Guest Seminar on Uncertainty and Probability in Rock Slopes Stability

There will be a guest seminar by Professor Renato Macciotta held on 12 April 2019 3:30pm at the School of Civil Engineering within the University of Queensland  (UQ, Brisbane) targeting “Uncertainty and Probability in Rock Slopes Stability Assessment and Design”. This lecture presents an overview of sources of uncertainty in rock slope analysis and design, available tools to quantify this uncertainty, and how these need to be considered when selecting acceptability criteria. It  will be part of the Workshop on Acceptability Criteria in Rock Slope Engineering that was delivered by Hoek, E., Lorig, L., Macciotta, R., Martin, D., Varona, P., Hawley, M. In Santiago, Chile, November 18, 2018.

Professor Renato Macciotta has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has 15 years of experience in mining geotechnics, including the geotechnical characterisation of rock and soil masses for the design of open pit and tailings storage facilities and evaluations of their stability. Renato is currently an Industrial Professor at the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management at the University of Alberta, where he develops his research within a context of mitigating and controlling risks associated with ground hazards in mining and transport operations. An active researcher and consultant, he has more than 50 technical publications and several invited presentations at international venues.

If interested to attend, please contact Professor David Williams ( for details.