Engineers Australia

AGS Engineering Geology Course

Aims of the course

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

The exercises the participants will complete are related to:

  • Coastal erosion and shore protection
  • Dams
  • Bridges
  • Underground caverns
  • Construction material assessment and reserve estimation
  • Assessing landslide terrain with respect to hazards and construction

The engineering geological skills that participants will develop include:

  • Engineering geological mapping for a range of purposes.
  • The systematic description of geo-materials.
  • Rock defect identification and measurement.
  • Rock defect kinematic stability analysis using stereonets.
  • Terrain evaluation using aerial photographs.
  • 3D geological evaluation by structure contouring.

During the course, participants will develop an understanding of:

  • The engineering geological environment as a product of the total geology geomorphological and anthropogenic history of an area.
  • Geological processes and process rates.
  • The different engineering implications of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic environments.
  • The role of the engineering geologist in the investigation, design and construction of a project.
  • How to communicate successfully with other geotechnical professionals, designers and constructors involved in ground engineering.

Who should attend

The course is designed primarily for engineering geologists involved in civil and mining projects, and also for geotechnical engineers with a sound understanding of geological principals.

It is envisaged that participants will have at least 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 this Engineering Geology Course 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 Anthony Bowden to discuss whether the Engineering Geology Course is suitable for you.

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.


This course will be limited to a maximum of 24 students. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis or as per the waiting list managed by Anthony Bowden.