AGS Applied Landslide Risk Field Course

Fully subscribed for the 3-day course; places are still available for the lecture on Thursday 12 May.

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. There is no limit for the 1-day seminar. Please contact Darren
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.

Course outline

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 12 May, 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 13 May, 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 14 May, 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,
Barwon Heads.

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

Overnight accommodation in Geelong.

Day 4 — Sunday 15 May, 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
Email: [email protected]

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.

Field Numbers

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 12 May:
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 13 May: Accommodation in the Yarra Ranges area in the outer east of Melbourne – Hotel TBA.

Saturday 14 May: 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.

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.