Sixth International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG)

25 - 28 Oct 2021 | Virtual Conference

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Virtual Conference

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 Sixth edition of the International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG).

The success of the first five 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 sixth 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 2021 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. In ICEG2019, we had a strong preference from companies in the region and many of the talks were focused on near-surface challenges in deeper exploration geophysics imaging.

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 2021 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 Committee


  • Haydar Baker - UAEU
  • Rick Miller - Kansas Geological Survey


  • Ala Aldahan, UAE University
  • Chih-Ping Lin, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • Christopher Leech, Geomatrix Earth Science Ltd
  • George Apostolopoulos, National Technical University of Athens
  • Hakim Saibi, UAE University
  • Hitoshi Mikada, Kyoto University
  • Jianghi Xia, Zhejiang University
  • Jing Li, Jilin University
  • John Bradford, Colorado School of Mines
  • Khalid Alboushi, UAE University
  • Niels Grobbe, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • Reece Van Buren, SAGA (South African Geophysical Association)
  • Steve Sloan, Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Zhengyong Ren, Central China University


Anneke de Klerk
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +971 43712710
Email: [email protected]


Registration Fees

For Group Rates & Student Registrations, please contact [email protected].

Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 26 Sep 2021)
US$280 (member) | US$355 (non-member) 

Full Registration Fee (begins 27 Sep 2021)
US$380 (member) | US$415 (non-member) | US$95 (student)

Written notice received by 24 September 2021 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus US$50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 24 September 2021. Substitutions are permissible with written approval by the event organizers. Notify Anneke de Klerk [email protected] immediately to request a substitution.

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, technical innovations, 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 principal benefit to all those that attend.

Technical Program

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.

Keynote Presenters

  • Andrei Swidinsky, University of Toronto
  • Carlos Santamarina, KAUST
  • Chih-Ping Lin, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • David Lumley, University of Texas at Dallas
  • John Bradford, Colorado School of Mines
  • Junzo Kasahara, ENAA
  • Niels Grobbe, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • Richard Miller, Kansas Geological Survey
  • Ryosuke Uzuoka, Kyoto University
  • Wenke Zhao, Zhejiang University

Technical Sessions

  • Engineering Geophysical Methods
  • Geotechnical: Geophysical Determination of Properties & Parameters
  • Geothermal & Hydrogeophysics
  • Near Surface Geophysics to Improve Exploration Geophysics
  • Special Applications in Geophysics
  • Best of ICEEG
  • AI and Machine Learning in Engineering Geophysics
  • Geo-Resources
  • Advanced Geophysical Imaging and Characterization Methods
  • Advanced Geophysical Tomographic Methods
  • Advances in Acquisition and Sensor Technologies
  • Environmental & Geo-Hazards Studies

Panel Discussions

Don’t miss the engaging presentations & panel discussions on these important topics!

Panel Session Topics

  • Minerals and Metals Exploration in the Arabian Peninsula to Support the Energy Transition
  • Global Standards related to Engineering Geophysics
  • CO2 Monitoring and Management

25 October: Minerals and Metals Exploration in the Arabian Peninsula to Support the Energy Transition


  • Andrei Swidinsky, University of Toronto
  • Jeff L. Doebrich, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Sulaiman A. Alaabed (Alkaabi), UAEU


John Bradford, Colorado School of Mines

As world energy consumption continues to expand and with a shift to cleaner energy systems, demand for minerals will increase significantly to meet the needs of these low-carbon but mineral-intensive technologies. At the same time, scarcity of certain minerals threatens supply chains, which will necessitate exploration and development of resources that are more difficult to access and of lower grade than are currently economical. This increase in minerals demand will present significant opportunities to countries who are rich in resources, but underexplored such as those in the Arabian Peninsula. Growth in the minerals sector will also create demand for exploration geophysicists who can develop and apply imaging technologies to locate increasingly deeper and lower grade ore deposits. Additionally, increased mining will call for geophysical engineers to support mine development, and operations safety. We appear to be on the precipice of the next golden age for minerals and metals, and geophysicists need to be prepared to help make it happen.

