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International Conference on Recent Developments and Innovations in Geotechnics & High-Rise Structures

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2013 Symposium for Buildings, Bridges, and Geotechnical Engineering
International Conference on Recent Developments and Innovations
in Geotechnics & High-Rise Structures

16th,17th,18th May 2017 - Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai
The recent years have seen tremendous advances in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering disciplines, especially in the Middle East. Structures such as the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Metro and Kingdom Tower (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) have pushed the envelope like never before. As such, it becomes imperative for practicing engineers and academia to be up to speed with all the latest developments in the engineering fields. This conference will focus on new advances & innovation Design in Structural and Geotechical Engineering principles and practices
Day 1 Conference Day
Date Tuesday 16th May 2017  


Time 08:00am to 06:00pm
Venue Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai
Cost Free (Working lunch to be served)
Identification of Soil and Rock Parameters by scientific Interpretation of Field Measurements

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach

Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach is the Director of the Institute and laboratory of Geotechnics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. He is also member of the chamber of engineers and Publicly Certified Expert of Geotechnics and Independent Checking Engineer.

Challenges for Tall Building Foundation Design

Prof. Harry Poulos

Professor Harry Poulos is the Senior Consultant at Coffey International Limited Sydney. He has undertaken research into the analysis and design of pile foundations for onshore and offshore applications, and in recent years, for high-rise buildings. He has been involved in a large number of major projects in Australia and overseas including the Egnatia Odos highway project in Greece, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Dubai tower in Doha, Qatar, and the Crown Tower in Sydney.

2D & 3D Modelling and Seepage Analysis in Deep Excavations and Design of Deep Foundation Piles - A Case Study

Prof. H. Turan Durgunoğlu

Dr. Durgunoğlu is professor at Department of Civil Engineering, Boğaziçi University and acting Chairman at Zetaş Zemin Teknolojisi A.Ş., Turkey. He is very keen on the interaction of soil survey and modelling, geotechnical design, construction and instrumentation and monitoring.

Tailored Ground Improvement Methods for Safe Foundation of Heavily Loaded Structures

Prof. Michal Topolnicki

Professor Michal Topolnicki is the Senior Technical Adviser, Keller Holding GmbH, Poland. He is professional engineer since 1989 and taught at various university across Germany. He has Co-authored 3 books and author/co-author of about 170 scientific papers.

Design soil and rock pressures behind Retaining Walls

Dr. Andrew Smith

Dr Andrew Smith is Senior Principal for Coffey in the UK with over thirty years of experience in geotechnical engineering. He has worked on a wide range of projects, ranging from highway works through deep piled foundations for both offshore and onshore structures to deep excavations.

Lessons learnt from deep excavations in Dutch historic cities

Dr. Mandy Korff

Dr. Korff is Senior Advisor and Innovations Manager Geo-engineering at Deltares, Netherlands. She works as expert in the field of underground construction, risk management, forensic geo-engineering, soil structure interaction and impact of construction activities and earthquakes on structures.

Post tensioned slabs in high rise buildings: issues in design

Prof. Ayman Hussein Hosny Khalil

Prof. Khalil is the founder and director of Arabia for Design and Engineering Consulting (ADEC), and is also Professor of Reinforced Concrete Structures, Ain Shams University. He has undertaken research into the analysis and design of punching of flat slabs and seismic analysis of concrete buildings. Further, he is currently involved in the design of several buildings in the new Cairo Capital utilizing post tensioning for large span floors.

Modeling and Rectification of Differential Settlement of Large Tanks on Non-Uniform Deep Sabkha Reinforced with Stone Columns- A Case Study

Prof. Saad A. Aiban

Dr. Aiban is a Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He is also the Founder and Senior Advisor of Maeen Engineering Consultancy, Jubail, Saudi Arabia with over thirty-five years of experience in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.

Tall Buildings-The Art of Structural Design

Dr. Khaled Ismail

Dr. Khaled is a Chartered Engineer with over twenty years of experience in structural engineering. He has worked on a wide range of projects, ranging from high-rise building to long span structures, in Dubai and Middle East. He is a principal engineer at e.construct/fnp- Dubai company.

Day 2 Workshop ( Design of Combined Pile Raft Foundation )

Date Wednesday 17th May 2017   Register  
Time 09:00am to 04:00pm
Venue Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai
Cost 300 AED (Working lunch to be served)

Prof. Harry Poulos


Prof. Rolf Katzenbach


Dr. Andrew Smith


Benoit Latapie

Workshop Agenda

The aim of the workshop is to work towards adoption of a methodology that will allow the effects of the base of the structure (essentially a very large pile cap) to be included in the assessment of the foundation design. This would allow more economical foundations to be designed.

The workshop will begin with a presentation from Professor Harry Poulos, describing the basic principles of the design of piles and pile groups, and in particular considering the interaction between the piles in a group. He will then extend this to consider the interaction between a pile group and a foundation raft. He will discuss the concepts involved and in particular the relationship between SLS design and ULS design.

Professor Katzenbach will present and discuss the existing ISSMGE guidelines to CPRF, Principle of design and optimizations, case studies related to CPRF, CPRF step by step design

Day 3 Site Visit
Date Thursday 18th May 2017  


Time 09:00am to 01:00pm
Venue Site Visit
Cost Free

The ICD Brookfield development will comprise a 290m tall tower with a 7-level basement (the deepest basement in Dubai). A 5-level basement was previously constructed on the sitealong with all the foundation piles. The basement was later backfilled when construction ceased in 2009.

Challenges of this development included the deepening of the basement, the construction of new deeper temporary retaining walls, pile re-use and construction in close proximity to adjacent structures. In addition, this is the first construction in Dubai where removable anchors have been used.

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