President’s Communique – December 2021
8 December 2021
PRESIDENT’S COMMUNIQUE – DECEMBER 2021
Dear SAIEG Members,
With 2021 coming to a close, it seemed that we were gaining control over Covid-19. Unfortunately, the new variant and increasing numbers are likely to lead to a fourth wave of infections. Hopefully we still get to enjoy the festive season despite this.
Gala Dinner/Award Event
We managed to have an award event in October 2021 at Irene Dairy in Centurion. We changed the format of the event to a Saturday afternoon outdoor event, and I think this worked well. We had 56 people attend and it was a lovely, relaxed family event. We finally managed to give awards out from 2020 as well as the 2021 awards. In 2020 the SAIEG Gold Medal Award was given to Dr. GV Price in recognition of his outstanding lifelong service to the profession of Engineering Geology in South Africa. He finally received this and we decided not to award this for 2021 so that GV could get his due. We may keep this Saturday afternoon format for the future awards event. We would love your feedback on this.
We are aware that the SAIEG Directory is not functioning correctly. We are busy sorting this out with the IT company and a separate notice will be sent to all members once it has been updated according to the requirements.
Membership applications discussed and approved during the previous council meeting:
- Rannel Naidoo
- Basetsana Mmileng
If any member has any issues or objections to one of the above decisions, please inform us within two weeks after receiving this communique.
SACNASP CHANGES CPD REQUIREMENTS FOR CYCLE ENDING MARCH 2022
In September 2021 SACNASP changed the CPD requirements in light of the ongoing pandemic and challenges that we face. In particular Category 1, which is the attendance of CPD accredited conferences and seminars.
New amended requirements: (2017 to 2022)
Total number credits for the cycle reduced from 25 to 20
Credits required in category 1 reduced from 5 to 3
The remaining credits can be obtained in category 2 and 3.
Just a reminder – SAIEG accredited the following courses since CPD requirements started in 2017:
|CPD Event||Data of event||CPD points|
|CGS Dolomite Workshop||1 – 2 Dec 21||2|
|SAICE Geotechnical Division – Laboratory Testing Workshop||10 – 11 Nov 21||2|
|DIALOGUE: ENGINEERING GEOLOGICAL SOIL PROFILING||30 Sep 21||0.2|
|Case Studies – When things don’t go as planned||26-May-21||1|
|Karst Hazards Virtual Forum||23 Mar – 1 Apr 21||2.5|
|N2 Bridges construction site visits||05-Dec-20||1|
|Slope stability (SAIEG & SANIRE)||4 – 5 Mar 21||2|
|Online Article: Environmental Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Cemeteries||13-Aug-20||0.1|
|Online Article: Poor durability Karoo dolerite base course aggregate||26-Jun-20||0.1|
|ARC 2019 on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (08 & 09 Oct 2019)||8 – 9 Oct 19||2|
|ARC 2019 TC 307 Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering Course||07-Oct-19||0.5|
|ARC 2019 Unsaturated Soils Mechanics Course||07-Oct-19||0.5|
|Advanced Uses of CPT Data||11-Feb-20||1|
|Construction Materials||5 – 6 Mar 20||2|
|Environmental Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Cemeteries||17-Apr-20||1|
|MSA Wall Back Drainage Design||17-Sep-19||1|
|Critical State Soil Mechanics||7 – 9 Mar 18||3|
|The Latest Development in Soil Improvement||28-Feb-19||1|
|Risk and Reliability Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering||31-Jan-19||1|
|Geotechnical Laboratory Testing||30-Jan-19||1|
|In-situ Geotechnical Testing||28 – 29 Jan 19||2|
|Advanced Slope, Seepage and Foundation Analysis||24 – 25 Jan 19||2|
|Introduction to critical state soil mechanics||21 – 22 Jan 19||2|
|IAEG/AEG Annual Meeting||17 – 21 Sep 18||5|
|Geotechnical Investigation of Dams, Tunnels and Mine Tailings Storage Facilities||24 – 25 Jan 19||2|
|Micro Piles according to SANS 54199:2017||09-Jul-18||1|
|Slope Stability Symposium 2018, Seville, Spain||11 – 13 Apr 18||3|
|Dolomite: (Dis)solution 2018||4 – 6 Jun 18||3|
|Bloemfontein Geotechnical Investigations for Non-Geotechnical Engineers||15-Feb-18||1|
|Lessons learnt from tailings failures||28-Aug-17||1|
|Risk and reliability analysis in geotechnical engineering||01-Feb-18||1|
|Introduction to critical state soil mechanics||22 – 24 Jan 18||3|
|In-situ testing for geotechnical and tailings applications||29 – 30 Jan 18||2|
|Geotechnical Laboratory Testing||31-Jan-18||1|
|Advanced slope, seepage and foundation analysis||25 – 26 Jan 18||2|
|Rock Identification Course for Engineers||1 – 2 Sep 17||2|
|Distinguished Darcy Lecture Series: Dr Kamini Singa||6 – 9 Nov 17||0.3|
|Climate change and transport infrastructure: Engineering geological considerations, 10th Tony Brink Memorial Lecture||09-Nov-17||1|
|AFRIROCK 2017||3 – 5 Oct 17||3|
|Geotechnical Investigations for Non-Geotechnical Engineers||03-Oct-17||1|
|Geotechnical Chip Logging Course||12-May-17||1|
|Geotechnical Core Logging Course||10-May-17||1|
|Geotechnical Soil Profiling Course||11 – 12 May 17||2|
|Groundwater and soil contamination assessment and remediation conference 21 – 22 August 2017||21 – 22 Aug 17||2|
|International Conference on Geology, Mining, Mineral and Groundwater Resources of the Sub-Saharan Africa||11 – 13 Jul 17||3|
|Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference 2017||13 – 15 Sep 17||3|
|Foundation Design a Practical Perspective – Dr Peter Day (15 – 19 May 2017, Stellenbosch)||15 – 19 May 17||5|
Therefore, you should easily get all your points for this cycle.
We are still trying to populate the SACNASP online CPD system with papers. The system allows for approved articles to be uploaded and a short test to be taken and be given a 0.1 point for Category 1. Please do send us articles of interest.
This is my second communication for the year and I can’t believe this year is almost over. With the fourth wave almost on us I wish you all a healthy, safe and restful festive season. Safe travels!
SAIEG President 2021/2022