© 2004

Handbook of Slope Stabilisation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. J. A. R. Ortigao, A. S. F. J. Sayao
    Pages 1-4
  3. M. A. Kanji
    Pages 5-25
  4. J. A. R. Ortigao, M. A. Kanji
    Pages 27-66
  5. J. A. R. Ortigao, A. S. J. Sayao, M. A. Kanji
    Pages 67-87
  6. A. S. F. J. Sayao
    Pages 89-108
  7. J. A. R. Ortigao
    Pages 109-136
  8. J. A. R. Ortigao
    Pages 137-145
  9. D. Gerscovich, H. Costa
    Pages 147-211
  10. A. S. F. J. Sayão
    Pages 213-242
  11. E. M. Palmeira
    Pages 243-310
  12. J. A. R. Ortigao, H. Brito
    Pages 311-330
  13. J. A. R. Ortigao, H. Brito
    Pages 331-353
  14. J. A. R. Ortigao, E. M. Palmeira
    Pages 355-388
  15. J. A. R. Ortigao, H. Brito
    Pages 389-412
  16. M. A. Carnio, J. A. R. Ortigao
    Pages 413-423
  17. J. A. R. Ortigao
    Pages 425-465
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 467-483

About this book


This book is aimed at the practising engineer and engineering geologist working in tropical environments, where lands lides are mainly triggered by rain fall. This book is based on a similar work published in 1999 in Portuguese, which became the Rio de Janeiro Slope Manual. This book is an engineering guide for the design of slopes and stabilisation works in rocks and residual soils. It evolves from the cumulative experience gathered by several engineers and geologists who faced severe slope problems. The authors' experience throughout Central and South America (Costa Rica, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela) and the Far East, especially Hong Kong and Malaysia, was used as a foundation for writing this book. The work also benefits enormously from the time spent in Hong Kong in 1996 and 1997 by the first editor on sabbatical at the City University of Hong Kong, and the discussions he had with many colleagues from the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) of the Hong Kong Government, especially Dr. A. Malone, Mr. w.K. Pun, Dr. A. Li, Mr. K. Ho, and Mr. y.c. Chan among others.


Drainage Geotechnical investigation Landslides Rock Slopes Soil Stability

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Terratek Ltd (formerly at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Engenharia CivilPontifical Catholic UniversityRio de JaneiroBrazil

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

"Ortigao … edited and contributed to this book aimed at practicing geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists working on landslides and slope stabilization in tropical environments. … this handbook is best described as a manual or guide on how to design … . The book includes a comprehensive index, references, calculations, data, and is well illustrated with diagrams, charts, figures, and photographs. … Summing Up: Recommended. Civil engineering collections; graduate students through professionals." (I.D. Gordon, CHOICE, Vol. 42 (3), November, 2004)

"There are 16 chapters, including the introduction, each tackling a different aspect of slope stabilisation works. … In summary, this book provides a helpful review of slope stabilisation techniques, and geotechnical engineers working with rocks and residual soils in tropical regions will find it useful." (R. J. Chandler, Geotechnique, Vol. 55 (6), 2005)

"The Handbook of Slope Stabilisation is a compendium of chapters written by a group of 8 notable Brazilian geotechnical specialists. … Above all, it is illustrated with colour, particularly towards the front of the book. … I found this to be fascinating, practical and useful book, which I recommend to other geotechnical specialists dealing with slope instability. … students of the geotechnical sciences studying in, or contemplating working in, the tropics will want this book as one of their course texts." (Eddie Bromhead, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Issue 38, 2005)

"The purpose of the book is to present a concise documentation on design of slopes and selection of a slope stabilization method. … This book would be of interest as a reference in engineering schools, at university level, and to administrators facing slope stability problems in their areas of responsibility. It is a fine publication and much needed." (Philip E. LaMoreaux, Environmental Geology, Vol. 52, 2007)