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

Ilias Michalis, Technical Director MEA, Geotechnics and Tunnelling, Parsons

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Ilias Michalis

Technical Director MEA, Geotechnics and Tunnelling
Parsons

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW: WHAT DOES 2018 HAVE IN STORE FOR 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 Keynote presentation: Upcoming mega projects in the Middle East: Latest updates, insights and key challenges

Hesham El Shazly, Geotechnical Manager, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City
  • Evolving vision for regional sub-structure and super-structure projects
  • Uncovering the ground-breaking mega projects in GCC countries for 2018 and beyond
  • Evaluating opportunities for innovation in future underground projects

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Hesham El Shazly

Geotechnical Manager
Municipality of Abu Dhabi City

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Digital evolution in geotechnical engineering

Stephen Purdue, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Middle East, 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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Stephen Purdue

Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Middle East
Atkins

10:30 AM - 11:00 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

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

  • How can clients, consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers work together effectively from conception to construction
  • Understanding each stakeholder’s role in the design and construction process to ensure project success
  • What future plans are in place to ensure the continued prominence of the industry
  • How does geopolitical tension affect the market
  • Application of the observational method


Panellists:

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Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager, Geotechnical Design
Dubai Creative Clusters Authority
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Reza Shahzana

Head of Structural Engineering Department
National Engineering Bureau
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Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

Director of the Institute and Laboratory of Geotechnics
Technische Universität Darmstadt

BEST PRACTICE FOR PLANNING AND EXECUTING GROUND IMPROVEMENT AND DEEP EXCAVATION

12:15 PM - 12:45 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

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Discovering innovative methodologies of deep excavation to improve project efficiency: Highlighting case studies from tunnel projects in Doha and Dubai

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

1:15 PM - 1:45 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)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Networking lunch

MODERN DEWATERING TECHNIQUES: NEW METHODS AND APPLICATIONS

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Identifying the key challenges related to the dewatering process to avoid later issues when building on a foundation

  • Understanding the adverse water conditions in the Middle East
  • Exploring how efficient dewatering can prevent post-construction issues such as leaching or flooding
  • Latest innovations in dewatering technology including advances in deep well installations

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Panel discussion: Understanding the most efficient water management procedures to use in the waterproofing and the foundation design of infrastructure projects

Ilias Michalis, Technical Director MEA, Geotechnics and Tunnelling, Parsons Ian Finlay Leibrick, Tunnelling and Geotechnical Specialist, AECOM Hesham El Shazly, Geotechnical Manager, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City
• 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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Hesham El Shazly

Geotechnical Manager
Municipality of Abu Dhabi City

4:00 PM - 4:05 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.
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