Fifth International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG)

21-24 Oct 2019 | Al Ain, UAE

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Panel Session

21-24 Oct 2019
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Special Plenary Panel: The Role of Engineering Geophysics in Climate Change Adaptation

22 October from 9:00–10:30 AM

The 2018 IPCC report on climate change predicts catastrophic consequences of climate change by 2040. To minimize the impact on humankind we must adapt. Coastal regions must be prepared to manage rising sea levels to include eroding coast lines and reengineering coastal infrastructure. Groundwater resources will be redistributed with some areas seeing more rapid depletion while other areas may find rising groundwater levels. Greater volatility in the atmosphere will result in more energetic storms potentially leading to more impactful storm hazards such as flash flooding.

ICEG 2019 will host an in-depth panel discussion of how geophysics can play a role in engineered solutions for climate change adaptation. This panel will bring together an international group of thought leaders to discuss fundamental research and application needs required to meet the societal challenges brought by our changing climate.

Panelists: Abdullatif Al-Shuhail, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals; Ana Barros, Duke University; Kenji Tanaka, Kyoto University; Tetsuya Sumi, Kyoto University
Moderator: John Bradford, Colorado School of Mines

Abdullatif Al-Shuhail is a Professor of Geophysics and Chairman of the Geosciences Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM). He founded and directed the Near Surface Seismic Investigation Consortium at KFUPM in 2006-2008. He has authored and co-authored 60+ journal and conference papers in the field of petroleum seismic exploration. He is a co-author of several books and co-inventor of several USPTO patents. His research interests include near-surface effects on petroleum seismic data, seismic investigation of fractured reservoirs, and ground penetrating radar.

Ana P. Barros is the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University. Her research is in Environmental Physics and interdisciplinary Hydrosciences including Remote Sensing, Hydrology and Hydroclimatic Sciences. Dr. Barros is a founding member and past-Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the ASCE. Dr. Barros is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Kenji Tanaka is currently Associate Professor in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University. His specialties are observation and numerical modeling of land surface processes and water resources engineering. He participates in several projects on the development of the next generation of land surface model, impact assessment of climate change on water resources, and real time monitoring of land surface states.

Tetsuya Sumi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering Kyoto University. His specialties are hydraulic engineering, dam engineering and civil engineering, with particular emphasis on sediment management of rivers and reservoirs, river restoration, dam operation, numerical modeling and field monitoring of sediment flushing, bypassing and replenishment. He is active in several projects on the integrated sediment management for reservoir sustainability and improvement of river basin environment. Recently he chaired the national committee on dam upgrading initiative. He is also leading international symposium of Flash Flood in Wadi Systems under the regional project of GADRI.

John Bradford is currently Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Dean of Earth Resource and Environmental Programs at the Colorado School of Mines. His research is focused on developing methodologies for quantitative analysis of near-surface seismic and ground-penetrating radar data with emphasis on using these tools to solve interdisciplinary science and engineering problems. He has published on a diverse array of topics that include hydrocarbon detection as both resource and contaminant, geothermal characterization, hydrogeophysics, glaciology, and archaeology. In 2015/2016 he served as the President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.


Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during conference), Lunches (Mon - Thur), and Social Activities in the evenings.

Full Registration Fee (begins 21 August 2019)
US $725 (members) | US $850 (non-members)*

Student Registration Fee
(Student non-members contact [email protected])
US $340

1-Day Registration for UAE Residents
(please contact [email protected])

Cancellation Policy

Please contact [email protected]

Conference Schedule

Sunday, 20 October
Registration, and Icebreaker Session

Monday, 21 October
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions, exhibition and social activity

Tuesday, 22 October
Morning and afternoon sessions, exhibition and social activity

Wednesday, 23 October
Morning and afternoon sessions, exhibition, and social activity

Thursday, 24 October
Morning and afternoon sessions, exhibition and field trip

Exhibition Hours

Sunday, 20 October
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Icebreaker Reception)
Monday, 21 October
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 22 October
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 23 October
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday, 24 October
09:30 am - 12:00 pm

Who Should Attend

This will be an outstanding venue and opportunity to explore the many applications of near-surface geophysics in this rapidly developing region. The mixture of attendees’ academic, research, government, and industry experience will provide the flavor, diversity, and challenges of regional problems, as well as insights into problems and solutions from other areas around the globe. This is a must-attend meeting for those looking for business development opportunities in this very active and rapidly developing region, as well as researchers looking for truly unique challenges, where ground stability, infrastructure, and characterization cross paths with thousands of years of history and cultural development. Through information exchange and cultivation of collaborative relationships, academic and personal growth will no doubt be a principle benefit to all those that attend.

