ARC Programme

Century City Conference Centre
Century City Conference Centre
First Floor, Room 9
Century City Conference Centre
Century City Conference Centre
Century City Conference Centre
Century City Conference Centre
Century City Conference Centre
First Floor, Room 9
Century City Conference Centre
Century City Conference Centre
Century City Conference Centre
09:00 - 18:00
Board Meeting
15:00 - 17:00
AYGE 2019 Registration
18:30 - 22:30
AYGE 2019 Welcome Social Function
08:30 - 17:30
Council Meeting
09:00 - 17:30
AYGE 2019 Conference
14:00 - 18:00
ARC 2019 Conference Registration
16:45 - 17:45
PhD Exchange Parallel Session (Part of AYGE programme)

Participants of the PhD exchange (TUKS, UCT, CUT, UJ, SUN with Durham) will be presenting their work.

18:00 - 20:00
Welcome Cocktail Function
07:30 - 08:30
ARC 2019 Conference Registration
08:00 - 18:00
Conference Exhibition
08:30 - 10:00
ARC 2019 Opening Ceremony
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee/Tea Break
10:30 - 17:30
Course: Barrier systems for limiting fluid migration

SAICE Geotechnical Division in collaboration with GIGSA and IGS would like to invite you to attend the course on Barrier Systems for Limiting Fluid Migration.


Regulations for water conservation and pollution control in South Africa have evolved to reflect changes in knowledge and good practice around the world in the 21st Century. The workshop will provide an introduction to barrier systems used in many landfill and mining applications (with an emphasis on landfills, as well as dams, lagoons, tailings and heap leach applications). The course does not require prior knowledge of barrier systems or geosynthetics as it will cover from basic of barrier systems and components  such as hydraulic containment and leachate collection systems, to the latest knowledge about leakage (holes, direct contact and wrinkles) and how it can be minimized as well as the factors affecting the service-life of geosynthetics and especially geomembranes in barrier systems. The course will cover how design, construction and operations can all affect the performance of a barrier system and the consequent leakage, with particular emphasis on the need to take the effects of exposure conditions such as temperature, tensile strain, and nature of leachate into consideration. Several intervention by the South African Regulator will focus on current practice in South Africa highlighting the importance of drainage and the consequences of relying on indicator rather than performance specifications. Some common perceptions, misconceptions and optimistic, but incorrect thinking, that can result in failure of the system will be presented and discussed. It is presented in a form that will provide value to engineers who wants to get acquainted  to barriers system design as well as experienced engineers and contractors in the field.


Topics to be covered in the short course include:

  1.  Barrier system components & transport mechanisms  – Kerry Rowe

  2.  Natural clay and compacted clay liners (CCLs) – Kerry Rowe

  3.  Hydraulic containment- Kerry Rowe

  4.  Leachate collections systems (LCS) – Kerry Rowe

  5.  Regulations for water conservation and pollution control in South Africa – Kelvin Legge

  6.  Single geomembranes (GMBs), holes and leakage  – Kerry Rowe

  7.  Composite liner leakage – direct contact- Kerry Rowe

  8.  Composite liner leakage – wrinkles- Kerry Rowe

  9.  Geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) – Kerry Rowe

10.  Effect of climate on exposed composite liners – Kerry Rowe

11.  Tensile strains in geomembranes – Kerry Rowe

12.  PE geomembrane service-life – Kerry Rowe


The course will be presented by Kerry Rowe, Kelvin Legge and other local presenters.

10:30 - 17:30
Course: Design of Column-Supported Embankments

Instructors: Mounir Bouassida and Jie Han

Learning Objectives: To learn principles and design of column-supported embankments


Course Description: This course provides training on the design of column-supported embankments, which include column foundations and load transfer platforms with and without geosynthetic reinforcement. The course introduces different types of columns but focuses on aggregate-stone columns, deep mixed columns, and rigid inclusions, explains step-by-step procedures to design column-supported embankments, provides international perspectives on this technology, demonstrates the use of Geotech Tools, & presents case histories to demonstrate its uses to solve challenging transportation geotechnical problems.


