Project Description

Bluebird Canyon Landslide

In June 2005, a massive landslide caused tremendous damage, utterly destroying an entire neighborhood of upscale homes in the Bluebird Canyon area of Laguna Beach. Various federal, state and local agencies, including the Office of Emergency Services and the Regional Water Quality Control Board, were involved in assisting with this natural disaster.

Fuscoe Engineering was asked to provide rehabilitative civil engineering services, including grading, drainage, sewer and water plans and significant winterization efforts. The process was complicated by a tight time schedule to complete the work prior to the onset of winter rains, which can cause increased flooding, mud slides and structural instability. Furthermore, the proximity of adjacent homes complicated the grading, and drainage and sewer systems were completely destroyed, requiring major repair work and replacement facilities. To demonstrate to residents that the new slope design would not adversely impact their ocean views and in several cases, actually enhance them, the Fuscoe GIS Graphics team produced high tech view simulations utilizing 3D technology. For enhanced productivity and efficiency, the Fuscoe staff utilized ProjectSpace web-based software to streamline project management, team collaboration and communication with stakeholders.

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Bluebird Canyon Landslide
Bluebird Canyon Landslide - Home Destruction
3D Cut/Fill Simulation
3D Elevation Simulation

Project Details

Laguna Beach, CA

City of Laguna Beach


CELSOC 2008 Engineering Excellence Merit Award

2009 LA ASCE Outstanding Private Sector Civil Engineering Project