & engineering hazards;  these hazards can include slope instability, landslides, rock falls and cliff line and coastal recession.  The risk assessment process also normally makes an assessment of both the Risk to Life, and the Risk to Property.

Some examples of the situations where SCE provides Risk Assessment and Hazard Management Services include:

  • Where a Unit Building or other development has been constructed within an old quarry and the former quarry face is deteriorating in such a way that rock falls have occurred.
  • When a building or structure is known to have significant issues, and a potential for failure / collapse.
  • To enable appropriate personnel restrictions and control measures to be imposed on a structure / public place [e.g. a public look-out] whilst remedial measures are instituted.
  • To evaluate various repair / remedial works options from a risk & safety point of view to enable the most effective use of available funds.

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Tudibaring Headland, Copacabana

In the early 1990s, Gosford City Council became concerned about the stability of the 80 m high Tudibaring Headland at Copacabana NSW, and the...

Central Coast

As a part of Wyong Shire Council’s hazard & risk assessment policy, the Council engaged SCE in the mid-1990s [in conjunction with the...


Following the development of geotechnical hazard maps, and a new Development Control Plan [DCP] for the Gosford City Council in the late...


In the mid 1990's, Gosford City Council engaged Shirley Consulting Engineers to review the earlier maps produced internally by Council in the mid-...

Castle Cove

A married couple purchased a single-storey brick residence in Castle Cove;  some years later, they noticed some cracking in the wall of part o