Dr. Toby Roberts
WJ Groundwater-UK
Dr. Abdussamie M. Haimoni
Expert, CEO Office, Rail Agency
Roads and Transport Authority-UAE
Dr. John Endicott
Executive Director, Gotechnical Engineering
AECOM - Hong Kong
Toby Roberts has over 30 years' experience as an expert in the design and implementation of pumped groundwater control systems for large excavations, foundations and tunnels. He has extensive contract experience in the Middle East and Europe, and has acted as advisor for major international projects. Following a PhD in the design of dewatering system, Toby was a founder member and is now current chairman of the international dewatering contractor WJ Groundwater. He has particular expertise on recharge systems, in-tunnel well drilling techniques, numerical modelling of dewatering systems, design of pumping tests and groundwater remediation and treatment. He has published widely at international conferences and in journals on dewatering methods and technology and has recently co-authored CIRIA report C750, the forth coming UK design and practice guide for construction dewatering (updated from the current CIRIA publication C515). Dr Toby Roberts is a UK Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Geologist and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.Dr. Haimoni is currently serving as an Expert in the office of CEO, Rail Agency, RTA, Dubai. During this period he acted as a Project Director for Dubai Tram Project. Previously he served as a Deputy Director same Agency and oversaw the construction of Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines.

Before joining RTA Dr. Haimoni spent more than 20 years in the geotechnical industry in United Kingdom.
He is an AECOM Fellow in recognition for his expertise when working in ground engineering for over 40 years. Since 1975 he has been located in Hong Kong and working around South East Asia where he is well known for all aspects of geotechnical engineering.


His experience is broadly based. It includes involvement with more than 100 underground railway stations and associated tunnels. He has worked on many road tunnels and water tunnels with experience in Cut and Cover Method, NATM, Drill and Blast, and TBMs. His role has varied between geotechnical specialist, Project Director and Supervising Officer of tunnel projects.
He has also been engaged on slope works, foundations, and reclamations including Project Director for 980ha (2,420 acres) for the Hong Kong airport.


He has been an Expert Witness in several high profile cases including Arbitration for Stage 1 of the deep sewer tunnels in Hong Kong and for the Inquiry into the Collapse of the Nicoll Highway in Singapore.


He is Adjunct Professor at University of Hong Kong and at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Fellow Commoner at St Catharine's College Cambridge University.




Abdelrahman Zidane Technical Sa
Technical Sales Manager, Admixture Systems, Dubai and NE
BASF Construction Chemicals, UAE
Zidane has over 16 years of construction experience and 11 years of experience in the concrete and concrete admixture field. Prior to joining BASF, Zidane was a Site Manager with Laing O`Rourke in the Dubai Airport, Terminal 3 project, where he was the responsible for the departure level construction team of site engineers, Supervisors and foremen, Executed within the construction team the Departure level successfully 11 weeks ahead of the plan.

From 2002 through 2003, working for AIC, Zidane was the site engineer for the TOSHKA pumping station project in Egypt, Managed the site manpower and subcontractor workforce, Studying the drawing and implementing work on site as per the approved drawings.Zidane holds a BSC degree in Civil Engineering from AinShams University , Concrete Technology Certificate from The Institute of Concrete Technology U.K, in addition to several trainings in Sales/Project Management and Concrete Technology.
Andrew Lochaden
Geotechnical Engineer
Atkins Global, UAE
Dr.Lochaden holds a PhD from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and joined Atkins in the Middle East in 2012. Most recently, he has been heavily involved in the detailed design of retaining walls, bored tunnels and cross passages for Doha Metro Gold Line. He also has experience in the design of shallow and deep foundations, and deep shafts.
Bashar SaadiTaha
Manager, Rail NOC & Service Coordination Section, Rail Right of Way Dept., Rail Agency
Tahahas over 20 years in construction industry and academia. He joined RTA since 2006. Prior to that, he worked Workedin Iraq, Libya, UK, UAE. He was involved in mega projects such as the construction of Dubai metro red & green lines and construction Dubai Tram.

Tahaholds a Bachelor & Master degree in engineering from University of Technology Baghdad, and a PhD from University of West of England Bristol He has also gained experiences in teaching & research at: Polytechnique, Libya; University of west of England, Bristol; Napier University, Edinburgh; and British University in Dubai.
Basheer Ahmed Khan
Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Parsons International Limited, UAE
He is working in Parsons for the past 10 years and overall he got over 20 years of experience in Geotechnical field. He has Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Heriot Watt University and Masters of Science in Geology from University of Mysore, India.

