Call for Abstracts
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Abstract submission : 10 March 2016
Notification of acceptance: 25 March 2016
Presentation submission  : 10 April 2016


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The 2016 DFI Middle East Conference will highlight how the concepts of Value Engineering have been used to develop cost and time effective foundation solutions. Abstracts and presentations are invited based around the following topics:

Ground Characterization

  • Advances of in-situ testing methods and techniques
  • Geotechnical risk-assessment in Ground Investigation practice
  • Best practices of sampling, parameter assessment and modeling of IGMs
  • Best site investigation practices for dewatering studies

Deep Foundation: Design and Construction Challenges

  • Design methods of drilled piles-The End Bearing Delima
  • Factors of Safety in pile design and the role of pile load tests
  • Base grouting advantages & limitations/applicability to IGMs
  • LRFD vs Global Safety Factor
  • Durability considerations for below ground structures
  • Basement construction - common pitfalls and how to avoid them

Dewatering Designs for Deep Excavations and Shoring

  • Dewatering challenges of deep excavations in low permeability IGM
  • Shoring options of deep excavations & interaction effects of surroundings
  • Seepage control and remediation

Information Modeling Systems

  • Applying Building Information Modeling principles to geotechnical
  • engineering as an integral part of asset life cycle information management

Ground Improvement of Weak Soils

  • Deep ground improvement for liquefaction mitigation & settlement control
  • Advances in Earthworks compaction technology
  • Seismicity and Liquefaction - current practices in UAE

Observational Method Applications

  • Instrumentation and monitoring, during & post construction stages
  • Soil-Structure interaction studies

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