Date of Award


Document Type

Senior Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Geological Engineering


This paper is a sensitivity study of highwall stability at Falkirk Mine. Since mining of the Tavis Creek will require maximizing the highwall height, this paper explores factors that influence the strength of the wall. The first part consists of a previous works review composed primarily of geology and geotechnical studies at the mine. As well, a basic site characterization is provided highlighting the general geologic and hydrologic features of the Riverdale field. A compilation of the fundamental numerical techniques and theory behind a geotechnical study of this nature is provided, as well as a model comparison, using limit equilibrium methods, to one of the previous geotechnical studies performed at the mine. Finally, a sensitivity study of highwall stability is performed using finite difference methods.