Fifth International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG)

21-24 Oct 2019 | Al Ain, UAE

Early Bird Registration closes on 20 August 2019!


21-24 Oct 2019
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Panel Discussion on "The Role of Engineering Geophysics in the Climate Change"

Panelists: Ana Barros, Duke University; Kenji Tanaka, University of Tokyo; Tetsuya Sumi, Kyoto University
Moderator: John Bradford, Colorado School of Mines

Registration Categories

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

Early Bird Registration Fee (expires 20 August 2019)
US $650 (members) | US $775 (non-members)*

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

Student Registration Fee
US $340

Cancellation Policy

Please contact

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

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
Mobile: +971 (55) 245 - 9673

Pre- Conference Course

Short Course

Practical Seismic Surface Wave Methods: Basics to Cutting Edge
19 October 2019 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi 
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Questions? Email Bhavana Raj for more information on this Short Course.

Course Fee

Course registration fee: US $295 (members) US $395 (nonmembers)

Instructor Details

Dr. Julian Ivanov, Research Geophysicist/Programmer/Instructor – Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas. View detailed bio.

Course Details

This one-day short course introduces the most important theoretical and practical aspects of the multi-channel analysis of surface waves (MASW) method by the lead research group at Kansas Geological Survey, where the method was originally developed. Attendees will be exposed to the most current approaches for using Rayleigh, Scholte, and Love surface waves for the estimations of 1D shear-wave velocity (Vs) vertical profiles to depths of a few tens of meters, extendable to 2D and 3D volumes.

Various practical topics related to MASW data acquisition and analysis will be covered, including:

  • the use of active and passive sources
  • optimum source distance and spread-size determination
  • dispersion-curve imaging using conventional and high-resolution methods (e.g., HRLRT)
  • fundamental- and higher-mode evaluations
  • inversion of fundamental- and multi-mode Rayleigh, Scholte, and Love-wave dispersion curves with the incorporation of 2D compressional-wave velocity (Vp) and density a-priori information
  • construction of 2D Vs images with topography and variable depth, etc.

Advanced topics may include:

  • stitching/blending dispersion-curve images for optimizing horizontal resolution and maximum investigation depth
  • challenging dispersion-curve patterns
  • impacts of a-priori density trends on inver­sion results
  • Rayleigh-wave atten­uation measurements and inversion for Qs (±Qp)

The course may also exam­ine case studies, such as:

  • mapping bedrock
  • mapping fault zones
  • 3D characteristics of seismic properties
  • studying levees
  • studying voids, etc.

*All as a means to help evaluate and appreciate the range of applications currently employing the MASW method.

Attendees are provided software during the short course for a hands-on experience and to evaluate the MASW method in class as well as the option for practice backat their office. The goal of the short course is to develop an understanding and skill set for participants to confidently incorporate the MASW method in their work.

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

Opening Address

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
  • Maxim Smirnov, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  • Rick Miller, Kansas Geological Survey, United States of America
  • 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 (Zhenyong Ren), Central South University, China
  • Jong-Sub Lee, Korea University, S. Korea
  • 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
  • Torleif Dahlin, Lund University, Sweden
  • 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
  • Elita Li, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 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
  • Tariq Alkhalifah, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 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

Innovation Award for Geophysics

It is with great pleasure that the ICEG sponsors (UAE University and Al Ain City Municipality in collaboration with the SEG) announce an open invitation to all delegates of the 2019 ICEG Conference to participate in a peer-judged competition in search of significant contribution to applied near-surface geophysics. This award focuses on innovative contributions that substantially advance the application of geophysics to near-surface problems.


This competition is designed to both attract and recognize internationally renowned and respected researchers in near-surface geophysics and provide a unique opportunity for all in the near-surface geophysical community to judge for themselves some of the most monumental contributions of our time to our science and society. This is the first competition of its kind, and award winners will no doubt establish and solidify themselves as recognized leaders at the forefront of their field.

Meeting attendees wishing to join a distinguished pool of candidates being considered for one of five finalist positions in the Innovation Award oral session should submit a paper and accompanying application, as described on the conference web page.

The submission, review, and winner selection process will generally be as follows:

  1. Submit abstract via standard submission by deadline for conference abstracts
  2. Author sends separate email indicating desire to be considered for awards
  3. Technical committee reviews candidate abstracts for award and creates finalist list
  4. Selected authors will be requested to submit a white paper and reference letters
  5. Documents reviewed,  five finalists selected to present at pre-conference session
  6. During pre-conference session, invited judges/reviewers evaluate presentations and materials and make recommendations
  7. Technical committee reviews recommendations and selects winner
  8. Awards will be presented during the opening ceremony

Exhibit and Sponsor

Expand your reach to the Middle East, exhibit or sponsor the Fifth International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG) and gain insight from over 350 attendees from over 30 countries in this highly innovative conference.

For all exhibit and sponsorship inquiries, contact Anneke De Klerk.

Sponsorship Levels

For more details on sponsorship levels view the Exhibition & Sponsorship Brochure.

Exhibition Information

The exhibition will run in conjunction with the conference program. View the ICEG Exhibition Floor Plan.


One booth package: US $1,685

Each 3 m x 3 m = 9 m booth package receives:

  • One (1) full delegate registration
  • Shell scheme walls
  • One (1) desk
  • Two (2) chairs
  • Electrical supply

Rate is subject to 5% UAE VAT


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

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Important Dates

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
20 August 2019

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