Since 2001 he is in Dubai and part of most prestigious projects like Dubai Metro, BurjKhalifa, EthihadRailways, Palm Island, Safouhtram in addition to numerous RTA projects.
Benoit Meulewaeter
Design Project Manager
After studying Industrial Engineering in Brussels, Benoit received his Civil Engineering Degree in Louvain-La-NeuveUniversity with specialty in Geotechnics. He started his career in Brussels within BesixEngineering Department where the department is devoted to BesixProject around the world for tender and detail design stages. He specialized at first in computing geotechnics, and has been a member of the PlaxisDevelopment Community and the Belgian Soil Mechanic Group part of the ISSMGE. After 8 years of development in the field of geotechnicsand marine works, participating in major complex projects around the world, his position of Geotechnical Principal Engineer/Design Project Manager led him to BesixDubai Engineering Dept. Over the past 3 years in the UAE, Benoit participated in various Besixprojects including VLCC Jetty project in Fujairah.
Emad Sharif
Geotechnical Engineering Director
E Construct
Emad obtained B.Scin Civil Engineering from Alexandria University (Egypt), 1982 and M.ScDegree in Geotechnical Engineering From Stanford University in California, USA in 1984.He worked as lecturer of Geotechnical Courses in BirzeitUniversity ( in West Bank in Palestine before he joined ACES ( in 1994 as Palestine Region Manager, then
moved to UAE in 2004 as ACES Dubai and Oman Manager.

Highly experienced in different areas of geotechnical engineering including planning of site investigation campaigns for different purposes, interpretation of field and laboratory tests, preparing geotechnical design reports, conducting geotechnical studies on a variety of topics including foundation performance, piling and pile design for vertical and lateral loading, dewatering & shoring and anchored wall systems, deep excavations and slope stability in soil and rocks, liquefaction and deepground improvement.He joined e Construct ( as Geotechnical Engineering Director early 2016.
Dr. Eric Samson
Senior Researcher and R&D Director
Dr. Samson continues to develop theSTADIUM software which allows for the prediction of the degradation of concrete structures exposed to chemically aggressive environments. He is author or coauthor of over forty scientific papers in the field of service-life prediction of concrete structures. His experience combines knowledge of numerical techniques such as the finite element method, and in-depth knowledge of materials. Dr. Samson is a Member of the Quebec Association of Professional Engineers and RILEM.
Franz-Werner Gerressen
Director of Method Development Department
BAUER Maschinen, Germany
He Studied civil engineer at the RWTH Aachen. In 1992, he joined BAUER Spezialtiefbau, sister company of BAUER Maschinen, where he was responsible for departments like Construction of Diaphragm Walls and Ground Improvement. In 2004, he started the Department of Method Development for BAUER Maschinen, with a main focus on methods like CSM or FDP, Cased CFA, but also for slurry wall, piling and soil improvement in countries all over the world. He is a DFI member, member of soil mixing committee and board member of DFI-Europe.
Gert-Jan Roelevink
Maritime Project Manager
MUC Engineering, UAE
Gert-Jan Roelevinkis Maritime Project Manager at MUC Engineering. His background is Hydraulic Engineer, where he specialized in the design of coastal protection and port infrastructure and port master planning. As a Maritime Project Manage,rhis responsibilities are the management of port infrastructure design projects as well as the design engineering division at MUCoffice which consists of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineers, master planners and project managers totaling about 30.

Hadi KolootSenior
Geotechnical Engineer

Hadi is a Geotechnical Engineer with Sixteen years experience in civil and earthquake engineering, geotechnical design, site supervision and project management, responsible for planning, design, management and supervision of marine as well as onshore projects of various sectors. His major assignments include: Geotechnical Investigations; Design and supervision of ground improvements; Design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls and slope stability solutions;Finite element analysis;Seismic design and Liquefaction analysis
Hussein Hatata
Business development Manager (Foundations) in GCC,
SpieBatignolles, UAE
Geotechnical Engineer with 34 years of experience in special foundations works including shoring, grouting and deep foundations.Have participated in major landmarks projects in middle east (Cairo metro line one and two, Dubai metro, Adnocheadquarter, gate towers (Abu Dhabi), MasdarHeadquarter, Doha Metro, Chennai Metro, Al Haramainproject (KSA). Hussein holds a Bsc. Civil engineering from AinShams University Cairo Egypt and is a Member of Egyptian Code committee for Deep Foundations. Previously, he was GM Al Ghurairconstruction Foundations.
Associate Technical Director / Geotechnical and Tunnelling
Arcadis, UAE
Ilias current position (since December 2015) is Associate Technical Director / Geotechnical and Tunnellingof Arcadis. He is leading technically the Geotechnical and Tunnellingdesign group of Dubai office. He has 22 years of experience, working as tunnellingand geotechnical expert in major infrastructure projects, including among others: (a) Athens and Thessaloniki Metros in Greece, (b) the 700km EgnatiaMotorway in North Greece and (c) three major concession motorways in Greece of a total length 700km approximately.

