Engineering Geological and Environmental Geological Mapping: The Future

Theme: Geoscience for infrastructure and land use

Louis van Rooy has been teaching engineering geology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa for more than 30 years. He graduated from the University of Pretoria and completed his MSc degree on classification systems for dolomite land in 1985 and a doctoral degree on the durability of basalt used in the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme in 1992. His main research fields are the durability of basic igneous rocks, problem soils on basalt and granite, surface instability on karst land and safe residential development. He is author/co-author of more than 60 journal papers and conference contributions and supervised approximately 25 MSc and 10 PhD students. He is active in the consulting field for housing as well as slope stability and construction material projects. Louis currently serves a second term as President of the South African Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists (SAIEG) and has recently completed a four-year term as Vice-President for Africa of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG).