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Cemeteries Roadshow - WESTERN CAPE

Event Date: 
30 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

Please sign-up for this event below. For any queries regarding, feel free to contact Elanda on info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za.
Attendance fees (R50 members / R100 non-members) - refer more details on the flier above. These fees will only be collected at the door @ registration.

Cemeteries Roadshow - GAUTENG

Event Date: 
16 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

 

Please sign-up for this event below. For any queries regarding, feel free to contact Elanda oninfo [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za (subject: Re%3A%20Cemetaries%20Roadshow%20-%20GAUTENG%20) ( )info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za.
Attendance fees (R50 members / R100 non-members) - refer more details on the flier above. These fees will only be collected at the door @ registration.

Cemeteries Roadshow - KZN

Event Date: 
09 May 16:00 - 19:00
Event Description: 

For KZN bookings, please find attached the registration documents and for any queries, kindly contact yvelinedebruin.gmail.com

Professional Borehole Drilling Supervision (SADC-GMI, IGS, AGW-Net)

Event Date: 
23 Apr 08:00 - 27 Apr 16:00
Event Description: 

PROFESSIONAL BOREHOLE DRILLING SUPERVISION

23–27 APRIL 2018, BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA 

Introduction

Rural communities throughout SADC rely on groundwater for a potable water supply, while in urban areas, groundwater has become the principal source of water for many urban residents due to failure by municipalities to supply water to residents. As a result, groundwater development has increased and borehole drilling has grown exponentially in recent years, with the demand for, and the cost of boreholes escalating considerably.  The construction quality and the life-span of these newly developed boreholes appears to be declining dramatically. Therefore the improvement in drilling capability and borehole completion is of value across the entire region.

However, challenges including poor service, poor borehole drilling practices, and the use of cheap and inferior materials for pumps and down-hole components and lack of supervision all result in poorly drilled and improperly equipped boreholes. The end result is that these boreholes tend to have a very limited lifespan, often less than 5 years, before they fail entirely, either by collapsing, silting up or drying out. The costs of such failures, both human and financial, are enormous and unsustainable.

The root causes for the increasing numbers of these poor boreholes are numerous limitations at both individual and institutional levels in context of the growth in demand cited above. These inadequacies are to a large extent related to limited technical and vocational capacity; 

  • to effectively locate adequate groundwater resources  “short course 1”
  • to professionally supervise borehole drilling, casing, capacity testing, pump fitting and data collection to ensure that adequate quality boreholes are installed “short course 2”
  • to appreciate hydrogeological factors and to understand catchment water balances and the concept of sustainable groundwater yield  “short course 3”
  • to drill, install, operate, and to maintain borehole hardware and equipment “short course 4”
  • to source and purchase appropriate borehole components and materials “short course 5”

In light of the foregoing, the SADC-GMI, Africa Groundwater Network (AGW-NET), Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) and WaterNet “the Consortium of Organisers”, will be offering short course 2 entitled “Professional Borehole Drilling” at the IGS, University of Free State, South Africa. The course is part of a five module programme (Short Courses 1 to 5) to be offered by the Consortium of Organisers. 

Training objectives

The broad objective of the course is to: Develop skills and knowledge of key professionals to supervise borehole drilling, properly document the process and solving onsite problems during the construction of boreholes. 

Approach         

The course comprises one day of classroom (theoretical work), followed by three days on site during a drilling operation and one classroom day to synthesize the knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course participants will;

  1. Understand the importance of effective supervision in borehole construction for sustainability
  2. Understand the steps and detailed actions required in full time borehole supervision
  3. Understand the steps and detailed actions required in part time milestone borehole supervision
  4. Be able to quality assure and certify drilling records
  5. Be in a position to undertake borehole supervision construction

Target group

The course will take a Training of Trainers (ToT) Model.  The training targets the following categories of professionals: 

  • National, regional and district level managers/supervisors managing drilling projects
  • Supervisors/Managers of private drilling companies
  • Consultants who supervise borehole construction
  • Recent Hydrogeology/Geology/Water Engineering Related Graduates who seek to acquire field experience 
  • Educators, Trainers and Lecturers who can incorporate borehole construction in their curriculum 

Course Content

The following content will be covered during the course:

  • Geology and Groundwater Occurrence
  • Understanding basic aspects of groundwater
  • Principles of Borehole Supervision 
  • On-site Supervision – Drilling preparation-Meetings with community, Drill rig set-up, site safety, inspection of material to be used for construction, depth monitoring, drill fluid, sampling, final depth determination, and supervisor’s checklist
  • On site supervision – Drilling-Lithology sampling/logging, penetration rates, Identification of water strikes and aquifer, Blow yields, Borehole design, casing and screen selection and installation, gravel packing and borehole development
  • On-site supervision – Borehole development, sanitary seal, borehole completion, borehole disinfection and pad construction, Practical demonstration of pumping test and sample collection for water quality testing
  • Supervision: Drilling documentation, check list, reporting and handing over

Organisation

The training is a collaborative effort between SADC-GMI, WATERNET, AGW-NET and IGS. 

