Seventh International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG)


16–19 October 2023
Al Ain, UAE

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 seventh edition of the International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG). This edition will take place 16–19 October 2023 on the grounds of the UAEU in the Conference Auditorium of the Crescent Building. The success of the first six 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 seventh edition, and a decision to maintain the broad and active areas of near surface-related specialties.

The United Arab Emirates continues to build a sustainable, balanced, and diversified economy intended 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 2023 will concentrate on innovation, creativity, advances, and new approaches in the field of engineering/environmental geophysics and related fields that have global impact. In addition to the core engineering/environmental and geotechnical focuses of this coming event, special sessions in related applications of archaeology, monitoring, energy, and forensic geophysics will be included. Furthermore, international experts at the 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

Committee Co-Chair: Hakim Saibi, UAE University
Committee Co-Chair: Richard Miller, Kansas Geological Survey                                   

  • Ala Aldahan, UAE University
  • Aman Mwafy, UAE University
  • Anna Lim, Argeo
  • Chi Zhang, University of Vienna
  • Chih-Ping Lin, National Chiao Tung University
  • Christopher Leech, Geomatrix Earth Science Ltd
  • Elita Li, Purdue University
  • Essam Aboud, King Abdulaziz University
  • Haydar Baker, UAE University
  • Hitoshi Mikada, Kyoto University
  • Jianghai Xia, Zhejiang University
  • John Bradford, Colorado School of Mines
  • Khalid Al Bloushi, UAE University
  • Mohammed Abdel Zaher, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics
  • Mohammed Farfour, Sultan Qaboos University
  • Munjed Maraqa, UAE University
  • Niels Grobbe, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  • Reece Van Buren, South African Geophysical Association (SAGA)
  • Steve Sloan, Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Susan Webb, University of Witwatersrand
  • Takeshi Tsuji, University of Tokyo
  • Yan Jianguo, Wuhan University             


Adrienne Maxine Lara
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712856
Email: [email protected]


Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 18 September 2023)
US$740 (member) | US$860 (non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins from 19 September 2023 onwards)
US$815 (member) | US$935 (non-member) 

1-Day Local Registration Fee

Cancelation Policy

Written notice received by 14 September 2023 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus US$50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 14 September 2023. Substitutions are permissible with written approval by the event organizers. Notify Adrienne Maxine Lara ([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 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.

Conference Location Details – Al Ain City

Al Ain, the UAE’s Garden city isn’t just a treat for the eyes and the soul. It’s also home to some of the most unique experiences you can encounter. Abundant in natural beauty and rich history, Al Ain, which also happens to be the birthplace of the UAE’s late founding father, Sheikh Zayed, is the ideal destination to seek new adventures, explore the local culture or simply unwind. Roam around stunning green landscapes, explore history at UNESCO heritage sites, experience an adrenaline rush at the first man-made white water rafting facility in the region or disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city and stargaze from the second-highest peak in the UAE.

The question will never be what to do in Al Ain, but where do you begin exploring? With a laidback vibe, Al Ain aside from being home to several heritage sites, it is full of activities and adventures waiting to be explored. Here are some of the best experiences that await you in Al Ain.

Things to do in the Capital – Abu Dhabi City

Al Ain City is located approximately 160 kilometers (90-minute drive) east of the capital Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi is ideal for a short-day trip or a relaxing weekend getaway. It is the largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates and has a wide range of activities to suit all interests ranging from art, and culture to adventure and entertainment.

Activities in Abu Dhabi

Make the most of your stay by exploring the below activities in Abu Dhabi and book your tickets online:

Explore more activities in the city and plan out your visit


Hili Rayhaan by Rotana

Hili Rayhaan by Rotana is a stylish five-star hotel conveniently located in Al Ain’s popular Hili district, just 15 minutes from the city centre. Ideal for business or leisure travellers, the property provides guests with direct access to Hili Mall, which boasts more than 120 retail outlets, while the city’s world-famous archaeological sites and tourism attractions are close by.

Rooms have been negotiated for the following rate at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, UAE. You may book directly through this link – Hili Rayhaan by Rotana.

Rates are subject to LRA upon your booking request (Last Room Availability)

  • Classic Room – Single Occupancy: AED 350++ (includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi) per night
  • Classic Room – Double Occupancy: AED 400++ (includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi) per night

*Rates above includes taxes.

Ayla Hotel, Al Ain

Ayla Hotel is centrally located in Al Ain City, neighboring to the business complexes, tourism divisions and shopping centers. A district for leisure activities and corporate pursuits, from a touch of comfort in guest rooms, fitness facilities, food & beverage outlets to the state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Let Ayla Hotel be your starting point to explore all Al Ain has to offer.

