International Conference on Engineering Geophysics

9-12 October 2017 | United Arab Emirates University | Al Ain, UAE

Registration Open! | Applications for Innovation Award for Geophysics are now Closed


9-12 October 2017
United Arab Emirates University | Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

ICEG 2017 is endorsed by Emirates Scientists Council (ESC)

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 fourth edition of the International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG). This fourth edition will be October 9-12, 2017 and on the grounds of the UAEU in the Conference Auditorium of the Crescent Building.

The success of the first, second and third ICEGs is reflected by the number of participants and the great interest shown by and 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 has led to the third in the series and decision to extend the fields of interest to a wider range of near surface related specialties including groundwater, time-lapse, security, seismicity, and geothermal to name a few options. Beyond this 2017 event, this world class series will be broadened to allow sharing of the event with other regional partners with 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 through innovation and excellence as priorities. This conference has been designed and operated with those attributes and guidelines as drivers. Those 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 ICEG2017 are to concentrate on global innovation, creativity, advances, and new approaches in the field of engineering/environmental geophysics and in related fields. In addition to the core engineering/environmental and geotechnical focuses of this coming event, special sessions in related applications to Archaeology, Energy, and Forensic Geophysics. In addition, international experts at the very cutting edge of their science or engineering will be delivering 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.

Keynote Speaker

H. E. Dr. Eng. Abdulla Bilhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development of the UAE Government is the Keynote Speaker of the conference.


Schedule of Events

Sunday, 8 October

  • Icebreaker at UAEU – Crescent Building

Monday, 9 October

  • Registration, Technical Sessions, Exhibition
  • Opening Governmental Session
  • Women in Geoscience Panel: ‘Journey from Student to Young Professional’
  • Visit to Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium & Dinner

Tuesday, 10 October

  • Technical Sessions, Exhibition
  • Visit to Al-Ain Palace Museum & Dinner

Wednesday, 11 October

  • Technical Sessions, Exhibition
  • Industry Panel on ‘Best Practices in Near-Surface Geophysics’
  • Visit to Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre & Dinner

Thursday, 12 October

  • Technical Sessions, Exhibition
  • Conference Field Trip

Registration Categories

Registration fee covers the entire conference and includes Icebreaker (Sunday), Coffee Breaks (during meeting), Lunches (Monday-Thursday), Social Activities and Group Gala Dinner (Monday-Wednesday).

(from 10 August)

Member: US$625
Non-Member: US$725



One-Day Registration

Includes events, coffee breaks, lunches, and social activities scheduled for the day selected.

Monday Only Registration

Member: US$295
Non-Member: US$395

One-Day Registration: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday

Member: US$245
Non-Member: US$345

Cancellation Policy

Please contact

Meeting Venue

UAE University, Al Ain, UAE is the venue for the meetings, group lunches, and exhibition. We will host the Gala Dinner and social events within the Al Ain City.

Who should attend?

This will be an outstanding venue and opportunity to explore and acquaint with the many applications of near surface geophysics in this rapidly developing region. The mixture of academia, research, government, and industry attendees 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 must attend meeting for those in industry looking for business development opportunities in this very active and rapidly developing region. As well, researchers looking for those truly unique challenges, where ground stability, infrastructure, and characterization cross paths with thousands of years of history and cultural development, where the crossroads of many millennium of civilizations are part of everyday engineering problems. Academic and personal growth through information exchange and cultivating of collaborative relationships will no doubt be a principle underpinning that all those that attend will benefit from.

Travel Arrangements

Please visit to book your accommodation, airport transfer and visa requirements.

A shuttle service will be available to registered delegates to and from the conference venue and hotels.

Visa conditions

All rates are subject to change without prior notice.


The nationalities below do not need pre-arranged visas. Their visa can be obtained at the airport and is valid for 30 days (Single Entry).

GCC Nationals

(Gulf Cooperation Council member countries)
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia

Western Europe

United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland, Andorra, San Mario, Liechtenstein,  Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.


USA and Canada

Far East

Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong Australia and New Zealand

All other nationalities not mentioned above must submit a visa application prior to arrival.

Validity of the visa is for 30 days from the date of entry (Single Entry)

Cost per visa: $100.00

Visa child policy

If a child is registered in the parents’ passport, this must be clearly mentioned in the visa application.

If the child is a national who requires a tourist visa and is registered in the parents’ passport, NO FEES will be applied.

If the child holds his or her own passport, visa charges will be applied as per the adult rate.

Note: Temporary passport & travel documents will not receive a visa.

