Course: 3D Rock Slope Stability using Rocscience Tools

Course Details

  • Date: April 30 - May 2, 2024
  • Venue: The Westin Perth | 480 Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia
  • Schedule: 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Instructors: This course will be in English, instructed by Dr. Alison McQuillan and Dr. Grace Huang
  • Programs Covered: Slide3, RS3, RocFall3 and RocSlope3
  • Registration Fees:
    • Early Bird Price - $1599 USD (until March 15, 2024)
    • Regular Price - $1799 USD

What’s included:

  • Temporary software licenses
  • PDF of course materials
  • PDH Certificate
  • Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea

Please note:

  • Registrants will be responsible for their own accommodation
  • Participants must bring their own laptops (and mice)
  • Recommended minimum specs:
    • 32 GB RAM is the recommended minimum
    • 64 GB RAM for 100,000+ triangles
    • 100 GB SSD is the recommended minimum
    • 500 GB SSD preferred
    • Discrete Nvidia brand graphics cards preferred for optimal experience
    • Windows 10 64-bit recommended minimum
    • Windows 11 64-bit preferred
  • Participant numbers are limited

Course Outline

Day 1

Module 1: Limit equilibrium analysis with RocSlope3

  • Overview of RocSlope3 block stability analysis and assumptions
  • RocSlope3 joint definition methods with supporting Dips functionalities for realistic and efficient 3D block analysis
  • Uncertainty handling of slope geometry and joint persistence

Module 2: 3D rock fall analysis with RocFall3

  • Impact theories for lump mass and rigid body in RocFall3
  • 2D vs 3D rockfall analysis
  • 3D model construction and interpretation
  • Multi-section export to 2D (RocFall2) for group analysis

Day 2

Module 3: 3D slope stability analysis with Slide3

  • Overview of limit equilibrium analysis method and Slide3 model inputs including analysis methods, search methods and anisotropic material models
  • 3D model construction of open pit excavation using wireframes and block models
  • Results interpretation
  • Integration with Slide2 for 2D comparison
  • Integration with RS3 for SRF validation
  • Importing of slope monitoring data for model validation and material back analysis

Day 3

Module 4: 3D stability analysis with RS3

  • Overview of finite element analysis method and RS3 model inputs including material models, meshing, boundary conditions, elastic and plastic search areas, discrete fracture networks
  • 3D model construction of underground excavation using wireframes
  • Results interpretation


For any additional queries, please reach out to Alison McQuillan or Emma Phillips.


Course Instructor:

Dr. Alison McQuillan
Dr. Alison McQuillan

Dr Alison McQuillan, Director, Rocscience Australia, obtained her PhD in Mining Engineering at UNSW Sydney and is a Chartered Professional (Geotech) and Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland. Alison specializes in rock mechanics and slope stability, with over 15 years of experience in operational, corporate and consulting roles for several commodities in Australia, SE Asia and Africa. Alison applies a practical approach to geotechnical engineering combining her field experience with her knowledge of numerical modelling tools.

Dr. Grace Huang
Dr. Grace Huang

Dr. Grace Huang, Ph.D, Geomechanics Product Manager, Rocscience, Grace completed her BASc in civil engineering at the University of Toronto, and her MSc and Ph.D. in civil engineering with a geotechnical focus at Virginia Tech. She has previous experience in software development, geotechnical consulting in the transportation sector, research, and teaching foundation engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels.