Conference Announcement

Rocscience is delighted to announce an upcoming conference – Rocscience Africa Conference 2022 – to be held from August 2-3, 2022, in Accra, Ghana. The primary objective of the Rocscience Africa Conference is to bring together geotechnical professionals (both in Africa and in the diaspora) to meet and exchange ideas on important issues and developments in geotechnical engineering, particularly modelling and application. The conference will offer the chance to present ideas and develop strong networks and bonds, creating an environment that fosters new perspectives. The interactions will help attendees delve deeper into critical topics facing today's geotechnical industry.

Africa has had a rich history of contributions to geotechnical engineering, particularly rock mechanics. Given the energetic, creative cadre of professionals worldwide, we hope that the conference will strengthen Africa’s traditions in innovative geotechnical engineering.

The Rocscience Africa Conference will be hybrid – it will combine in-person interactions with online participation.

    We eagerly look forward to your participation in the conference.

    Dr. Reginald E. Hammah

    Technical Chair

    Access to the Conference

    The Rocscience Africa Conference will be hybrid – it will combine in-person interactions with online participation.

    In-person venue:

    Movenpick Ambassador Hotel

    Independence Avenue Ridge, Pmb Ct 343, Accra, Ghana

    If you are going to participate online, do keep an eye out on this space for event login details.

    Conference Events

    • Keynote Speeches
    • Paper Presentations
    • Networking Sessions

    The tentative conference schedule will be released on May 30th, 2022

    Paper Presentations

    Geotechnical professionals from all over Africa will be presenting technical papers authored by them, on themes, including:

    • Numerical modelling of tailings dams
    • Underground mining in challenging environments
    • Open-pit slope stability
    • In situ stress measurements
    • Settlement and foundation engineering
    • Soil-structure interactions
    • Artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies in geotechnical engineering
    • Probabilistic analysis of geotechnical structures and excavations
    • Advancements in three-dimensional geotechnical analysis – limit equilibrium and numerical methods
    • Analysis of static and dynamic liquefaction
    • Modelling of blocky rock masses with discrete fracture networks
    • Modelling of support systems for mining and civil excavations
    • Hydrogeological modelling for geotechnical analysis
    • Calibration of numerical models using measured excavation responses
    • Case studies of practical geotechnical analysis

    All the technical papers will be published on the Rocscience website.

    Paper Submission Form

    To submit your technical paper by May 31st, 2022, please use the form below. Technical Papers will be peer-reviewed and will be published on the Rocscience website.

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    Early Bird (until May 31st, 2022) : USD $200.

    Regular (from June 1st, 2022): USD $250

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    Keynote Speakers

    Thomas Stacey

    University of Witwatersrand


    Rock engineering contributions from Africa, and important considerations in rock engineering practice

    John Isaac Kwofie

    SRK Consulting


    Foundation Failure in Open Pit Slopes

    Denis Kalumba

    University of Cape Town


    Landfill Liner Interface Shear Resistance Testing - The Southern Africa Experience

    Fidelis T. Suorineni

    Nazabayev University


    Rock Engineering Practice - Learning from the Past and Present to Drive the Future

    Jeanne Walls

    Anglo American


    Integration of Diverse African Skills and Technology for Advanced Global Rock Mechanics Solutions in Mining

    Conference Chairs

    General Chair

    Thamer Yacoub

    CEO & President


    Technical Chair

    Reginald Hammah

    Director, Rocscience Africa

    Rocscience Africa

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