Slope Stability

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Delivered over two days, this interactive training course provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject of slope stability, from initial classification through assessment and analysis to remediation.

It provides the delegate with the knowledge, strategy and capability to inspect, understand and assess slope instability. The course covers both the theory and practice of modern slope engineering.

Day one considers the background to slope movements, simple classification systems and the fundamental soil mechanics that control stability. The key parameters are highlighted and discussed. The principles and assumptions of the more popular methods of analysis are introduced together with a pragmatic guide for assessing the competence of analysis software. Specific problems covered, include natural and cut slopes, earthworks and fills.

Day two focusses on the practical approach to slope stability assessment and remediation. The investigation of failed slopes is considered. Remedial options to arrest or prevent movement are detailed together with a section on instrumentation and monitoring. Techniques for the back analysis of slopes are covered and the application of stability calculations for rapid assessment explored. Finally, a section concerning risk analysis of the actions and inactions is delivered including evaluation of remedial measures.



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Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Day 1: Theory

Session 1 - Classification of slope movements - a brief guide to terminology
Session 2 - Shear strengths, effective stresses, pore water pressures - a revision session. How the shear strength of soil varies and why: what shear strength governs different aspects of behaviour
Session 3 - Water, water pressures, and slope instability
Session 4 - Slope stability analysis principles - based around limit equilibrium and some of the more popular methods
Session 5 - Using standard software I - a check list of things to look out for
Session 6 - Specific problems in fills and earthworks, cut slopes, and natural slopes

Day 2: Practice

Session 1 - Investigation of failed slopes
Session 2 - Remedial works for slope stabilisation
Session 3 - Back analysis
Session 4 - Rapid design assessments from slope stability calculation results - using standard software II
Session 5 - Risk analysis, and evaluation of remedial measures

Professor Edward Bromhead 

Edward is an internationally recognised expert in slope stability and geotechnical engineering. He is a chartered civil engineer and a Fellow of the Geological Society. His research interests include field investigations and instrumentation; ground water flow compute modelling; residual strength measurement and the application of geology to engineering principles. He has authored and co-authored over 70 technical papers and is the author of Stability of Slopes.
Learning Objectives
At the end of this course delegates will understand:
  • The nature and occurrence of slope movements and instability
  • The key geotechnical parameters that govern stability and how to identify them
  • The availability, application and limitations of commercial analysis software
  • How to develop a basic methodology for the planning and implementation of slope assessment
  • The most common remedial measures and how to undertake risk analysis and evaluation of remedial measures
  • The key approaches to back analysis of failed or remediated slopes
Who Should Attend?

This training course is ideal for those involved in the design, analysis or construction of civil engineering projects where the existence, creation or alteration of slope features may occur. Delegates will include:

  • Civil engineers
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Geological engineers
  • Infrastructure and asset engineers
  • Infrastructure and asset managers

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