Courses Event Type


Event Date: 
27 Nov 08:00 - 16:30
Event Description: 






Mine water management is a broad topic covering a range of specialist sub-disciplines. In general, mine water management focus on groundwater, surface water and process water management within the mining  environment,  on  the  water  management  aspects  associated  with  the  varied  mine  residue deposits  as  well  as  on  the  regulations  that  govern  the  use,  storage,  management,  etc.  of  the  water resources. 


The main objective of the varied short courses on Mine Water Management is to improve ‘water resource management across the mining environment’ and to apply knowledge as well as implement preventative and mitigation programmes in an integrated manner.

The specific objectives of this short course are;

  • To  characterise, quantify and  report the  potential impacts of  mine infrastructure on  the groundwater quality on the mine site and in the vicinity of a mine.
  • Optimising the management (incl. protection, monitoring and reporting thereof, etc.) of mining activities that impact on the groundwater quality on the mine site and in the vicinity of a mine.

SHORT COURSE CONTENT (with a specific focus on groundwater)

  • What is mine water and what are the sources of mine water? Present conceptual models of typical sources (waste rock, pit backfill, tailings, ore stockpiles, etc.). Emphasise time-variant nature of water quality.
  • What is required to characterise and predict mine water quality. Discuss mine project phases and appropriate levels of sampling and monitoring required for each phase.
  • How does one obtain representative samples of mine water and mine material? Discuss how water from these sources is monitored and sampled, with case studies of common errors made. Introduce generally-accepted methods of sampling of solid material.
  • How is mine water analysed? Follow a typical mine water sample through methods of analysis for common parameters. Conclude with real examples of laboratory reports of mine water samples and mine material samples.
  • What is  the  acid  generation potential of  a material? Explain acid  base accounting and interpretation of laboratory data
  • How does one decide whether water is contaminated? Discuss comparison to guidelines and background quality. Develop source-pathway-receptor conceptual model. Use of Piper diagrams to identify geochemical facies.


This short course is intended for practitioners (i.e. professionals) with minimum 3 years’ experience including;

  • Water Resource Practitioners & Managers (eg. Engineering and Environmental staff that are associated with the mining and related consulting industries).
  • Staff of Governmental Departments (eg. Department of Water and Sanitation, Department of Environmental Affairs etc.).     Practitioners that are qualified in associated / related disciplines.


Presentations (i.e. Lectures); Discussion of Case Studies and Group Discussions


A recognised Bachelor’s Degree at NQF Level 7 or above in an appropriate / relevant physical scientific discipline.


  • The provider recognises and will meet the national requirements for RPL. RPL applications will be assessed for the following:  An applicant’s informal learning or non-accredited formal studies are assessed as being equivalent to the prerequisite qualification.
  • Work experience; a minimum of 3 years’ experience within the industry in conjunction with the academic record of the candidate.
  • The implementation of advanced standing in instances where the candidate does not meet the minimum entry requirements.
  • Relevant modules / short courses that have been successfully completed at other accredited Higher Education Institutions where the modules / short courses are equivalent in content and standard.


Short Course Facilitators: Dr. Rian Titus
Email address:  rtitus [at] telkomsa [dot] net

Dr. Kai Witthüser
Email address:  kai [at] deltah [dot] co [dot] za



Training in Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) (IAH, GWD)

Event Date: 
10 Apr 08:00 - 12 Apr 16:00
Event Description: 

We are extremely pleased to announce that a world class training course in Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) will be held in April next year in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The course will be presented mainly by two global expert in MAR and a field trip will also be included to an extremely interesting and successful MAR project near Langebaan - Cape West Coast.
This first announcement is essentially a "save-the-date" announcement - more details will follow soon on costs / the registration process / accommodation etc.
Please forward to all those who you think will benefit from attending the training, especially municipal and consulting engineers; decision and policy makers; and relevant authorities.
Thank you.
Kind regards
Julian Conrad


Stellenbosch, 10-12 April 2019

Refer to the attached document for more information!

Groundwater is a highly valuable resource especially in areas of low rainfall and low surface water supplies. The value of aquifers can be greatly increased by actually returning water to the aquifers when there is additional water available (be it from rainfall/runoff – treated effluent – diverted surface water flows etc).

This process is known as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) and has huge potential in South Africa.  It has the added benefit that water stored underground is not prone to high rates of evapotranspiration.  However it is a technology that can be quite complicated with many technical and legal hurdles to clear.  The world’s leading experts in MAR (from South Africa and Australia) will present 3 day’s of detailed training on the topic.  