Terms & conditions

  • The Immigration Department is closed on Public Holidays, Fridays & Saturdays
  • The passport must be valid for a period of 6 months from the date of arrival in the UAE
  • Inaccurate details will result in processing delays, inconvenience to the clients on arrival, and additional charges levied by the authorities

The following documents are required when requesting a visa.

  • Scanned passport copy (color) of applicant

Visa is valid for one entry only. It is up to Immigration to accept or reject the visa application. Fees are non-refundable.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Participants in the workshop may generate an official invitation letter from SEG using the "Generate Invitation Letter" button. This form will generate a letter which you can print and use if required. For Visa requirements for entering Dubai, contact the UAE embassy for nearest you. Please note that SEG do not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to UAE.

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Technical Program

Technical topics to be covered

  1. Geohazards (Natural and Man-made)
  2. Engineering Geophysical methods
  3. Groundwater/Hydrogeophysics
  4. Archaeology and Archaeogeophysics
  5. Soil Characterization and Infrastructure Geoengineering
  6. Measurement Technology and Data Processing
  7. Anomaly Delineation and Classification
  8. Geotechnical Procedures (imaging and monitoring)
  9. Method Integration
  10. Environmental and Remediation Innovations
  11. Environmental Radioactivity
  12. Recent Advances in Inversion of Seismic and EM

Technical Keynote Speakers

Chih-Ping Lin, Professor Civil Engineering National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Lee Slater, Professor & Chair, Earth & Environmental Dept, Rutgers University, USA
Ugur Yaramanci, Former Director Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Germany

Invited Speakers

Carlos Santamarin, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, KSA 
Daniele Colombo, Geophysics Technology, EXPEC Advanced Research Center, Saudi Aramco, KSA 
Ernst Niederleithinger, BAM (Federal Institute for Material and Testing), Berlin, Germany 
Estella Atekwana, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, USA 
Evert Slob, Department of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands 
Florian Bleibinhaus, Dept of Applied Geosciences & Geophysics, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria 
Giorgio Cassiani, Padua University, Italy 
Julian Ivanov, KS Geological Survey, University of Kansas, USA 
Laura Valentina Socco, Politecnico di Torino – DIATI, Italy 
Maxwell Meju, Petronas Upstream – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Peng Yi, Hohai University, China 
Timothy Johnson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA 
Tomasz Herbich, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland 
Xiaolin L. Ho, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark 
Xiu Li, College of Geo-Engineering and Surveying, Chang’an University, China (Best of ICEEG) 
Zhaofa Zeng, Department of Geophysics, Jilin University, China 

Industry Program

Panel: Women in Geoscience - ‘Journey from Student to Young Professionals’

Moderator: Estella Atekwana, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, USA
Bukki Balogun, Arcadis
Nadia Halawi, ACES
Salma Al Hajeri, Mubadala Petroleum
Salwa Mubarak, Ministry of Energy, UAE

Panel: ‘Best Practices in Near-Surface Geophysics’

Moderator: Richard Miller
Christopher Leech, Geomatrix
Ian Hosking, AECOM
Ian Unsworth, Ail Group
Satar Hasan, Fugro

Technical Committee

Haydar Baker - Professor, Dept of Geology, UAEU
Rick Miller - Senior Scientist KS Geo Survey, University of Kansas
Ala Aldahan - Professor, Dept of Geology, UAEU
Aman Mwafy - Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Eng. Dept, UAEU
Chih-Ping Lin - Professor Civil Engineering National Chiao Tung University
Christopher Leech - Director and Founder, Geomatrix Earth Science LTD
Claudio Strobbia - Senior Geophysicist, Total
Hansruedi Maurer - Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Institute for Geophysics, ETH-Zurich
Jianghai Xia - Distinguished Professor, China University of Geosciences
Khalid Al-Bloushi - Head, Dept Geology, UAEU
Lee Slater - Professor & Chair, Earth & Envir Dept, Rutgers University
Nils Ryden - Associate Professor, Engineering Geology, Lund University
Remke Van Dam - Research Fellow, Fed. Center of Technol. Educ. of Minas Gerais
Steve Sloan - Research Geophysicist, US Army Engineer Research & Develop Center
Ugur Yaramanci - Former Director Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics

Student Participation

ICEG highly encourages international and regional students to participate in this much awaited conference. Oral presenters shortlisted by the technical committee as winners will receive travel grants to participate in the conference. ICEG committee will also be awarding two best oral presenters & one poster presenter at the conference gala dinner on Wednesday 11 October 2017. 

