What features does RocPlane offer?

RocPlane is a quick, interactive and simple to use analysis tools for evaluating the possibility of planar sliding failure in rock slopes.  A planar wedge can be defined by:

  • a sliding plane
  • the slope face
  • the upper ground surface
  • an optional tension crack

as shown in the following figure.


A wedge model in RocPlane


Analysis of planar failure with RocPlane can be very useful for understanding slope behaviour, even when the geometry is not strictly 2-dimensional.

A parametric analysis can be easily carried out in RocPlane.  Users can modify the model geometry, shear strength, water pressure and external or support forces, and evaluate which slope parameters have the greatest effect on stability, and the support forces required to stabilize a slope.

The Introduction to RocPlane discusses the key features of the program, including:

  • Wedge Geometry
  • Water Pressure
  • Shear Strength
  • Deterministic and Probabilistic Analysis 


Also check out the Quick Start Tutorial to familiarize yourself with the program.