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Infinity Tower Excavation Collapse, Dubai, U.A.E.

Description Sponsored by the BSCES Geo-Institute, this dinner meeting features a analysis of the Infinity Tower Excavation Collapse
Status Open
Number of Days 1
Start Time 5:30 PM
Begin Date 01/27/2011
End Date 01/27/2011
Early Reg: 01/21/2011

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Location name: Radisson Hotel Boston
Location phone: 617-482-1800
City: Boston
State: MA
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January 27, 2011
Infinity Tower Excavation Collaspe, Dubai, U.A.E.
Sponsored by the BSCES Geo-Institute
William H. Walton, PE, SE
Vice President, GEI Consultants, Inc., Chicago, IL
Radisson Hotel,  200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA
5:30 PM Registration; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:15 PM Presentation
$55 Members, $65 Non-Members
$45 Public Sector Members, $55 Public Sector Non-Members
$40 Senior Members (65+), $25 Student Members
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The excavation for the 80-floor Infinity Tower in Dubai, U.A.E. was nearing completion when the supervision team noticed a slight movement and cracks in the diaphragm wall adjacent to the Dubai Marina. Management ordered an immediate evacuation of the site and nearly 100 workers escaped. The diaphragm wall crumbled within two minutes of cracks being noticed, and the excavation was completely flooded within four minutes on February  7,  2007.
Mr. Walton was the Principal Engineer responsible for the root cause failure analysis for the 22-meter- deep excavation retained by a slurry wall with earth anchors and corner bracing. He also led the remedial shoring designs to restore the excavation. The unique, twisting 1,000-foot-high tower has now been completed.
Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 21,  2011
Information/Registration:  You can egister to attend this meeting and pay by credit card online by clicking on the "Register" button above. To register online for an event at the BSCES member rate you must login using your BSCES assigned username and password.  If you do not know your BSCES member login information, contact Rich Keenan at 617/305-4110. To process your online payment the billing name and address must match the name and address of the credit card you are using. If you have difficulties registering online contact Faye Nelson at 617/305-4104 or  at
You can also register by contacting Collette Hathaway of GEI at If you have any dietary restrictions, please e-mail that information to Collette Hathaway. Cancellations received after January 21 and no-shows will be billed. This presentation provides 1.0  Professional Development Contact Hours (PDH)
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