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Short Courses

Sunday, November 7

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Case Histories of Slope Instability and Stabilization for Natural and Man-Made Slopes

Instructors: Timothy D. Stark, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE and Daniel Pradel, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

This short course will present recent advances in slope stability analyses and shear strength assessments including static and seismic shear strength selection, two- and three-dimensional slope stability analyses, slope stabilization techniques and analyses, and demonstration of state-of-the-art limit equilibrium and finite difference software packages for evaluating slope stability.

More importantly, we will use case histories to illustrate the application of shear strength concepts and their relevance when using slope stability methods of analysis. This format will help practitioners apply modern slope stability principles to better design slope stabilizations and/or remedial measures. For this short course we propose discussing strength and related technical aspects in the morning and applying the technical information to a variety number of slope failures in the afternoon. This course will include:

  • Understanding of geotechnical stability, modeling, and behavior of natural and man-made slopes.
  • Understanding of the impact of external factors, such as, rainfall, timber harvesting, river erosion, and development, on landslide occurrence and runout.
  • Learning design methods for slopes and valleys to minimize property damage and loss of life.
  • Learning about technologies and methods to detect areas susceptible to slope failures.
  • Understanding the causes and mechanisms for rainfall induced landslides.
  • Learning how to identify the direction and rate of movement of slopes.
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