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Geotechnical Conference

Below is the current conference schedule with confirmed speakers, talk titles and session titles. Times will be confirmed closer to the event.


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Wednesday 7th November


Keynote Speech

Qatar, a golden ticket for construction?

Doug Gillespie and Robert Latham

Programme Director, Mace/EC Harris and Project Director, WSP


Session One: Geotechnical Opportunities in the Middle East


Geophysics in the Middle East

Satar Hasan

Fugro Middle East


Groundwater Control in Arid Environments

Barry O'Sullivan

WJ Groundwater


Session Two: New challenges and approaches to Geotechnics in the Middle East


Eurocode 7 - A time of change

Professor David Norbury

Director, David Norbury Ltd & Sussex University


A Geostatistical Approach to the Design Values

Horatiu Corbeanu

Geotechnical Engineer, CH2M


Ground Engineering Design and Construction Experience in the Region

Paul Groves

Regional Director, Atkins


Session Three: Improving Quality and Efficiency in Geotechnical Practice


Quality in Ground Investigation - A Middle East Perspective

Andrew Slate

General Manager, Gulf Laboratories


The Variation of the Rus Formation in Qatar

Sallie Vest

Lead Engineering Geologist, CH2M


The Role of Laboratory Testing

Dr John Powell

Technical Director, Geolabs Limited


Using Drilling Fluids to Optimise Productivity

James Mansell

Managing Director, Clear Solutions International

Thursday 8th November


Keynote Speech

Collaboration - The Key to Success

Graham Snape

UK Trade and Investment


Session Four: Geotechnical Challenges for Infrastructure Projects in the Middle East


Safety and Control in Underground Construction: The importance of Instrumentation and Monitoring

Richard Marshall

Pre-Construction Manager, itmsoil


Monitoring Urban Tunnelling

Paul Thurlow

General Manager, Keller Getec



Typical Geotechnical Risks in the Middle East

Tayo Roberts

Hyder Consulting


Session Five: Advancing Geotechnical Best Practice


Self-boring, pre-bored hole and other pressuremeters

Clive Dalton

Director, Cambridge Insitu


Operational experiences with ROVDrill Mk2 - advances in subsea drilling and investigation

Mike Cowie

General Manager ROVDrill/Geotechnical, Canyon Offshore


Advanced use of wireless technologies in geotechnics

Grant Taylor

General Manager, MGS Geosense


Session Six: The Geotechnical Data Journey - Acquisition, handling, storing and BIM


The Value of Good Geotechnical Data Management

Dr Roger Chandler

Managing Director, Keynetix


Geotechnical Data Integration: The foundation of good Building Information Models (BIM)

Gary Logan

Director of Sales, Bentley Systems

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