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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.

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
 

 

CBSS Training Workshop, Cape Town (re. IWRM, NWA & WUA)

Event Date: 
12 Sep 08:00 - 14 Sep 16:00
Event Description: 

Dear Colleague

 

On 24 March 2017, the Minister of Water and Sanitation published new Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for water use license applications and Appeals in GN R267.  Considering the extensive requirements in this new Regulation, CBSS has updated our popular three-day training workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management, the National Water Act, and Water Use Authorisations, and will be presenting it at the following Venues:

 

Date

Venue

Cost

Early Bird discount:

Register before

15 – 17 August 2016

Pretoria (near Hatfield Gautrain Station)

R 6,225.00 excluding VAT

18 July 2017

12 – 14 September 2017

Cape Town (near Century City)

R 6,725.00 excluding VAT

14 August 2017

 

Please click on these links for the Course Description and Registration Form.   Seats are limited, so please register without delay should you be interested in attending.  Please note that discounts are available for bona fide students, bookings for three or more attendees from the same organisation, and for early bird registration, with payment finalised before the dates indicated.  More details regarding these discounts are available on our website http://www.cbosss.com/training/register/

 

Please circulate this message to your network and colleagues who may benefit from this course to ensure their participation.

 

Yours in sustainability

 

Glaudin Kruger

Course Coordinator

Tel 028 316 2905

Email: kruger@krugerassociate

 

on behalf of

 

 

 14 June 2017

CBSS Training Workshop, Pretoria (re. IWRM, NWA & WUA)

Event Date: 
15 Aug 08:00 - 17 Aug 16:00
Event Description: 

Dear Colleague

 

On 24 March 2017, the Minister of Water and Sanitation published new Regulations regarding the Procedural Requirements for water use license applications and Appeals in GN R267.  Considering the extensive requirements in this new Regulation, CBSS has updated our popular three-day training workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management, the National Water Act, and Water Use Authorisations, and will be presenting it at the following Venues:

 

Date

Venue

Cost

Early Bird discount:

Register before

15 – 17 August 2016

Pretoria (near Hatfield Gautrain Station)

R 6,225.00 excluding VAT

18 July 2017

12 – 14 September 2017

Cape Town (near Century City)

R 6,725.00 excluding VAT

14 August 2017

 

Please click on these links for the Course Description and Registration Form.   Seats are limited, so please register without delay should you be interested in attending.  Please note that discounts are available for bona fide students, bookings for three or more attendees from the same organisation, and for early bird registration, with payment finalised before the dates indicated.  More details regarding these discounts are available on our website http://www.cbosss.com/training/register/

 

Please circulate this message to your network and colleagues who may benefit from this course to ensure their participation.

 

Yours in sustainability

 

Glaudin Kruger

Course Coordinator

Tel 028 316 2905

Email: kruger@krugerassociate

 

on behalf of

 

 

 14 June 2017

WISA 2018 Conference and Exhibition “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas”

Event Date: 
24 Jun 08:00 - 27 Jun 16:00
Event Description: 

The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) invites you to attend the WISA biennial conference and exhibition 2018, which will take place at the CTICC, Cape Town, from 24 to 27 June 2018.

The central theme of “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas” seeks to address past, existing and future water resource challenges by promoting collaboration, cooperation and integration within the water sector. The Southern African region faces increased uncertainty and vulnerability regarding water supply. The following thematic areas for the conference seek to promote, inspire and demonstrate the value of working beyond existing mandates and perceived restrictions. While an emphasis is placed on Southern African case studies and research, international examples applicable to the Southern African context are welcome.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS -  DEADLINE 30 JUNE 2017

 
Thematic Areas for Conference 
The context of each thematic area is described in further detail highlighting discussion topics, with some guiding questions. This description is merely to serve as a guide, coupled with key words to assist with the submission of relevant abstracts under each of the thematic areas linked to the central theme of the conference.
For more information :  http://www.wisa2018.org.za/call-for-abstracts/ 

 

Annual South African Young Scientists’ Conference (ASSAf)

Event Date: 
19 Jul 08:00 - 16:00
Event Description: 

Young Scientists’ Conference

Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Jointly hosted by the: Department of Science and Technology;  Academy of Science of South Africa South African Young Academy of Science; The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub- Saharan Africa; Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing; World -South Africa Chapter National Research Foundation

Date: 19 July 2017

Theme: Young Scientists’ Role in Science Advice

Venue: Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg, Johannesburg

1. Introduction

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), the World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World - South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 19 July 2017.

