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

09:00 AM - 09:35 AM How to overcome construction difficulties using geotechnical investigation techniques

Ing Anwar Farouk El Kadi, Vice President and Managing Director, Nile Engineering Consulting Bureau
Many difficulties experienced in construction can be avoided by adequate geotechnical investigation. This presentation will show you which techniques they are able to employ in order to avoid costly construction difficulties

Ing Anwar Farouk El Kadi

Vice President and Managing Director
Nile Engineering Consulting Bureau

09:35 AM - 10:05 AM Retaining wall design: Reducing costs and improving efficiency

Emad El Beltagi, Professor of Construction Management, Mansoura University
An important part of any foundation work, retaining wall design can be both costly and time-consuming. In this session, a leading expert in the field of retaining walls will outline some best practices which engineers can apply to their work in order to reduce the costs and time taken in designing and constructing retaining walls without compromising on structural integrity.

Emad El Beltagi

Professor of Construction Management
Mansoura University

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM Bored pile construction methodology in very soft / soft clay soil types

With wide-ranging experience in geotechnical engineering in Egypt, Eng. Fathy Kamal has worked extensively in the soft soils of northern Egypt, developing great expertise in how to build in these soils. In this presentation, Eng. Fathy will outline to delegates how to work with bored piles in these conditions.

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

With a number of major construction projects taking place in the alluvial areas of the Nile and Northern Egypt, the question of how to deal with the effects of soft silt and clay-based soils is very much on the agenda for engineers in Egypt. Given the importance of this issue, this session will gather several of the country’s leading experts in dealing with soft soils in order to discuss how engineers can identify and overcome the issues caused by soft silt and clay with reference to the following points:
  • What obstacles are faced in projects situated on the soft soils around the Nile and Northern Egypt?
  • What needs to be done by engineers in order for these obstacles to be overcome?
  • How can engineers working in these soils reduce the time and money which they spend?


Moustafa Kamal El Ghamrawy

ECO El Ghamrawy

Tarek Thabet

Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Housing and Building National Research Centre

12:05 PM - 12:35 PM Treatment of soft clay soils: Best practices for Egyptian conditions

Sherif Abdelbaki, Owner, Active Brains Consulting
In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a leading expert how to treat soft soil types. There are many ways in which engineers approach the issue of making soft soils ready for load bearing and many of these can be very expensive, thus this session will focus on making this process more cost-effective and reducing the use of very long and costly piles.

Sherif Abdelbaki

Active Brains Consulting

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM Piled raft foundations: Use of creep piles to control settlement of raft foundations on soft clay

Tarek Thabet, Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Housing and Building National Research Centre
Creep piles offer a cost-effective alternative to friction piles when building in soft soil types such as those found in river deltas and those where layers of clay are present. In this presentation, Dr. Tarek Thabet of the Housing and Building National Research Centre will outline how creep piles can be used to control settlement in these conditions

Tarek Thabet

Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Housing and Building National Research Centre

1:05 PM - 1:15 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Networking lunch

2:15 PM - 11:59 PM End of conference day two

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