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Documentation and Theory Overview

RocTopple is an interactive software tool for performing toppling analysis and support design of rock slopes. The analysis is based on the popular limit equilibrium block toppling method of Goodman and Bray first published in 1976 in the paper, Toppling of Rock Slopes, and the block flexure toppling method of Amini, Majdi and Veshadi published in 2012 in the paper, Stability Analysis of Rock Slopes Against Block-Flexure Toppling Failure.

Getting Started

If you are a new user of RocTopple, you should begin by completing the RocTopple Quick Start tutorial to help familiarize yourself with the software’s main functions.

How to Use this Guide


The Documentation tab helps you to get familiar with program features and provides details on specific tools/functions of the software. This section includes topics like terminology, general features, input data, analysis methods, viewing and display options, and more.

Begin with the RocTopple Overview page for an overview of the program and analysis assumptions.


The tutorials tab provides easy to follow, step-by-step instructions demonstrating how to use various features of the program and provide guidance for more specific analysis features of RocTopple. It is recommended that you go through as many of the tutorials as possible to get acquainted with the many different capabilities of the software.

Begin with the RocTopple - Quick Start Tutorial for an introduction to the basic modelling and analysis features of RocTopple.

Verification and Theory

The Theory and Verification tab contains a collection of Theory and Verification Manuals for the software. The Verification Examples represent several example problems, which have been used to verify the accuracy of the solutions computed by the program. The Theory Manuals describes the limit equilibrium method used to calculate the toppling stability of the blocks comprising the slope as well as the implementation of loading forces, support and water pressure.

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