October 3, 2017 - 5:15pm to 7:30pm

Save the date for the October Dinner Meeting!  . 

Failure of the Excavation Support System for the Infinity Tower in Dubai

In February 2007, the excavation support system for a 20 m deep basement excavation for the Infinity Tower in Dubai, UAE failed.  The site was located on a major canal immediately adjacent to the Persian Gulf.  The failure flooded the excavation within four minutes.  This presentation discusses the results of the root cause analysis, and the subsequent design and construction of the temporary support system to close the breach, dewater the excavation, and allow construction of the tower basement to resume.

Attendees will earn 1.0 hour of Continuing Education Credit. CE Certificates will be emailed after the event. 


About the Speaker

Mr. Nicoson is a Senior Professional engineer with GEI Consultants, Inc. in the Vernon Hills, IL office.  Mr. Nicoson has over 25 years of experience with the design and construction of excavation support systems and deep foundations.  He has been the lead engineer for the design and construction of major excavation support systems for projects including the Infinity Tower failure analysis, Boston Central Artery, Doha Convention Center and Tower in Doha, Qatar, and on the team that evaluated the design review and construction oversight practices of the Department of Buildings in New York City for excavation support systems.  He received a BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.





Please register by Friday, September 29 to guarantee your place. Registrations made after that time will be accommodated if possible, but cannot be guaranteed. 



Cliff Dwellers Club

200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor

Chicago, IL



Bibb Lettuce and Artichokes

Breast of Chicken Napa Valley




The registration fee is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.  Please note that Cliff Dwellers' bar only accepts credit cards; cash is no longer accepted. 


Cancellation Policy:

If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel by Friday, September 29.  If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.



David Horos ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Will Lueck ( Hayward Baker Inc. )
Ben Ruether ( Hayward Baker Inc. )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
John Conroyd ( Tishman Construction )
Mindy Flaherty ( Hilti )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
Ronald Boehm ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Kevin Conroy ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Elaine Shapiro ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Clyde Baker
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Antonio Antonio Jr. ( Antonio and Associates, P.C. )
Robert Davies ( H.R. Green Company )
Matthew Wagner ( Raths Raths and Johnson Inc )
Robert B. Johnson
Pinit Wichaimethawee ( Wolf Point Engineers & Contractors )
Seth Greenberg ( Jacobs )
Ken Nizamuddin ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )
Bethany Myelle ( Magnusson KIemencic Associates )
Bradley Young ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
paul koszarek ( Terracon )
Steve Nicoson ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
Abhiram Tammana ( THORNTON TOMASETTI )
Tony Kiefer ( Terracon )
Kerry Romack ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Kevin Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Rami Asfahani ( Ciorba Group )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Rigi Chackanad ( DSI America )