Applied Landslide Risk Assessment

Aims of the Course

This course will be conducted over 2 stages: a 1-day seminar followed by a 3-day field course.

The principal objective of this course is to teach students the fundamentals of landslide risk assessment and how to collect information and make observations in the field to support effective landslide risk assessments. The teaching method is based on examples and guided field exercises, in which the students learn by carrying out realistic project related work in the classroom and/or field whilst being supervised by very experienced practitioners.

Students who complete the course should be able to achieve the following:

Day 1: Seminar

Days 2-4: Field Course

Who should attend?

This course is designed for geologists and engineers involved in landslide engineering and landslide risk management. It is envisaged that participants will have some industry experience, some familiarity with assessing landslides, and wish to enhance and develop their field skills.

The field course will be limited to 24 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact Darren Paul to discuss whether the AGS Applied Landslide Risk Assessment Course to be held in Melbourne is suitable for you.

Accreditation and Presenters

The course is run by the Australian Geomechanics Society and is recognized by Engineers Australia as meeting an equivalent of 40 hours of CPD,. Engineering geologists Fred Baynes, Phil Flentje, Tony Miner and Darren Paul have developed and will present the course on behalf of the Australian Geomechanics Society. A teacher to student ratio of around 1 to 6 will be maintained throughout the course.

Course Outline

Participants will be accommodated in hotels in and around Melbourne and will travel each day from the hotel by coach to the teaching sites. The course will be undertaken over 4 days, 3 nights and will visit a variety of landslide and rock fall sites. The indicative course outline is set out on the following page.

Assessment of Deliverables — Field Component

Most exercises will involve a deliverable which will be individually assessed by the course presenters and feedback provided in the field. Some team exercises will be presented to the group as a whole in the evening workshops. Each participant will be verbally advised as to the standard of their work. Upon successful completion of the course participants will be given a certificate of attendance.

Registration Fee

The registration fee is $4,095 for members and $4,295 for non-members.

The fee includes all instruction, 3 nights accommodation, course notes, and transport for field trips. The fee also includes all breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners throughout the course. Other meals and accommodation are not included in the registration fee and students will be given the opportunity to arrange their own meals.

Our strong preference is for all participants to stay at the nominated hotels. If you would like to discuss making arrangements for your own accommodation, please contact Darren Paul via [email protected].

Accommodation & Transport

1-Day Seminar, Thursday 22 February: Seminar will be at or near the University of Melbourne in Carlton (venue TBA). Dinner will be held in the Melbourne University/ Carlton area. Overnight accommodation is the Travel Inn Hotel, Carlton , Cnr. Drummond and Grattan Streets Carlton. Breakfast included.

Friday 23 February: Accommodation at A Country Place in Kalorama in the Yarra Ranges area in the outer east of Melbourne. Dinner and breakfast included.

Saturday 24 February: Accommodation at Rydges Geelong. Breakfast and lunch included.


DAY 1 (Seminar)
Thursday 22 February, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Full day seminar on landslides risk assessment covering basic principles of landslides risk assessment, use of the Australian Geomechanics Society Guidelines for Landslide Risk Management (AGS 2007) and worked examples.

Course dinner and introduction to field component.

Friday 23 February, 7:00am – 9:30pm

Full day training and mapping exercise at Montrose debris flow observing source areas, mapping run out zones and identifying elements at risk.

Evening seminar and overnight accommodation in Kalorama, concluding 9:30pm.

Saturday 24 February, 7:00am – 9:30pm

Mapping and LRM exercise at Plantes Hill Landslide Mooroolbark, with focus on assessing elements at risk from landslide.

Walkover and discussion at deep seated coastal landslide at The Dell, Clifton Springs.

Rockfall mapping and risk assessment exercise at The Bluff, Barwon Heads.

Evening seminar and feedback on rockfall mapping and hazard assessment exercise.

Overnight accommodation in Geelong.

Sunday 25 February, 7:00am – 6:00pm

Mapping, frequency and LRM exercise on complex landslide at Cut Hill Landslide, Parwan Valley.

Visit to Niddrie quarry to observe rock fall remediation and treatment.

Airport drop off at 5pm, return to Melbourne at 6pm.


The course is fully subscribed and registration is now closed.

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Cancellation Policy

Fees will not be refundable if a participant is unable to attend. However, a nominated person may attend in your place. If at any time the course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full.