Open Pit Slope Design and Implementation

Open Pit Slope Design and Implementation

Areas of Study: Geotechnics

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 days
  • CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This course presents an overview of the process for the design and management of slopes in open pit mines. Starting with a description of the information required to support a slope design and the methods of data collection, it progresses to the design procedures for bench configurations, inter-ramp slopes and overall slopes, including the analytical procedures commonly in use. Specific examples of design will be presented and discussed in the class to illustrate the factors that could affect pit slope stability.

The implementation of the designs will be discussed in terms of both the operating procedures for mining and optimizing the stability of pit slopes. The aspects of risk associated with pit slope design and excavation will be presented. Monitoring methods for pit slopes and other management procedures will be discussed. Participants will be encouraged to present a short (max 30 min.) presentation for discussion in the course.

Attendees may want to purchase a copy of the book, Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design, (pictured at right) for further study at leisure. Note that it is not essential for course attendees to have the book while at the course.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of two introductory courses titled Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design 1 - Fundamentals and Data Collection and Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design 2 - Modelling.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for two days of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire short course and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

Attendees would include persons with expertise in specific areas of the mining industry who need to interface to the broader spectrum of the business, or those requiring a refresher in their field. For those with limited or no technical background, the course will provide a more than basic introduction to open pit mining, enabling the attendee to ask the right questions and make informed decisions. Participants should have a basic grounding in rock mechanics (undergraduate courses) and experience in open pit operations. A sense of humour is mandatory!

The course will include presentations and discussions. Course participants will be encouraged to present case histories from their own experience for general discussion.

Peter F. Stacey

P.F. Stacey P.Eng. is co-founder and president of Conscious Group Inc.. He has 39 years experience in the various aspects of pit slope and mining geotechnical design, project management and review. After spending 5 years working for the Geological Survey of Sweden as a Geologist in the Ore Investigation Division and another 5 years with the Iron Ore Company of Canada as initially an exploration and development geologist, and subsequently Supervisor – Geotechnical Engineering, Mr. Stacey joined Golder Associates Ltd., based in Vancouver, Canada. During his 29 years with Golder, Mr. Stacey developed a reputation as a world expert in the areas of pit slope design and the application of geotechnical engineering to the operational aspects of open pit mines. He also acted in a Project Management capacity for large scale mining geotechnical programs on projects in various parts of the world, including Kyrgyzstan (Kumtor gold project), Peru (Southern Peru Copper) and China (Fushun and Huo Lin He coal projects).

During his time with Golder Associates, Mr. Stacey also acted as Project Manager for a number of mine feasibility studies, including Key Lake uranium mine and the Kara scheelite property in Tasmania.

In 2003, Mr. Stacey formed Stacey Mining Geotechnical Ltd. to concentrate on independent review consulting related to the geotechnical aspects of open pit mining. In this capacity, he is current either review consultant or on the Geotechnical Review Board for several large open pit operations, including: Minera Escondida Ltda., Codelco Norte (Chuquicamata), Freeport Indonesia, Newmont Gold Company, Compañia Minera Antamina, RioTinto Technical Services, Vale - (iron ore and copper open pit operations), Debswana, BHPBilliton (Olympic Dam and Spence).

He also performs geotechnical review for a number of mining and consulting companies.

Provisional Schedule

Instruction will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day, with a lunch break from noon to 1:00pm and 15 minute coffee breaks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

The course will include presentations and discussions.  Course participants will be encouraged to present case histories from their own experience for general discussion.

The course includes the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of slope design
  • Data collection
  • Slope design tools
  • Slope design process
  • Implementation of slope designs
  • Slope management

How to Register

To register yourself, click the 'Register Now' button and complete the online registration form.
To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or [email protected] and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.


The fee covers the lecture, access to Pre-Course e-learning, a certificate of attendance, and catered breakfasts and lunches including light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.


The course will be held at the UBC Robson Square facility which is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and only 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the recommended hotels listed below.
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Hotel Accommodation

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the following hotels. Each hotel is within a 5-15 minute walking distance of the course venue and provides convenient access to transportation and 'Canada Line' rapid transit to/from Vancouver International Airport.

When making reservations make sure to ask for the "InfoMine corporate rate".

  • Executive Hotel Le Soleil, named by Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine as "One of the Top 100 Hotels in the World," has been recipient of the American Automobile Association's (AAA) 4-Diamond rating since its opening. Executive Hotel Le Soleil differentiates itself with a unique mixture of stylish sophistication and old world elegance. Featuring 119 luxury boutique lodging accommodations, it is conveniently located across the street from the InfoMine/Edumine offices. Experience Copper Chimney restaurant's award winning chefs and enter into an exotic world of Indian fusion food.
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  • Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver: make yourself at home in one of the Metropolitan Hotel's 197 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites. Enjoy the Metropolitan's 24-hour Business Center; fully-equipped Health Club with indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and squash court; and the Diva at the Met restaurant, a AAA 4-Diamond rated restaurant featuring Vancouver's finest cuisine, celebrated Chef's table, and distinguished wine cellar. The Metropolitan has received a "4 Green Keys" rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
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  • Vancouver’s most art-full hotel, the Listel Hotel is a cultural tourist’s dream and a showcase for eco-friendly practices. Packed with original art, this 129 room boutique hotel boasts comfortable, contemporary furnishings and a perfect location in the West End, the city’s most eclectic shopping and dining neighbourhood. The hotel is also home to Forage, a pioneer in sustainable restaurant operations and home to Chef Chris Whittaker’s award-winning farm-to-table fare. Forage is known for its small plate dining and BC wine and craft beer on tap.
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  • Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel: experience the modern comforts of the historic full-service business hotel located in the core of downtown Vancouver. Their West Coast hospitality will ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Discover true value at the Days Inn Downtown Vancouver Hotel as they provide FREE Wireless Internet, Bottled Water / Tea & Small Business Center. InfoMine’s corporate rate includes $10.00 breakfast voucher, best available room at check-in, Day Pass to Health and Fitness Centre around the corner.
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  • The Delta Vancouver Suites is a 225 all-suite property designed with business travel in mind. Centrally located in the Heritage District of downtown Vancouver, the hotel is just one block from Waterfront Station, the main hub of the Canada Line providing convenient and economical transportation to/from the Vancouver International Airport. The hotel is in close proximity to many corporate offices, the Vancouver Convention Centre and government offices making business connections easy. Attractions such as Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium and neighborhoods including Gastown, home to many of the best restaurants Vancouver has to offer are all a short walk away. The Delta Vancouver Suites' website is

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Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.