Topics to Be Covered:

  1. Introduction
  2. Aggregate-stone columns, deep mixed columns, and rigid inclusions
  3. Load transfer mechanisms with and without geosynthetic reinforcement
  4. FHWA design and international perspectives
  5. GeoTech Tools on column technologies
  6. Case histories


Target audience: Geotechnical, structural, and roadway engineers in federal agencies, state DOTs, and private sectors


Benefits: Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics and load transfer mechanisms associated with column-supported embankments
  2. Design column-supported embankments for road, highway and railway application


Instructors’ Qualifications:

Mounir Bouassida, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Tunis El Manar, and the director of the Research Laboratory in Geotechnical Engineering. Prof. Bouassida elaborated a novel methodology, for the design of foundations on reinforced soil by columns, embodied in the software Columns 1.01.  Prof. Bouassida is the advisor of consulting office SIMPRO. He is a member of the ISSMGE board (2017-2021) managing the webinars activity within the newly established program of ISSMGE virtual university.


Jie Han, Ph.D., PE, is the Glenn L. Parker Professor at the University of Kansas and has academic and industrial experience in ground improvement and geosynthetics research and applications. He is the sole author of the textbook titled “Principles and Practice in Ground Improvement” and has published more than 350 technical papers. He has offered a number of short courses in the world. Dr. Han received the 2014 International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Award and the 2017 ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award.

10:30 - 15:30
Course: TC 307 Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering

Presenter: Dipanjan Basu, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E., C.Eng, University of Waterloo


About the Course

In this short course, the general notions of sustainability and its application to geotechnical engineering will be covered.  The sustainability assessment methods applicable to geotechnical engineering will also be included.  A focus of the course will be on the latest developments related to sustainability in geotechnical engineering.  The topics that will be covered fall under three broad areas:

(1) philosophies and concepts of sustainability and resilience,
(2) applications of sustainability principles in geotechnical practice, and
(3) sustainability assessment tools in geotechnical engineering.


Specific topics that will be covered include principles and philosophies of sustainability including a historical overview; connection between sustainability and engineering, civil engineering, and geotechnical engineering; specific examples of sustainable practice in geotechnical engineering, e.g., utilization of recycled materials, use of alternate materials and construction methods to reduce carbon foot print, geotechnics for renewable energy, reuse of foundations, etc.; and sustainability assessment tools. Among the sustainability assessment tools, emphasis will be given on life cycle assessment and environmental impact assessment, and examples will be solved to show their use in geotechnical engineering practice.

10:30 - 17:30
Course: Unsaturated Soils Mechanics

Presenters: Prof David Toll, Prof Antonio Gens, Prof Charles Ng & Prof Samuel Ampadu


The Geotechnical Division SAICE is pleased to offer a course on unsaturated soil mechanics presented by four world experts in the field, Prof David Toll of Durham University, Prof Antonio Gens of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Prof Charles Ng of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Prof Samuel Ampadu of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.  In addition to the course, the conference will feature a strong theme of unsaturated soil mechanics, culminating in a highlight, the Jennings Lecture by Prof Delwyn Fredlund on Tuesday 8 October.  

 Topic to be covered by our distinguished presenters include the following:

  • Prof David Toll: Introduction to basic principles, suction measurement, soil water retention behaviour, shear strength of unsaturated soils.
  • Prof Antonio Gens: Introduction to numerical applications in unsaturated soils, including the Barcelona Basic model and more.
  • Prof Charles Ng: Unsaturated behaviour of tropical residual soils, stress dependency of the SWRC and small strain behaviour?
  • Prof Samuel Ampadu: Focus on tropical/lateritic soils, their behaviour and uses as construction materials – An African perspective.

The total course duration is 6 hrs, i.e.  1.5 hours per presenter.  Lunch will be served and there be tea breaks with refreshments.


13:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 - 17:30
Meeting of African Member Societies
18:00 - 20:00
Networking Function
07:30 - 08:30
ARC 2019 Registration
08:00 - 18:00
Conference Exhibition
08:30 - 09:45
Jennings Lecture: Determination of unsaturated soil property functions for engineering practice

Presented by Prof Delwyn Fredlund

09:45 - 10:30
Keynote lecture: Recent Advances in the Application of Quasi-Mechanistic Approach for Comprehensive Design of Geo-structures in Eastern Africa

Presented by Dr John Mukabi

About the Presenter:

Education: University of Tokyo (Ph.D, MSc. in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering), Yokohama National University (BSc. (First Class Hons.) in Civil/Marine Engineering)

Membership of Professional Societies: Member of more than 20 International Professional Societies of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). Editorial Board Member and Peer Reviewer of more than 10 International Journals of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)..


