About us

The Geotechnical Division of SAICE

The South African Geotechnical Division is a non-profit volunteer committee directly affiliated with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) whose main objective is to provide members with the latest developments in Geotechnical Engineering practise in South Africa and arranges regular meetings, lectures and courses to facilitate transfer of knwoledge.

The committee comprises practising geotechnical engineers from various industries providing a diverse set of skills and knowledge base used to promote the interest of its members.

Our aim is to

  • To promote co-operation amongst scientists and engineers
  • To encourage the interchange of knowledge and ideas
  • To disseminate the results of research work or innovative construction techniques in the field
    of soil mechanics and foundation engineering
  • To foster the application of safe, economic, practical and modern geotechnical methods in South Africa.

These aims are achieved by active participation in international organisations such as;

  • The International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), which has approximately 550 members, and represents the interests and activities of Engineers, Academics and Contractors all over the world that actively participate in geotechnical engineering. Through this membership corporate and individuals can access their extensive network and on-line knowledge base. The Geotechnical Division assists in the organisation of the regional conferences and symposia, by arranging meetings throughout the year at various centres in the country, as well as educational courses for practising engineers, and the publication of a newsletter.
  • Close ties are maintained with engineering geologists as well as those specialists in the allied field of rock mechanics.

The aim of this website is to provide a centralised location where all the past and upcoming events are shared that are of interest to civil engineers, geotechnical engineers and the engineering community as a whole. We also maintain a database of all courses which a have been accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)  are shared on this website. As a registered member Continual Professional Development (CPD) certificates are made available for download for inclusion for CPD applications.


SAICE (South African Institution of Civil Engineering)

is the Learned Society and professional home for almost 8 000 civil engineers, technologists and technicians. Our members are planning, providing and maintaining the infrastructure which supports the everyday life and activities of modern society all over South Africa. Our members are also involved in projects around the globe.

The Institution provides a variety of services including:

  • Continued Professional development for its members to keep abreast of development, interactive networking with and among all stakeholders and participants in the profession and the industry. The development of technical guidelines and documentation.
  • Community Outreach programmes to society through career guidance, awareness campaigns and capacity building for decisionmakers.
  • Support and input to central government regarding legislation concerning all aspects of civil engineering.

Promotion and upholding of appropriate standards and an ethical approach. We bridge the GAP to a WINNING nation Please browse through our site for a comprehensive list of opportunities and services offered by theInstitution and the activities it is involved in. For more information visit the SAICE website.

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