ICE UAE Learned Event - Abu Dhabi -The Club - 14th March 2018

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM [GST]

The Club, Mina Sadiyar, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, 658, United Arab Emirates

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM [GST]

ICE UAE Learned Event

Innovative and cost-effective method of road embankment foundation design using basal reinforcement technique for Duqm roads project in Oman 

By Sreedhar Sreecharan - Technical Engineer – Maccaferri Middle East. 



High strength geosynthetic layers can be used as basal reinforcement for the construction of embankments over soft soils, satisfying the stability criteria laid by the international standards like BS 8006: 2016. Unidirectional high tensile strength geogrids like Paralink™ is well suited for basal reinforcement applications in Sabkha soil. Depending on the type and magnitude of expected settlement of foundation sabkha soil, this technique can be adopted replacing the conventional deep ground improvement solutions, for majority of the cases.


Through the case reference of basal reinforcement technique application for Duqm roads project in Oman, this paper briefly outlines the problems associated with the design and construction of embankments over soft sabkha soil commonly found in the Arabian Peninsula and the application of geosynthetic materials as basal reinforcement for stabilizing such embankments, avoiding time consuming and expensive deep ground improvement techniques generally adopted by the road designers.

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Speaker's Biography 

Sreedhar Sreecharan - Technical Engineer – Maccaferri Middle East 

Sreedhar Sreecharan is currently working as the ‘Technical Engineer’ with Maccaferri Middle East based at Dubai, UAE; a subsidiary of Officine Maccaferri Italy. His main responsibility is to promote Maccaferri’s technical solutions, develop designs and control all the technical aspects of the Company’s business in the gulf region. He possess around 7 years of working experience. Mr. Sreedhar graduated in Civil Engineering in 2009 and post graduated in Geotechnical Engineering in 2011. Thereafter he started industrial career as a 'Geotechnical Engineer' at ‘AARVEE Associates’, working with different types of Geotechnical Investigation companies. Later in 2017, joined Maccaferri Middle East as a 'Technical Engineer' responsible for propagation of the innovative Maccaferri technologies to various prospective Clients and Consultants. Mr. Sreedhar is experienced in designing of retaining walls and slopes, recommendations for various ground improvement techniques and designing of shallow and deep foundations.

ICE - Middle East

The Institution of Civil Engineers

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