Important Dates

Submission Deadline

(Full paper)

June 30,  2018

Submission Deadline


June 24,  2018
Author notificationwithin 2 weeks
Final versionJuly 31. 2018
RegistrationJuly 31. 2018
Main conferenceOct. 26-28, 2018   


Prof. Guoqian ChenDr. Mouloud Denai

2017 Best Paper


China University of Petroleum, China


Seul-Ki Stella Park

Pusan National University,South Korea


Byung Jae Kim

Mokpo National Maritime University, Republic of Korea


Keynote Speaker I


Prof. Ir. Dr. Hj. Ramli Nazir, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia 

Speech Title: Settlement on Reclaimed Island Due to Nearby Loading

Abstract: This keynote address will share the issue on excessive settlement on reclaimed island due to time interval expansion between the former and new area. North Butterworth Container Terminal in Penang Port, Malaysia was constructed on a reclaimed land in year 1996. Due to the urgency and financial constrain, the reclamations works was done with minimal soil improvement work. At present, the whole reclamations area had settle extensively to more than 1.5m. As port expand, the second phase of the reclamations which is peripheral to existing reclaimed island was completed in year 2008. The result of newly constructed reclaimed island makes the current settlement greater. At early stage of the settlement calculation, the degree of consolidation that should be in 2011 is to be about 45% which refer to a magnitude of 700mm. However in the period of 3 years after the construction of new peripheral island, an extra settlement of approximately 400mm had occurs making the total settlement in 2011 of 1.1m. Thus it is significant that the construction of the new reclaimed island has contributed towards the excess settlement experienced by the former island. If the settlement is not kept to tolerable limit, the desire use of the structure or infrastructure may be impaired and the design life of the structure may be reduced. Therefore, it is important to have a means of prediction of the amount of soil compression or consolidation that is anticipated to happen in future. It is also important to know the rate of consolidations well as the total consolidation to be expected. Predictive settlement for a new reclaimed area on soft layer is an engineering procedure of calculation. However, most of the reclaimed area will either be expanded or a new area will be constructed within the area. Thus, the earlier prediction settlement will be way out from the expectation. Increment of stress in the surrounding area will increase it magnitude. The reclaimed area will further settle than the initial expected settlement magnitude. This will finally create a problem to structure build that on it. It was thought to be an important issue in engineering to predict and anticipate future settlement as to ensure the safety of any structure constructions on reclaimed area. It was concluded that a detailed and rigorous settlement analysis should be put forward to overcome an unexpected settlement of reclaimed structure.

Bio: Ir. DR. Hj.Ramli bin Hj. Nazir is a Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at Geotechnical and Transportation Department, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia since 1989. Holds a B. Civil Eng.in 1983 from UTM and PhD from the University of Liverpool in 1994 and specialized in Geotechnical Engineering. He has more than 30 years' experience in the field of Geotechnical Engineering, specifically in Foundations, Ground Improvement and Geotechnical Forensics Engineering. He has published more than 100 technical papers and Journals related to his field of expertise. In addition as a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, he is also a Professional Engineer who have numerous experience as a Design Engineer, Design Checker and Geotechnical Technical Advisor to various government and private agencies which also involved in many Civil Forensic works including Structural and Infrastructures in Malaysia. In addition to engineering education and consultation activities, he is a Member of the Technical Committee on Eurocode 7 Malaysian Annex which responsible for regulating the use of Eurocode 7 according to local needs, Research Committee Members for Construction and Industrial Development Board of Malaysia, and Public Work Department Malaysia. He also provide an expertise support for Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and Public Work Department (JKR), in the design specification work for specialized work such as Soil Anchor and Load Testing. He is also a member of National Slope Failure Enquiry Commissioner. He is also an invited Geotechnical speaker for training and workshops to government and private technical agencies such as JKR, PETRONAS, SHELL, Malaysia Productivity Corporation and many more. Currently Prof. Ramli is a Deputy Director for Tropical Geoengineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.