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Designing deep foundations in Dubai

Event organised by ICE

09 February 2023

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The "Design practices and research advancement in the design of deep foundation in Dubai sedimentary rock" is an in-person event that will focus on the safety, optimization, and sustainability of foundation systems for high-rise buildings in difficult soil and groundwater conditions, particularly in Dubai's sedimentary rock.

The lecture will showcase the latest research and design practices in this field, with a special emphasis on reducing construction material, construction time, energy consumption, and properly considering soil-foundation interaction.

Attendees will learn about the results of a comprehensive research program that investigated the bearing behaviour of Dubai sedimentary rock through field and laboratory tests, in-situ pile load tests, and numerical back-analysis using the Finite-Element-Method (FEM).

The research findings reveal that the stiffness of Dubai sedimentary rock is higher than previously assumed, leading to the potential for more optimized and efficient foundation designs for high-rise structures such as skyscrapers and bridge piers.

This event is a must-attend for the ICE members who want to stay informed about the latest developments in foundation design in Dubai's sedimentary rock, and learn how to design safer, more sustainable and optimized foundation systems.

Please note:The in-person event starts at 6pm UAE time at Heriot-Watt University Dubai and is addressed exclusively to ICE members.

Maximum number of participants is 35, due to the meeting room capacity.


Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Dubai Development Authority

Senior Manager - Geotechnical Engineering

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Dr. Marwan Alzaylaie

Dr.-Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie has been working at Dubai Development Authority (DDA), as Senior Manager-Geotechnical Engineering since 2006. His responsibilities include the review of geotechnical works design such as geotechnical investigation reports, shoring design, piling/deep foundation design, soil stability for open excavation, groundwater control and ground improvement design. Moreover, he supervises and monitors the geotechnical constructions sites within DDA jurisdictions. Also, he worked for Sharjah Municipality from 2002 to 2006 as a civil engineer.

Since 2015 Dr. Alzaylaie started teaching as part-time lecturer at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. He is involved in teaching geotechnical engineering courses and supervising the post and undergraduate students’ research. In 2021 he started teaching in Abu Dhabi University College of Engineering, Civil Engineering Department as Adjunct Faculty.

Dr. Alzaylaie obtained his PhD in civil/geotechnical engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany (TU Darmstadt). His PhD thesis was titled “Stiffness and Strength of Dubai Sedimentary Rock”, also he obtained his B.Sc. & M.Sc. in civil engineering from University of Sharjah (UoS), UAE.

Dr. Alzaylaie has published several papers in addition to serving as member of organizing committees for numerous international conferences. Furthermore, he is a Member for ISSMGE Technical Committee TC 217 (Land Reclamation) and the Secretary & Treasurer of Deep Foundation Institute Middle East (DFI Middle East).


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Valentina Cazan

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