Housing Reservations

For more travel information, or to reserve a room, visit the ICEG 2019 booking website.

For other housing inquiries, contact:
Mr. Amin Rafik
Senior Project Manager/ MICE & Groups Travel
[email protected]
[email protected]
Mobile: +971 (55) 245 - 9673

Technical Program


The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and Al Ain City Municipality (AAM), in partnership with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), are proud to announce the fifth edition of the International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG). This edition will take place 21–24 October 2019 on the grounds of the UAEU in the Conference Auditorium of the Crescent Building.

The success of the first four editions of the ICEG was reflected by the number of participants and the great interest and positive feedback from both local authorities and the international geo-community working with geophysical methods applied to engineering, environmental, archaeological, geotechnical, and forensic problems. Overwhelming encouragement from this community led to the fifth edition and a decision to expand the fields of interest to a wider range of near surface-related specialties including: groundwater, time-lapse, security, seismicity, and geothermal. Beyond this 2019 event, this world-class series will permit sharing of the event with other regional partners that have equivalent enthusiasm for the application of geophysics to near-surface problems.

The United Arab Emirates is building a sustainable, balanced, and diversified economy to ensure stability and prosperity with innovation and excellence as priorities. This conference has been designed and operated with those attributes and guidelines as drivers. These priorities speak to social responsibility and strongly signal the need for effective and technically sound engineering geophysics supporting regional growth. Therefore, the conscientious and rigorous application of engineering geophysics has become mandatory prior to approval of any construction project in Abu Dhabi Emirate.

The objectives of the ICEG 2019 will concentrate on global innovation, creativity, advances, and new approaches in the field of engineering/environmental geophysics and related fields. In addition to the core engineering/environmental and geotechnical focuses of this coming event, special sessions in related applications of archaeology, energy and forensic geophysics will be included. Furthermore, international experts at the very cutting edge of their disciplines will deliver keynote presentations on their latest research, experiences, future goals for engineering/environmental geophysics, and raising public awareness on the critical role of near-surface geophysics.

Technical Topics

  • Engineering geophysical methods
  • Near-surface geophysics to improve exploration geophysics (e.g. characterizing dunes)
  • Time-lapse monitoring
  • Unmanned geophysical survey (robotic/UAV)
  • Advanced geophysical tomographic methods
  • Anomaly delineation and classification
  • Method integration/joint inversion
  • Geohazards (natural & man-made)
  • Groundwater/hydrogeophysics (frack water, contamination, injection-induced seismicity)
  • Archaeology/archaeogeophysics
  • Geothermal and underground storage: geophysical exploration and monitoring
  • Soil characterization & pavement geoengineering
  • Geotechnical: geophysical determination of properties and parameters
  • Environmental radioactivity and remediation methods
  • Machine learning/AI in near surface characterization, information value

Main Keynote Speaker

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry

Technical Keynote Speakers

  • Hitoshi Mikada, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Jianghai Xia, School of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, China
  • John Bradford, Colorado School of Mines, United States of America
  • Rick Miller, Kansas Geological Survey, United States of America
  • Torleif Dahlin, Lund University, Sweden
  • Zhongbo Yu, Hohai University, Nanjing, China

Invited Speakers

  • Carlos Santamarina, King Abdullah University, Saudi Arabia
  • Eileen Martin, Virginia Tech, United States of America
  • Haijiang Zhang, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China
  • Jingtian Tang presented by Zhenyong Ren, Central South University, China
  • Jun Matsushima, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Kenji Tanaka , Kyoto University, Japan
  • Mats Svensson, Tyréns AB, Sweden
  • Mohamed Djeddi, FSTGAT-Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumedine, Algeria
  • Peng Yi, Hohai University, China
  • Sebastiano Foti, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Takeshi Tsuji, Earth Resource Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Tetsuya Sumi, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Whitney Trainor-Guitton, Colorado School of Mines, USA

Distinguished Speakers

  • Abdulrahman Alghamdi, KACST, Saudi Arabia
  • Andreas Pfaffhuber, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway
  • Andre Pugin, Natural Resources Canada, Canada
  • Binzhong Zhou, CSIRO, Australia
  • Cameron Walker, Walker Marine Geophysical Company, LLC , USA
  • Changchun Yin, Jilin University, China
  • Choon-Byong Park, Park Seismic LLC, USA
  • Daniele Colombo, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Gang Tian, Zhejiang University, China
  • Kinzo Kishida, Neubrex, Co. Ltd, Japan
  • Luis Gallardo, Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, Mexico
  • Niels Grobbe, University of Hawaii, USA
  • Peifen Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Sixin Liu, Jilin University, China
  • Tatsunori Ikeda, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), Kyushu University, Japan

