Slope Monitoring Guidelines


Although most mining companies have in-house systems in place for slope monitoring, experience indicates that mining operations continue to be surprised by the occurrence of negative geotechnical events. Site engineers want and need help in the selection and design of performance monitoring systems. They also want guidance that will improve their understanding of system performance and limitations of various types of instrumentation. At the operations level, little is known about how modern monitoring systems work, including their capabilities and limitations. Existing documentation and the literature available is often limited in scope, is biased, and often out-of-date. It is generally understood that the geotechnical practitioner should have formal training on performance monitoring instrumentation, data collection, compilation, data management, and, most importantly, how to manage, interpret and utilize the data. Aspects of training that support system operation, data compilation, analysis, and reporting results are addressed by this project.

The book compiles the current and suggested practice for open pit operators, from field identification through to system design and operations support. Each topic is illustrated with several examples and case histories, demonstrating lessons learned. The book will also include:

  • Illustration of the best practice of slope monitoring in modern open pit mines and other slopes constructed for civil engineering purposes;
  • State of the art approaches for challenging designs, optimizing results, and risk management;
  • Use of numerous case histories written by open pit mine operators to illustrate state of practice; and
  • Individual chapters/sections written by leaders in the industry.