The 17th African Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering


Innovation and Sustainability in Geotechnics for Developing Africa

Hosted in one of the continent’s most iconic cities, this conference will serve practitioners, academics and students of all geotechnical backgrounds. The conference will offer extensive opportunities for technical committee meetings, workshops, paper presentations, exhibitions and sponsorships. A variety of tours, including to famous Robben Island, await.

Developments in unsaturated soil mechanics, which are of special relevance in the African context, will feature prominently at the conference. The conference will host the 17th Jennings Lecture presented by world renowned unsaturated soils expert Prof Delwyn Fredlund (Canada). In addition, a course on unsaturated soil mechanics by Prof David Toll, Prof Antonio Gens, Prof Charles Ng and Prof Samuel Ampadu will be presented. Further theme lectures by Prof Buddhima Indraratna (Australia) and Dr. John Mukabi (Kenya) will be presented. The conference is also proud to host The International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Board and Council meetings preceding the main event. Furthermore, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) will be hosting their board meeting during this time as well.

The 7th African Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (AYGEC) will commence on Sunday
6 October,
preceding the African Regional Conference. The AYGEC conference will offer an ideal opportunity for young geotechnical practitioners to interact and present their work on a continental platform. The program has been tailored to encourage young geotechnical practitioners to attend the pre-conference courses and stay on for the main conference.


Book your accommodation at Century City Hotel. Special rates have been negotiated with the hotel for conference delegates. To book click here.

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Secure your place at the XVII African Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. This year’s conference will see industry leaders from all over the world converge in Cape Town to discuss this year’s theme: Innovation & Sustainability in Geotechnics for Developing Africa.

There are three ways in which your business can be part of the conference:

Increase awareness and promote your business to all delegates.

An opportunity for face-to-face promotion and interaction. There are two exhibition areas available. Download the floorplan below to select your stand.

Place your brand in the hands of every person in attendance.

With papers received from over 40 different countries, being at ARC 2019 is an opportunity not to be missed!

Book your space at ARC 2019 today!
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Please note:
All sponsorship and exhibition bookings will work on a first come first serve basis.