Open Pit Slope Design

Areas of Study: Geotechnics

Qualifies for CMS

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  • 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 design process for open pit slopes. The first day of the course begins with a description and review of the fundamentals of slope design and then progresses from field data collection and QA/QC techniques through to the development of the individual component models that are used to define the geotechnical model. The second day of the course explores different slope design methods and considerations, and presents typical slope monitoring and management techniques to evaluate the behavior and performance of the applied slope designs, and finishes with a discussion on best practices for optimization of the slope designs.

Specific examples of the various processes, analyses, design assessments and interpretation of monitoring data will be presented and discussed throughout 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 in English, 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?

This course is aimed at geologists, mining and geological engineers and technicians, and any other professionals involved in the process of data collection, design, monitoring and ongoing management of open pit slopes who wish to expand their understanding of the fundamentals and considerations in open pit slope design. This is not a detailed design course, but attendees should have a basic background in rock mechanics and experience in feasibility stage projects or operating open pit mines.

Felipe Capdeville-Perez

Felipe Capdeville-Perez obtained a bachelor's degree in Engineering Sciences in 2004 and a Mining Engineer degree in 2007 from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. He has seven years' experience in rock mechanics and mining geomechanics. Following graduation, he worked on several underground and open pit projects in Chile, including Codelco's Andina and Chuquicamata Divisions and BHP Billiton's Cerro Colorado mine, and provided photogrammetry training for several mines in Chile. He moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2007 to join Golder Associates Ltd., where he carried out geotechnical field programs and geotechnical slope design studies for several projects located in Canada and the USA, including the Highland Valley Copper, Endako, Gibraltar, Mc Clean Lake and Red Dog mines, and the Carmacks Copper Project. In 2009, he joined Piteau Associates becoming involved in a wide variety of mining projects, including Teck's Highland Valley Copper mine in Canada, Barrick's Goldstrike mine in Nevada and Pascua Lama project in Chile, Ecuacorriente's Mirador project in Ecuador, the Collahuasi mine in Chile, and Southern Copper's Toquepala mine in Peru.

Matthew King

Mr. King received a Bachelor of Applied Science (2005) in geological engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He joined Piteau Associates in Vancouver in 2005 and has more than 8 years of practical experience working on numerous rock mechanics projects in Canada, the USA, Peru, Argentina, and Burkina Faso. Mr. King has been involved in a variety of geotechnical feasibility and optimization-level open pit slope design projects. His areas of expertise include analysis of laboratory testing and geotechnical/geomechanical data, rock mass strength assessments, photogrammetric mapping, structural fabric model development, bench and interramp kinematic assessments, slope monitoring data analysis, and detailed 2D/3D limit equilibrium assessments of overall slope stability. Mr. King is involved in the development of in-house software and utilities related to kinematic analyses, slope deformation monitoring, and general data analysis. His field experience includes use of the Ballmark, ACE, and clay imprint core orientation methods, instrumentation installations, and detailed surface geotechnical mapping and photogrammetry techniques.

Provisional Schedule

Instruction will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day, with a lunch break from 12.30pm to 1:30pm and 15 minute snack breaks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

The course includes the following topics:

Fundamentals of Slope Design

  • Introduction
  • Terminology of Slope Design
  • Slope Design Process
  • Design Implementation
  • Performance Evaluation and Monitoring

Data Collection and QA/QC

  • Introduction
  • Mapping Techniques
  • Core Drilling and Logging
  • Sample Collection and Testing
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC)
  • Data Management

Modeling, Techniques and Calibration

  • Introduction
  • Geological Model
  • Structural Model
  • Rock Mass Model
  • Hydrogeological Model
  • Geotechnical Model

Slope Design Methods

  • Introduction
  • Slope Design Considerations
  • Design Sectors
  • Empirical Design
  • Kinematic Analysis
  • Limit Equilibrium
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Stability / Acceptance Criteria

Monitoring Techniques

  • Introduction
  • Types of Monitoring Systems
  • Monitoring Program
  • Results and Presentation
  • Interpretation
  • Survey Error
  • Imprism (Piteau System)

Optimization of Slope Design - Best Practices

  • Introduction
  • Data Collection and Models Update
  • Monitoring
  • Documentation and Back-Analysis

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 full fee for the two day program is CAD 1,600 + 5% tax. The fee covers the lecture, a comprehensive set of course notes, access to pre-course e-learning, a certificate of attendance, catered breakfasts and lunches incl. 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 InfoMine Inc, Vancouver, Canada, Suite 640 - 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. Detailed arrival instructions will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

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.

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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.