Prof Matthys A Dippenaar


Associate Professor

Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

Office: 4-34 Natural Sciences 2 Building

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +27 (0)12 420 3117

Past Chair: Ground Water Division of Geological Society of SA (2016-2019; member 2009-present)

President: SA chapter International Association of Hydrogeologists (2015-16; 2020-present)

Member: SA Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists (2008-present)

Council Member: Geological Society of South Africa (2015-present)


Publons/ Web of Science/ ResearcherID: N-3558-2019


Scopus: 9744882700

Mendeley: matthys-dippenaar


Present focus:

  • Variably saturated flow through fractured, karstic and complex anthropogenically altered intermediate vadose zone
  • Geotechnical centrifuge modelling of variably and partially saturated systems 
  • Urban water supply and water history of major South African cities
  • South African hydrostratigraphy.

Current research projects:

  • Complex and Anthropogenically Altered Vadose Zone (Water Research Commission; 2019-2022)

Completed research projects:

  • Karst Vadose Zone: Recharge, Vulnerability and Stability (Water Research Commission; 2016-19).
  • State-of-the-Art Cemetery Guidelines (Water Research Commission; 2015-18)
  • Hydrological Heritage Overview: Johannesburg and Cape Town (Water Research Commission; 2014-2016)
  • Intermediate Vadose Zone Hydrology and Unsaturated Fracture Flow (Water Research Commission; 2014-2016)
  • Water Research Commission (WRC) funded project K5/2052: Vadose Zone Hydrology: Concepts and Techniques (2011-2014)
  • Water Research Commission (WRC) funded project K5/2150: Hydrological Heritage Overview: The Water Resources of the City of Tshwane Municipality (2012-2013)
  • Water Research Commission (WRC) funded project K8/876: Preliminary Vadose Zone Classification Methodology (Molototsi and Middle Letaba Quaternary Catchments) (2009-2010)
  • Assessment of historical large volume Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid spill in fractured Gneiss (2002-2012)
  • SANParks Kruger National Park: Compilation of Detailed Geological and Weathering Profile Maps of the Research Supersites (2012-2013).


  • 2014: PhD Hydrogeology, University of Pretoria, RSA
  • 2009: MSc Engineering- and Environmental Geology, University of Pretoria, RSA
  • 2002: BSc (Hons) Engineering- and Environmental Geology, University of Pretoria, RSA
  • 2001: BSc Earth Science/ Geology, University of Pretoria, RSA.


  • 2019-present: Associate Professor in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, University of Pretoria, RSA
  • 2015-2019: Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, University of Pretoria, RSA
  • 2007-2014: Junior Lecturer and Lecturer in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, University of Pretoria, RSA
  • 2006-present: Consulting Engineering Geologist / Hydrogeologist to Industry
  • 2005-2006: Engineering Geologist / Hydrogeologist, Private Consulting Company
  • 2004-2005: Contamination Hydrogeologist, Private Consulting Company
  • 2003-2004: Junior Engineering Geologist, Council for Geoscience



  • Class guardian for honours level Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology students
  • Map room
  • Departmental Undergraduate and Postgraduate Handbooks
  • Hydrogeological equipment (previous)
  • Homepage/ webmaster/ web publisher
  • Second year mapping exercise
  • Alumni function (previous)
  • Departmental research output (previous).

Project supervision:

In progress Ph.D.:

  • Two (2)

In progress M.Sc.:

  • Seven (5)

Completed and Submitted Ph.D.:

  • One (2)

Completed and Submitted M.Sc.:

  • Ten (15) in Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, and Environmental Management


University of Pretoria:

  • 2020-present: GLY 155 Introduction to Geology
  • 2014-present: GTX 725 Fluid Mechanics in Geological Media
  • 2015-preent: GTX 719 Contaminant Transport
  • 2012-present : GLY 363 Engineering Geology of South Africa
  • 2010-2010: GLY151 Introductory Geology
  • 2009-2011: GLY265 Groundwater
  • 2009-present: Technical Report Writing for postgraduate students
  • 2008-present: GTX727 / 717 Honours Projects
  • 2008-present: GTX713 Site Investigation
  • 2011-present: GTX 715 Environmental Geochemistry
  • 2008-present: GTX716 Environmental Management and Risk Assessment
  • 2008-present: GTX726 Rock and Soil Improvement
  • 2007-present: SGM210 Geomaterials and Processes
  • 2007-2008: GLY152 Physical Geology
  • 2005-2008: GLY162 Environmental Geology


  • 2006: GPH201T Geophysics (Tshwane University of Technology, RSA)
  • 2006: EGE311T Environmental Geology (Tshwane University of Technology, RSA)
  • 2006: ENG401T Engineering Geology (Tshwane University of Technology, RSA)


Ca. 20-30:

Publons/ Web of Science/ ResearcherID: N-3558-2019


Scopus: 9744882700

Mendeley: matthys-dippenaar


  • Dippenaar, M. A. (2015). Hydrological Heritage Overview: Johannesburg - Gold in the Rand, Water from the Land. Water Research Commission. -62pp
  • Dippenaar, M. A. (2013). Hydrogeological Heritage Overview: Pretoria's Fountains - Arteries of Life. Water Research Commission SP 44/13. Pretoria. -72pp



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