Key Qualifications: Eng. Dr. Eng. Mukabi is vastly experienced in the fields of civil, geotechnical and transportation infrastructure engineering, with interests in soil mechanics geoscience, geomathematics, geophysics and mathematical geosciences and engineering geology. He has been an expert in a vast number of Panels involving civil/geotechnical engineering, urban planning, rural development, infrastructure planning and development, research & development, among others. He has more than 300 Publications and 35 International Awards in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) with 179 publications in the transportation infrastructure sector, which include low volume/rural roads development. For more than 35 years he has worked on more than 150 projects in the transport infrastructure, built environment and environmental engineering. Dr. Mukabi has held key positions in international firms including Katahira & Engineers International, Construction Project Consultants (CPC), Inc., and Kajima Corporation, among others, where he has held such senior and executive positions as Chief Technical Advisor, General Manager and Asst. Managing Director for the African Region. He is also the CEO and Chief Consulting Engineer of Kensetsu Kaihatsu Consultants, Chairman of Createch Management Consultants, Director and Chief Technical Advisor of a number of local and International Construction Firms, all organizations of which are deeply involved with projects in Developing Countries all over the world. He has excellent and practical communication skills combined with a great sense of humour and compassion, characters which make him easy to work with, and open to ideas and discussions. He has played a major pivotal role in the success of various projects by providing prompt and pragmatic engineering solutions to some of the most critical geotechnical engineering problems and complex soils, besides developing VE (Value Engineering) countermeasures for projects in areas suffering from a gross lack of suitable materials for road and foundation design and construction. He has worked on various research projects and rural infrastructure development studies in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Burundi. In Kenya for example, he was the Chief Coordinator and Deputy Team Leader on the Western Kenya Rural Roads Development Studies which involved comprehensive research and feasibility studies of the rural roads within the Nyanza and Western Provinces covering over 5,000 km aimed at improving the roads and road network in that region to connect production areas in the agricultural and fisheries industries to viable markets besides identifying 100kms of top priority roads, which were implemented as pilot projects.


He has developed a vast number of versatile, cost and construction time saving (Value Engineering) technologies for civil engineering applications including, but not limited to OBRM, OPMC, MCSC, GI as well as revolutionary TACH-MD Framework of Design Methodologies and Procedures for the design of geo-structures including pavements, retaining walls and embankments, which have been successfully applied in the East and Central Africa Region realizing construction cost-time savings of more than 40%.


The methods incorporate sophisticated geo-mechanistic models with powerful and versatile advanced analytical tools, which are among the more than 900 geoscientific, geomathematical and engineering analytical models that he has developed and have been internationally peer reviewed, validated and are currently in use for Performance Based Value Engineering (PB-VE) design, construction quality control & assurance and performance evaluation, world-wide. He is a diligent researcher and promoter of the development and application of innovative Value Engineering Technologies (VETs) that encourage the use of locally available materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development.


Dr. Mukabi is extensively experienced in working with academic, public and private institutions. Whilst at the University of Tokyo, he had opportunities to conduct advanced joint research with scholars from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Imperial College, University of London, City University London, University of Sydney, University of Beijing, University of Rome, University of Naples, Politecnico di Torino, among others. He also received research grants to undertake research for such institutions in Japan as, the Public Works Research Institute, Ministry of Construction, Port and Harbours Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, Kajima Corporation Research Institute, Technology Research Centre of Taisei corporation, Obayashi Corporation Technical Research Institute, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo Electric Company Research Institute, Ariake Bay Research Group, Tokyo Bay Research Group, Kansai International Airport Research Group, Kandagawa Flood – Control Research Group, Kansai Electric Company Research Institution, Railway Technical Research Institute, Honshu Shikoku Bridge Authority, Minato Mirai 21 (MM 21)Development Authority, Institute of Technology of Tokyu Construction Co. Ltd, Metropolitan Expressway Public Corporation of Tokyo, Geo – Research Institute of Osaka, and Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo, among several others.


Dr. Mukabi strongly believes in the importance of fostering capacity building and technology transfer for the benefit of upcoming Engineers and Professionals geared purposely for achieving sustainable development. He has initiated and established various programmes to assist young people and Engineers attain higher knowledge and expertise. He is also a direct and distant Supervisor and Examiner of Post Graduate Students mainly in University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, University of Benin, Nigeria; among various Universities in Asia and Europe. His research is founded on top global State of the Art geoscientific theories and engineering concepts as well as State of the Practice technologies. He has tailored his research and focused on the needs of the African Continent considering its type of materials and problems that face Engineers, Donors, Policy Makers and in general, the people of Africa. He has implemented his ideas extensively in Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Somalia and Tanzania with concentration on rural roads development.


