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June 2018


06/06/2018 - 08/06/2018
Midrand Gauteng South Africa

Understand geosynthetics in soil reinforcement and the design in steep slopes, retaining walls and roads to improve performance and reduce maintenance   Overview This three-day course aims to introduce geosynthetics materials, their use in steep slope and vertical walls, embankment foundation and pavements; from basics of theory to practical applications, using first principles to free software which will be given during the course.   Course Outline Introduction to geosynthetics material for soil reinforcement, short and long-term strength, criteria for assessment…

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October 2018

SAIEG Core Logging, Soil Profiling & Chip Logging Course

03/10/2018 - 05/10/2018
Ambrosia Hall, Midrand, 97 Allan Rd, Glen Austin AH
Midrand, South Africa

Contact events@saieg.co.za For more information click here

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January 2019

Introduction to Critical State Soil Mechanics

January 21 - January 23
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria Pretoria,

Course content Stresses and strains in soil. Stress invariants and strain invariants. Stress paths. Compression and shear behaviour of soils. The Roscoe and Hvorslev surfaces. The Critical State concept. The behaviour of sands and development of a flow rule. Introduction to plasticity theory, the Cam Clay model. Continuum mechanics, constitutive models, compatibility of stresses and strains and development of matrix that satisfies these constraints. Implications of applying soil mechanics principles such as effective stress and stiffness to FE analysis. Biot coupling and Terzaghi-Rendulic consolidation.…

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January 24 - January 25
Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, 191 Oxford Road
Rosebank, Gauteng South Africa
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SAIEG will be hosting a two-day course on geotechnical investigation aspects of dams, tunnels and tailings facilities. The course caters for engineering geologists and includes technical sessions on methods of investigation, best practice and case studies, presented by industry experts. Day one is mainly focused on general methods of investigation, while day two includes an array of case studies used to illustrate more advanced investigations and challenging projects undertaken. Course material will be SACNASP CPD validated, with 1.0 CPD point…

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Advanced Slope, Seepage and Foundation Analysis

January 24 - January 25
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria Pretoria,

Course content Introduction to elasticity and plasticity in Geotechnical Engineering Upper and lower bound plasticity methods in Geotechnical Engineering Limit equilibrium methods in Geotechnical Engineering with a focus on slope stability analysis Finite difference seepage and consolidation analysis For more information click here.

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In-situ Geotechnical Testing

January 28 - January 29
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria Pretoria,

Course content Detail discussion of SPT, CPT, CPTu CSW, SASW, MASW, cross-hole test and downhole test. Interpretation of these tests to derive basic soil properties. Application of direct design methods. Flow regime and consolidation analysis from CPTu data. Foundation settlement calculation using small strain stiffness. For more information click here.

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Geotechnical Laboratory Testing

January 30
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria Pretoria,

Course content Instrumentation for laboratory testing Geotechnical soil tests including the triaxial test, shearbox test, oedometer test and Rowe cell test Evaluation of typical stress paths for soil Overview of typical strength, stiffness and permeability values of soils and how to recognise poor test result Sampling of soils For more information click here.

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Risk and Reliability Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering

January 31
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria Pretoria,

Course content An overview of basic statistical principles and reliability relevant to the course The Point Estimate Method Monte Carlo Analysis FORM optimisation technique for reliability analysis For more information click here.

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February 2019

The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

February 20 @ 08:00 - 17:00
university of pretoria, University of Pretoria

Variably saturated flow conditions are increasingly relevant to geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments. This is most evident in the so-called vadose zone that extends from land surface to the phreatic surface, and which is characterised by variably saturated hydrological systems mostly at negative pore water pressures. The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology short course explores this zone which is fundamental in understanding the subsurface component of the hydrological cycle, emphasising processes such as evapotranspiration, interflow, and groundwater…

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April 2019


April 10 - April 12
STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) – Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch University

Groundwater is a highly valuable resource especially in areas of low rainfall and low surface water supplies. The value of aquifers can be greatly increased by actually returning water to the aquifers when there is additional water available (be it from rainfall/runoff – treated effluent – diverted surface water flows etc). This process is known as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and has huge potential in South Africa. It has the added benefit that water stored underground is not prone to high rates of evapotranspiration. However it is a technology that…

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