Course: 2D and 3D Limit Equilibrium Slope Stability Analysis

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Course Details

  • Date: November 27th -28th, 2023
  • Venue: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Schedule: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Instructors: This course will be in English, instructed by Dr. Alireza Azami, Director of Business and Research, Rocscience
  • Programs Covered: Slide2 & Slide3
  • Registration Fees:
    • Early Bird Price - $1095 USD (until September 30, 2023)
    • Regular Price - $1195 USD

What’s included:

  • Temporary software licenses
  • PDF of course materials
  • PDH Certificate
  • Lunch & Snacks

Please note:

  • Registrants will be responsible for their own accommodation
  • Participants must bring their own laptops (and mice)
  • Participant numbers are limited

Course Outline

Day 1

Module 1: Overview of Limit-Equilibrium Methods for Slope Stability Analysis

  • Failure modes of soil and rock slopes
  • 2D and 3D limit-equilibrium methods

Module 2: Material Behavior Models and Model Building

  • Model building (3D to 2D, 2D to 3D)
  • Material behavior models (anisotropic vs. isotropic material models)

Module 3: Searching Methods

  • Method selection for locating minimum factor of safety
  • Failure surface optimization techniques

Day 2

Module 4: Groundwater Modeling Options in 2D and 3D

  • Phreatic Lines and Excess Pore Water Pressure Ratio Definitions
  • Steady State and Transient Groundwater Flow Modeling Options
  • Slope Face Drainage Modeling and Effect of Safety Factors,
  • Groundwater Boundary Conditions, Infiltration Effects

Module 5: Modeling Supports for Slope Stability Analysis

  • Selecting supports
  • Introducing RSPile

Module 6: Finding the Critical FoS for 2D and 3D

  • Tips and pitfalls
  • Why 2D and 3D analyses
  • Comparison of 2D and 3D results


For any additional queries, please reach out to Robert Bradford.


Course Instructor:

Dr. Alireza Azami

Dr. Alireza Azami is a Geomechanics Specialist and Director of Business and Research at Rocscience. He holds his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics) specializing in the field of Constitutive Modelling of Geomaterials. Since joining Rocscience in 2010, Dr. Azami has done research and development on renowned software solutions including Slide2, Slide3, RS2, RS3, and RSData. His work encompasses a wide range of areas, including seepage analysis, coupled hydromechanical analysis, constitutive modeling for rocks and soils, and the implementation of the shear strength reduction method across various material models in the FEM tools. Dr. Azami is also an instructor for workshops, webinars, Rocscience standard short courses, and customized course packages.