2nd Annual International Geotechnical Innovation Conference (IGIC 2025)

Conference Overview

With the Middle East spearheading some of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in the world, including the USD 1 trillion plus Neom city project, the 2nd Annual International Geotechnical Innovation Conference (IGIC 2025), strives to foster Saudi Arabia’s and the Middle East region’s ambitious growth plans, where tall buildings and skyscrapers form the core of its vision. The conference will focus on best practices in optimizing geotechnical aspects central to improving design and construction of deep foundations, ground improvement and underground infrastructures, to enable safe, cost-effective and sustainable structures.

The premier gathering will showcase latest case studies from the region’s biggest construction projects, recent metro projects, bridges, tunnels and city development works and delved into core areas including innovative soil improvement and deep foundation solutions, soil structure interactions, AI and advanced technology solutions in geotechnics.
IGIC 2025 will not only serve as a hub for knowledge exchange but also feature world-class exhibition, showcasing cutting-edge technologies and solutions in geotechnical engineering. IGIC is a must-attend industry event for geotechnical and civil engineers, project owners, contractors and consultants, development authorities, and academia aiming to stay at the forefront of industry advancements.

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Meet the

Technical Advisory Committee

Conference Chairman

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager – Geotechnical Engineering
Dubai Development Authority

Industry Advisor

Prof. Saad Aiban

Senior Manager – Geotechnical Engineering
Dubai Development Authority

Saad Aiban

Industry Advisor

Dr. Ahmed AlNuaim

Vice-Chair - Conference Program

Hamzah Al-Hashemi

Vice Chair - Publishing & Academic Affairs

Dr. Saeed Alzahrani

Who Should Attend?

Highlights from IGIC 2024

Project Categories in Discussion:

Urban development & tall Structures

Transportation infrastructure & connectivity

Soil engineering and ground improvement

Water resource & energy infrastructure


Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie
    Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

    Senior Manager- Geotechnical, Dubai Development Authority, U.A.E

    “IGIC is an exceptional event, packed with much knowledge and outstanding speakers, offering a unique balance between academic research and industrial applications. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to Geotechnical Contractors, Soil Laboratories, Geotechnical Consultants, Developers, Universities, Geotechnical Engineering Researchers and Government Authorities to catch the latest research and innovative geotechnical solutions by promoting communication between scientists and thought leaders from both academic and industrial backgrounds. In short: a compact platform offering insights into latest trends and innovations in the industry.” 

    Prof. Jie Han
      Prof. Jie Han

      Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor, the University of Kansas, U.S.A

      “I was thrilled to attend the IGIC 2024 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The enthusiasm among participants for knowledge exchange, networking, collaboration opportunities, and innovations in geotechnical engineering was palpable. I gained valuable insights into the booming construction industry and mega projects in the region and the use of innovative technologies around the world. This conference successfully achieved its important goal by providing an excellent platform for professionals in the field.” 

      Hamzah Al-Hashemi
        Hamzah Al-Hashemi

        Chief Executive Officer and Technical Director, GeoStruxer, Bahrain

        “IGIC 2024, held in Jeddah, was a groundbreaking event that showcased an unprecedented fusion of East and West, academia and industry, as well as a dynamic interplay among geotechnical contractors, laboratories, consultants, and solution providers. Bridging generations, it connected students with professors, and peers with mentors, reflecting its inclusive and collaborative spirit. The conference covered a vast array of topics, from pioneering case studies such as the Jeddah Tower, India's longest offshore bridge, to Bahrain’s world's largest micropiled PT rafts. It also highlighted cutting-edge technologies like AI, ML, remote sensing, digital twinning, energy piles, and innovative ground improvement methods. Enhanced by invaluable workshops on the most utilized software and tools in geotechnical design.   IGIC 2024 proved to be a hub for suppliers, clients, and collaborators. With attendance surpassing 400, and expectations for growth in future editions, IGIC firmly stands as the premier international geotechnical event, keeping the Gulf and MENA region's geotechnical community thoroughly interconnected and advancing.” 

