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South West: Deep Basement Excavation

13 June 2019
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South West Regional Group
Ley Arms, Kenn, Devon EX6 7UW
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Managing Risk for a Deep Basement Excavation

This will be a great talk for those would are in or looking for work in the geotechnical industry and includes a number of interesting approaches for deep excavations and historic works.

The ICD Brookfield development will comprise a 290m tall tower with a 7-level basement (the second deepest basement in Dubai). A 5-level basement was previously constructed on the site along with all the foundation piles. The former basement was backfilled when the Global Financial Crisis caused construction to be ceased in 2009.

The risks on this project were predominantly associated with the previous construction. Particular challenges included the deepening of the basement to below the toe levels of the original retaining walls, the construction of new deeper temporary retaining walls, pile re-use and construction in close proximity to adjacent structures.

In addition, this is the first construction in Dubai where removable anchors have been used.

The presentation describes how the risks were assessed and how a basement construction strategy was developed to manage them.


Dr Andrew Smith, Technical Director, Coffey Geotechnics Ltd.

Dr. Andrew Smith of Coffey Geotechnics Ltd. will be talking on the challenges and solutions associated with the excavation of a 5 level basement in Dubai. 


6.30pm - talk starts - 7.00pm

Food will be provided.


Ley Arms
Devon EX6 7UW