26 October: Global Standards related to Engineering Geophysics


  • Haydar Baker, UAE University
  • Tomio Inazaki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • Thomas Fechner, Geotomographie
  • George Tuckwell, RSK


Chih-Ping Lin, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

The lack of testing standards is a key factor that keeps geophysical methods from being adopted more widely in geotechnical engineering and more general civil engineering. Different from scientific studies, engineering practice often involves public safety and requires standard specifications. ASTM International has included only two geophysical standards test methods, the cross-hole and down-hole seismic testing (ASTM D4428; ASTM D7400). D4428 is overdue for updating while D7400 was last updated in 2019 and is current. Many factors affect the choice of data acquisition and geophysical inversion. Different preferences are adopted by geophysical experts’ judgments, leaving engineers an impression that geophysical methods are very subjective. On one hand, it would be good for promoting the use of a geophysical method if it becomes a testing standard. On the other hand, many geophysicists may not like the idea of “being standardized” as they feel the important scientific judgments are removed from the equation. In this panel discussion, panel speakers will share their views of the necessity or significance of a testing standard, what it takes to become a standard, and the difference between a standard and a standard guide. We will also gather information regarding how standards and technical guides were established and practiced in different parts of the world. Discussions will then be solicited regarding whether it is worthwhile to develop more geophysical methods to be standardized, what methods are matured enough for such developments, and what studies need to be done before they can be standardized.

27 October: CO2 Monitoring and Management


  • David Lumley, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Ziqiu Xue, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
  • Dave Ponting, OpenGoSim

Moderator: TBC

Large-scale injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the earth started in the 1980’s for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Geological sequestration (injection and long-term storage) of industrial CO2 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions began in the 1990’s using saline aquifers and depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs. Today the two processes are being co-optimized as Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS). As a result, the time-lapse seismology community has gathered about 20-30 years of experience monitoring CO2 injection projects of various types and sizes, primarily using controlled active seismic sources and Large-N receiver arrays (e.g., 4D seismic). With CCUS regulatory policy now requiring 50-100 years of CO2 project monitoring, including during post-injection plume stabilization, the seismic community has no real practical experience monitoring on such long timeframes, which presents many challenges. It is likely that such long-term monitoring requirements will require a shift in thinking from expensive high-resolution active-source 4D seismic surveys, to lower cost, smaller footprint, near-continuous long-term passive seismic monitoring using microseismicity and ambient seismic noise (ASN). Near-surface non-seismic geophysical methods will also have key roles to play in order to measure and monitor seismic environmental non-repeatability factors, and provide complementary methods for detection of possible shallow leakage or natural seepage of CO2.

Exhibit & Sponsor

ICEG's First Virtual Exhibition

Due to the ongoing restrictions, the ICEG conference program and exhibition in 2021 will be delivered virtually, providing exhibitors a unique marketing opportunity and global reach.

Why should I exhibit virtually?

  • Up to 6 exhibitors will be included in the technical program for a product showcase/demonstration followed by live Q&A.
  • Export visitor analytics and connections at the click of a button
  • The virtual exhibition will be open to the public, providing an opportunity to connect with a much wider audience on a global scale.

Benefits of Sponsoring the Conference

  • Gain more visibility by getting a direct connection to your audience
  • New sponsorship categories available to ensure there is several options for all companies - starting from as low as $1,500
  • Increase brand visibility with an online global audience reach
  • One of the most established geotechnical conferences running since 2011 with a consistent growth edition by edition
  • Variety of sponsorship packages available to put you in the driver seat based on your budget and business goals
  • Demonstrate your commitment and support through industry engagement during these extraordinary times

For a detailed list of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please email us at [email protected].

Register now!

Important Dates

Early Bird Registration Ends:
26 September

Call for Abstracts closed:
15 August 2021

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