Currently, he is, directly and/or as an external expert, involved in civil engineering projects and restoration/restructuring of public research institutes in Kenya, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Egypt, and Tanzania, whilst offering distant advisory services in various other countries worldwide, including mainly Germany, England, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Russia etc., whereby he always encourages the enhancement of Research & Innovation for Sustainable Development (RISD), advancement of Value Engineering Technologies, Technology Transfer, Capability and Capacity Building as well as appropriate Training Programmes for Young Engineers and Scientists.

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee/Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30
CAPG Workshop: Innovation in Engineering Practice
Prof. Ph.D. Michał Topolnicki Keller Ground improvement as an alternative to piling
Theva Muttuvel, Ashok Pieris, Firman Siahaan and Tim Neville SMEC Design and construction of Railway Tracks over Compressible Foundation
E. Martac, C. Laskov, B.T. Karykowski, U. Alisch, M. Wibbeling & S. Cable Fugro Minimally invasive XRF-CPT for in situ mineralogical and geotechnical investigations of tailings
Dr Gabrielle Wojtowitz, Dr Eduard Vorster Aurecon Advances in the definition of design parameters for super-tall buildings
Fabio Tradigo, Paolo Fici, Federico Fanti, Gianguido Magnani, John Coupland Arup / Trevi / CCMJ Systems TTMJ – The New System for Slurry (Diaphragm) Wall Joints: from theory to practice.
Bosco Poon and Kim Chan GHD Double-fluid jet grouting for the widening of a railway embankment with space constraint
Buddhima Indraratna and Trung Ngoc Ngo University of Wollongong Iconic High Speed Railway Process Simulation Test Equipment
Alejandro Kerguelen, Mauro Sottile and Alejo Sfriso SRK Update on statistical procedures for mechanical characterization of conventional tailings
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:30
Parallel Session 1
Stream 1 (Hall A)
Theme 1A: Laboratory testing/soil characterisation
Ref # Time Presenter Company Paper Title
26 13:30 Prof Gustave MUKOKO KALENDA University of Lubumbashi Impact of mining waste effluents on the shear strength of compacted lateritic soils used in waste containment dikes
67 13:40 NIYI OLAONIPEKUN ADEBISI Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria Environmental and geotechnical depiction of foundation soils in deltaic part of Southern Nigeria
90 13:50 Ing. Felix Jojo Fianko Ayeh Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Mechanical behaviour of used motor oil-contaminated lateritic soil
136 14:00 Gerard Banzibaganye Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany Static and cyclic triaxial tests on medium sand and tire chips mixtures
153 14:10 Dr Arya Assadi-Langroudi University of East London, United Kingdom Gaps in particulate matters: formation, mechanisms, implications
182 14:20 Dr Khalid Abdalla Cambridge University Soil water retention curves representing tropical clay soils from Africa
84 14:30 Ing. Felix Jojo Ayeh Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Effect of used motor oil on the plasticity and compaction characteristics of a lateritic soil
8 14:40 Mr Charles Sikwanda Mukona Consulting Engineers A comparison of single and multi-interface shear strengths at geosynthetic
57 14:50 Dr Martin Mgangira CSIR, South Africa Quantifying effect of stress levels on aggregate degradation using an abrasion test in a model rotating drum
76 15:00 Dr Luis Alberto Torres-Cruz University of the Witwatersrand Three dimensional characterisation of the form of sand-sized particles
15:10 Mr Tiago Gaspar University of Pretoria, South Africa Measurement of the soil water retention curve: practical considerations
15:20 Tea/Coffee


15:30 - 16:00
Coffee/Tea Break
16:00 - 17:45
Parallel Session 2

Parallel Sessions

Conference Gala Dinner

Welcome Drinks in the Foyer from 18:30

07:30 - 08:30
ARC 2019 Registration
08:00 - 18:00
Conference Exhibition
08:30 - 09:30
Mercer lecture: Geosynthetics for construction on soft foundation soils

Presented by Prof Kerry Rowe


About the Lecture:

This lecture examines the progress made in the last few decades with respect to the use of  geosynthetics for aiding in the construction on soft soils. Particular emphasis is placed on advances since the authors 2002 Giroud lecture. Consideration is given to basal reinforcement, prefabricated vertical drains, and embankments with reinforcement and other supports such as piles. Consideration is also given to different soft soils ranging from peat to rate sensitive soft clay and silt.


