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Conference Announcement

The Rocscience Africa Conference 2022 was held from August 2-3, 2022, in Accra, Ghana. The primary objective of the conference was 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 offered the chance to present ideas and develop strong networks and bonds, creating an environment that fosters new perspectives. The interactions at events like RAC2022 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 was a hybrid event – combining in-person interactions with online participation.

Dr. Reginald E. Hammah

Technical Chair

Access to the Conference

The Rocscience Africa Conference was hosted at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Independence Avenue Ridge, Pmb Ct 343, Accra, Ghana.

Conference Events

  • Keynote Speeches
  • Paper Presentations
  • Networking Sessions

View the conference schedule

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

If you wish to write a paper for the Rocscience Africa Conference, please click here to understand the guidelines on how to write a technical paper.

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

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

Phil de Graaf

The De Beers Group of Companies


Digital Twins a Reality and a Necessity for Geotechnical Risk Management

Samuel Innocent Kofi Ampadu

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


The Use and Abuse of the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer in Site Investigation in Developing Countries.

Conference Chairs

General Chair

Thamer Yacoub

CEO & President


Technical Chair

Reginald Hammah

Chief Scientific Officer


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