The South African Institution
of Civil Engineering’s Geotechnical Division

cordially invites all our colleagues from
Africa and beyond to attend

The 17th African Regional
Conference on Soil Mechanics
and Geotechnical Engineering

7 - 9 October 2019
Century City Conference
Centre & Hotel,
Cape Town, South Africa

Innovation and Sustainability in Geotechnics for Developing Africa


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen to world class experts!


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Innovation and Sustainability in Geotechnics for Developing Africa.

Hosted in one of the continent’s most iconic cities, this conference will serve practitioners, academics and students of all geotechnical backgrounds. The conference will offer extensive opportunities for technical committee meetings, workshops, paper presentations, exhibitions and sponsorships. A variety of tours, including to famous Robben Island, await.

Developments in unsaturated soil mechanics, which are of special relevance in the African context, will feature prominently at the conference. The conference will host the 17th Jennings Lecture presented by world renowned unsaturated soils expert Prof Delwyn Fredlund (Canada). In addition, a course on unsaturated soil mechanics by Prof David Toll, Prof Antonio Gens, Prof Charles Ng and Prof Samuel Ampadu will be presented. Further theme lectures by Prof Buddhima Indraratna (Australia) and Prof John Mukabi (Kenya) will be presented. The conference is also proud to host The International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Board and Council meetings preceding the main event. Furthermore, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) will be hosting their board meeting during this time as well.

The 7th African Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (AYGEC) will commence on Sunday 6 October, preceding the African Regional Conference. The AYGEC conference will offer an ideal opportunity for young geotechnical practitioners to interact and present their work on a continental platform. The program has been tailored to encourage young geotechnical practitioners to attend the pre-conference courses and stay on for the main conference.

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Programme at a glance
Date Description
Sat 5 Oct 2019 AYGE & ARC Registration
AYGE Welcome Function
Sun 6 Oct 2019 AYGE & ARC Registration
AYGE Conference
ARC Welcome Function
Mon 7 Oct 2019 ARC Conference Opening
ARC Courses
ARC Networking Function
Tue 8 Oct 2019 ARC Conference
ARC Gala Dinner
Wed 9 Oct 2019 ARC Conference
ARC Conference Closure


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Conference Registration

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Accommodation Bookings

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Key Dates:

  • Sponsorship and Exhibition Bookings Opens / February 2019
  • Extended Full Paper Submission Deadline / 31 March 2019
  • Conference Registration Opens / May 2019
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline / 30 June 2019
  • Feedback and corrections to Authors / April & May 2019
  • Final Paper Submissions / 31 May 2019


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