Slope Stability
and Erosion Control Design

02 – 06 December 2024
Sandton Centre, Johannesburg South Africa

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R 17,999.00 per delegate

Public R14, 999.00

Online R10, 999.00


The successful analysis and design of slope and erosion control requires an in-depth understanding of several subjects and concepts. It is imperative to harmonize slope stability and the use of erosion control techniques for retaining earth masses in attractive, environmentally compatible and cost-effective ways. This requires a thorough understanding of the erosion process, structural and mechanical methods to control erosion, as well as the mechanics of mass stability and surface erosion. This course presents the information needed to provide adequate analyses and treatment procedures of retained earth masses in two parts:

  • Slope Stability Design
  • Erosion Control Concepts and Techniques

Targeted Audience:

  • Mining, Highway, railroad construction,
  • maintenance engineers; consulting engineers; developers; landscape architects; construction contractors;
  • Individuals involved in slope protection, projects/stabilization/repair as it may relate to agriculture, watershed and wetlands, airports, harbours, gas pipelines, forestry, lakeshore and stream bank slope protection; regulatory personnel concerned with fisheries, water quality and the environment.
  • A background in civil or geotechnical engineering, geology, soil science, would be helpful but is not a must.

Course Outline:

Slope Stability Analysis and design

  • Site Investigation Considerations
  • Soil Mechanics Revision
  • Effective Stress Concept
  • Factor of Safety
  • Stability of Infinite Slopes
  • Stability with Seepage
  • Analysis of Finite Slopes with Plane Failure Surfaces (Culmanns Method)
  • Mass Procedure—Slopes in Homogenous Clay Soil with
  • Mass Procedure for Stability of Saturated Clay Slope with Earthquake Forces
  • Mass Procedure—Slopes in Homogenous Soil
  • Ordinary Methods of Slices
  • Bishops Simplified Method of Slices
  • Stability Analysis by Method of Slices for Steady State Seepage
  • Morgenstern’s Method of Slices for Rapid Drawdown Condition
  • Fluctuation of Factor of Safety of Slopes in Clay Embankment on Saturated Clay
  • Slope Stability Charts
  • Summary and General Comments
  • Workshop on Slope Design Using Slope-W Case Studies

Erosion Control Design

  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Management Strategy
  • Erosion and Sediment Process
  • Mechanics of Erosion and Sedimentation
  • Types of Water Erosion and Factors Affecting Erosion
  • Site Assessment
  • Site Erosion Potential and Evaluation
  • Approaches to Estimation of Site Erosion Potential
  • Empirical Method for Sediment Storage/Impoundment
  • Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (Rusle)
  • Rainfall Factor and Soil Erodibility Factor
  • Soil Erodibility Adjustment Factor
  • Topographic Factor
  • Topographic Adjustment Factor
  • Vegetation and Management Factor
  • Support Practice Factor
  • Site Evaluation
  • Slope Analysis Summary
  • Drainage Analysis Summary
  • Site Hazard Classification
  • Connectivity to Downstream Resources
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Methods
  • The Permanent Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan
  • Example Soil Test Data for Different Parts of Alberta and Respective Soil Erodibility Rating
  • Preliminary Assessment
  • Guidelines for the Design of Sediment Containment
  • Design Examples
  • Erosion Single Slope
  • Erosion Potential and Site Hazard
  • Erosion Potential of Benched Slope
  • Erosion Potential of a Low Fill Embankment
  • Channel Protection Riprap Lining
  • Case Studies

Risk Management Design

  • The Quantitative Risk Assessment Process
  • What Is Wrong With Factors Of Safety?
  • Procedure for Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Risk Analysis
  • Hazard analysis
  • Consequence analysis
  • Risk estimation
  • Limitations of risk analysis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Concepts of risk assessment
  • Existing risk acceptability criteria
  • Acceptable and tolerable risk guidelines for landsliding
  • Examples of Slope Stability Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Examples

Special Features

  • You will receive comprehensive course notes that will be useful for future reference
  • You will receive in class training on two slope stability software:
    • Slope-W Program and SLIDE

Required Material

Please bring your own:

  • Standard Engineering Calculator (with scientifc functions)
  • Laptop for live software training

End of the workshop



While both In-House and Online training can present with cost-effectiveness and time-efficacy, there are some very specific differences between in-house courses and those based online.
The demand for additional courses by individuals or groups of people is increasing. Still, it depends entirely on the preferences of a person what type of training he or she wants to receive. Online courses and in-house training carry some similarities but they are considered to exhibit some very pivotal differences too. Despite that, both types of learning can be really beneficial for attendees.

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