3rd July 2020 Update

We were pleased to see your positive responses and anticipation of our Pre-Symposium event. We want to confirm that this event is still on as originally planned. There will be some slight modifications to the workshop programme due to international travel limitations and the train segment will need to be replaced by bus. Please stay tuned for the updated detailed workshop programme to follow.

Workshop & Field Study

We decided to make your way to Dunedin a memorable experience!

Join us in Queenstown before the Symposium, for a workshop followed by a field study that will take you through the Cromwell Gorge landslides.

Planning your participation

The workshop and field study are booked together during registration. Space in the workshop and field study is limited and available on a first-in, first-served basis.  

When planning your travel, you will need to make your own arrangements to Queenstown with your return from Dunedin. The field study transport will be provided as part of the workshop & field study registration fee. This will take participants and their luggage between the two cities.

While the night is Queenstown is also your responsibility, conference organisers have held rooms at the workshop venue for you to book (see more here). 

Price: $280.00 NZD excl GST - sign up through the symposium registration form (opening in February 2020)


Part 1. Queenstown Workshop 14th October 2020 (afternoon)

"Engineering value from the monitoring of slopes – current practice and the future"

Globally, landslides and cut slope failures cause hundreds of billions of dollars in damages and thousands of deaths and injuries each year.  Understanding and managing slope hazards and risks is a major part of the life of engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers.

None of us wants to inadvertently monitor a slope to an unplanned failure!  This workshop is designed to address the following slope-related questions:

  • What do we know about recognising and interpreting unstable slopes?
  • What is an appropriate monitoring practice?
  • What does monitoring provide and how do we manage achieve safe performance?
  • What does the future of monitoring look like?

Location: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (Corner Frankton Rd &, Adelaide Street, Queenstown 9300)

Time: arrive at 12.30pm, ~1pm start & ~5.30pm finish *Check detailed programme when available for more details*

Workshop Speakers

We are happy to announce three of four confirmed workshop speakers Peter Amos, Chris Massey, and Robert Sharon. Peter has more than 34 years of experience in several countries, specialising in the engineering and operational safety of dams and heavy civil engineering. Chris is an engineering geologist with more than 23 years of consultancy and research experience in the investigation and analysis of complex geological and geotechnical data for landslide and slope stability. Robert is an open pit and underground mining specialist and an expert in slope monitoring techniques.


Peter Amos


Chris Massey

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Robert Sharon


Workshop & Field Study supported by:

Part 2. Field Study through Cromwell Gorge to Clyde Dam or Macraes Mine 15 October 2020 (all day)

*Concludes at the Welcome Reception (Toitū Otago Settlers Museum)

Start: Copthorne Queenstown Lakefront Hotel & Resort on Thursday 15 October 2020 at ~8:30am
Finish: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (time to be confirmed)

Choose between two options for the field trip during registration:
Option 1: Clyde Dam
Option 2: Macraes Mine

Both field studies will depart from Queenstown on Thursday 15 October 2020, at 8:30 am and will travel by bus through Kawarau and Cromwell Gorges to either Clyde Dam or Macraes Mine. On the completion of the visits, both groups will travel the remaining way by bus to Dunedin with stops along the way.

The selection of field study option is on a first-in, first-served basis.

This group will visit Clyde dam, owned and operated by Contact Energy, to observe landslide issues that have affected hydropower development in the area. Stops at several locations are planned on the way to the dam, to view and discuss the landslides in the Kawarau and Cromwell Gorges. At Clyde dam, Contact Energy staff will guide a look around dam, powerhouse and slip joint, and will also provide the opportunity to separately inspect a drainage drive and landslide buttress close to the dam. Packed snacks and water will be provided as part of registration. There will be a lunch stop at a local café (at participants’ own cost). After lunch, the group will continue its travel by bus to Dunedin.

The other group will travel to Oceania Gold’s operation at Macraes Flat in the Maniototo. On route to Macraes the group will pass through the Kawarau and Cromwell Gorges; one brief stop in Kawarau gorge is possible, to observe one of the landslides, depending on time. At the mine site the group will get to travel into several different operating pits, including sighting the entrance to the working underground mine at the Frasers pit. Participants will hear about how the mine manages slope failure risks and see examples of slope failures and slope monitoring practices, including the use of slope radar. There will be a lunch stop near the mine. Packed snacks and water will be provided as part of registration, while there will possibly be a café break at a local historic hotel (at participant’s own cost). After the mine excursion, the group will continue by bus to Dunedin.