From January 2012 until October 2015, Ilias established a successful co-operation with Deutsche BahnInternational by: (i) having a very active participation in the preparation of the Technical Specifications of Doha Metro Project, (ii) his involvement in the evaluation of the tender offers for the Red Line North contract of the Project, (iii) providing technical solutions and leading the design reviews of the main tunnellingand geotechnical design packages of Doha Metro Project. He is author of more than 25 scientific publications and has delivered until now 10 invited lectures to International and Regional Conferences on Tunnelling, Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.
Jason S. Hertz
Senior Staff Engineer
LanganInternational, USA
Jason has seven years of geotechnical and construction engineering experience working on complex support of excavation and foundation designs, tower crane/mobile crane designs, and other constructability engineering projects in the fast paced urbanenvironment of New York City. Jason's research interests include non-nuclear soil density testing devices, particularly a device utilizing the electrical properties of soil to determine in-situ soil properties, and geothermal energy foundations, which he studied at the University of Delaware and continues to research as a practicing engineer.
Jason Redgers
Regional Business Development Manager GCC
Menard Vibro, UAE
Mr Jason Redgershas been working in Ground Engineering for over 20 years. He started work at the Transport Research Laboratory in the UK, before moving to work on Infrastructure projects as a consultant in Africa and the Pacific. This led to a return to the UK working for Roger Bullivant, the UK largest ground engineering contractor before moving to the SoletancheGroup, working in the UAE and GCC on Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, Al RahaBeach, YasF1, SeebAirport, EMAL, covering piling, diaphragm walls, and all soil improvement techniques. He has worked as a designer, estimator, divisional manager and project manager and he is now the Regional Business Development Manager for Menard in the Middle East.
Joyshwin Hensley Sumputh
Business Line Manager -Deep Foundation Testing
FugroMiddle East, UAE
Joyshwin is responsible for the onshore and offshore deep foundation testing activities in the Middle East region. Promote FugroLOADTEST expertise with clients and develop market strategy. Propose alternative value engineering methods and applications to optimize foundation design for Clients and perform technical review of all foundation testing work executed within the region. Identify Client needs and develop the foundation testing services involving Fugrocross division services. Joyshwin is a DFI Member.
Karl Gunnar HOLTER
Technical Manager Underground Construction
Karl is an Engineering geologist, educated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, M.Sc(1990), PhD (2015). He worked at Consultant Sweco(Norway) for 5 years mainly as site engineer and Contractor Skanska for 4 years as site engineer. Since 2000, he joined BASF Construction Chemicals Europe, Zurich, Switzerland, as technical manager for injection and waterproofing. From 2011-2015, he is a PhD candidate at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway for research on the properties of sprayed concrete linings waterproofed with sprayed membranes
Keith Ryan
Deputy General Manager (Ground Engineering)
Keith Ryanis Deputy General Manager of ground engineering for VSL-INTRAFOR Middle East. Having qualified with an MSc. in civil engineering and construction management, Keith has predominately worked on the contracting side of our industry, with experiences focused on geotechnical engineering and techniques involved with major undergroundmass transit systems, deep foundations, shoring wall works and ground improvement works inglobal locations such as Ireland, Australia and the Middle East.
Mohd J Ahmed
Geotechnical Dept. Manager
Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES), UAE
Born in 1953(India) completed his Masters in the year 1975 in India and did his PG Diploma in Engineering Geology from ITC, Netherlands in 1988. With an experience of over 35 years in the field of engineering geology/ geotechique. He has been associates with many major hydropower, ultra tower and infrastructure projects in India, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Has over 60 professional publications and the author of 2 books. He isa life member of many professional societies like IAEG, ITA, ISRM, DFI.
Nicola Di Matteo
Regional Engineering Manager -Geoconsulting
FugroSurvey (Middle East) Ltd., UAE
Nicola Di Matteo manages Fugro'sConsultancy services for the Middle East and India Region. He has over 15 years experience with oil and gas, infrastructure projects. His experience spans the onshore, offshore and nearshore environments from contracting andengineering consultancy perspectives. Over the last 5 years he has coordinated Fugro'sgeotechnical and geoconsulitngworks in the Middle East and India Region. He has involved in managerial and technical capacity on large projects including the Upper ZakumField 750k for ZADCO from feasibility surveys to handover of islands for construction of super facilities, multiple reportingfor Saudi
Aramco offshore development campaigns, site preparation FEED and EPC support for the Sulphur refinery in ZOUR, coastal and reclamation projects in the Arabian Gulf, several studies for field redevelopment in Iraq on behalf of BGC and BP.
Nicolas Loubier
Senior Product Manager
Bentley Systems, UAE
