Conference Day: Thursday, 22 February 2018

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Registration and welcome refreshments

9:30 AM - 9:35 AM Chairman’s welcome remarks

Marwan Shahien, Head of Geotechnical Engineering, Hamza Associates

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Marwan Shahien

Head of Geotechnical Engineering
Hamza Associates

9:35 AM - 9:40 AM Keynote address by HE Dr Hesham Arafat, Minister, Ministry of Transport

His Excellency Minister Dr Hesham Arafat, Minister, Ministry of Transport

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His Excellency Minister Dr Hesham Arafat

Minister
Ministry of Transport

THE EGYPTIAN RENAISSANCE: PRESENTING THE CURRENT INFRASTRUCTURE MEGA PROJECTS IN THE COUNTRY

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM Overview on challenging soil types: soft clay, expansive soil and collapsible soil

Dr. Mamdouh Hamza, Chairman, Hamza Associates
The session will map out the different soil types across the different regions in the country and showcase the main soil improvement techniques utilised in mega projects.

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Dr. Mamdouh Hamza

Chairman
Hamza Associates

MEGA-PROJECTS CASE STUDIES: HOW TO DEAL WITH CHALLENGING SOIL TYPES

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM Project spotlight: Capital Group Properties’s Alborouj project

Amgad Hassanein, Chief Projects Officer, Capital Group Properties
Valued at $22 billion, Alborouj is one of the biggest residential projects in the country, set to include 30,000 housing units. The presentation will showcase the plans for underground infrastructure of the mega project and geotechnical issues encountered.

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Amgad Hassanein

Chief Projects Officer
Capital Group Properties

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM Project spotlight: General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone, East Port Said tunnelling project: a showcase of ground techniques for soft clay soils

Dr. Mohamed Aboeldahab, North Sector - PMO Director, General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone
Valued at $70 million, the site presents a challenging mixed soil featuring expansive and soft clay. The presentation also tackles the challenges connected to water infiltration, which increases the volume of the soil and finally generate structural problems.

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Dr. Mohamed Aboeldahab

North Sector - PMO Director
General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM Project spotlight: Assiut power plant: problem solving on collapsible clay soil

Eng. Ashraf El Far, Geotechnical Engineer, PGESCo
Valued at $100 million, the steam turbine power plant with a capacity of 650 MW in Assiut features a shell foundation and solid sand profile. In the presentation, the solution utilised to tackle these issues will highlight the use of shoring systems and sheet piled walls.

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Eng. Ashraf El Far

Geotechnical Engineer
PGESCo

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM Project spotlight: deep excavation in soft clay

The presentation will showcase the challenges related to deep excavation of soft clay layers and different scenarios used to stabilize the soft clay as well as side support systems and open excavation in soft clay will be presented

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Morning coffee and networking

GEOTECHNICAL BEST PRACTICES & TECHNIQUES IN OVERCOMING CHALLENGES: HOW TO DELIVER MEGA-PROJECTS ON TIME AND ON BUDGET

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM Tunnelling in complex geotechnical conditions

Prof. Yasser El Mossallamy, Consultant of Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Arcadis
This presentation will highlight the main challenges related to tunneling in challenging subground conditions. It will also showcase how the finite element method (FEM) can be used as powerful design tool in complicated geotechnical conditions to verify both stability as well as serviceability requirements. The case histories will cover TBM and NATM tunnel techniques in soil as well as in rock formations.

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Prof. Yasser El Mossallamy

Consultant of Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
Arcadis

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM Excavation techniques and advanced soil analysis: the case of Cairo international airport

Eng. Ahmed Afifi, Geotechnical Engineer, Hill International
Valued at $2 billion, the airport services 20 million people yearly. Deep excavation is a common part of development to utilise underground space in densely populated areas. Soil nailing is one such technique to exchange conventional retaining system for deep excavation.

Eng. Ahmed Afifi

Geotechnical Engineer
Hill International
The panel discussion will gather Egypt’s leading experts to discuss about successful soil assessment techniques, to be implemented in the early stages of projects in order to deliver mega-projects on time and on budget.

Dr. Anwar El Kadi

Vice President & Managing Director
Nile Engineering Consulting Bureau

Eng. Mahmoud Ali

Geotechnical Engineer
Construction Research Institute
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Ahmed Elwakeel

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
A&A Consultants

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Networking lunch

3:00 PM - 3:00 PM End of the conference

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.