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Tutorial 01 - Quick Start Tutorial

The Quick Start Tutorial is a simple introductory tutorial which will get the us
er familiar with some of the basic modeling and data interpretation features of
The model represents a homogeneous, single material slope, with no groundwater p
ore pressure (dry). A grid search for circular slip surfaces will be performed i
n order to locate the circular slip surface with the minimum safety factor.
Tutorial 02 - Materials and Loading
This tutorial will demonstrate how to model a multi-material slope with a weak l
ayer. A water table is used to model pore pressure, and a uniform distributed lo
ad is applied at the crest of the slope. A grid search for circular slip surface
s will be performed in order to locate the circular slip surface with the minimu
m safety factor.
Tutorial 03 - Non-Circular Surfaces
This tutorial will use the same model as Tutorial 02 Materials & Loading, to dem
onstrate how an analysis can be performed using non-circular (piece-wise linear)
slip surfaces. The model features a weak layer, pore pressure defined by a wate
r table and a uniform distributed load. A Block Search will be used to search fo
r the critical non-circular slip surface.
Tutorial 04 - Composite Surfaces
This tutorial will use the same model as Tutorial 02 Materials & Loading (with s
ome modifications), to demonstrate how to perform a circular surface search whic
h allows composite circular / non-circular surfaces to be analyzed. For this mod
el, it will be assumed that the material below the weak layer is impenetrable (e
.g. bedrock or soil with much higher strength).
Tutorial 05 - Water Pressure Grid
This tutorial will demonstrate how to use a water pressure grid to model pore wa
ter pressure in Slide. Water pressure grid data can be obtained from piezometer
measurements, flow nets, or the results of a groundwater seepage analysis.
Tutorial 06 - Support Tutorial
Various types of slope reinforcement can be modeled in Slide, including geo-text
iles, soil nails, tiebacks and rock bolts. This tutorial will demonstrate the mo
deling of grouted tieback support in Slide and interpretation of the analysis re
sults. The slope will first be analyzed without support, and then support will b
e added and the analysis re-run.
Tutorial 07 - Finite Element Groundwater Seepage
Slide has the capability to carry out a finite element groundwater seepage analy
sis, for steady state or transient flow conditions.
This tutorial demonstrates the basic features of performing a steady state groun
dwater seepage analysis with Slide, and how this functionality is fully integrat
ed with the slope stability analysis.
The seepage analysis capability in Slide can also be used as a standalone ground
water program, independently of the slope stability analysis functionality of Sl
Tutorial 08 - Probabilistic Analysis
This tutorial will familiarize the user with the basic probabilistic analysis ca
pabilities of Slide. Cohesion, friction angle and unit weight will be defined as
random variables, and the probabilistic analysis will be carried out for the (d
eterministic) Global Minimum slip surface.
Tutorial 09 - Sensitivity Analysis
A sensitivity analysis allows you to determine the sensitivity of the safety fac
tor to changes in the values of individual input parameters. This tutorial uses

the same model as Tutorial 08 (Probabilistic Analysis). The cohesion, friction a

ngle and unit weight are defined as sensitivity analysis variables.
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Water Table Statistics

of the water table can be defined as a variable for either a proba
sensitivity analysis. This tutorial demonstrates how this can easi

Tutorial 11 - Overall Slope Reliability

This tutorial demonstrates the Overall Slope probabilistic analysis method in Sl
ide. With this method, the critical surface search is repeated for each sampling
of the random variables. This can result in multiple critical slip surfaces bei
ng located. The resulting probability of failure is more representative of the e
ntire slope. In comparison, the Global Minimum probabilistic analysis method onl
y performs the probabilistic analysis on a single slip surface (the deterministi
c Global Minimum slip surface).
Tutorial 12 - Excess Pore Pressure (B-bar method)
This tutorial will demonstrate the Excess Pore Pressure (Undrained Loading) feat
ure of Slide, which allows you to account for sudden increases in pore pressure
due to rapidly applied loading conditions. The excess pore pressure is calculate
d using the B-bar method, in which the change in pore pressure is assumed to be di
rectly proportional to a change in vertical stress.
The model features an embankment constructed over a clay foundation. The weight
of the embankment will generate undrained pore pressure in the clay foundation l
Tutorial 13 - Rapid Drawdown (B-bar method)
The concept of excess pore pressure using the B-bar method
o unloading scenarios. If a load is removed quickly from a
rial, a negative excess pore pressure can be induced. In
o simulate the pore pressure changes due to rapid drawdown
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Tutorial 14 - Groundwater Flow in Cofferdam

In this tutorial, finite element groundwater seepage analysis is used to determi
ne the quantity of seepage entering a cofferdam.
Tutorial 15 - Levee with Toe Drain
This tutorial demonstrates how to create a groundwater model of a levee or earth
dam with a horizontal toe drain.
Tutorial 16 - Tension Crack
This tutorial demonstrates how to model a tension crack zone in Slide, and the p
urpose of defining a tension crack zone for models which exhibit tensile intersl
ice forces.
Tutorial 17 - Multi-Stage Rapid Drawdown
This tutorial demonstrates three different methods of multi-stage rapid drawdown
analysis, to assess the stability of earth dams subjected to rapid drawdown of
the water level. The rapid drawdown methods include:
- Duncan, Wright and Wong
- Lowe and Karafiath
- Army Corps of Engineers
Tutorial 18 - Transient Groundwater Analysis
This tutorial demonstrates the transient finite element groundwater seepage anal
ysis option in Slide. An earth dam model is constructed with an initial dry stat
e. The dam is then filled and the progress of the water table with time is obser

Tutorial 19 - Transient Groundwater + Slope Stability

When you perform transient groundwater seepage analysis with Slide, you can also
compute the slope stability at each stage of the groundwater results. This mode
l demonstrates transient time dependent drawdown of the water level for an earth
dam, with a slope stability (safety factor) analysis computed at each stage of
the groundwater.
Tutorial 20 - Generalized Anisotropic Material
The Generalized Anisotropic material model allows you to assign different materi
al types to different ranges of failure plane orientation. This allows you to cr
eate a composite material which can use different strength models for different
ranges of orientation.
Tutorial 21 - Slope Design with Eurocode 7
Eurocode 7 is a design document that establishes rules and standards for geotech
nical engineering design across Europe (BSI, 2004). Eurocode 7 represents a majo
r change in design philosophy. Traditionally a single, lumped factor of safety a
ccounts for all of the uncertainties in the problem. With Eurocode 7, partial fa
ctors of safety are applied to different components of the analysis. The partial
factors are applied prior to the analysis to give design values that are used i
n the calculation. The final result is an over-design factor, which must be grea
ter than 1 to ensure the serviceability limit state requirement is satisfied.
Tutorial 22 - Slope Angle Optimization
This tutorial demonstrates a method of optimizing the overall slope angle of an
open pit mine in order to achieve a particular factor of safety. The Change Slop
e Angle editing option is used to edit the overall slope angle of the open pit.
Tutorial 23 - Back Analysis of Material Properties
This tutorial demonstrates how you can perform back analysis of material strengt
h properties using sensitivity or probabilistic analysis. Sensitivity analysis c
an be used for individual variables and probabilistic analysis can be used for m
ultiple variables.