Engineers Australia

AGS Geology for Engineers Course

Who should attend

The course is designed for geotechnical engineers involved in civil and mining projects who have limited geological backgrounds.

Aims of the course

Good ground engineering models are essential. If you understand the origin and nature of soil and rock materials and their defects you can anticipate where they might occur (the site geology), their engineering properties and construction issues that might arise. The aim of this course is to give students sufficient basic knowledge and skills to have the confidence to apply geological principles and methods in their work. The course will also provide a framework for students to keep learning about geology so that they can make better engineering judgements and decisions.

Teaching is based primarily on guided field exercises, supported by class exercises and case histories. The course makes full use of the Adelaide coastline and nearby hills, which have excellent geological exposures ranging from very soft normally consolidated marine clays (Holocene age) to very strong quartzites (Precambrian age).

Students who complete the course should come away with the knowledge and skills that enables them to:

  • Appreciate the main processes by which soil and rock masses have been formed
  • Understand the variabilities which result from these processes and the limitations they impose in field descriptions, sampling, testing and analysis
  • Understand regional and detailed geological plans and be able to compile cross sections from them
  • Recognize geological features in the field which are significant in soil and rock engineering
  • Record such features and include them in geological models
  • Use a number of geological interpretative techniques such as structure contouring and stereographic projection methods to solve simple 3D problems
  • Communicate more successfully with other geotechnical professionals, designers and constructors involved in ground engineering


The course is approved by the Australian Geomechanics Society and recognized by Engineers Australia as equivalent to 80 hours of CPD. 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 BaynesMark Eggers and Phil Flentje will present the course on behalf of the Australian Geomechanics Society. They bring to the course more than 90 years of combined experience in the observation, recording, interpretation and presentation of geological data in the field and in communicating the information in drawings and reports to designers and constructors of civil and mining works in Australia and overseas.

Course fee

The course fee is $4,995 inc GST for AGS members OR $5,215 inc. GST for non-members.

Accommodation is an additional cost.

Cancellation policy

Fees will not be refundable if a participant is unable to attend. However, a nominated person may attend in your place. If at any time the course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full.


The course will be limited to a maximum of 20 students. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of payment.


It is planned to have the students and teachers staying at the same hotel close to the University of Adelaide. The University of Adelaide is on North Terrace (northern edge of the city)
An announcement regarding the selection of accommodation and associated costs will be emailed to all registered participants and posted on the website as they are confirmed. It will be your responsibility then to book and pay for your accommodation.