A New Era of Sustainable Geotechnics in the GCC

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Event Overview

The value of GCC’s ambitious mega structures now exceed USD 2 trillion. Saudi Arabia leads the region in mega construction projects, with a string of mega cities’, super tall buildings’ and infrastructure projects currently in various stages of planning and design. At the heart of the Saudi Arabia’s USD 725 billion megacities project is the Line – a 170-km long, 500m tall mixed used structure. Following closely on its heel is the UAE, with scores of new mega projects spanning from the Burj Binghatti, expected to exceed 472m height, to the Palm Jebel Ali among others.

Considering the desert, arid, and semi-arid soil conditions found in the GCC, the deep foundations, underground excavations and geotechnical aspects associated with construction of these megaprojects present significant challenges. The International Geotechnical Innovation Conference (IGIC 2024), taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 6-7 May 2024 aims to delve into the deep foundation design and construction requirements imperative for enabling the safe, cost-efficient and timely completion of projects.

Estimated value of construction projects in

GCC

$2 trillion plus

MENA

$3 trillion

Construction projects in

KSA

$1.6 trillion

UAE

$500billion

Egypt

$500billion

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Meet the

Technical Advisory Committee

Conference Chairman

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

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

Karim Khalaf

Prof. Zoubeir Lafhaj

Prof. Saad Aiban

Prof. Omar Al-Amoudi

Karim Khalaf

Geotechnical Consulting Manager
Fugro
U.A.E.

Prof. Zoubeir Lafhaj

Chair Holder 'Construction 4.0', President - IFCL
Centrale Lille,
France

Prof. Saad Aiban

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

Prof. Omar Al-Amoudi

Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
KFUPM
Saudi Arabia

Hamzah Al-Hashemi

Dr. Ahmed Stifi

Dr. Rodaina Hosn​

Dr. Saeed Alzahrani

Dr. Ghassan Sutaih

Hamzah M. B. Al-Hashemi

Ph.D. Candidate, LEED Green Associate
Regional Manager (GCC & MENA) - Geofem Ltd., Cyprus
CEO & Technical Director - GeoStruXer, Bahrain
Founder - Gulf Geotechnical Engineers (GGE Platform)

Dr. Ahmed Stifi

Managing Director
Acumen Consulting
Germany

Dr. Rodaina Aboul Hosn​

Assistant Professor  Civil 
Engineering
College of Engineering
Australian University
Kuwait

Dr. Saeed Alzahrani

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

Dr. Ghassan Sutaih

Assistant Professor
King AbdulAziz University
Saudi Arabia
Meet the

Opening Remarks

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Dr. Marc Ballouz

Meet the

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. -Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

Prof. Robert Liang

Prof. Jie Han

Prof. Zoubeir Lafhaj

Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

Professor
Technical University of Darmstadt,
Germany

Professor Jie Han Ph.D.

PE, F.ASCE, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department, University of Kansas
USA

Robert Liang

Professor and Department Chair
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Dayton
U.S.A.

Prof. Zoubeir Lafhaj

Chair Holder 'Construction 4.0', President - IFCL,
Centrale Lille,
France

Prof. Deepankar Choudhury

Dr. Rod Eddies

Prof. Saad Aiban

Prof. Mohamed Shahin

Meet the

Speakers

Dr. Cristian de Santos

Dr. Ahmed Alnuaim

Dr. Ahmed Elkadi

Prof. Omar Al-Amoudi

Dr. Marc Ballouz

President
International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE),
U.S.A.

Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Alnuaim

Senior Geotechnical Consultant
Saudi Mining Services Company (ESNAD),
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Cristian de Santos

CEO & Co-Founder
SAALG Geomechanics,
Spain

Dr. Ahmed Elkadi

Head of Department - Energy and Underground Infrastructure
Deltares,
Netherlands

Astrid Aubry

Hamzah Al-Hashemi

Dr. Rodaina Hosn​

Dr. Skevi Perdikou

Dr. Mohamed Al-Atroush

Panelists

Karim Khalaf

Workshop Speakers

Workshop A: Rocscience
Synergetic Applications in Numerical Analysis of Slopes, Foundation Performance and Pile Design
Workshop B: Seequent, The Bentley Subsurface Company
Practical use of PLAXIS for modelling soil improvement

Prof. Robert Liang

Prof. Jie Han

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Hamzah Al-Hashemi

Agenda

  • Workshop A – 5 May 2024
  • Workshop B – 5 May 2024
  • Conference Day One - 6 May 2024
  • Conference Day Two - 7 May 2024

Workshop A: Synergetic Applications in Numerical Analysis of Slopes, Foundation Performance and Pile Design

