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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand and apply geo-technical construction methods 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113977  Understand and apply geo-technical construction methods 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Civil Engineering Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Physical Planning, Design and Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who are assessed as competent against this unit standard will understand the geo-technical construction process, understand the principles and geo-technical construction methods related to pile installation, ground improvement techniques and lateral support systems.

This competence forms part of the Elective learning and represents a specific context of management, i.e. understanding geo-technical construction methods in construction context.

It contributes to the development of a professional community of Construction Managers. The contribution to The National Skills Development Strategy is the key developmental interface between learners and new competencies to be achieved.

Its contribution to socio-economic transformation is that learners would be able to undergo RPL-assessment and thereby receive recognition for previous learning and experience. The employability and career prospects of learners can therefore be enhanced by this qualification. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
NQF Level 4 in Numeracy and LiteracyRelevant Unit standards at NQF Level 4 in Geo-Technical Construction. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Piling includes augered, bored, driven, CFA, sheet, tube, micro.
  • Ground improvement includes dynamic compaction, fibro floatation, jet-grouting, stabilization.
  • Lateral support includes rock anchors, soil nails, soldier piles, sheet piles, gunnite, rock bolts and lacing, diaphragm walling.
  • Environmental rehabilitation by geo-technical processes. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the geo-technical construction process and associated technologies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The geo-technical construction process is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The function of geo-technical construction elements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Appropriate geo-technical construction technologies are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Economic factors that impact on the geo-technical construction process are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Environmental problems in construction are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Methods of environmental control are identified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand and apply the various geo-technical construction elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Piling construction techniques are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Ground improvement techniques are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Lateral support construction techniques are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Geo-technical ennvironmental rehabilitation techniques are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand and apply concrete and grouting technology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Reinforcing steel detail is extracted from drawings and applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The principles, properties and use of concrete are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The properties and application of concrete materials are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Finalize geo-technical construction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Pile trimming is executed to project specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Pile integrity testing is executed to project specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Construction information is recorded and presented to Management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Site clearance is executed in terms of project specifications. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the CETA - ETQA for "The National Certificates in Construction Materials Testing. ".
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the CETA - ETQA.
  • CETA - ETQA, or other ETQA`s who have a Memorandum of Understanding in place with CETA-ETQA, would be responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The piling construction processes
  • The ground improvement construction processes
  • The lateral support construction processes
  • The geo-technical rehabilitation construction processes
  • Concreting and grouting technologies associated with geo-technical work 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the geo-technical construction process and associated technologies
  • Economic factors that impact on the geo-technical construction process are identified and explained 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • Finalize geo-technical construction
  • Construction information is recorded and presented to Management 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the geo-technical construction process and associated technologies
  • Economic factors that impact on the geo-technical construction process are identified and explained 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information
  • Understand and apply concrete technology
  • Reinforcing steel detail is extracted from drawings and applied
  • Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Finalize geo-technical construction
  • Construction information is recorded and presented to Management 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence
  • Understand and apply concrete and grouting technology
  • Concrete materials are applied to design concrete mixes in accordance with specifications and job requirements 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand Contextual world-systems
  • Understand and apply the various geo-technical construction elements
  • Geo-technical ennvironmental rehabilitation techniques are explained and demonstrated in terms of Industry best practice 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  23683   National Diploma: Management of Civil Engineering Construction Processes  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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