GB8303 - Stablity of Rock Slopes


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course will discuss the key issues of rock slope stability analysis: 1) Definition of potential stability problem, 2) Quantification of input
parameters and 3) Calculation principles. Focus is placed on: Factors
influencing slope stability, methodology for collecting geological data,
stereographic projection and analysis techniques, quantification and scale
effects concerning shear strength parameters and ground water pressure,
failure models, deterministic versus probabilistic analysis, stabilizing
measures and stability control/monitoring. The course is organized as seminars, field and laboratory assignments and guided self study. Project reports to be prepared.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: - This course is intended to to bring the participants to a high international level in Rock Slope Stability Analysis.
- The students shall have in-depth knowledge of methodology for engineering geological investigations and stability analyses related to rock slopes.
SKILLS: - The students shall be able to conduct specialized engineering geological field and laboratory analyses relevant for stability analyses of rock slopes.
GENERAL SKILLS: - The students shall develope skills for independent evaluation and analyses of complex problems related to stability of rock slopes, as well as skill in multidiciplinary team work for solving such problems.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given every second year, and not for the study year 2020-2021.
The course will given in English if all participants do not understand Norwegian.

Further on evaluation

For å få bestått i emnet kreves det en score på minimum 70 prosent (70 av 100 poeng). Each part that has been failed must be retaken (report and/or examination).

Required previous knowledge

Completed MSc-degree with advanced level knowledge of Engineering geology (corresponding to course TGB4190 Engineering Geology of Rocks, Advanced Course)

Course materials

Selected parts of Wyllie & Mah (2004): ”Rock Slope Engineering”, Spon Press, 431p. Selected notes and papers.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIG1969 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



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