        Richard Witasse
          Richard Witasse

          Principal Application Engineer, Seequent, the Bentley Subsurface Company, U.K

          “Attending IGIC 2024 in Jeddah was an enriching experience, marked by interesting presentations and insightful keynotes that addressed current industry challenges and trends. The solutions showcased by exhibitors were innovative and practical, adding significant value and perfectly aligned with the main conference theme. Leading one of the workshops allowed me to engage deeply with the he Middle Eastern geotechnical community, making the conference both professionally rewarding and inspiring.” 

          Dr. Rodaina Aboul Hosn
            Dr. Rodaina Aboul Hosn

            Assistant Professor Civil Engineering, College of Engineering Australian University, Kuwait

            "IGIC 2024 was a game-changer for geotechnical engineering professionals. It delivered exceptional value through insightful presentations and keynotes, offering deep dives into cutting-edge technologies and industry trends. The exhibitors showcased innovative solutions, enriching the overall experience and fostering meaningful connections. A truly enriching event that empowered attendees with actionable insights and networking opportunities."

            Al-Hussain Hassan
              Al-Hussain Hassan

              Technical & Commercial Manager, Jeddah Foundation Company

              IGIC 2024 was an exceptional conference that delivered high-quality presentations and insightful keynotes. The solutions showcased by the exhibitors were innovative and highly relevant, making the overall experience invaluable.

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                (for Main Contractors, Consultants and Developers)
                Timing Delegate Fee 
                – Workshop A8AM – 5PM, 5 May$20
                – Workshop B8AM – 5PM, 5 May$20
                – Conference8AM – 5PM, 6 & 7 Mat

                $50 (Standard fee)

                $25 (Early-bird fee valid till 30 April)

                Government Authorities & AcademiaComplimentary
                Other Equipment & Solution Providers$2799

                Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

                Senior Manager – Geotechnical Engineering Dubai Development Authority U.A.E.

                Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie has been working at Dubai Development Authority (DDA), as Senior Manager-Geotechnical Engineering since 2006, His responsibilities include the review of geotechnical works design such as geotechnical investigation reports, shoring design, piling/deep foundation design, soil stability for open excavation, groundwater control and ground improvement design, moreover, he is supervising and monitoring the geotechnical works & constructions sites within DDA jurisdictions. Also, he worked for Sharjah Municipality during the period from 2002 to 2006 as a Civil Engineer, where his main duties included monitoring, controlling and inspecting the construction projects at different phases for buildings.

                Since 2015 Dr. Alzaylaie started teaching as part-time lecturer at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, he is involved in teaching the geotechnical engineering courses and supervising the post and undergraduate students’ research. In 2021 he started teaching in Abu Dhabi University College of Engineering, Civil Engineering Department as Adjunct Faculty

                Dr. Alzaylaie obtained his PhD in civil/geotechnical engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany (TU Darmstadt) His PhD thesis was titled “Stiffness and Strength of Dubai Sedimentary Rock”. In 2002 he graduated with B.Sc. in civil engineering from University of Sharjah (UoS), also he obtained his M.Sc. in civil engineering in 2008 from UoS. His master research was titled “Modification of the Swelling and Phosphorus Retention Characteristics of Bentonite Clay Using Alum”.

                Dr. Alzaylaie has been publishing several papers in addition to serving as member of organizing committees for numerous international conferences. Furthermore, he is a former member for ISSMGE Technical Committee TC 217- Land Reclamation and he is founder member and secretary/treasurer of Deep Foundation Institute Middle East (DFI Middle East) and also a founder member of Geotechnical & Material Engineering Committee in Society of Engineers-UAE.