08.00 - 08.40

Welcome and Registration

08.45 - 09.00

Opening Speech: Workshop Motivation, Draft Flow and Outcomes, Introduction to Rocscience and Geodestek

09.00 - 10.30

Session 1 - Slope Stability Assessment: Pushing the Boundaries in State of Art in Practice

Software: Slide2/Slide3 (Hands on Training), RS2/RS3

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee Break

11.00 - 13.00

Session 2 - Slope Stability Assessment: Advanced Groundwater Modelling Options and Field Performance Based Model Calibration

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 - 14.45

Session 3 - 3D Block Based Slope Stability Risk Assessment in Rock Masses

Software: RocSlope

14.45 - 15.15

Session 4 - Soil Liquefaction Analysis with Seismic Considerations

Software: Settle3

15.15 - 15.45

Coffee Break

15.45 - 17.00

Session 5 – Analysis of Individual Piles and Pile Groups Piles

Software: RSPile

17.00 - 17.15

Closing Session: Final Remarks & Discussion

17:15

Close of Workshop A

Workshop B: Practical use of PLAXIS for modelling soil improvement

Workshop B: Practical use of PLAXIS for modelling soil improvement

08.00 - 08.40

Welcome and Registration

08.45 - 09.00

Opening Remarks and Introduction to Ground Improvement by

09.00 - 10.00

Session 1: Overview of Ground Improvement Methods

Speaker:

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee Break

10.30 - 11.30

Session 2: Practical Use of PLAXIS for Soil Improvement

Speaker:

11.30 - 13.00

Session 3: Exercise on Stone Column (unit cell and 2D application on real project)

Instructor:

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.00

Session 4: Advancement in Ground Improvement on PVD and vacuum consolidation

Speaker:

15.00 - 15.45

Session 5: Modelling of Prefabricated Vertical Drains and Vacuum Consolidation with PLAXIS

Consideration for geometry set-up

Instructor:

15.45 - 17.00

Session 6 : 2D consolidation analysis of an embankment with PVD

Instructor:

17.00 - 17.15

Session 7: Ground Improvement of Sabkhas & Salt Domes

Speaker:

17:15

Close of Workshop B by

08:00 – 08:30

Registration and morning coffee

08:30 – 08:45

Welcome address by the Conference Chairman

08:45 – 08:55

Opening remarks by

08:55 – 09:05

Opening remarks

09:05 – 09:15

Opening remarks by

SESSION 1

09:15 - 09:55

Keynote address:

Keynote Speaker:

09:55 - 10:35

Keynote address: Innovative Foundation Technologies for the Foundation of High-Rise Buildings

Keynote Speaker:

10:35 - 11:05

Opening of the Exhibition and Networking Coffee Break

11:05-11:45

Keynote addres: Management of Geo-risks – Time for a Paradigm Shift?

Keynote Speaker:

11:45 - 12:15

Keynote address: Foundation Design for India’s Longest Sea Bridge ATAL SETU and Sustainable Foundation Solutions for various Mega Structures

Keynote Speaker:

SESSION 2

12:15– 12:40

Presentation: Characteristics of Sabkha Soils: A Comprehensive Review

Speaker:

12:40 – 13:05

Presentation: Novel installation techniques for XXL monopiles from the Netherlands

Speaker:

13:05 – 13:30

Presentation

*Reserved for industry leader

13:30 – 14:30 

Networking lunch

SESSION 3

14:30 – 15:05

Panel discussion: Ground Improvement: overcoming challenges with value-engineered solutions

Speaker:

15:05 – 15:20

Presentation: Complex Geological Modelling made Easy – Yusufeli Dam in Leapfrog Works

Speaker:

15:20– 15:35

Presentation

Speaker:

15:35 – 16:00

Presentation: Satellite Remote Sensing for Climate Resilience in Geotechnical Infrastructure

Speaker:

16:00 – 16:15

Networking Coffee Break

SESSION 4

16:15 – 16:40

Presentation: Geotechnical Backanalysis, Plaxis, Monitoring Data, Digital Transformation

Speaker:

16:40 - 17:05

Presentation: Case studies of dams on problematic ground conditions in the Sultanate of Oman

Speaker:

17:05 – 17:30

Presentation

Speaker:

17:20

Closing remarks by Conference Chairman

08:00 – 08:30

Registration and morning coffee

08:30 – 08:35

Welcome address by Conference Chairman

SESSION 5

08:35- 09:15

Keynote address 1: Advancing Data-Driven Site Characterization Techniques in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Keynote Speaker:

09:15 – 09:55

Keynote address: Smart Geotechnics: Revolutionizing Current Practices and Understandings to Ensure Resilience

Keynote Speaker:

09:55 – 10:35

Keynote address: Ground Improvement and Excessive Settlement of Water Tanks; Challenges and Solutions

Keynote Speaker:

10:35 – 11:15

Keynote address: Innovative Ground Improvement for Civil Engineering Infrastructure Developments

Keynote Speaker:

11:15 – 11:45

Exhibition tour and networking coffee break

SESSION 6

11:45 – 12:20

Presentation: Mining Regulations in Saudi Arabia and Geotechnical Requirements

Speaker:

12:20 – 12:45

Presentation: Micropiled Post-Tensioned Raft Foundations as a Sustainable, Innovative and Cost-Effective Solution: Case Studies in Saudi Arabia and the GCC Region

Speaker:

12:45 – 13:05

Presentation

*Reserved for industry leader

13:05 – 13:25

Presentation: Drilled Shafts and Piles Instrumentation and Load Testing on Major Bridge Projects in Ohio, USA

Speaker:

13:25 – 14:25

Networking Lunch

SESSION 7

14:25 – 15:00

Panel discussion: Beyond traditional boundaries: Advancements in geotechnical design and sustainable construction practices

Moderator:

Panelists:

15:00 – 15:15

Presentation: New and emerging technologies in assuring total asset safety

Speakers:

15:15 – 15:30

Presentation: Machine Learning and Geostatistics in Geo-Risk Management

Speaker:

15:30 – 15:45

Presentation

15:45 – 16:00

Networking Coffee Break

SESSION 8

16:00 – 16:25

Presentation

16:25 – 16:50

Presentation: Revolutionizing Geotechnical Solutions: The Power of AI

Speaker:

16:50 – 17:15

Presentation: Geotech 2.0: A New Age of Geotechnical Engineering

Speaker:

17:15 – 17:25

Closing remarks by Conference Chairman

17:25

Close of International Geotechnical Innovation Conference (IGIC 2024)

Project Categories in Discussion:

Urban development & tall Structures

Transportation infrastructure & connectivity

Soil engineering and ground improvement

Water resource & energy infrastructure

Key Challenges to be Addressed

Urban development & tall Structures

Soil Engineering & Ground Improvement

Transporation Infrastructure & Connectivity

Water Resources and Energy Infrastructure

Conference Themes

Conference Themes

Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering

  • Sustainable material utilization in foundation engineering
  • Environmentally friendly soil stabilization techniques
  • Carbon footprint reduction in geotechnical projects
  • Geotechnical considerations in coastal protection and sea-level rise
  • Green geotechnical construction
  • Geothermal energy

Innovative Soil Improvement and Foundation Solutions

  • Advanced ground improvement techniques for desert, semi-arid and coastal regions
  • Novel deep foundation designs for high-rise structures
  • Underpinning techniques for historical and sensitive structures
  • Techniques for managing problematic soils in the Gulf
  • Soil foundation structure interaction

Automation and Digital Twinning in Geotechnics

  • Integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in geotechnical design
  • Real-time simulations for excavation and retaining systems
  • Digital twinning for underground constructions and tunnelling
  • Benefits and challenges of adopting digital twinning in geotechnical projects

Remote Sensing & Monitoring in Geotechnical Engineering

  • Use of drones & satellites for geotechnical site assessments
  • Geospatial technologies for landslide monitoring
  • Advances in wireless geotechnical instrumentation
  • Ground-penetrating radar & geophysical advancements and applications in the region
  • Geotechnical model using remote sensing

Artificial Intelligence in Geotechnics

  • Predictive analytics in soil behavior and foundation design
  • Machine learning in ground risk assessment
  • Automation of soil classification using AI
  • AI in geohazard identification and risk mitigation

Case Studies from MENA

  • Geotechnical challenges and solutions in the Neom project
  • Foundations for mega-structures in the Octagon
  • Coastal and offshore geotechnics in the Red Sea development
  • Tunneling and underground construction in the urban centers of the Gulf

Geotechnical Industry 4.0 & Future Trends in Geotechnics

  • The role of 3D printing in ground improvement
  • Smart geotextiles and their applications
  • Advances in bio-geotechnics for sustainable ground improvement
  • Virtual and augmented reality in geotechnical training and site visualization

Training, Education, and Collaboration

  • Bridging the gap between academia and industry in the MENA region
  • Geotechnical engineering curriculum updates for the 21st century
  • International collaborations and partnerships for geotechnical innovations

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Delegate Participation Fee Structure

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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)

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