Rooms have been negotiated for the following rate at Ayla Hotel, Al Ain, UAE. You may book directly through this link – Ayla Hotel Booking Link.

Rates are subject to LRA upon your booking request (Last Room Availability)

  • Classic King – Room – Single Occupancy: AED 216.80++ (breakfast NOT included, and Wi-Fi) per night
  • Classic King – Room – Single Occupancy: AED 280.80++ (includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi) per night

*Rates are subject to Service charge, 5%VAT, city tax and municipality fee.

Visa Information

For Visa requirements for entering Abu Dhabi, please contact the nearest U.A.E embassy. Please note, the event organizers do not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit us to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to UAE.

For more information, please refer to the below resources:

Technical Program

Panel Sessions

  • Innovations in mining and exploration geophysics to meet the demand for energy transition minerals
  • Role and contribution of near-surface geophysics to sustainable future

Keynote Speakers

  • Biondo Biondi, Stanford University
    Elita Li, Purdue University
    Enhedelihai Alex Nilot, National University of Singapore
    Jianghai Xia, Zhejiang University
    Klaus Holliger, University of Lausanne
    Paul Bauman, BGC Engineering
    Pavel Golikov, Saudi Aramco
    Yaoguo Li, Colorado School of Mines

Technical & Poster Sessions

  • CCS and Minerals Exploration
  • AI & Machine Learning
  • Technology and Methodological Advances
  • Geothermal and Hydrogeophysics
  • Best of ICEEG
  • Planetary and Lunar Geophysics
  • Geohazards and Risk
  • Case Studies in Engineering Geophysics
  • Method Development and Monitoring
  • Geohazards to Infrastructure

Pre-conference Seminar

Multiphysics approach in energy transition: Advances in Methodologies and Applications.

  • Date: 15 October
  • Duration: Half Day
  • Registration Fee: $150 (please email [email protected] to register for seminar)

Seminar Overview

Electromagnetic, gravity, magnetic, and seismic data provide valuable complementary information about the subsurface geology and dynamic processes. To leverage the diverse information provided by different data sets, applied geophysicists have been using multiple geophysical methods in different applications. The multiphysics approach enables the systematic use of these method in an integrated manner and is especially important in tackling challenges we are faced with in energy transition. We recombine and reconfigure the well-developed methods and their quantitative interpretation tools to increase the reliability and resolution of subsurface imaging.

This seminar will highlight some of the latest advances in this direction and consists of a set of lectures on multiphysics integration with a focus on electromagnetic, gravity, and magnetic geophysics. The lecture will range from data acquisition, to machine learning-assisted inversions, to applications.


  • Value of multiphysics data
    • Yaoguo Li, Colorado School of Mines
  • Physics-based ML Inversion of Multiphysics Data
    • Taqi Alyousuf, Saudi Aramco
  • A Multiphysics Framework for Reservoir Monitoring
    • Taqi Alyousuf, Saudi Aramco
  • Quasi-geology Model from Multiple Geophysical inversions
    • Yaoguo Li, Colorado School of Mines
  • Efficient Acquisition of Multiphysics Data using Ergodic Sampling
    • Mengli Zhang, Colorado School of Mines

Panel Discussion

Future perspectives on multiphysics technology and applications

Field Trip Overview

Join us on a field trip to explore the Geo-Engineering Properties of Carbonate Bedrocks of Al-Ain, UAE.

Karstic cavities are common structural features in the limestone bedrocks 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 and other more recent features of bedrock weathering.

Date: 19 October
Field Trip Leaders: Prof. Hasan Arman, Prof. Abdel-Rahman Fowler, Dr. Osman Abdelghany and Dr. Mahmoud Abu Saima.
Registration: Complimentary (30 seats available on a first come-first served basis)

  • Stop 1- Road Cutting Along the Eastern Limb of Jabal Hafit
  • Stop 2- Al Mubazara Area (Foot of Jabal Hafit)
  • Stop 3- Along the Road to the Top (Jabal Hafit Summit)
  • Stop 4- Sinkholes (Near Al Ain Zoo) on the Western Side of Jabal Hafit

For more detailed itinerary, please view Field Trip Brochure under Important Documents. To register, please fill in the field form waiver and submit to [email protected].

Exhibit & Sponsor

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with specific target audiences for optimum return on investment.

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

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closed:
19 June 2023

Early bird deadline:
18 September 2023

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