ASSAf, together with its partners, is seeking young scientists based in South Africa to participate in this conference. This multilateral conference will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in the area of harnessing the demographic dividend through investments made in young scientists.

Evidence-based science advice in support of policy development is an area receiving much attention as governments are faced with addressing many challenges that are science-based. This conference will explore the role that young scientists can play in bridging the divide between science and policy.

2.Background

Young scientists represent the future of a country’s Science and Technology development and their inclusion and capacitation from an early stage in the processes that build a country’s system of innovation and policy is critical. They are recognised as providing the pool for the next generation of distinguished scholars. As the latter participate in conferences and joint research and exchange programmes, they get the chance to think through and beyond science to its applications in solving some of the biggest global problems of our time for society’s benefit.

Funding challenges however stunt the development of young scientists and early career researchers especially on the African continent, where few learning opportunities provided for joint learning exist. It is therefore important to empower young researchers to organise and lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational dialogue with the goal to make global decision-making evidence-based and to strive for inclusive outcomes.

In July 2006, African Union Head of States and Governments meeting in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter (AYC). The Charter is a political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework that gives direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels.

A further policy document by the African Union (AU) – the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), underpins science, technology and innovation as multi-function tools and enablers for achieving continental development goals. In pursuing this vision, the AU emphasises the importance of “building our universities as centres for excellence” and a further call for Africa to “harvest its population demographic dividend, especially women and youth, whose energy, creativity and courage must drive its development agenda”.

This conference will aim to engage young scientists on the importance of their increased participation in science advice in support of policy development, discuss barriers to

effective  engagement  and  the  use  and  adoption  of  scientific  knowledge  and  its application in technological innovations is responding to developmental challenges.

3.Conference Themes

The conference will focus on the three key issues below:

  1. Advocating the importance of placing young scientists and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the heart of national strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Application of a gender lens in science in addressing SDGs
  3. Building scientific capacity and capability in young scientists to advance science policy

4.Eligibility

This call is open to early career researchers who are based in South Africa. Applicants should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be based in South Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of at least a Master’s degree
  • Have research interests in the conference sub-themes
  • Commit to be present for the duration of the conference
  • Submit an abstract that will be the basis for a presentation at the conference
  • Be willing to present and share current research results at the conference

5.Conference Participation and Application

ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in one of the sub- themes outlined above. The attached application form should be completed and sent to Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za (Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za )Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 by Tuesday, 9 May, 2017. There is no registration fee to attend the conference. Further information about the conference will be circulated to successful applicants.

6.Call for Abstracts

Abstract Format and Submission

The abstracts should follow the following format:

  • Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Author and Institution) in the attached form
  • Abstract must be written in English
  • Abstract title must be in boldface, capital letters (lowercase) and centered
  • Abstract font must be Century Gothic 11 with A4 set up margins
  • Abstract must include the following information:
    • Title, Author(s), Institution(s)
    • Name of first-author should be underlined (Please do not underline co- authors)
    • Institutional affiliations, city, province for all authors
    • The superscript numbering must be in front of each initial and surname of each author
  • Where appropriate, the text may be structured using the following headings:
    • Introduction or Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
  • Conclusions

Oral Presentations

All oral presentations will be conducted in English.

Poster Presentations

Accepted  posters  will  be  displayed  at  the  conference  venue  and  full  details  and specifications will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.

7.General Conference Information

For any further information on the conference please contact:

Ms Edith Shikumo      Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614          Email: Edith [at] assaf [dot] org [dot] za

BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOMORPHOLOGY (SAAG)

Event Date: 
25 Jul 08:00 - 28 Jul 16:00
Event Description: 

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOMORPHOLOGY (SAAG) AND ASSOCIATED WORKSHOPS

http://www.saag2017conference.com/index.php

Rationale and Purpose of the Conference and the associated Workshops

Stemming from discussions at the previous conference at Sani Pass, South Africa, we are pleased to announce that this conference and its associated workshops will be held in Swaziland, in association with the University of Swaziland. This conference seeks to create a forum to explore the contexts of theory and application in Geomorphology and the related fields.

Given the extent of soil erosion and land degradation in the Southern African region, and recognising the involvement of geomorphologists in topics related to these, we are particularly pleased to confirm that both the International Vetiver Network (TVNI) and the Soil Erosion Focus Group of the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (SEFG-LaRSSA) will be holding relevant workshops during this conference. We are confident that this will enhance the international status of the meeting, and broaden the base for discussion and meaningful interaction. We look forward to being able to welcome delegates to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

A pre-conference and main excursion to places of interest will also be offered.