Exhibit and Sponsor

ICEG invites companies to exhibit and sponsor that support the following fields:

  • Geohazards (Natural and Man-made)
  • Engineering Geophysical Methods
  • Groundwater/Hydrogeophysics
  • Archaeology and Archaeogeophysics
  • Soil Characterization and Pavement Geoengineering
  • Measurement Technology and Data Processing
  • Anomaly Delineation and Classification
  • Geotechnical Procedures (Imaging and Monitoring)
  • Method Integration
  • Environmental and Remediation Innovations
  • Environmental Radioactivity

Booth Pricing

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

View floor plan

Exhibition Hours

Sunday, 8 October
17:00 - 19:00 (Icebreaker Reception)

Monday, 9 October
09:30 - 16:30

Tuesday, 10 October
09:30 - 16:30

Wednesday, 11 October
09:30 - 16:30

Thursday, 12 October
09:30 - 12:00

Sponsorship Opportunities

Boost your presence through one of these sponsorship items, which will bring notable attention to your company image and associated products, programs and services. Each sponsorship item includes company logo on all ICEG website and print marketing materials, and onsite signage during the event. All sponsors receive word of thanks and mention from the Chairman during the conference.

Gold $15,000

Company logo on Lanyard and Registration Desk

Silver $10,000

Bronze $7,500

Luncheon $5,000 - SOLD

Company logo on signage at entrance of the Luncheons

Academia/Student $5,000

Women in Geosciences $5,000

Delegate Bag $7,500

Company logo on the official conference amenity bag

Icebreaker Reception $5,000

Company logo on signage at entrance of the Icebreaker Reception

Coffee Breaks $3,000 - SOLD

Company logo on signage at entrance of the Coffee Breaks


For all exhibit and sponsorship inquiries, contact:

SEG Middle East
+971 4 372 4880 / +97156 1500153

Innovation Award

Innovation Award for Geophysics

Applications are now Closed

View at the UAEU website

Top three winners will win US $10,000, $7,000 and $5,000.

ICEG sponsors (UAE University and Al Ain City Municipality in collaboration with the SEG) announce an open invitation to all delegates of the 2017 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. The top three winners of the competition will receive cash prices of US $10,000, US $7,000 and US $5,000.

Article 1: Rules and Regulations

Statute of the Innovation Award in Geophysics describes the application and filtration procedure as well as judging and rating the candidates. The nomination for this award is open to all researchers, academics and working groups in the areas of Applied Geophysics. The application file covering the idea, the research, reviews by knowledgeable referees in the research area, and/or its application should be based on the Articles 2 and 3 of the Statute. This Award is linked to the International Conference on Geophysics and Engineering, which is being held every two years and organized by the United Arab Emirates University and Al Ain Municipality.

Article 2: Application Procedure

The following conditions govern applications for Innovation Award for Geophysics:

  1. Applicants to the Innovation Award must participate in the scientific program of the International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG).
  2. The applicant should submit his/her innovative concept in the form of a high quality scientific paper prior to the conference for the purpose of evaluation by the Committee of competent and recognized experts.
  3. The applicant must provide to the Evaluation Committee letters from two scientific or specialist (referee format) supporting the candidate’s submission.
  4. The applicant is to provide his/her Curriculum Vitae to the scientific committee.
  5. The applicant must provide the Committee with a list of the published scientific research related to the innovative concept or discovery.

Article 3: Evaluation Committee

The nominated Evaluation Committee of internationally competent experts will base its selection on the following points:

  1. The Committee shall select the relevant topics among the applicants who have completed their files in line with Article 2. The Committee will also seek the anonymous opinion(s) of known international expert(s).
  2. The Committee will select the best five innovative concepts or discoveries based on the evaluations of recognized experts in the particular field of the submission and the Committee.
  3. The Committee shall judge the selected five finalists’ submissions during a special prize oral session held before the opening ceremony of the conference.
  4. The committee will select the top three submissions based on the application, journal quality paper, and oral presentation.
  5. The Evaluation Committee will submit recommendations that will consist of rank order designations with a 100 to 250 word summary of each work and its significance to the science and profession to the Higher Award Steering Committee.

Article 4: The terms and rules of Application

The Evaluation Committee will accept the applications based on the following points:

  1. The idea must be creative and unique to the applicant (with an innovative character).
  2. It should have a scientific and practical impact and significance.
  3. The idea should be well development with a solid quantitative basis.
  4. It should have a direct and immediate application and practical impact.
  5. It should have wide application and impact.
  6. It should have a far reaching and effective applicability well into the future.

Article 5: Award Categories

First Category: The amount of the award to the winner of the first prize is of US $ 10,000 (Ten thousand US dollars)

Second Category: The amount of the award to the winner of the second prize is of US $ 7,000 (Seven thousand US dollars)

Third Category: the amount of the award to the winner of the third prize is of $ 5,000 (Five thousand US dollars)

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