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Fax: (973) 423-4031
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Conference Technical Program and Schedule

The two-day technical program builds upon the past four events and provides high-quality technical coverage of current topics and case histories on ground improvement, deep foundation piling, effective and sustainable design, and deep mixing and QC/QA for grouted elements. Both days will includes keynote and invited lectures by experts from around the world in addition to presentations on accepted abstracts. Click here to view and download the program and make plans to join us online.  The last day of the event includes a Student Program that will introduce students to a day in the life of a geotechnical project.  Speakers will highlight the investigation, desk studies, design processes, construction considerations, instrumentation and monitoring (observational approach) and lessons learned.

Meet the Keynote and Invited Speakers


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Deep Foundations Institute
326 Lafayette Avenue 
Hawthorne, NJ 07506 
Memo: DFIMEC-Middle East
Fax: (973) 423-4031
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Professor Rolf Katzenbach Dr.-Ing.
Katzenbach Engineers
Sustainable Foundation of High-Rise Buildings in Soft Soil: Requirements and Recommendations for Technical Solutions.

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Schedule at a Glance* (GST – Gulf Standard Time)

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 – Conference Day 1

01:00-01:15          Welcome and Introductions

01:15-02:00          Keynote Presentation:Sustainable Foundation of High-Rise Buildings in Soft                                                            Soil - Requirements and Recommendations for Technical Solutions

02:00-03:00          Technical Session I: Deep Foundation Piling
03:00-03:15          Break
03:15-04:35          Technical Session II: Effective and Sustainable Design
04:35-05:05          Invited Speaker - Incorporating Deep Foundations in Limit-Equilibrium                                                                  Slope Stability Analyses: Revisiting Fundamentals and Seismic Applications
05:05-05:15          Closing and Networking Activity
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 - Conference Day 2


01:00-01:15         Welcome and Introductions
01:15-02:00         Keynote Presentation: TBD
02:00-03:00         Technical Session III: Ground Improvement
03:00-03:15         Break
03:15-04:35         Technical Session IV: Deep Mixing and QC/QA for Grouted Elements              
04:35-05:05         Invited Speaker - Using Thermal Integrity Profiling (TIP) to Monitor Shaft                                                               Cooling System for Large Diameter Drilled Shaft
05:05-06:30         Closing and Networking Activity
Thursday, 18 February 2021 - Conference Day 3
01:00-05:15        Student program  
*Conference Schedule and Technical Program Subject to Change

Student Program

Learn more about the Geotechnical Field by clicking this image.

1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
An informative student program that introduces students to a day in the life of a geotechnical project. Speakers will highlight the investigation, design process, construction, instrumentation, monitoring and observational approach, and lessons learned.

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Marwan Alzaylaie, Ph.D. | Dubai Development Authority

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Karim Khalaf | Fugro
This presentation will overview desk studies, remote sensing, collaboration with geological specialists, and investigation companies.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Design Processes
Hadi Kaloot | Jacobs
Topics to be discussed include establishment of ground models and geotechnical parameters (data management and interpretation), foundation design (shallow foundations (pads, rafts) and piled foundations), slope stability, retaining walls (sheet pile walls, secant piles, diaphragm walls, gravity walls, and MSE walls), and earthworks, ground improvement and liquefaction.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm BREAK

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Foundation Construction
Karim Khalaf | Fugro
Yasser Jakam | Menard
This presentation will present exciting foundation projects showcasing different techniques, benefits, and limitations). Techniques to be covered include piles, barrettes, diaphragm walls, excavations, tunneling, ground improvement and dewatering.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Instrumentation Monitoring and Observational
Jean-Luc Blakime | Sixense
This presentation will include an overview of different instrumentation for geotechnical applications, historical development and use of the instrumentation for monitoring, highlighted with project photos.

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Computational Geotechnics for
Civil Engineering Students
Mary Ellen Large | Deep Foundations Institute
Marwan Alzaylaie, Ph.D. | Dubai Development Authority
Yasser Jakam | Menard
Hadi Kaloot | Jacobs,
Karim Khalaf | Fugro
This interactive panel discussion will address computational geotechnics and numerical modelling in geotechnical engineering. It will highlight the importance to civil engineering students by investigating the difference between classical and modelling design approaches, simulation of field monitoring, limitations, and the future of the modelling techniques in the geo-industry

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Delegates will receive a certificate verifying approximately 7 hours for the two-day conference.