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

Course Details

  • Date: October 23-25, 2024
  • Venue: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel | 123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9
  • Schedule: 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Instructors: This course will be in English, instructed by Dr. Brent Corkum and Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel
  • Programs Covered: Slide2, Slide3, RS2, RS3, RSPile, RSLog
  • Registration Fees:
    • Early Bird Price - $1500 USD* (until September 15, 2024)
    • Regular Price - $1750 USD*

*If you are attending as a group of 2 or more, please write to for more details on the group discount.

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)
  • 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

Special Note - Rocscience's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Brent Corkum will host special sessions on Day 1 and Day 3 of the course.

Course Outline

Day 1 -

Module I: Overview of limit-equilibrium methods for slope stability analysis (Dr. Corkum)

  • History of Slide2.
  • Failure modes of soil and rock slopes
  • Limit-equilibrium methods

Module II: Slope stability analysis (Slide2, Slide3 and RSLog)

  • Model building (Tips and Pitfalls)
  • Material behavior models (anisotropic vs. isotropic material models)
  • Interpretation of results
  • Introduction to RSLog

Module III: Selection of analysis methods (Slide2 and Slide3)

  • Selection of method for locating minimum factor of safety
  • Failure Surface optimization techniques
  • MMO and Intelligent search

Day 2 -

Module IV: Modelling Supports for Slope Stability Analysis (Slide2, Slide3 and RSPile)

  • Selecting supports
  • Introducing RSPile
  • Support back analysis
  • Landslide stabilization using piles

Module V – Groundwater analysis (Slide2 and Slide3)

  • Saturated-unsaturated transient groundwater analysis
  • Permeability functions
  • Boundary conditions

Module VI: Case study of slope stability problems (Slide2 and Slide3, RS2 and RS3)

  • Comparing 2D and 3D slope stability problem
  • Integration between Slide2 and RS2, and Slide3 and RS3

Module VII: Probabilistic and Sensitivity analysis (Slide2 and Slide3)

  • Overview of basic statistical concepts and distribution
  • Probability of failure
  • Monte Carlo and Latin hypercube simulations and Response Surface Method
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Spatial variability analysis
  • Back analysis using Slide2 and Slide3

Day 3 -

Module VIII: Finding the Critical FoS for 2D and 3D (Dr. Corkum)

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

Module IX: Geometry Clean-up and Repair (Slide3)

  • Surface geometries
  • Geometry clean-up

Module X: Geometry Creation Tools (Slide3)

  • Import\Export
  • Borehole manager (introduction)
  • Primitive geometries
  • 3D Booleans
  • Geometry clean-up
  • New Block Model
  • Radar Integration

Module XI: Complex model creations (Slide2, RS2, Slide3 and RS3)

  • 3D Dam model
  • Levee with Relief well


For any additional queries, please reach out to


Course Instructors:

Dr. Brent Corkum, Chief Technology Officer at Rocscience
Dr. Brent Corkum, Chief Technology Officer at Rocscience

Dr. Brent Corkum is the Chief Technology Officer for Rocscience and the primary architect of many of the Rocscience products including Slide2 and Slide3 and has been with Rocscience since its inception in 1997. Dr. Corkum graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering in 1984, a M.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1996. He has over 35 years of software development experience and has helped write successful commercial applications in limit-equilibrium slope stability, finite-element analysis, boundary element analysis, wedge analysis, toppling analysis, stereographic projection, settlement, and rockfall modeling.

Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel, Geomechanics Product Manager at Rocscience
Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel, Geomechanics Product Manager at Rocscience

Dr. Sina Javankhoshdel is a Geomechanics Product Manager (Product Manager of Slide2 and Slide3) at Rocscience. He holds his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics), joined Rocscience in 2016 and has done research and development work on Slide2 and Slide3. He has been the 3D Expert Modeller at Rocscience since 2018. Dr. Javankhoshdel is an instructor for workshops, webinars, short courses and customized courses, and a presenter at conferences.