The writing and presenting of technical proposals which are audience-focused and purpose driven remain integral to effective project management. It requires a clear understanding of detail orientation and concise technical writing in order to justify resulting expenditure. The transfer of the intended message for achieving a favourable decision is facilitated by effective language skills.
The Introduction to Mining short course is specifically designed to provide non-mining personnel who play a support function to the mining core and/or suppliers to the mining industry, with fundamental knowledge and insight into mining operations. Aimed at professional people who do not necessarily have a mining engineering degree or diploma, you can acquire a better understanding of the mining process through this course if you are already working on a mine, work for a mine supplier or own shares in mines.
The short course in GIS Professional Practice covers themes in professionalism and legislation as prescribed by the South African Geomatics Council (SAGC) for geographic information science (GISc) professionals. During the course, you will gain a better understanding of all facets pertinent to professionals in the geomatics industry.
The Introduction to Drones in Precision Agriculture course is an industry-specific short course, focused on the application of drone technology in precision agriculture. During the course, the practical on-the-ground training of DSL will be combined with theoretical knowledge of the University of Pretoria to apply drones and image processing to produce information that enhances profitability and sustainability in agriculture.
The Chamber of Mines Geotechnical Engineering Practitioner Theory (Paper 1 Preparation) short course provides you with a general theoretical background of basic rock mechanics as applicable to all types of mining in preparation of the Chamber of Mines competence examination. Focusing on surface and underground mining, the course covers the syllabus of Paper 1 in order to gain a better understanding of the themes of stress and strain, constitutive behaviour, rock properties, stress in rock and rockmasses, as well as rockmass properties.
This industry-specific short course in Introduction to Drone Inspection in Civil Engineering focuses on the application of drone technology in all aspects of civil engineering. The practical experience brought by DSL, combined with the University of Pretoria’s academic excellence in these sectors, will provide delegates with a holistic course from theory through to practice.
Mining companies are confronted by major challenges, such as declining ore grades, volatility in commodity prices, security risks and safety concerns. Cutting-edge solutions are needed for sustainable operational excellence and technological advances and innovations.
The Railway Infrastructure Maintenance Management short course will introduce you to the general principles of railway infrastructure maintenance and the management thereof, as applied to the fields of track, traction power supply, signalling and rail-bound telecommunications, as well as its integration into a multidisciplinary approach.
The Track Geotechnology Course provides you with a refresher and overview of geology, track loading and the fundamentals of soil mechanics as applicable in railway engineering, with specific reference to aspects of earthworks, subgrade, ballast and drainage. As railway engineer or technologist, this course will enable you to apply a sound working knowledge of soil fundamentals and its multilayered track substructure to the construction and maintenance of an operational railway track. You will also gain practical skills through the presentation of real-world cases.
The Rolling Stock Technology module covers everything there is to know about locomotives, wagons and coaches. The principles of Rolling Stock Design (mechanical and electrical) are presented as fundamental knowledge for understanding the functioning of the various systems and sub-systems of a railway vehicle. Emphasis is placed on the various interfaces between rolling stock components and the module concludes with the essential aspects of condition monitoring, inspection, maintenance and safety.
Unemployment is a massive challenge that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. With 55.75% of the country's youth unemployed, more focus should be placed on how youth can enter the job market without a formal tertiary qualification to contribute positively to the country's economy.