International Conference on Engineering Geophysics

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


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

ICEG 2017 was 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) presented the fourth edition of the International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG) on October 9-12, 2017 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.

ICEG2017 concentrated 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 event, special sessions were offered in related applications to Archaeology, Energy, and Forensic Geophysics. In addition, international experts at the very cutting edge of their science or engineering delivered 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 was the Keynote Speaker of the conference.

Technical Program

Technical topics 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 encouraged international and regional students to participate in this much awaited conference. Oral presenters shortlisted by the technical committee as winners received travel grants to participate in the conference. The ICEG committee also awarded the two best oral presenters & one poster presenter at the conference gala dinner on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. 

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