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
- Be familiar with the Australian Geomechanics Society Guidelines for Landslide Risk Assessment (AGS 2007).
- Understand the importance of a desk study and use desk study information to inform field assessment.
- Undertake risk to life and risk to property calculations for a range of scenarios.
Days 2-4, Field Course
- Communicate more successfully with other professionals, involved in landslide engineering and landslide risk management.
- Develop effective field techniques for mapping and observing landslides.
- Recognize a variety of landslide types and identify landslide hazards.
- Observe and understand the geological and geomorphological features associated with landslides, record them on maps and develop different types of geological models for a project area with a landslide problem.
- Understand landslide mechanisms, processes and process rates and estimate the probability of landslide processes and consequences occurring.
- Identify elements at risk from landslide
- Form judgements on what might be regarded as reasonable inputs into a landslide risk assessment using AGS 2007 or similar guidelines.
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. There is no limit for the 1-day seminar. 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 37 hours of CPD, (2 hours for seminar only). 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 field component of the course.
Participants in the field course 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.
Day 1, Seminar — Thursday 18 November, 9:30 – 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.
Note that this seminar can be attended as a stand alone event without attending the field component (Day 2-4).
Course dinner and introduction to field component from
Day 2 — Friday 19 November, 9am – 5:30pm
Full day training and mapping exercise at Montrose debrisnflow observing source areas, mapping run out zones and identifying elements at risk.
Evening seminar and overnight accommodation in Mount Evelyn, concluding 9:30pm.
Day 3 — Saturday 20 November, 7am – 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,
Evening seminar and feedback on rockfall mapping and hazard assessment exercise.
Overnight accommodation in Geelong.
Day 4 — Sunday 21 November, 7am – 6pm
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.
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.
For further information about the course contact Darren Paul:
Phone: 03 8862 3743
Registration Fee (Full course)
The registration fee is $2,760 inclusive of GST for members and $2,960 for non-members. The fee includes course notes, and transport for field trips. This includes three meals throughout the course. Other meals and accommodation are not included in the registration fee Students have the option of booking their own accommodation, or alternatively, accommodation at the nominated hotels can be arranged for $200 per night, including GST and breakfast.
Additional fee for 3 nights accommodation is $600, including GST.
Note that if staying at alternative accommodation, participants must get to the departure point at least 10 minutes prior to departure, no pickups en route will be possible.
The field course will be limited to a maximum of 24 students. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is no limit on the 1-day seminar.
Accommodation & Transport
At this stage hotels have not been confirmed, due to uncertainty around Covid restrictions, however check the AGS website for updates.
1-Day Seminar Thursday 18 November:
Seminar will be at or near the University of Melbourne in Carlton
(venue TBA). For those attending the field course, dinner will be
held in the Melbourne University/Carlton area. Recommended hotel for
overnight accommodation is the Travel Inn Hotel, Carlton , Cnr. Drummond and Grattan Streets Carlton.
Friday 19 November: Accommodation in the Yarra Ranges area in the outer east of Melbourne – Hotel TBA.
Saturday 20 November: Accommodation in Geelong – hotel TBA. It is preferred that students stay in the nominated hotels. The bus will depart promptly at the nominated time AGS can arrange accommodation at the nominated hotel. Please indicate this on the registration form. An additional fee applies.
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.