Conference Day One: Monday, 13 November 2017

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Start of conference registration with welcome refreshments

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Opening remarks from the conference Chairman

Ian Hosking, Vice President, Ground Engineering and Tunnelling, AECOM

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Ian Hosking

Vice President, Ground Engineering and Tunnelling
AECOM

CONSTRUCTION OF URBAN UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST



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Mohammed Ahmed Alrayees

Head of Drainage Project Execution Section, Drainage and Irrigation Department
Dubai Municipality

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM New developments in the environmental-friendly and cost-optimised construction of urban underground infrastructure in metropolitan cities: Highlighting case studies from Metro Frankfurt, Metro Copenhagen and Metro Singapore

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rolf Katzenbach, Director of the Institute and Laboratory of Geotechnics, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • The load impact of high-rise buildings on urban underground infrastructure
  • Prevention of settlements when constructing alongside existing buildings
  • Environmental issues: Sustainable groundwater management
  • Project efficiency: Tool wear, abrasiveness of the soil, rock mass

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Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

Director of the Institute and Laboratory of Geotechnics
Technische Universität Darmstadt

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Alternative fill compaction methods by dynamic compaction

Aymen Ben Braiek, Technical & BD Manager, Trevi Ground Engineering
• Introduction to dynamic compaction and rapid dynamic compaction techniques
• Fill construction by DC/RDC as alternative to conventional roller compaction method
• CPT as a Quality Control Test for fill compaction


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Aymen Ben Braiek

Technical & BD Manager
Trevi Ground Engineering

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Sustainable concrete for underground infrastructures and deep foundations

Abdelrahman Armouti, General Manager , Cementaid
• Waterproofing Concrete & 11 mechanisms of corrosion
• Hydrophobic & PoreBlocking Ingredient Concrete
• Singapore MRT, ‘Bugis Station’ Case Study
• HATS, TOLO & Changi Wastewater Treatment Project references

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Abdelrahman Armouti

General Manager
Cementaid

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Networking break and refreshments

• Undercovering challenges that arise when planning, designing and engineering urban underground space infrastructure
• Mitigating construction risks and managing groundwater inflows
• Tunnelling through difficult ground conditions

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Nidal Odeh

Director Transport and Infrastructure for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
Arcadis
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Imraan Motara

Head of Ground Engineering, Middle East
WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF
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Ian Hosking

Vice President, Ground Engineering and Tunnelling
AECOM
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Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

Director of the Institute and Laboratory of Geotechnics
Technische Universität Darmstadt
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Dr. Robert Thurner

Technical Director Middle East
Keller

BEST PRACTICE FOR PLANNING AND EXECUTING GROUND IMPROVEMENT AND DEEP EXCAVATION

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM Choosing the best ground improvement methods - Based on soil conditions and clients’ needs

Dr. Robert Thurner, Technical Director Middle East, Keller
  • Grouting techniques that improve the foundation in existing facilities
  • High loaded soil improvement techniques applied successfully for sensitive structures
  • Value engineering on major ground improvement projects

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Dr. Robert Thurner

Technical Director Middle East
Keller

12:50 PM - 1:20 PM Permeation engineering for ground strengthening

David Kitching, Director , GEOINNOVATIONS LIMITED
The insitu strengthening of soils to increase their load carrying capacity has in the past been a crude and inexact science. GeoInnovations has over the last 12 years invented and developed a patented system which allows accurate design and installation of sub-terrainian ground strengthening solutions for various construction problems.
The system revolves around the patented ReFORCE system which is a unique and sophisticated method of accurately placing a geotechnical grout at significant depths in a soil using lightweight and portable equipment to form load bearing consolidated masses and columns which can be used as piles, anchor blocks, water cut off trenches and temporary works for basement construction in technically difficult geotechnical conditions.

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David Kitching

Director
GEOINNOVATIONS LIMITED

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM Networking lunch

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM Effective management of ground water control in deep excavation projects on coastal sites: Highlighting case studies from Changi Water Reclamation Plant project in Singapore and Barakah Nuclear Power Plant Project, Abu Dhabi

Dr. Suresh Parashar, Head of Geotechnical Engineering, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)
• Particular issues and potential environmental impacts associated with groundwater control in urban & built environment
• Practical application of ground water exclusion method such as cut-off wall & Coffer Dams
• Exploring new techniques for groundwater control

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Dr. Suresh Parashar

Head of Geotechnical Engineering
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM Discovering Innovative methodologies for deep excavations to improve efficiency: highlighting experience from Doha, KSA and UAE

Ian Hosking, Vice President, Ground Engineering and Tunnelling, AECOM
  • Tailoring the excavation support according to the excavation size and composition of soil and rock
  • Latest developments in shafts and tunnels
  • Recent project-specific examples to show solutions

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Ian Hosking

Vice President, Ground Engineering and Tunnelling
AECOM

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM Digital evolution in geotechnical engineering

Robin Stewart, Geotechnical Engineer, ATKINS
  • Digitisation of geotechnical data
  • Innovation and adoption of digital disruption initiatives
  • The link between complex modelling for design and BIM

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Robin Stewart

Geotechnical Engineer
ATKINS

MODERN DEWATERING TECHNIQUES: NEW METHODS AND APPLICATIONS

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM Panel discussion: Understanding the most efficient water management procedures to use in the foundation design of infrastructure projects

Ilias Michalis, Technical Director MEA, Geotechnics and Tunnelling, Parsons Ian Finlay Leibrick, Tunnelling and Geotechnical Specialist, AECOM Ken Howes, Associate Director , Cementaid
• Discovering the variation of water level tables across the region and the challenges this has on underground infrastructure
• Understanding how to effectively manage the impact of rising water tables on foundations, roads and pipelines and mitigate the corresponding risk
• Evaluating environment friendly ways to dispose discharge water


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Ilias Michalis

Technical Director MEA, Geotechnics and Tunnelling
Parsons
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Ian Finlay Leibrick

Tunnelling and Geotechnical Specialist
AECOM
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Ken Howes

Associate Director
Cementaid

4:30 PM - 4:35 PM Chairman’s closing remarks and end of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.