Fall 2018 - EASC 413 D100

Resource Geotechnics (3)

Class Number: 6619

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    TASC1 7011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 6, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Davide Elmo
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 313 with a grade of C- or better or permission of instructor.



Application of geotechnics to the resource sector with particular emphasis on forestry and minerals. Topics covered will include: Engineering geological characterization, slope failure mechanisms in soil and rock, methods of slope stability analysis, techniques of slope reinforcement and stabilization, slope monitoring, road construction and deactivation, underground excavations and petroleum geotechnics. Brief case studies will be used to illustrate the influence of geotechnics in the forestry, mining and the petroleum industries.


Course Outline:
Slope failure mechanisms in soil and rock. Methods of slope stability analysis in soil and rock. Techniques of slope reinforcement and stabilisation. Slope monitoring. Open pit slope stability.  Introduction to the design of underground excavations. Underground mining methods and rock engineering principles.

Course Topics:
·  Introduction to slope stability assessment.
·  Stability analysis of soil and rock slopes using limit equilibrium methods.
·  Introduction to computer methods for the analysis of soil and rock slopes and excavations
·  Methods of stabilizing slopes. Internal and external reinforcement. Surface and subsurface drainage of slopes.
·  Monitoring of surface and underground excavation deformation, stress and water pressures.
·  Slope stability and the resource industry: Open pit slope case histories.
·  Design of underground excavations: Mine openings, tunnels and underground caverns.
·  Influence of geology and rock properties on the selection of underground mining methods.


  • Midterm 25%
  • Laboratory Reports, Seminar 35%
  • Final Examination 40%


"Be aware that during the field trip there will be periods of strenuous hiking, hiking close to cliffs and crossing roads with busy traffic. Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. Further details regarding safety, food, housing and field supplies will be discussed prior to the field trip."

*There may be a supplementary fee.*



Rock Slope Engineering Civil Applications., Wyllie, D.C.  September 14, 2017 by CRC Press, 568 Pages - 16 Color & 326 B/W Illustrations 
ISBN: 9781498786270


Geological Engineering, Gonzalez de Vallejo, L.I. & Ferrer, M. 2011.  CRC Press

This book was the EASC 313 required text.
ISBN: 978-0-415-41352-7

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