Facilitators 

The training will be facilitated by; 

  • Professor Danie Vermeulen of the IGS 
  • Dr. Modreck Gomo of the IGS
  • Dr. Richard Owen of the AGW-Net 

Funding

Participants will be expected to self-fund their participation or be funded by their respective institutions. The registration fee for self-funding participants is USD450.  Partial funding maybe available and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 

Applications 

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae along with a completed application form to the organisers.

Applications should be sent to training [at] sadc-gmi [dot] org. The subject line of the email should be “Professional Borehole Drilling Supervision”.

The deadline for receiving applications is the 30th of March 2018.   Successful applicants will be notified by the 6th of April 2018.

Dolomite 2018

Event Date: 
04 Jun 08:00 - 06 Jun 16:00
Event Description: 

 

*new: Provisional Program (verApril2018)

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Resilience to geological and hydrological hazards in dolomitic terrains is increasingly affected by climate change, rapid urbanisation and unforeseen implications of development during and after construction.  The influences of the bedrock properties, karst development, hydrology and proposed development all affect the potential risk posed by the development.

Dolomite and karst research has a long history with the University of Pretoria.  Now, with the partnership of the relevant societies for geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology and engineering geology, new advances, technologies and techniques can be showcased to a wide range of interdisciplinary professionals working in dolomitic terrains.  Focusing on urban environments and anthropogenic change, the interrelationship between proper understanding of subsurface water, geotechnical properties and resultant behaviour, and mitigation and engineering solutions are highlighted.

Following on the 2014 dolomite seminar, this seminar highlights developments in the past years, new directions of thought, and a new paradigm 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.

With presentations focusing on building on the status quo, the seminar programme covers:

  • • Context, status-quo, risks and remediation of dolomitic land (Day 1)
  • • Legislation, governance and management, including the update of SANS 1936 (Day 1)
  • • Hydrogeological, engineering geological and geotechnical advances (Day 2)
  • • Field visits and karst dialogue (facilitated panel) (Day 3)

Continuous Professional Development: ECSA and SACNASP CPD accreditation, 1 CPD per day attendance

Queries?  Yolandé van den Berg,info [at] selahproductions [dot] co [dot] za (subject: Dolomite%20Seminar%202018%20-%20Query) ( info [at] selahproductions [dot] co [dot] za)

Please view attached the following documents:

  1. Sponsorship Options

  2. Floorplan

  3. Exhibitor Invitation & Booking Form

  4. Delegate Registration Form

 

 

GeoCongress (GSSA)

Event Date: 
18 Jul 08:00 - 20 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 

Geocongress 2018 Student Funding – Call for Applications

 

A major aim of Geocongress 2018 is to offer postgraduate students the opportunity to present their research at a national conference, attend scientific sessions across a range of disciplines, and network with prominent researchers in their field. Every effort has been made to keep registration costs for the conference as low as possible, but we understand that there are additional costs that may prohibit attendance.

We are happy to announce that the Student Support Subcommittee of Geocongress 2018 will provide financial assistance to deserving postgraduate students to attend the conference, based on the outcome of a competitive application process.

 

Read more about the Call for applications student support funding here


To be eligible for financial support, you need to be a full-time Honours, MSc or PhD student registered for the 2018 academic year at a tertiary institution in South Africa or one of its neighbouring countries. You also need to be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation at the Geocongress. You are not eligible if you have funding dedicated to attending the Geocongress from another source.

To be considered, candidates need to submit their applications to Geocongress2018students [at] gmail [dot] com by no later than 13 April 2018.

For more information on the application process, and supporting documents needed, please click on the link below;

http://www.gssaconferences.co.za/student-support

Call for sessions

Geocongress 2018 of the Geological Society of South Africa will be held in Johannesburg from 18 to 20 July 2018. In order to ensure a vibrant scientific program, we hereby invite proposals for sessions. The session organiser will be expected to promote his or her session, select contributions for oral or poster presentations and determine the order of presentations. During the congress, the session organiser(s) will act as session chairs and ensure the smooth running of their session.

To propose a session, please send an email to geocongress2018 [at] gmail [dot] com with the following information:
1. The title of the session
2. The name, affiliation and e-mail address(es) of the proposer(s)
3. A description of the topic of the session (not exceeding 100 words)

The deadline for session proposals is the end of January 2018. Notifications of acceptance of sessions will be sent out by mid-February.