About the Presenter:

Ronald Kerry ROWE, O.C., PhD, DEng, DSc (hc), FRS, FREng, NAE, FRSC, FCAE

Dr. Kerry Rowe grew-up in small towns in NSW Australia and received his university education at the University of Sydney. He worked with the Australian Government Department of Construction prior to emigrating to Canada in December 1978, where he spent 22 years as a professor, including serving as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate) and two terms as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. From 2000 to 2010 he served as Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University in Kingston. Since 2010 he has been a Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s.


Rowe’s research has covered contaminant migration through soil and rock, landfill design, containment of contaminated sites, geosynthetics (including geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geonets etc.), tailings storage facilities and dams, reinforced embankments and walls, tunnels in soft ground and the failure of slopes and excavations. He is a past President of the International Geosynthetics Society, the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Engineering Institute of Canada. He has been recognized by numerous awards including the Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal for Research, the Royal Society of Canada Ramanowski medal.  He has been selected to present some of the world’s most prestigious named geotechnical lectures including the Giroud Lecture (2002), Rankine Lecture (2005), Manuel Rocha Lecture (2006), Casagrande lecture (2011), Karl Terzaghi Lecture (2017), Croce Lecture (2017) and now the Mercer Lecture. In 2013, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering created a named lecture to honour his pioneering contributions to geoenvironmental engineering, the ISSMGE R. Kerry Rowe Lecture. Rowe has been elected to the world’s oldest and most prestigious scientific society recognizing fundamental contributions to science, the Royal Society (London, UK) and elected a fellow UK Royal Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as Professional Societies in Australia, Canada and USA.  He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.).

09:30 - 10:15
Keynote Lecture: Advances in Ground Improvement and Principles of Track Geomechanics for Future Railways

Presented by Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna

This keynote lecture will presents an overview of the theoretical, experimental and numerical developments of soft ground improvement via PVDs combined with surcharge and vacuum preloading, with applications to selected case studies. The current knowledge of how energy-absorbing materials mitigate track deterioration induced by fast moving heavy-haul trains will therefore focus primarily on research undertaken at the University of Wollongong Australia. The factors governing the stress–strain behaviour of ballast, the strength and degradation of ballast, the ability of various geosynthetics and synthetic energy absorbing mats to minimise ballast breakage and track settlement will be presented. These research outcomes are expected to contribute to better design solutions by considering how energy-absorbing materials enhance track stability and reduce maintenance costs.


About the Presenter:

Prof Buddhima Indraratna is a Civil Engineering graduate from Imperial College, London. Since his PhD from the University of Alberta in 1987, his significant contributions to geotechnical and railway engineering have been acknowledged through numerous national and international awards, including the 1st Ralph Proctor Lecture and 4th Louis Menard Lecture of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. In 2009, he delivered the prestigious E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture of the Australian Geomechanics Society for his contributions to theory and practice of geotechnical engineering.


For his pioneering contributions to ground improvement and transport infrastructure, he was honoured with the Business and Higher Education award by the Australian Government in 2009, Engineers Australia Transport Medal in 2011, and the combined Engineers Australia-New Zealand Railway Society’s Outstanding Individual Award in 2015. Over the past 2 decades, he has also received prestigious international awards, including Thomas Telford Award by the Institution of Civil Engineers UK, Robert Quigley Award by the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and the 2017 Medal of Excellence for life-time contributions, the highest accolade by the International Association of Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics.


Prof Indraratna currently leads numerous projects funded by the Australian Research Council at an annual research income of $2 million/year, and he has been a consultant to various geotechnical and rail organisations worldwide. He has more than 800 publications, over 350 Journal articles, 10 books and over 60 invited Keynote papers, and has successfully supervised over 60 PhD graduates and 30 Postdoctoral Fellows. He has been a national and international consultant in numerous major projects worldwide, and to name a few, ground improvement at 2nd Bangkok International Airport, Port of Brisbane and Wollongong harbour reclamations work, Pacific Highway north of Sydney, Melbourne to Brisbane Railway, and post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka.


Professor Indraratna is a Fellow of several professional bodies including the most prestigious Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, as well as being a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE), and a Fellow of the Geological Society of UK.

10:15 - 10:45
Coffee/Tea Break
10:45 - 12:45
Parallel Session 3

Parallel Sessions

12:45 - 13:45
Lunch Break
13:45 - 15:30
Parallel Session 4

Parallel Sessions

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee/Tea Break
16:00 - 16:20
Bright Spark Lectures: Challenge to judgement

by Dr Charles MacRobert

16:20 - 17:15
Conference Closure
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