Variably saturated flow conditions are increasingly relevant to geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments. This is most evident in the so-called vadose zone that extends from land surface to the phreatic surface, and which is characterised by variably saturated hydrological systems mostly at negative pore water pressures. The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology short course explores this zone which is fundamental in understanding the subsurface component of the hydrological cycle, emphasising processes such as evapotranspiration, interflow, and groundwater recharge. Variable saturation provides special conditions whereby water not necessarily gravitates, and where aerobic or oxidising conditions can exist. This has important implications on groundwater recharge, vulnerability and susceptibility to contamination, as well as on the integrity of infrastructure and water management in the built environment.
After successfully completing this course, you will
Who should enrol?
This course is suitable for earth, water and environmental scientists and engineers, working with cross-disciplinary data pertaining to the impacts of subsurface waters and seepage on water quality, the integrity of infrastructure, and the due diligence for environmental consequences of altering water budgets and flow paths.
R3 000.00 per delegate (VAT incl.)
Course fees include all course notes, text books and refreshments during contact days.
Course fees must be paid in full 14 days prior to course start dates. Proof of payment can be submitted to enrolmen[email protected]terprises.up.ac.za.
Prospective delegates should at least have a four-year qualification in natural science or engineering (BSc Hons, BTech, BEng), or equivalent.
Accreditation and certification:
Enterprises University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd is wholly owned by the University of Pretoria. As a public higher education institution, the University of Pretoria functions in accordance to the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997. Enterprises University of Pretoria offers short courses on behalf of the University and these short courses are not credit-bearing, and do not lead to formal qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) – unless stated otherwise. Delegates who successfully complete a short course and comply with the related assessment criteria (where applicable) are awarded certificates of successful completion and/or attendance by the University of Pretoria.
Registration and enquiries:
Roelánnie van Deventer
Tel: +27 (0)12 434 2565
Cell: +27 (0)83 704 4426
Dr Matthys Dippenaar
Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology