Course: Rock Slope Stability

NOTE - All seats for this course have been SOLD OUT.

  • Course Date: January 30 - 31, 2023
  • Venue: Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101
  • Schedule:
    • 8 am breakfast
    • 9 am – 5 pm (includes breaks)
  • Languages: The course will be conducted in English
  • Registration Fees:
    • Early Bird - USD $895 (until December 31st, 2022)
    • Regular - USD $995
    • Professor + Student Combo Offer (email for details)

What’s included:

  • Temporary software licenses
  • PDF of course materials
  • PDH Certificate (15-hours)
  • Breakfast & Lunch

Please note:

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

Rocscience Programs used:

  • Dips
  • RocPlane
  • SWedge
  • RocTopple
  • RocFall2
  • RocFall3

Course Outline:


  • Plotting stereonets and choosing joint sets
  • Methodology to identify planar, wedge, and toppling failure mechanisms
  • Kinematic Evaluations


  • Deterministic and probabilistic analysis of planar failures
  • Sensitivity analysis of input parameters
  • Design of mitigation options


  • Deterministic and probabilistic analysis of wedge failures
  • Sensitivity analysis of input parameters
  • Design of mitigation options


  • Evaluation of block toppling and block-flexural toppling
  • Sensitivity analysis of input parameters

Advanced Topics (as time allows)

  • Bench analysis for open pit mines


  • General conditions for rockfalls and factors affecting trajectories
  • Impact theories for lump mass and rigid body in RocFall2
  • Point mass and rigid body analysis of the trajectories and energies of falling rock blocks
  • Design of mitigation measures such as catch fences and berms


  • 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


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


Course Instructors

Brendan Fisher, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E., Principal, Fisher Rock Engineering

Dr. Brendan Fisher holds degrees in Geology, Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has been a geological engineering practitioner and user of the Rocscience software suite for about 20 years. Dr. Fisher is well-versed in applying theory combined with a practical understanding of rock mass characterization and modeling to develop solutions for complex geologic conditions where rock mechanics engineering was an integral part of the projects' success. Much of his experience involves the design of open pit mine walls and the remedial design of rock slopes for civil engineering projects.

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.