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Keynote Speakers

The conference program features four Keynote Lectures by the following internationally renowned experts:
 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach
Director of Geotechnical Engineering Institute and Laboratory
Technical University Darmstadt
Germany

  
Dr. Ronald B.J. Brinkgreve
Associate Professor / Manager of Research & Projects
TU Delft and Plaxis
The Netherlands
  
Dr. Silvano Marchetti
Professor
University of L`Aqulia
Italy
  

Dr. Yoichi Watabe
Director of Geotechnical Engineering
Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI)
Japan

  

 

 

 
 

Day 1: Wednesday 2 April 2014

08:30-09:15

Coffee and Refreshments - Main Foyer

09:15-09:30

Opening Remarks
Khaldoun Fahoum, DFI Middle East Committee Chair
Jihad Nader, American University in Dubai

09:30-10:15
Eminent Lecturer

Value engineering for deep foundation challenges
Rolf Katzenbach  |   TU Darmstadt, Germany

10:15-10:45

Coffee Break - Main Foyer

10:45-12:15

Session A: Site Characterization

Use of MASW to improve geotechnical site characterization of the Brainerd Levee
Amin Tomeh  |   Matrix Engineering Group, USA

Deep foundation systems in difficult soil conditions
Steffen Leppla |  TU Darmstadt, Germany

Case studies in soil investigations and pile testing in the UAE
Mohammad Mukaddam  |   Al Hai & Al Mukaddam for Geotechnical Works, UAE

12:15-13:30

Lunch - Room E-421

13:30-14:00

Guest Lecturer

Construction of Haneda Airport`s fourth runway: hybrid reclamation and piled pier structure
Yoichi Watabe |  Port and Airport Research Institute, Japan

14:00-15:30

Session B: Basements and Underground Structures

Static and dynamic responses of non-yielding basement walls adjacent to compacted sand
Magdi El-Emam  |   American University of Sharjah, UAE

Single shell waterproofing options for below ground construction in the Middle East
Nick Chittenden  |   BASF, UAE

Durability and service life of concrete piles and deep foundations in the Gulf region
Mohamad Nagi  |   American University in Dubai, UAE

15:30-16:00

Coffee Break - Main Foyer

16:00-17:15

Session C: Ground Improvement

State-of-the-art improvement of ground conditions in urban areas: three case studies
Mario Ruggiero  |   SIREG  SPA, Italy

Rock slope stability assessment - some case studies from the Middle East
Emad Y. Sharif and Mohd J. Ahmed  |   Arab Center for Engineering Studies, UAE

Local experiences in ground improvement
Jason Redgers  |   Menard Vibro Middle East, UAE

 

 

Day 2: Thursday 3 April 2014

08:00-09:00

Coffee and Refreshments - Main Foyer

09:00-09:30
Guest Lecturer

Efficient modelling of pile foundations in the finite element method
Ronald Brinkgreve  |   TU Delft, The Netherlands

09:30-10:15
Eminent lecturer

Settlement prediction and liquefaction analysis from the Flat Dilatometer Test
Silvano Marchetti  |   L`Aquila University, Italy

10:15-10:45

Coffee Break - Main Foyer

10:45-11:15

Guest Lecturer

Earthquake-resistant design of tailing dams and pile foundations-case studies from India
Deepankar Choudhury  |   IIT Bombay, India

11:15-12:15

Session D: Earth Retention Systems

Behavior of instrumented deep anchored diaphragm wall in soft rock: case study
Amr Degwe  |   NSCC International, UAE

Behavior of a circular secant pile wall vertical shaft subjected to earth pressures
Alper Turan  |   American University of Sharjah, UAE

12:15-12:45
Guest Lecturer

Geotechnical evaluation and finite element analysis of railway track foundation
J.T. Shahu  |   IIT Delhi, India

12:45-13:00

Closing Session: Alaa Ashmawy, American University in Dubai

 

Call for Nominations-DFI Middle East Committee Elections

 

Award Announcements
DFIMEC2014 Best Abstract Award
DFIMEC2014 Best Presentation Award

 

Closing Remarks

15:00-19:30

Site Visit and Dinner ( by invitation or registration only )
Departing AUD by bus at 15:00

 
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