Target audience

Municipal water supply engineers / National & Provincial authorities /Water supply engineers / Project Engineers /Geohydrologists


1. Introduction to MAR
2. Integrated Water Management and MAR
3. MAR Policy – SA and Australia
4. Economics of MAR
5. Establishing a MAR Scheme Part 1 - Water quality and quantity considerations
a. Hydrogeochemistry for MAR
6. Establishing a MAR scheme Part 2 - Technical considerations and applications
a. Well design
b. Aquifer characterisation
c. Clogging & Clogging management
d. Numerical modelling for MAR
6. Establishing a MAR scheme Part 3 – Engineering Considerations
7. Risk Assessment and Management modelling
8. Case Studies
9. MAR operational Issues and their Management
10. Training exercise

Registration: details to follow  |  Enquiries:  deidre [at] iafrica [dot] com

Drilling Methods and Techniques in Resource Exploration (GSSA)

Event Date: 
26 Sep 08:00 - 28 Sep 16:00
Event Description: 

Course Outline

Drilling Fundamentals

  • Essential elements of a drilling operation
  • The mechanics of rock breaking
  • Drill rig fundamentals

Drilling Methods

  • Percussion drilling methods
  • Rotary drilling methods - mud rotary, air flush rotary
  • Rotary percussion methods - DTH drilling, Dual-tube reverse circulation drilling
  • Sonic drilling
  • Diamond core drilling
  • Simultaneous casing systems

Common drilling calculations

The use of drilling fluids

Fundamentals of borehole surveying and directional drilling, core orientation methods

Economic aspects of drilling

Common drilling problems

  • Shale stabilisation
  • Lost circulation
  • Solids control
  • Fishing

Registration Fees

  • Member R 9 450-00
  • Member R 12 075-00
  • Academic R 6 300-00
  • Students R 4 990-00

Attendance is limited to 30 delegates only



Congress Secretariat
Scatterlings Conference & Events
Charne Millet-Clay – Tel: +27 (0)11 463 5085, Email: charne [at] soafrica [dot] com

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


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


REGISTER ONLINE (click here)

Geo-skills Course | Geological Society of South Africa

Event Date: 
27 Jul 08:00 - 29 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 

EC Groundwater Training Course – NMMU

Event Date: 
10 May 08:00 - 12 May 16:00
Event Description: 

Port Elizabeth, 10-12 May 2017

Dates: (2.5 days)

10 May to 12 May


Port Elizabeth - NMMU, AEON

The course will be held at InnoVenton on the NMU campus as indicated  on the attached map.


R1900 per GWD member; R2100 per non-GWD member

R900 per Student; R1000 if only day is attended

(Lunches and Snacks included)

Topics: (Download Programme)

  • Overview of groundwater research and results on the central Karoo as part of the Karoo shale gas baseline studies (Half day)
  • Groundwater Exploration and Development in the Eastern Cape Province (Short Session)
  • Numerical Groundwater Modeling (Full Day)
  • Groundwater-Community Compatibility Studies (Short Session)
  • Groundwater Monitoring & Chemistry (Short Session)
  • Groundwater use Licensing (Short Session)
  • Groundwater Management Plans (Short Session)
  • Half Day field visits and practical – Measurement of CO2/CH4 isotopes of groundwater, ICPMS, Drones and Micro-seismic equipment. Site visit.



Please contact the Programme Director / ECape GWD Chair,
Mr Jan Myburgh
for any queries:

Tel : +27 83 273 6480

Email: easterncape [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za

Course Partners



GWD Field School 2017 GAUTENG

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


7 - 9 June 2017
Hpc Auditorium, Burnett Street, LC de Villiers Sports Campus, University of Pretoria, Hatfield

The main objective of this 3-day short course is to teach participants the basic theory of groundwater in an easy and understandable way with emphasis on practical hands-on-experience.

LEVEL: Basic / Intermediate/ Advanced (for selected sessions)

Who should attend?

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


  • Linkage of the general geology of SA to groundwater occurrences (borehole yields, rainfall/recharge, aquifer parameters, fractures/faults, groundwater flow and other general characteristics)
  • ABC of groundwater hydraulics including testing and interpreting testing results
    • Practicals: Geophysics; slug test, pumping test and unsaturated testing
  • Groundwater Supply (Urban, well-fields and remote water supplies, monitoring and management of water supply)
  • Groundwater Data (QA/QC, Protocols and Reliability; Inferring change on the Groundwater model)
  • Geochemistry (principles of, contaminant hydrology and transport)
  • Miscible/ Immisible contaminants (sources & transport; mitigation and remediation)

Course presenters:
The course will be hosted in Gauteng by expert presenters on each topic.

