Slope Stability Using the Limit Equilibrium Method

Slope instability and consequent mass movement can cause severe environmental, material and even loss of life. This instability is triggered when the mobilized shear stresses are equal to the shear strength. The analysis of slope stability becomes essential for the assessment and prevention of the occurrence of mass landslides.

One of the most used deterministic methods for the analysis of slope stability is the limit equilibrium method, which uses the following premises: the rupture surface is arbitrary; the balance is calculated by the static equations; and the Safety factor (FS) is constant throughout the rupture surface.

Come learn more about the application of this method, using Bentley’s powerful SVSlope tool, on the November 11 webinar, from 12pm to 1pm, taught by geotechnical engineer Karen Ninanya and offered by Water Services and Technologies, a geotechnical software distributor from Bentley, in Brazil.


Karen Ninanya, M.Sc.

Geotechnical Engineer, master from PUC-RJ, graduated in CIvil Engineering from Ricardo Palma University (URP) with experience in soil mechanics, rock mechanics, numerical and underground modeling using geotechnical programs such as Plaxis, FLAC2D, FLAC3D, Slide, GeoSlope. Currently, she works with constitutive hydromechanical models for geomaterials, computational geomechanics and numerical methods applied to mining.