Dr. Sean O’Neil
Global Technical Lead for Coastal Infrastructure
Conference Day One: Monday, 21 October 2019
Monday, October 21st, 2019
9:00 AM VISONARY PANEL: Reclaiming lost land: Identifying unique opportunities for island development to boost Middle East tourism and drive economic revenue
Over the past 15 years, land reclamation has been carried out all over the world for many different purposes, besides expansion, maritime ports and airports, land has also been created for housing projects, tourism and waterfront development.
We have seen a number of island project arise from the Middle East region such as the Palm Jumeirah, Deira Islands, The world, Yas Island and many more but what is next?
Key question: What’s in store for the Middle East in terms of island and waterfront development?
In this session, we will:
- Highlight successful island and waterfront development projects in the GCC
- Discuss upcoming island and reclamation land projects in the Middle East and opportunities for development
- How island development can contribute to tourism and entertainment GCC visions
- Identify what we can learn from international countries
3:30 PM INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Debating the environmental impact of land reclamation – is your island Eco friendly?
We often look to island development and costal projects as a way of making our cities more attractive to tourists and more economically successful – but at what cost?
This exclusive panel debate will discuss the impact of land reclamation on the environment and what key strategies we can put in place to avoid serious damage.
In this session, we will examine:
- Environmental impact assessment on land reclamation projects – the untold truth
- Best practices to monitor and assess land reclamation’s impacts on species, habitats and the marine ecosystems
- Hydrodynamic modelling techniques to ensure water quality and plume dispersion in land reclamation projects
Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
11:40 AM INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Dredging under the radar - Identifying areas of improvement in dredging and reclamation processes
Dredging practice and equipment has evolved considerably in recent years to increase efficiency and minimise the potential adverse effects on the environment. This exclusive session will identify up to date, modern strategies in dredging efficiency and land reclamation
Senior leadership will:
- Identify state-of-the art-dredging and reclamation techniques and solutions for the new generation of land reclamation
- Discuss optimizing processes in dredging and land reclamation work methods and equipment management
- Demonstrate technologies suitable for your dredging & land reclamation projects including environmental measures
1:45 PM INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Shoreline management to ensure the sustainable development and protection of Middle Eastern coasts
The coastlines of Dubai have undergone rapid transformation over the last 20 years due to significant infrastructural development along its shores. However we can no longer ignore that the climate is changing and the rising sea levels are a threat to our coasts.
As a result coastal structures are exposed to the unpredictable nature of the sea and other elements. This exclusive session will identify critical components of shoreline management to ensure the protection of Middle Eastern coasts.
Senior management will acknowledgement:
- Monitoring and predicting coastal and environmental changes in the Middle East
- Inspection and maintenance of coastal structures
- Geotechnical considerations in shoreline protection and lad reclamation
- How to use waves and tides as external opportunities in sustainable coastal design rather than perceiving them as problem generators
2:45 PM INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Conquering the sea - Why do land reclamation projects fail and what can we do to mitigate risk?
Artificial islands are an expensive and risky undertaking that can span decades. With billions of dollars being invested in island and waterfront projects It is essential to have an effective risk management strategy in place to avoid a costly nightmare.
Senior management will :
- Consider the consequences of artificial island projects that lack appropriate designs
- Identify flaws that can appear in the early stages of development to prevent redesign, reconstruction and safety issues
- Weather and climate change risks and the long-term effects
- Proactive maintenance strategies to predict and prevent failures before they happen