13 - 15 November, 2017
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

Director of the Institute and Laboratory of Geotechnics
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach is the Director of the Institute and Laboratory of Geotechnics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany and the Chairman of TC 212 – Deep Foundations – of ISSMGE. He is a board member of several other international and national organisations. Professor Katzenbach is member of the chamber of engineers and Publicly Certified Expert of Geotechnics and Independent Checking Engineer working with his expertise for national and international courts of justice, arbitration committees, insurance companies, state ministries, building authorities and big national and international financial institutions and investors. Professor Katzenbach is responsible for the successful application of the Combined Pile-Raft Foundation at important projects all over the world and is a respected specialist for retaining systems, slope stability and underground constructions, including tunnels for metro systems and high-speed railway lines.


9:30 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

  • 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

11:30 AM Panel discussion: Tackling the urban environment: Discovering the challenges associated with underground construction and tunnelling in urban areas

• 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

11:30 AM Best practices for construction dewatering

Water table levels are high in the UAE, which makes dewatering crucial during any construction process in the country. While removing excess water from the site is an obligatory process, the role of necessary moisture content in a solid should never be overlooked. This is when proper assessment before the commencement of construction exercises becomes inevitable.

By attending the workshop you will benefit by:
  • Learn about the key developments in dewatering strategies during preliminary ground preparation
  • Discuss this need for robust dewatering guidelines
  • Understand how to effectively manage the impact of rising water tables and mitigate risk
  • Discover new technologies to improve the dewatering process


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rolf.

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