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Sustainable Geotechnical Engineering Talks at Big 5 Global

December 6, 2023

Dubai, UAE

DFI’s Middle East chapter is proud to be participating in Big 5 Global once again with its geotechnical talk featuring prominent DFI members (see agenda below).

Celebrating 43 years of excellence, Big 5 Global stands as the premier and most impactful construction event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Serving as the annual hub for the global construction industry, Big 5 Global attracts over 68,000 attendees from 150+ countries and hosts 2,200+ exhibitors at the renowned Dubai World Trade Centre from 4-7 December 2023. This unrivaled gathering provides an unparalleled opportunity for industry professionals to forge new business connections, expand their international networks, and gain insights from visionary innovators driving positive change in the field.

Big 5 Global comprehensively covers the entire construction cycle across dedicated sectors, featuring eight specialized events. These events include The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors and Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo. Attendees can explore a vast array of cutting-edge building solutions tailored to every stage of construction.

In addition to the exhibition, the event features esteemed summits, CPD-certified workshops, and the prestigious Big 5 Global Impact Awards. These initiatives foster collaboration, promote industry best practices, and provide effective solutions to address the challenges faced by the construction sector today.

Organized by dmg events, Big 5 Global extends a warm welcome to all pre-registered visitors, offering free access to this unmissable industry event.

6th December 2023 – Sustainable Geotechnical and Engineering Talks

Dubai World Trade Centre

10:30-10:40Welcome Note
10:40-10:50Opening Speech DFI
Dr. Salah Abdulatif Al Dilimi, Section Manager, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
10:50-11:00The establishment of the geotechnical and materials engineering committee in SOE
Prof Ghanim Kashwani, Founder Member of the Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Committee in SOE
11:00-11:30Innovative geotechnical technologies for sustainable structures
Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Khatzenbach, Managing Partner, Katzenbach Engineers
11:30-12:00Sustainable foundation solutions for complex megastructures
Prof. Deepankar Choudhury, Chair Professor and Head of Civil Engineering Department, IIT Bombay
12:00-12:30Geotechnical engineering & construction 4.0
Prof. Zoubir Lafhaj, President, IFCL
12:30-13:00Addressing infrastructure’s climate emergency with satellite technology.
Dr. Andrew Lees, Director, Geofem
14:10-14:50Panel Discussion:  Advanced & smart technology in the geotechnical industry 4.0

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie, Senior Manager- Geotechnical Engineering – Dubai Development Authority

Prof. Zoubir Lafhaj, President, IFCL
Dr. Andrew Lees, Director, Geofem
Dr. Cristian de Santos, CEO & Cofounder, SAALG Geomechanics
Dr. Nuha Alzayani, Assistant Professor, Chairperson of Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain
Dr. Rodina Alhosn, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Australian University, Kuwait
14:50-15:10Analysis of the soil-structure interaction for resource-efficient constructions
Prof. Steffen Leppla, Civil Engineering · Geomatics, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
15:10-15:30Geotechnical back analysis, plaxis, monitoring data, digital transformation
Dr. Cristian de Santos, CEO & Cofounder, SAALG Geomechanics
15:30-15:50Geotechnical considerations by the development of artificial Islands & hills
Dr. Mouad Lambarki, Director, Geotechnical and Survey, National Marine Dredging Company.
15:50-16:10The use of Geopolymer resin injections to provide sustainable geotechnical solutions on the infrastructure. 
What are geopolymer resins injections: this section will talk about the material properties of geopolymer resins, installation method and environmental credentials.
Applications of geopolymer injections on the infrastructure: Highways, Railways, Airports and Utilities

Dr Mohamed Wehbi, Technical Director, Geobear Global
16:10-16:30Title TBA
Dr. Waleed Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Daoud, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Australian University, Kuwait
16:30-16:50Rock Engineering
16:50-17:10Numerical analysis of tailings dams 
o   Drainage planning
o   Slope stability & reinforcement planning
o   Long term stability & observational methods

Chinmoy Pattanaik, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, MIDAS IT CO. LTD