International Geotechnical Innovation Conference (IGIC)

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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. 

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.

Vice-Chair - Conference Program

Hamzah Al-Hashemi

Vice Chair - Publishing and Academic Affairs

Dr. Saeed Alzahrani

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

Dr. Ahmed Stifi

Dr. Rodaina Hosn​

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

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​

Panelists

Workshop Speakers

Workshop by Rocscience
Synergetic Applications in Numerical Analysis of Slopes, Foundation Performance and Pile Design
Workshop by 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

Highlights from IGIC 2024

Testimonials

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.

              IGIC 2024 Highlights Videos

              Exhibitor Overview

              IGIC 2024 had over 50+ leading Solutions Providers from across the world showcasing best-in-class technologies, products and solutions for optimizing underground constructions and geotechnical engineering. 

              Event in Pictures

              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: High Vacuum Densification Method (HVDM)

              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

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              17:15

              Close of Workshop B by

              07:30 – 8:30

              Registration and morning coffee

              08:30 – 08:35

              Welcome address by

              08:35 – 08:40

              Welcome address by the Conference Chairman

              08:40 – 08:45

              Opening remarks by

              08:45 – 08:50

              Opening remarks by

              SESSION 1

              08:50 - 09:30

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

              Keynote Speaker:

              09:30 - 10:10

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

              Keynote Speaker:

              10:10 -10:50

              Keynote address: Innovations - Advancing Geotechnical Practice and Improving Infrastructure Performance/Sustainability

              Keynote Speaker:

              10:50 – 11:35

              Opening of the Exhibition and Coffee Break

              11:35 - 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

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              13:05 – 13:30

              Presentation: Innovative Solutions for Problematic Soils

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              13:30 – 14:30 

              Networking lunch

              SESSION 3

              14:30 – 15:10

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

              Moderator:

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              15:10 – 15:25

              Presentation: Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup: Football History and Civil Engineering Legacy

              Speaker:

              15:25 – 15:40

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

              Speaker:

              15:40 - 15:55

              Presentation: SIC, Empowering Consistent Excellence

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              15:55 – 16:20

              Presentation: Satellite Remote Sensing for Climate Resilience in Geotechnical Infrastructure

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              16:20 – 16:40

              Networking coffee break

              16:40 – 17:05

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

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              17:05 – 17:30

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

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              17:30 – 17:40

              Closing remarks by Conference Chairman

              and close of day one and networking coffee break

              08:00 – 08:40

              Registration and morning coffee

              08:40 – 08:45

              Welcome address by Conference Chairman

              SESSION 5

              08:45 – 09:25

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

              Keynote Speaker:

              09:25 – 10:05

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

              Keynote Speaker:

              10:05 – 10:45

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

              Keynote Speaker:

              10:45 – 11:20

              Exhibition tour and coffee break

              11:20 - 12:00

              Keynote address: Innovative Ground Improvement for Civil Engineering Infrastructure Developments

              Keynote Speaker:

              SESSION 6

              12:00 – 12:25

              Presentation: Mining Regulations in Saudi Arabia and Geotechnical Requirements

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              12:25 – 12:50

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

              Speaker:

              12:50 – 13:15

              Presentation: Presentation: Carbon Footprint of Ground Improvement Techniques

              Speaker:

              13:15 – 14:10

              Networking Lunch

              SESSION 7

              14:10 – 14:45

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

              Moderator:

              Panelists:

              14:45 – 15:00

              Presentation: New and emerging technologies in assuring total asset safety

              Speakers:

              15:00 – 15:15

              Presentation: Machine Learning and Geostatistics in Geo-Risk Management

              Speaker:

              15:15 – 15:30

              Presentation: Remedial Works to Arrest Differential Settlement of Foundations of East Wing Of SABIC HQ Building

              Speaker:

              15:30 – 15:45

              Presentation: Geotechnical Challenges and Potential for Innovative Solutions in Saudi Arabia

              Speaker:

              15:45 – 16:05

              Networking Coffee Break

              SESSION 8

              16:05 – 16:30

              Presentation: Revolutionizing Geotechnical Solutions: The Power of AI

              Speaker:

              16:30 – 16:55

              Presentation: Geotech 2.0: A New Age of Geotechnical Engineering

              Speaker:

              16:55 – 17:00

              Raffle Draw

              17:00 – 17:15

              Closing remarks by Conference Chairman

              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

              Who Should Attend?

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