                Prof. Saad Aiban

                Founder and General Manager – Maeen Engineering Consultancy; Professor CEE – KFUPM University; SWCC Approved Soil Expert

                Aiban is a founder and the General Manager of the Technical Affairs, Maeen Engineering Consultancy. Professor Aiban was formerly a professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and participated in many national and international committees and conferences. He authored and coauthored many papers that have been published in prestigious refereed journal and conferences. He has vast experience in developing innovative solutions for Civil Engineering complex problems and repair works with focus on the Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Aiban received several appreciation awards in research, teaching and community services. He is providing consultancy to many local and international organizations in Geotechnical Engineering, Assessment and Repair of Infrastructures and Educational Matters. He can be contacted at saiban@maeen-eng.com

                Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Alnuaim

                Senior Geotechnical Consultant, Saudi Mining Services Company (ESNAD) 

                Dr. Ahmed Alnuaim is a consultant for the Saudi Mining Service Company (ESNAD) which is part of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources (Saudi Arabia) ecosystem; and is an Associate Professor at King Saud University. He previously worked as an advisor for the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC), Riyadh Metro, and Riyadh municipality. He has over 18 years of experience in academia, engineering design and projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from King Saud University, a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He has published more than 50 papers in scientific journals and international conferences. 

                Mr. Hamzah M. B. Al-Hashemi

                Ph.D. Candidate, LEED Green Associate

                CEO & Technical Director – GeoStruXer, Bahrain
                Founder – Gulf Geotechnical Engineers (GGE Platform)

                Mr. Hamzah M. B. Al-Hashemi holds an M.Sc. degree, is a Ph.D. candidate, and is a LEED Green Associate specializing in Geotechnical Design & Remote Sensing. Currently serving as the Regional Manager (GCC & MENA) at Geofem Ltd. in Cyprus, he also holds the positions of CEO & Technical Director at GeoStruXer in Bahrain and is the Founder of the Gulf Geotechnical Engineers – GGE Platform. His educational background includes a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Khartoum (2012) in Sudan and an M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (2018) in Saudi Arabia, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geotechnical engineering. With over 11 years of professional experience in geotechnical design and field engineering spanning GCC, MENA, and Europe, Mr. Al-Hashemi has been involved in key projects such as the world’s largest Micropiled Post-Tensioned Rafts in Bahrain (2022), US Navy shoring projects in Bahrain, SA ARAMCO CSD Oil/Gas & Riyadh Metro G.I in Saudi Arabia, and the HS2 project in the UK, among others. His technical expertise includes Soil-Structure Interaction, remote sensing, climate change, geohazards, FEA (2D/3D, Plaxis), DEM, MPM, foundation and ground improvement techniques, CPRF & micropiled rafts, deep excavation shoring, monitoring, programming (Python, VBA), BIM, AI and digital twinning. Beyond his technical skills, Mr. Al-Hashemi is a part-time/visiting lecturer, researcher, peer reviewer, poet, and author. His professional focus is dedicated to driving innovation and excellence in geotechnical engineering, contributing significantly to complex projects in the field.

                Dr. Saeed Alzahrani

                Assistant Professor – Civil and Construction Engineering Department School of Engineering, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

                Dr. Saeed Alzahrani is an assistant professor in geotechnical engineering at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. Throughout his academic journey, Dr. Alzahrani has spearheaded numerous laboratory research projects focused on investigating the interface shear strength of diverse materials. His primary expertise lies in deep foundation engineering, with a specific emphasis on understanding the pile setup phenomenon and the behavior of driven piles. Currently, Dr. Alzahrani is actively involved in several ongoing research projects. His work encompasses a wide spectrum, including studies on soil improvement techniques, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in geotechnical engineering, and slope stability. He is a member of esteemed international and local civil and geotechnical organizations such as ASCE, Geo-Institute, ISSMGE, and DFI. Dr. Alzahrani is also a registered professional engineer with credentials from the Saudi Society of Engineers. Beyond his research pursuits, Dr. Alzahrani demonstrates a robust ability to foster connections with industry and government agencies at various levels.