08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Registration and welcome refreshments

09:00 AM - 09:05 AM Chairman’s welcome remarks

09:05 AM - 09:35 AM The troublemaking soils of Egypt

Mamdouh Hamza, Chairman, Hamza Associates
One of Egypt's leading geotechnical experts, Prof. Hamza has amassed considerable experience of Egypt's soils over the years. In this presentation, he will outline the various challenging soils types which engineers might encounter in Egypt and how to overcome these challenges.

Mamdouh Hamza

Hamza Associates

09:35 AM - 10:05 AM Expansive soils: Challenges and solutions

Remon Isaac, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Dar Al Handasah
In this presentation, Remon Isaac, a recognised expert in dealing with expansive soils, will outline some of the most salient challenges faced by these soils in Egypt, as well as sharing possible solutions.

Remon Isaac

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Dar Al Handasah

Case Study

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM Advances in the treatment of collapsible soils

Ashraf El Far, Geotechnical Team Leader, PGESCo
In this presentation, Ashraf El Far of PGESCo will outline how PGESCo has been able to advance the treatment of collapsible soils with reference to a number of their current power station projects, demonstrating how the solution depends on the degree of collapsibility of the soil, before making some recommendations for the audience

Ashraf El Far

Geotechnical Team Leader

10:35 AM - 11:20 AM Coffee and networking break


12:05 PM - 12:35 PM The Ministry of Housing’s Port Said projects

Ashraf Khalifa, Head of Structural Sector, Ministry of Housing, Egypt
Drawing upon recent experiences in Port Said, this presentation will outline how CPT tests were used by the Ministry of Housing in order to gain more information about deep soft clay strata and ultimately use piled raft foundations there for a number of residential tower buildings.

Ashraf Khalifa

Head of Structural Sector
Ministry of Housing, Egypt

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM Best practices for soil evaluation in collapsing soils

Marawan Shahien, Head of Geotechnical Engineering, Hamza Associates
Knowing what challenges you are facing in a project is half the challenge itself and soil evaluation is the best way of finding out early on what challenges a site may present. This presentation will outline best practices for soil evaluation in collapsing soils in order to improve understanding of how to identify collapsing soils.

Marawan Shahien

Head of Geotechnical Engineering
Hamza Associates

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM Networking lunch

2:05 PM - 2:35 PM Geoenvironmental impact of Egyptian soil formations

Mohamed Al-Gharieb Sakr, Director of Geotechnical Engineering Research Laboratory, Tanta University
In this presentation, the director of Tanta University’s geotechnical engineering research laboratory will examine the geoenvironmental impact of Egyptian soil formations.

Mohamed Al-Gharieb Sakr

Director of Geotechnical Engineering Research Laboratory
Tanta University

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM Dealing with the collapsible soil (pre-wetting/ compaction) in megaprojects in Egypt

Ahmed Elwakeel, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, A&A Consultants
This presentation will outline the merits of various methods to deal with collapsible soils with reference to mega projects in Egypt. Drawing upon his experience in recent projects such as the Al Shabab power plant phase II project, Ahmed Elwakeel of A&A Consultants will highlight how engineers can treat these soil types with pre-wetting and compaction.

Ahmed Elwakeel

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
A&A Consultants

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM How to mitigate the collapsibility potential of collapsible soils

Naema Ali, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Higher Institute for Engineering & Technology, Behera
The author of a 2015 paper on the performance of partially replaced collapsible soil, Dr. Naema is a recognised expert in collapsible soils. In this presentation, she will outline how engineers can mitigate the collapsibility potential of collapsible soils by outlining a tried and tested methodology.

Naema Ali

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Higher Institute for Engineering & Technology, Behera

3:35 PM - 11:59 PM Chairman’s closing remarks and end of conference day one

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