Dynamic slope stability and Seismic Risk


Earthquakes have been responsible for initiating rock slope failures on sizes varying from minor landslides limited to one or more rock blocks up to major collapse involving whole mountainsides. However, while there are intense numbers of earthquake-triggered failures in natural slopes and tailing dams, very few such failures have been reported in large open-pit mines. With these motivations in mind, the aims of this project are to: (i) Provide a comprehensive database on the dynamic response of LOPs worldwide to earthquake loading to indicate whether earthquakes are credible pit slope stability hazard, (ii) Introduce an alternative design analysis framework for dynamic stability of LOPs to replace/improve the available (conservative) tools; (iii) and provide guidelines for practitioners and recommendations for regulators.