 Organising Committee:
Prof. Heinz Beckedahl UNISWA (Chair), LaRSSA & SAAG
Dr Jay Le Roux UFS, SAAG
Roley Nöffke Hydromulch, LaRSSA & TVNI
Dr Sizwe Mabaso, UNISWA
Ian van Zuydam, UNISWA
Mthobisi Masilela, UNISWA
Prof. Paul Sumner UP, SAAG
Glaudin Kruger, Kruger & Associates

SAAG  2017 Conference Secretariat
Kruger & Associates
E-mail:  kruger [at] krugerassociate [dot] com
Tel 00 27 28 316 2905

GSSA GOLD DAY (GSSA)

Event Date: 
31 Mar 08:00 - 17:00
Event Description: 

GSSA Gold Day, 31 March 2017

About the Gold Day

Given the times that we live in, and the geopolitical uncertainty that the new American president is unleashing on the world, the planned GSSA Gold Day is an offering to our members interested in where the gold industry is going.

The topics will include whether gold will continue to be a key commodity in the global market, where the future of gold is heading, the latest ideas, and examine some of the gold projects currently underway.

Draft Programme

An overview of gold and the Trump Effect
Peter Major from Cadiz Asset Management

Where to next for South African gold mining and exploration?
Graham Briggs Independent Consultant with ninety8degreesgroup (TBC)

Update on the origin of the Witwatersrand Gold
Professor Laurence Robb, visiting professor at Oxford and Wits, and Independent Consultant

Setting South Deep up for long-term success
South Deep, Goldfields

Pan African Resources’ Tailings Retreatment Projects
Barry Naicker from PAR

Overview of African gold deposits
Mark Burnett from The Snowden Group

South African Greenstone Belts
The Kalgold Story (TBC)

What’s happening with gold in Zimbabwe?
(TBC)

DRC gold potential
Mike Robertson from The MSA Group

East African Greenstone Belts
Hannes Henckel from Acacia Mining

The West African Exploration Initiative (WAXI) – new models and ideas
– WAXI
Gold and the Arabian/Nubian Belt
Bisrat Yibas from CGS

Artisanal mining
Pontsho Ledwaba from Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at Wits

Register now

SANC IHP SYMPOSIUM (WRC, DWS)

Event Date: 
14 Mar 08:00 - 16:00
Event Description: 

The Water Research Commission (WRC) serving in its capacity as Implementing Agent for the Framework Programme for Research, Education and Training in the Water Sector (FETWater) and Secretariat for UNESCO IHP, will be organizing the SANC UNESCO IHP Symposium. The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is one of the six (6) Intergovernmental Scientific Programmes (ISPs) of UNESCO, which are under the Science Commission. The current IHP Phase VIII (2014-2021) is focused on developing appropriate responses to Local, Regional, and Global challenges to promote Water Security. Specific objectives of IHP include enhancing water resource management, promoting water resource governance, and supporting integrated programmes that facilitate capacity building.

The Water Research Commission cordially invites you to be part of the 2017 SANC IHP Symposium. The Symposium will take place  in Pretoria on 14 March 2017, full day event.

Kindly RSVP  by not later than 08 March 2017.

Please find attached document for more information.

Kind regards

 

WRC

Ziyanda Mngomezulu
FETWATER: Group Assistant
Water Research Commission

Private Bag X03, Gezina, 0031, South Africa
Email: ziyandam [at] wrc [dot] org [dot] za

Tel: +27 12 330 0340   Fax: +27 12 331 2565

 

International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks (IAH Portugal)

Event Date: 
05 Jun 08:00 - 07 Jun 18:00
Event Description: 

GwFR’2017

International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks
And a session in honour of Jiri Krásny

CHAVES, PORTUGAL

5-7 JUNE 2017

24 years after the IAH Congress in Oslo dedicated to Fractured Rock Aquifers, 14 years after the International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, organized in Prague in 2003, and 5 years after the GwFR’2012 – International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, also organized in Prague, it is our pleasure to announce the

GwFR’2017 – International Conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks

To be organized in Chaves, Portugal, by the IAH Network on Fractured Rock Hydrogeology, the IAH Portuguese and the IAH Spanish National Chapters, between 5 and 7 June 2017.

The conference aims to join the groundwater specialists in fractured rocks around the world and will have a session dedicated to honour the memory of our colleague Jiri Krásny, who was the main inspire of these meetings and was the founder of the Commission that was the origin of actual Network.

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