Useful references

Useful references


Site Investigation Code of Practice (November 2010). Prepared by The Geotechnical Division of SAICE. The Site Investigation Code of Practice establishes a standard of “acceptable engineering practice” to assist the construction industry (client, project manager, consultant, contractor) in the planning, design and execution of geotechnical site investigations in southern Africa.

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Guidelines for Soil and Rock Logging in South Africa (2nd Impression 2002). Jointly published by SA section of AEG, SAICE Geotechnical Division and SAIEG. This Guide is a revision of the first guide published in 1958 and revised in 1973 by Jennings et al.

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Code of Practice: The Safety of Persons Working in Small Hole Diameter Shafts and Test Pits for Geotechnical Engineering Purposes (2007). Published by The Geotechnical Division of SAICE. This code applies to geotechnical personnel who descend into small diameter shafts or into test pits for the purpose of describing and sampling the soil profile or performing in situ tests for site investigation.

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Code of Practice: Lateral Support in Surface Excavations (1989). Published by The Geotechnical Division of SAICE. This code of practice is a revision of a previous publication from 1967.

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Guidelines for Urban Engineering Geological Investigations Published by SAIEG, in conjunction with the Geotechnical Division of the SAICE. These guidelines endeavour to provide a standard by which engineering geological / geotechnical investigations for urban development should be carried out.


Consultants Guide: Approach to Sites on Dolomite Land (2007). Prepared by the Council for Geoscience . Progressive engagement between CGS and Competent Person in a phased approach is no longer feasible and it is necessary that Competent Persons take greater responsibility. The CGS trusts that this document provides adequate coverage of requirements in this regard.

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Commemorative Journal of the Geotechnical Division of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (2006). Published by SAICE. The Geotechnical Division of SAICE compliled this commemorative journal in order to present an account of the development of the geotechnical profession over the past 100 years.

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Problem Soils in South Africa (2008). Proceedings of the 2008 seminar in Midrand arranged by SAICE Geotechnical Division and SAIEG. Since the land mark Problem Soils Seminar in 1985, many of the papers are still regarded as essential reading. The 2008 semiar allowed for the dissemination of information gathered by teh fraternity since 1985.

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Spine of a Dragon. Contributions on ABA Brink (1927 – 2003), South Africa’s pioneer of engineering geology (2006). Published by Kleio Publishers. Problem Soils in South Africa. A regonition of the achievements and contributions of Tony Brink.

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The Geology of South Africa (2006). Published jointly by the Geological Society of South Africa and the Council for Geoscience. A comprehensive overview of the South African geology for both students and professional geologists.

To order: Call GSSA 011 492 3370 / email info@gssa.org.za


 Engineering Geology of Southern Africa РABA Brink:

Volume 1 (1979) – The first 2 000 million years of geological time

Volume 2 (1981) – Rocks of 2000 to 300 million years in age

Volume 3 (1983) – The Karoo Sequence

Volume 4 (1985) -Post-Gondwana Deposits

To order: http://www.saice.org.za/books/view/366 Or: Fontein Books: fontein@wol.co.za