Benjamin Coughlan

Engineering Geologist
WSP Global Inc., B.C.

Areas of interest

Geohazard assessment, Engineering geology


  • B.Sc. Hons., Memorial, 2017
  • M.Sc., SFU, 2024


Ben's project aimed to provide a comprehensive rockfall hazard assessment of The Stawamus Chief, located near Squamish, BC. The Chief experienced significant rockfall events over the past number of years and is a popular recreational area. Using remote sensing and numerical modelling, the aim was to discern areas of particularly high risk to climbers, hikers and other recreational users on these geological features and to suggest a possible monitoring regimen to mitigate the risks involved. Remote sensing methods applied included LiDAR, photogrammetry and infrared thermography.

Recent Publications

  1. Coughlan, B., Sampaleanu, C., Williams-Jones, G., Stead, D. (2023) Rockfall instability on high granitic domes: The Stawamus Chief, B.C., Canada. Proceedings of the 15th ISRM Congress 2023 & 72nd Geomechanics Colloquium, Schubert & Kluckner (eds).