Nicolas is a Senior Product Manager at Bentley Systems , spent7 years in Europe deploying mapping and data management solution, and then 13 years in North Americabuilding products ; started with geospatial server and web SGIS product now in charge of geotechnical and mining solution, which is a perfect fit with his geology background.
Oliver Vincent
Sales and Business Development Manager
WJ Groundwater Ltd (Middle East), UAE
Oliver is the MENA Sales and Business Development Manager for WJ Groundwater Ltd specialisingin the design and implementation of dewatering schemes for the construction industry. Having worked for WJ Groundwater in the UK for 4 years before moving to the Middle East, he have gained experience working on a wide range of Rail, Road, Basements, Coastal, and Remediation projects in both soil and rock strata.Prior to WJ, he read an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University and had three years experience working on geo-environmental and geotechnical site investigations in the UK
and the UAE.
Olivier Haye
Technical Director
Olivier Hayeis presently Technical Director of IntraforHK Ltd. and has been working in the Geotechnical Engineering field for the past 25 years. He graduated from the "EcoleSpécialedes TravauxPublics" in Paris in 1986. Having spent two years teaching Civil Engineering in Morocco, Olivier relocated to Hong Kong, spending his first six years there in a consultant's role with MaunsellGeotechnical Services Ltd and thereafter moving to specialist contractors. An expert in the field of ground engineering, Olivieris Technical Director in charge of the design and technical matters related to all foundations and ground improvement projects
handled by Intraforworldwide.
Dr. Qasim Humoud Al-Shamsi
Principal Accreditation Officer, Laboratories Accreditation Section,
Dubai Accreditation Department (DAC), Dubai Municipality, UAE
Dr. Al-Shamsiearned his Food Science (Food Production & Marketing), With over 12 years of experience, his extensive experiences include: Acting Head of Laboratories Accreditation Section; Accreditation decision making committee; DAC Advisory Technical Committee member; DAC Task Force Committees Secretary; Halal Food testing committee member; Working as Lead Assessor for ISO 17025 & ISO 15189 accreditationsand "Food Safety Award" Judge-Factories Sector. He is a qualified DAC Approved ISO 17025 Lead Assessor and DAC Approved ISO 15189 Lead Assessor
Rany Zein
Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Technical Manager
Total Foundations Solutions, UAE
Rany studied and graduated with masters in Engineering from the Lebanese university. He has more than 13 years' of experience, working on projects in the Middle East and Europe.
Rany plans and oversees the execution of geotechnical special works, Dams, marine and oil and gas facilities special foundationsprojects -site reconnaissance, and technical consultancy. He worked on four Earth dams through his career and made a lot of research on Soil classifications and soil parameters. Rany has acquired international experience in Identifying the needs and provide cost effective technical solutions to maritime and geotechnical Challenges.Rany provides geotechnical engineering recommendations for site development and Project Strategies.
Dr. Robert Thurner
Technical Director Middle East
Keller GrundbauGmbH, UAE
Dr. Thurner earned hisPh.D. and Bachelor from Graz University of Technology, Austria. He joined Keller in 2001 and was in various roles, he is currently the Technical Director Middle East. His area of expertise in in concept, design and execution of projects using various ground engineering techniques like anchors, low pressure grouting, all kind of piles, jet grouting, vibrostone columns, deep soil mixing etc. Numerical modelling of geotechnical problems. Site and project management of many different projects regarding foundation works, excavation pits and retaining structures.
Robin Dawson
Worked for 20 years in the construction industry as a contractor on projects which incorporated piling, some concrete but mostlysteel.In 1980 switched to manufacturing specialist piling equipment and associated products through his own business, Dawson Construction Plant.Most products are designed, developed and manufactured in house to increase piling productivity with enhanced safety. The company trades worldwide.Robin formally retired in 2008 but continues as Consultant.
Dr. Suresh Parashar
Head of Geotechnical Engineering
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), UAE
Dr. Suresh Parashar is head of Geotechnical Engineering at ENEC. He has more than 20 years international industry experience on projects relating to large diameter tunnels, underground shafts and pumping stations, highways, bridges, airports, and nuclear power plants and has worked in South East Asia, Middle East and USA. Dr. Suresh is a registered professional engineer in VA, USA and a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, USA.
Tony Gould
Technical Director
Tony is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has been instrumental in the design and developmentof proprietary hydraulic earthwork support equipment for over 30 years. He had consequently witnessed the scope of application for proprietary systems grow from small trench and manhole typeexcavations to vast heavily loaded cofferdams for basement support. He currently heads a 30+ strong team of temporary works engineers working on excavation support schemes both in the UK and oversees. As an acknowledged expert in his field, he regularly sits on national committees and advisory panels relating to below ground temporary works.