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For immediate release: March 18, 2013
Contact: Colin Brennan, 518-471-5300

Work will help reduce threat of rockfall-related accidents, injuries and delays

The New York State Thruway Authority is proud to announce that Michael P. Vierling, its engineering geologist, has co-authored a major, extensively researched industry publication entitled Rockfall: Characterization and Control.

The book, which was released at the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference held this past January, was developed over five years by the TRB taskforce on Exploration and Classification of Earth Materials. 'Rockfall' addresses all aspects related to rockfall, including site characterization, risk assessment, management, and mitigation procedures. Approximately a dozen internationally recognized rockfall experts contributed to this effort.

"The New York State Thruway is one of the safest roads in the nation because of the work of dedicated employees like Mike Vierling," said Acting Chief Engineer of the New York State Thruway Authority Michael A. Shamma. "Mike's efforts will help set new international standards for the transportation industry, which will in turn shrink the threat of rockfall-induced accidents, injuries, and delays."

Mr. Vierling has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, including nearly 30 years as a licensed and certified blaster for New York State.  He has also served on numerous engineering geology committees and national studies.  In 2009, he was awarded the Medallion Award for his many years of significant contribution to the Highway Geology Symposium.


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