Technical Committee


  • Haydar Baker - UAEU
  • Rick Miller - Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas, USA


  • Ala Aldahan, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Aman Mwafy, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Chih-Ping Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  • Christopher Leech, Geomatrix Earth Science Ltd. Bedfordshire, UK
  • Hakim Saibi, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Hitoshi Mikada, Dept Civil and Earth Res. Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan 
  • Jianghi Xia, China University of Geosciences, China
  • John Bradford, Geophysics Department Head, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • John Lane, Hydrogeophysics Branch, Earth System Processes Div, US Geological Survey, USA
  • Julian Ivanov, Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas, USA
  • Khalid Al-Bloushi, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Naif B. Alqahtani, National Center for Oil and Gas Technology | KACST, Saudi Arabia
  • Nils Ryden, Lund University, Sweden and KTH Royal Institute of Technolog, Stockholm, Sweden 
  • Steve Sloan, Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS, USA

Field Trip

ICEG Field Excursion – 24 OCTOBER 2019

Engineering features of the limestone bedrocks of Al Ain, UAE

Field Trip Itinerary

8:20 AM Assemble at Crescent Building, El Maqam University Campus
8:25 AM HSE briefing and field introduction by Field Trip Leaders
8:30 AM Depart from Crescent Building, El Maqam University Campus
1:30–2:30 PM Lunch at the summit of Jabal Hafit
3:00 pm Finish the field trip at the top of Jabal Hafit
Return to the ICEG official hotel

Field Trip Fee

FREE OF CHARGE for a maximum of 25 persons (on first-come first served basis).
Field Trip includes transportation, tour guides, snacks and drinks at tour stops, and hot lunch.

Registration Procedures

Participant must be registered for the ICEG 2019 in Al Ain, UAE before registering for the field trip. A maximum number of 25 participants can be accommodated due to limited space, registrations will be on a first-come basis. To register, please email [email protected] (Hyra Dalisay, Meeting Planner).

All registrations must be received by 15 October 2019. No late registrations will be accepted. Acceptance confirmation will be sent by email.

Important Aspects of the Tour

Karstic cavities are common structural features in the limestone basement rocks of Abu Dhabi Emirate, especially in the Dammam and the overlying Asmari Formations in Al-Ain city. These cavities constitute hazards for the stability of building foundations. This tour will visit areas affected by karstic cavitation, other more recent features of bedrock weathering and also hydrogeological features of Jabal Hafit.

Tour guides:
Prof. Hasan Arman, Dr. Abdel-Rahman Fowler, Dr. Osman Abdelghany and Dr. Saber Hussein

Tour Itinerary

Stop 1 – Jabal Mundassa
At Jabal Mundassa we will examine the coarse-grained fossiliferous bioclastic limestones of the Upper Cretaceous Simsima Formation, which have intensely developed fracturing described as stylolitic (dissolution along cracks by stress-increased solubility), veining (calcite healed opened cracks) and faults.

Stop 2 – Near Mazyad on the Eastern Side of Jabal Hafit
Sinkholes and other karstic features of the Dammam and Asmari limestone formations will be viewed near Mazyad on the eastern side of Jabal Hafit. In addition, the limestones in this area show recent surface cavitation (honeycomb) weathering related to wind and salt effects in an arid climate. Soluble gypsum/anhydrite is an important component of rocks in the Al-Ain area.

Stop 3 – Road cutting along the eastern limb of Jabal Hafit.
The beds here are steeply dipping fossiliferous limestones and soft marls of the Middle to Upper Eocene Dammam Formation. There are numerous fault structures and fibrous gypsum veins. The beds here apparently slipped over each other during the folding of the Hafit Anticline.

Stop 4 – Al Mubazara Area (Foot of Jabal Hafit)
At the Al Mubazara area (foot of Jabal Hafit) we pass through Middle Eocene nummulitic limestones and into the deepest unit in the Hafit Anticline – the Lower Eocene Rus Formation. This formation consists of fine-grained nodular structured limestones and limestones with chert nodules. A major strike-slip fault cuts through Lower-Middle Eocene rocks and may have been a conduit for hot spring waters in the past.

Reccommended items to bring on the Field Trip

  • Comfortable field shoes
  • Sun Protection – high SPF & sun glasses since sun is intense at high altitudes
  • 2 t-shirts, for layering (due to the weather condition)
  • 1 sweater to protect yourself from A/C condition
  • Hat/Cap to protect yourself from sun

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