Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 14 November 2017

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM Start of conference registration with welcome refreshments

8:55 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

USING EFFICIENT METHODOLOGIES TO CREATE ROBUST UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Keynote presentation: Mysterious subsidence in the road: a forensic study

Hesham El Shazly, Geotechnical Expert, Parsons; Reviewing Expert, Abu-Dhabi Projects, Abu Dhabi Municipality
A significant subsidence was observed in a newly constructed road in a remote labor city in Abu Dhabi. The cause of the destress in the pavement structure was hard to identify not only at first glance but also after significant concentration. The pavement layers were carefully examined. More relevantly, sampling and testing were carried out in order to characterize the material of the foundation soils as well as to determine their fabric strength. All other applied loadings and historical incidents were also investigated in order to reveal the true cause of the reported substantial damage.

• Careful examination is a key to the success in forensic studies
• Careful and disciplined interpretation of test results is essential
• Peculiarity and jumping to conclusions are the worst misleaders


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Hesham El Shazly

Geotechnical Expert, Parsons; Reviewing Expert, Abu-Dhabi Projects
Abu Dhabi Municipality

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM The subsoil deformation behaviour in Dubai

Marwan Alzaylaie, Senior Manager, Geotechnical Design, Dubai Creative Clusters Authority
• The importance of interpretation procedures in the geotechnical design
• The performance of single pile on the weak rock
• Evaluate the Young's modulus of weak rock in Dubai

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Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager, Geotechnical Design
Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Examining innovative piled raft design methodologies in challenging ground conditions: The case of high rise buildings

Ilias Michalis, Technical Director MEA, Geotechnics and Tunnelling, Parsons
· Optimizing the piled raft design
· The significance of evaluating pile load tests
· Prediction of pile behavior with the use of CEMSET and the Finite Element Methodologies
· The importance of using the appropriate ground constitutive modeling

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Ilias Michalis

Technical Director MEA, Geotechnics and Tunnelling
Parsons

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM The use of enhanced pile testing to optimise pile design – a case study from the UAE

Henrique Enriquez, Principal Geotechnical Consultant, WSP
  • Exploring new developments in deep foundations technologies
  • Optimisation of the deep foundations technologies
  • Guarantee of the stability and serviceability of the deep foundation system in the region

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Henrique Enriquez

Principal Geotechnical Consultant
WSP

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


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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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Hesham El Shazly

Geotechnical Expert, Parsons; Reviewing Expert, Abu-Dhabi Projects
Abu Dhabi Municipality
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Aymen Ben Braiek

Technical & BD Manager
Trevi Ground Engineering

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Synchronization of geotechnical investigations for a mega project: case study from UAE

Dr. Asadullah Khan, Principal Engineer, WSP
This presentation will discuss management of executing more than 6 thousand CPTs, hundreds of boreholes and over a 1.7 million m length of geophysical survey lines for a mega project in the UAE resulting into a cost effective design of ground improvement works involving stone columns, dynamic replacement, dynamic compaction and rapid impact compaction.

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Dr. Asadullah Khan

Principal Engineer
WSP

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Benefits of pre-loading temporary props supporting braced excavations

Benoit Latapie , Technical Manager, Ground Engineering, Atkins
Using soil profiles of excavations in London and Dubai, experts from Atkins have carried out calculations to compare the performance of temporary steel and proprietary hydraulic propping. The finite element models produced prove that, for the cases considered, the use of pre-loaded low stiffness hydraulic props achieved the same performance as stiff steel props, with no impact on the wall's reinforcement.

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Benoit Latapie

Technical Manager, Ground Engineering
Atkins

DURABILITY AND PROTECTION OF UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Liquefaction potential evaluation and its optimisation for UAE calcareous sands

Dr. Mona Abd Alghaffar, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, CH2M


Dr. Mona Abd Alghaffar

Principal Geotechnical Engineer
CH2M

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Managing risk: Determining geotechnical risks and their mitigation during underground building and shoring works: Highlighting case study from the Cayan Tower project in Dubai

Mohamed AbdElaal, Senior Structural Engineer, Projects & Construction Services, AECOM
  • Understanding technical challenges of underground and shoring works planning process to overcome complexities
  • Exploring how ground engineering professionals should adapt to address geotechnical challenges during underground and shoring works
  • Learning how risks in the future may differ from those today

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Mohamed AbdElaal

Senior Structural Engineer, Projects & Construction Services
AECOM

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Chairman’s closing remarks, networking lunch and end of conference day two

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.