Engineers Australia

AGS Engineering Geology Course

Aims of the course

The principal objective of this course is to teach students how to apply geological skills in the field to help solve engineering problems. This will be carried out by using guided field exercises, in which the students learn by carrying out realistic project related work in the field whilst being supervised by very experienced practitioners.

Students who complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand the engineering geological environment as the product of the total geological, geomorphological and anthropogenic history of the area.
  • Observe and understand geo-features, record them on logs and on maps and present them in geological models.
  • Describe geo-materials in standardized form using calibrated, field based, quantitative descriptive systems.
  • Understand geo-processes and process rates and estimate the probability of geo-processes occurring.
  • Interpret aerial photos and other images.
  • Use stereographic projection methods to analyse and understand geological structures.
  • Understand the nature of geological information and how it should be managed and applied in the project environment.
  • Understand the role of the engineering geologist in investigation, design, construction and throughout the life of the project.
  • Communicate more successfully with other geotechnical professionals, designers and constructors involved in ground engineering.

Who should attend

This course is designed for engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers involved in civil and mining projects who have some knowledge of geology. It is envisaged that students will have 3 or 4 years industry experience and will be familiar with making geological observations, and wish to enhance and develop their engineering geological skills. This course is similar to the AGS Geology for Engineers course based in Adelaide, which is aimed at teaching geology to geotechnical engineers with a limited geological background. However the Engineering Geology Course based in Wollongong places more emphasis on logging, mapping and developing models for engineering projects and evaluating the engineering characteristics of the ground through field observations.

Please contact Phil Flentje to discuss whether the Engineering Geology Course to be held in Wollongong is suitable for you.

Telephone: (02) 4221 3056

Email: [email protected]

Accreditation and Presenters

The course is approved by the Australian Geomechanics Society. The course is recognized by Engineers Australia as equivalent to 80 hours of CPD requirement.

Subject to program rules, The University of New South Wales, will offer up to 6UOC to their Master of Engineering Science in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology for students successfully completing either the Australian Geomechanics Courses ‘Geology for Engineers’ in Adelaide or ‘Engineering Geology’ in Wollongong.

Engineering geologists Fred Baynes, Phil Flentje, Mark Eggers and Anthony Bowden have developed and will present the course on behalf of the Australian Geomechanics Society. A teacher to student ratio of 1 to 6 will be maintained throughout this course.