Course: Rock Slope Stability

Course Details

  • Date: November 10th, 2023
  • Venue: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Ul. Antuna Mihanovića 1, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Schedule: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Instructors: This course will be in English, instructed by Dr. Anil Yunatcı and Yalin Dogan
  • Registration Fees:
    • Early Bird Price - $369 USD (until September 30, 2023)
    • Regular Price - $429 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

Module I: Kinematic Analysis of Rock Mass Instabilities (Dips) and Force Based Analysis of Planar, Wedge and Toppling Failures (RocPlane, SWedge and RocTopple)

  • Plotting Stereonets and Selecting Joint Sets
  • Methodology to identify planar, wedge, and toppling failure mechanisms.
  • Kinematic Assessments and Kinematic Sensitivity
  • Deterministic and Probabilistic Analysis of Planar, Wedge and Toppling Failures
  • Sensitivity Analysis of Input Parameters
  • Support System Design

Module II: 3D Block Stability Risk Assessment for Rock Slopes (RocSlope)

  • Creating 3D Slope Geometries and Modeling Geological Structures
  • Evaluation of 3D Block Stability
  • Probabilistic Analysis
  • Key Block Analysis and Risk Detection

Module III: Rockfall Simulations and Designing for Preventive Measures – Part I (RocFall2)

  • Basic Concepts in Rockfall Simulations
  • Parameter Selection for Coefficient of Restitution
  • Rigid Body vs. Lumped Mass Approaches
  • Seeding, Simulation Sampling
  • Setting Initial Conditions, Surface Properties
  • Querying Data and Designing with Barriers and Berms

Module IV: Rockfall Simulations and Designing for Preventive Measures – Part II (RocFall2, RocFall3)

  • Additional Examples on Impact of Model Parameters on 2D Simulations
  • Generation of Surface Models in 3D Rockfall Analysis
  • Worked Example on 3D Rockfall Simulation


For any additional queries, please reach out to Yalin Dogan.


Course Instructors:

Dr. Anıl Yunatcı

Dr. Anıl Yunatcı works as a senior geotechnical engineer at GeoDestek Ltd. He has built experience in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering, seismic hazard assessment, numerical modeling, geotechnical monitoring and soil investigation studies over 20 years. Dr. Yunatcı received his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering in 1999 from Gazi University in Turkey. He then obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2010. Dr. Yunatcı is in charge of organizing and developing numerous customized Rocscience courses and workshop events nationwide and internationally. Within GeoDestek, he has been participating as a co-lecturer in Rocscience oriented numerical modeling courses since 2013.

Yalın Dogan

Yalın Dogan is working as an Engineering Geologist at GeoDestek. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering in 2014 from Hacettepe University. He then obtained his Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from Gazi University in 2019 and he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering. He is also currently serving as a member of the Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Commission in Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey. His professional and research experiences include geotechnical site characterization, in-situ test, slope stability, 2D and 3D effects in slope stability problems, shear strength reduction approach and effects of various methods in bi-planar failure mechanisms. Within Geodestek, he has been participating as a co-lecturer in Rocscience oriented numerical modeling courses since 2018.