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Personal perspectives from a Geotechnical Academic at Wits
By: LA Torres-Cruz Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering University of the Witwatersrand   I came to South Africa in November 2008 to join the academic staff of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Wits University. At the time, my geotechnical academic colleagues were Prof Geoffrey Blight, Dr Irvin Luker and Dr Valentine Katte…. View Article
2014 Yougng Geotechnical Engineers Conference
The 2014 Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference was held from 17 to 19 September at the Spier Conference Centre in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. The godfather to the conference was Ken Schwartz, and it was a pleasure to learn from his experience in Geotechnical Engineering. One of the highlights was the wine tasting evening. The winner of… View Article
2011 Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference
The 2011 Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference was held from 31 August to 2 September at the Berg en Dal Conference Centre in the Kruger National Park. The godfather to the conference was Dr Gary Jones who, with great care and detail, paid attention to every presentation. One of the highlights was the “bush-dinner” one evening… View Article
2008 Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference
The 2008 Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference was held from 19 – 23 August 2008 at the Camelot Conference Centre in Hillcrest, near Durban. The godfather to the conference was the late Bernie Krone. One of the highlights was the medieval themed dinner held where all participants dressed up in costumes. The winner of the best… View Article
Inspired by the past
By Charles John MacRobert 22 March 2022 Recently I have been researching past geotechnical engineers from South Africa and I would like to reflect on three: George Donaldson, Dereck Sparks and Tony Brink. Interestingly, George Donaldson and my grandfather George MacRobert graduated in the same civil engineerin class at the University of Cape Town in… View Article
2019 African Regional Conference Cape Town
The main theme of the 17th ARCSMGE was “Innovation and Sustainability in Geotechnics for Developing Africa”. The theme originated from the fact that Africa as a whole suffers from a pronounced infrastructural deficit when compared to other developed countries and regions. Therefore, both innovative and sustainable infrastructure is crucial for Africa’s economic integration. As such,… View Article
2018 Dolomite : (dis)Solution Workshop – Pretoria
Following on from the dolomite seminar held in 2014, this (dis)Solution seminar, highlighted developments of new directions of thought, and a new paradigms for our ability to safely and optimally utilise both the dolomite land and dolomite water resources, while being able to mitigate risk, monitor change, and effect remediation diligently. The seminar was organised… View Article
2017 9th South African Geotechnical Engineers Conference (SAYGEC)
Overview The 9th session of the South African Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (SAYGEC) was held in Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal, from 13 to 15 September 2017, with 129 geo-professionals attending. The theme of the event was #Geotech #Innovate as “#” is now the indicator for popular culture and all that moves it.   The conference brought together geotechnical engineers,… View Article
2016 1st Southern African Geotechnical Conference – Sun City
The First Southern African Geotechnical Conference was organised by the Geotechnical Division of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) under the auspices of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and took place at Sun City, South Africa on 5 and 6 May 2016. More than 60 papers were received… View Article
2014 Dolomite Workshop

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