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November 2017


09/11/2017 @ 18:00 - 18:30
Ambrosia Hall, Midrand, 97 Allan Rd, Glen Austin AH
Midrand, South Africa

Climate change and transport infrastructure: Engineering geological considerations Professor Phil Paige-Green Climate change is expected to have a significant impact on existing and future transport infrastructure. The presentation discusses the expected climate changes and relates these to their impacts on various transportation facilities such as roads, bridges and earthworks. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of understanding the engineering geological and geomorphological factors to ensure adequate mitigation against these inevitable impacts.

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December 2017

The Science Forum South Africa 2017

06/12/2017 - 08/12/2017
CSIR Internationl Convention Centre Pretoria, South Africa

For the first time SACNASP has been given the opportunity to be part of the Forum. SACNASP was allocated two sessions on the 6th of December to discuss two topics: 1. Role of a Professional registering body and its constituent Voluntary Associations in the National Systems of Innovation (Chaired by Prof. Robin Crewe Pr.Sci.Nat.); and 2. Determining competency of Professional Natural Scientists (Chaired by Prof. Khathu Nephawe Pr.Sci.Nat. - Vice Chairperson of SACNASP). Q & A session (± 45 mins)…

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January 2018

Introduction to Critical State Soil Mechanics

22/01/2018 - 24/01/2018

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…

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Advanced Slope, Seepage and Foundation Analysis

25/01/2018 - 26/01/2018

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 Testing for Geotechnical and Tailings Applications

29/01/2018 - 30/01/2018

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

31/01/2018 @ 08:00 - 17:00

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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February 2018

Risk and Reliability Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering

01/02/2018 @ 08:00 - 17:00

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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Geotechnical Investigations for Non-Geotechnical Engineers

15/02/2018 @ 12:00 - 17:00
Central University of Technology, 1 Park Road, Willows
Bloemfontein, South Africa

Presented by Dr Peter Day and Dr Philip Stott Minimum requirements for geotechnical investigations with specific reference to housing developments on expansive clays – Peter Day From the days of Jennings, Brink and Williams, South Africa has a well-established competency in geotechnical investigation. The expertise, equipment and facilities exist within our country. Why then should we still find ourselves in a position where so many projects go wrong because of inadequate geotechnical information? In most such cases, it is not that no geotechnical investigation was carried out, but…

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March 2018

SAIEG Rock Identification Course

02/03/2018 - 03/03/2018
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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07/03/2018 - 09/03/2018
Durban Durban, 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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