Monitoring and modelling ground movement and slope stability.

Unstable geological conditions, intense rainfall, earthquakes and human-induced environmental changes result in active landscapes. Understanding the processes that lead to slope collapse and subsequent landslides provides fundamental knowledge about evolving landscapes, and essential information for safety.

Slope and foundation stability research, rock condition, and hazard assessment help to minimise the adverse effects of geological processes and hazards in New Zealand. We undertake research and consultancy projects for resource management, emergency management, urban and industrial developments, and hydroelectric and geothermal power projects. Our team covers all aspects of engineering geology and hazard assessment, and are supported by comprehensive digital and manual landslide and geology databases.


Understanding Landslides

  • Location of faults and the depth of landslides
  • Identification and quantification of triggers



  • Modelling landslides
  • Undertaking hazard and risk assessments

Community resilience

  • Developing strategies for reducing impacts from slope failures and landslides
  • Designing safe slopes
  • Rapid deployment of field teams to landslide events
  • Advice on planning policy and social impacts

More Information

More Info:

  • GeoNet - real-time New Zealand hazard monitoring