Make sure to sign-up early for this popular course! Sign-up attendees will receive detailed information about this course when it becomes available. They will also be considered as early-bird registrations. Group discounts (more than 3 delegates) qualify for a 10% discount


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

For Logistical queries: Contact Elanda on info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za (subject: GWD%20FIELDSCHOOL) / Tel: 071 089 4363
For Programme queries: Contact Dr Matthys Dippenaar on Matthys [dot] Dippenaar [at] up [dot] ac [dot] za (subject: GWD%20Fieldschool%20query%20)



Drilling Methods and Techniques in Resource Delineation (GSSA)

Event Date: 
02 Nov 08:00 - 04 Nov 16:00
Event Description: 

3D Geological Modelling (GSSA)

Event Date: 
13 Oct 08:00 - 14 Oct 16:00
Event Description: 

3D geological modelling, or geomodelling, is the applied science of creating computerized representations of portions of the Earth's crust based on geophysical and geological data. A geomodel is the numerical equivalent of a three-dimensional geological map, complemented by a suite of physical quantities within the volume of interest. Geomodelling reflects the current state of the Shared Earth Model, developed in the 1990's.

The past decade has seen a tremendous growth in the capability of almost all commercial 3D geomodelling packages, to the point where they run on high-end PCs. This growth has changed the face of mineral exploration and mining: there is now a large overlap in terms of basic volume modelling and manipulation between commercially-available, general modelling packages and those specifically tailored for use in geology and mining. Recent trends are away from software packages that have unforgiving data import routines, employ explicit or section-based modelling and which incorporate limited data sets or types. The trend is towards software packages that have flexible import routines; comprehensive data checking and cleaning tools; rapid, dynamic, implicit modelling of surfaces, volumes and shells; integration of large numbers of disparate data sets and 3D querying of spatial data to determine trends and patterns. These packages typically employ an easy, workflow-driven approach.

About the Course

The course is not specific to any modelling package, but rather uses a "nuts-and-bolts" approach. It presents underlying data and techniques employed in creating usable geometries for downstream processes. The course will be of particular relevance to those who are unfamiliar with 3D geomodelling. It will also be of particular interest to those that require a degree of insight into the relatively recent move towards rules-based implicit modelling or professionals or companies that are considering changing software packages:

•  An overview of the various data types that should be combined and examined in a typical modelbuilding process

•  The applicability of specific modelling techniques and philosophies to various deposit types and problems: 2D models vs. 3D
   models :exploration models; geophysical data inversion; resource estimation models; geotechnical models; conceptual models

•  Basic definitions of points, lines, polylines and polygons and variations in nomenclature

•  Techniques for the collection, storage, verification and validation of data

•  The processes of 3D geological modelling and the techniques employed

• The difference between explicit, implicit and rules-based implicit modelling

•  Incorporation of structural data to create a fault network

•  Tertiary use of 3D models, such as surface dip analysis, apparent dip analysis, 3D querying, intelligent targeting and    
   trend   analysis

•  New trends and developments



More info



Groundwater In Action- Groundwater Course (GWD Limpopo)

Event Date: 
20 Jul 09:38 - 21 Jul 09:38
Event Description: 

The Ground Water Division of the Geological Society of South Africa host this annual two day course where the main objective is to teach participants the basic theory of groundwater in an easy and understandable way with emphasis on practical hands‐on‐experience.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those who have a professional interest in groundwater and require a refresher or exposure to tools and techniques to enable them to better understand the environment within which they work. This include all geohydrology/ environmental consultants, municipalities, government institutions and


Course registration fees are structured as follows: (All prices are inclusive of VAT.)
R4,332 for non‐GWD members; R4,047 for GWD and Professional members; R1,000 for GWD Students/ Pensioners

How do I register?

Should you wish to attend please register online on the Ground Water Division website:‐course‐july‐2016
Once you have registered you will receive a quotation/invoice (as per your indication on the online registration
form). The invoice number should be used as reference for your payment. All participants receive a certificate
of attendance at completion of this course.

All registration should be completed before 12 July 2016 to secure your participation.
Contact the GWD National Secretariat on info [at] gwd [dot] org [dot] za (subject: GW%20Course-%20Limpopo%20July%202016) with any query.

We look forward to your participation.



The course will be hosted at the MASANA LODGE. Accommodation (at a special rate) is available on-site. Delegates will be responsible for their own arrangements.

Some other ACCOMMODATION recommendations:


Georeen Guesthouse - 9 rooms - Prices R660 - R780 p/p

Polokwane Place - 5 rooms - R450 single occupancy

Hotels/ Lodges

- Bolivia Lodge - 140 capacity - Prices from R495 - R808 p/unit

-Eagle Nest Lodge - 41 capacity - R500 (1pax) up to R700 (4 pax)

-Pietersburg lodge - 64 capacity - R460 p/p sharing

-Zororo Lodge - 56 capacity - R430 p/p


The Macaw Nest Accommodation & restaurant - 5 capacity - R855 sleeps 2-3

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