Harmonizing engineering geology with rock engineering on stability of rock slopes

Ulusay R.

3rd International-Society-for-Rock-Mechanics (ISRM) SINOROCK Symposium, Shanghai, China, 18 - 20 June 2013, pp.11-22 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1201/b14917-4
  • City: Shanghai
  • Country: China
  • Page Numbers: pp.11-22
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Progresses in understanding, analysis and control of rock slope movements have been the result of interdisciplinary efforts involving engineering geologists and rock engineers. In addition to rock engineering methodologies, the input from engineering geology is absolutely a fundamental to any rock slope design. This paper aims to emphasize the importance of harmonizing engineering geology with rock engineering on stability of rock slopes. Main engineering geological factors featured in the design and construction of rock slopes, role of engineering geological model and their combination with the stability analysis methods used in rock slope engineering are briefly discussed with their advantages and limitations, and finally current and near future needs related to stability of rock slopes are also described.