Please get involved, promote your research interests and ensure that Geocongress meets international scientific standards!

On behalf of the organising committee,

Marlina Elburg
Bertus Smith
 

Conference Secretariat

Scatterlings Conferences and Events
Charne Millett-Clay: +27(0)11 463 5085 • charne [at] soafrica [dot] com
 

 

WISA- 2nd Peri Urban Conference

Event Date: 
26 Nov 08:00 - 29 Nov 16:00
Event Description: 

 

2nd Peri-Urban Conference 2017

In South Africa, experts and technical managers in urban environments often complain about the lack of integration around the water, energy, food and land nexus. Peri-urban environments which are considered to be in transition from rural to urban offers us an opportunity to demonstrate new approaches that may be more effective for service delivery and resilience of communities.
 
The 2nd Peri-urban conference will take place in Cape Town, 26 – 29 November 2017, connecting professionals, academics and decision-makers from different sectors and providing a platform for sharing knowledge on water, planning and development.

The 2nd Peri-urban conference will take place in Cape Town, 26 – 29 November 2017, connecting professionals, academics and decision-makers from different sectors and providing a platform for sharing knowledge on water, planning and development. 

REGISTRATION COSTS

WISA Members                 Non-WISA Members            Student Fee
 R 5 650                              R 6 650                            R 2 500

GWD Field School Gauteng 2018

Event Date: 
07 Mar 08:00 - 09 Mar 16:00
Event Description: 

Groundwater Field School
Pretoria March 2018
Wed 7 to Fri 9 March 2018

High Performance Center (hpc) Auditorium, University of Pretoria

The Course is aimed at those involved or interested in groundwater (or geohydrology) who wish to broaden their understanding of the fundamentals in the application of hydrogeological field work.  The course is presented by academics and consultants working in hydrogeology.

We encourage all graduate trainees, field technicians, environmental assistants, technical assistants, water technicians; geohydrologists, assistant hydrogeologists; geo-technicians and consultants to attend. 

The course is CPD accredited with SACNASP.

Make sure to sign-up early for this popular course! Group discounts (more than 3 delegates) qualify for a 10% discount

Course fees:

Cost: R 2000 per person per day (VAT excl)
Full attendance: R5,700 (GWD members) / R 6,000 (non-members) excl. VAT

Provisional Programme

VIEW THE LATEST PROGRAMME - 19 FEBRUARY 2018

Quick Overview:
Day 1: Groundwater Hydrology, Exploration and Management
Day 2: Field Hydraulic Testing and Interpretation
Day 3: Geochemistry and Contaminant Transport

PRINT COURSE INVITE/ BROCHURE

REGISTER ONLINE (click here)

GWD AGM 2017

Event Date: 
16 Oct 17:00 - 18:00
Event Description: 

GROUND WATER DIVISION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

STELLENBOSCH, 16 OCTOBER 2017, 17:00-18:00

AGENDA

  1. WELCOME AND OPENING
  2. ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA
  3. ANNUAL REPORT TO MEMBERSHIP 2016/17
  4. PROFESSIONAL MATTERS
  • SACNASP/ CPD – WORKSHOP FEEDBACK
  • CODE OF PRACTICE – ESTABLISHMENT OF WORKING GROUP
  • IAH AND ECHN FEEDBACK
  1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: BRANCH CHAIRS 2018/19
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: NATIONAL EXCO ELECTION 2018/19
  • NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTION
  1. MEMBERSHIP
  • MEMBERSHIP FEES
  • IAN AND GWD JOINT MEMBERSHIP
  • STUDENT FUND
  1. ACTIVITIES
  • DARCY LECTURER 2017
  • FIELD SCHOOL 2018 (FEBRUARY PRETORIA)
  • HONOURS FIELD SCHOOL (JUNE NATIONAL)
  • CONFERENCE 2019 – BRANCHES AND DECISION; JOINT GWD-IAH-SA CONFERENCE IN FUTURE?
  • CONFERENCE 2021
  • OTHER COURSES AND EVENTS
  • NEW WEBSITE – PROFESSIONAL DATABASE, CONFERENCE PAPERS DATABASE. What do you want to see?
  1. CLOSING

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NGWA Foundation's Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series (CTN)

Event Date: 
09 Nov 17:30 - 20:00
Event Description: 

 

Thursday 9 November 2017, 17:30 for 18:00

Life Science Auditorium, University of the Western Cape

 
About the Lecture:
 

The Critical Role of Trees in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin

 
 

“The Critical Role of Water in Critical Zone Science: An Exploration of Water Fluxes in the Earth’s Permeable Skin” examines the geophysical tools used to study key processes that control water movement and availability in the subsurface where there is no easy access for observation.

 
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