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WEDNESDAY, 06.6.2018

08:00 – 09:00   Registration for ITA training seminar “Risk Analysis and Management in Tunnelling”


09:00 – 18:30   ITA training seminar (Congress Hall 3) “Risk Analysis and Management in Tunnelling”

19:00 –              Welcome Reception (summer yard; with appropriate music); sponsored by KELLER

                          Exhibition Opening


THURSDAY, 07.6.2018

08:00 – 09:00    Registration

09:00 – 11:00    Opening Ceremony (Congress Hall 1) Chairman: prof. Ljupčo Dimitrievski (MKD), prof. Mario Manassero (ITA)

09:00 – 09:40    Opening Speeches

                          Prof. Gjorgje Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia

                          Prof. Charles W.W. Ng, President of ISSMGE, Hong Kong, China

                          Prof. Tarcisio B. Celestino, President of ITA, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                          Prof. Nikola Jankulovski, Rector of UCM

                          Prof. Mario Manassero, Vice-President of ISSMGE for Europe 2017-2021

                          Prof. Milorad Jovanovski, President of MAG, Chairman

09:40 – 09:50    Introductory Lecture

                          Some data about geotechnical engineering in the Republic of Macedonia

                          Prof. Milorad Jovanovski, President of MAG, Chairman

09:50 – 10:30    Lecture

                          Hydraulic failure by underseepage of dykes and levees

                          Prof. Heinz Brandl, Technical University in Vienna, Austria

10:30 – 11:00    Piano Performance by Maestro Simon Trpčeski

11:00                 Group photo of XVI DECGE participants

11:00 – 11:30    Coffee Break / Exhibition (Congress Hall 2); Sponsored by Faculty of Civil Engineering – Skopje

11:30 – 13:00    Plenary Session (Congress Hall 1) Chairman: prof. Charles W.W. Ng (HK), prof. Vlatko Šešov (MKD)

11:30 – 12:00    Lecture

                          Liquefaction Hazards from “Inherited Vulnerabilities”

                          Prof. Miško Čubrinovski, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

12:00 – 12:30    Lecture

                          Recent achievements in tunnelling industry: solving hot spots

                          Prof. Tarcisio B. Celestino, University of São Paulo, Brazil

12:30 – 13:00    Lecture

                          Green and sustainable remediation of polluted sites: new concept, assessment tools, and challenges

                          Prof. Krishna R. Reddy, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch

14:00 – 15:40    Parallel Sessions (Congress Hall 1, Congress Hall 3)

15:40 – 16:10    Coffee Break / Exhibition / Poster Session

16:10 – 18:10    Parallel Sessions (Congress Hall 1, Congress Hall 3)

18:10 – 18:30    Poster Session

18:30 –              Partial Saturation social event: testing typical Macedonian drinks (Congress Hall 2)


FRIDAY, 08.6.2018

09:30 – 10:30    Plenary Session (Congress Hall 1) Chairman: prof. Neil R. Taylor (UK), prof. Milorad Jovanovski (MKD)

09:00 – 09:30    Lecture

                          Geo-hydro-mechanics for quantitative landslide hazard assessment (QHA)

                          Prof. Cottechia Federica, Technical University of Bari, Italy

09:30 – 09:50    Lecture

                          Comparison of field loading test results of bored piles with bearing capacity analysis based on various standards

                          Prof. Ahmed Saglamer, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

09:50 – 10:10    Lecture

                          Optimized design of foundations on soil reinforced by floating columns

                          Prof. Mounir Bouassida, University of Tunis, El Manar, Tunis

10:10 – 10:30    Lecture

                          Design charts for geothermal piles under various thermo-mechanical conditions

                          Prof. Hussein Mroueh, University of Lille, France

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee Break / Exhibition (Congress Hall 2); Sponsored by Faculty of Civil Engineering – Skopje

11:00 – 12:50    Parallel Sessions (Congress Hall 1, Congress Hall 3)

             12:50    Exhibition

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch

14:00 – 15:30    Parallel Sessions (Congress Hall 1, Congress Hall 3)

15:30 – 16:00    Coffee Break / Exhibition / Poster Session

16:00 – 17:40    Parallel Sessions (Congress Hall 1, Congress Hall 3)

17:40 – 18:00    Meeting of the DECGE societies (Hall 2, mezzanine)

20:00 –              Gala Dinner - Loading case: Macedonian (Congress Hall 4)

                          Program: Macedonian folklore dance; compilation of domestic and international music

SATURDAY, 09.6.2018

09:00 – 10:30    Parallel Session, Topic “C” (Congress Hall 1)

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee Break sponsored by Pile Dynamics Inc. & SLP / Poster Session / Exhibition (Congress Hall 2);

11:00 – 12:00    Plenary Session (Congress Hall 1) Chairman: prof. Pedro Simao Seco e Pinto (POR), representative of next DECGE host

11:00 – 11:30    Lecture

                          Practical application of reliability-based design with examples including reliability assessment of  design approach DA2*

                          Prof. Peter Day, South African Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists

11:30 – 12:00    Lecture

                          Interaction of transport infrastructure with natural hazards (landslides, rock falls, floods)

                          Prof. Ivan Vaníček, Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

12:00 – 12:30    Exhibition (Congress Hall 2)

12:30 – 13:15    Closing Ceremony (Congress Hall 1) Chairman: prof. Roger Frank (FRA), prof. Milorad Jovanovski (MKD)

                          Closing remarks and reviews

                          Invitation for XVII DECGE

                          Music performance by m-r Niko Gorgievski

13:15 – 14:00    Lunch Pack / Farewell

14:00                 Technical Visits (departure from the venue)



After the Closing ceremony on 09.6., several both technical and touristic tours will be organized:

Field Trip 1: Demir Kapija-Smokvica section of Corridor 10 and visit of local winery

Field Trip 2: Miladinovci-Štip highway and visit of location with archaeological and geological specificities

Field Trip 3: Matka dam, visit of museum, St. Andrew’s / St. Mary’s monastery and boat trip to cave

Field Trip 4: Kozjak / Sv. Petka dam, sightseeing of improved high rock slopes and visit of Marko’s monastery



Rich and interesting program has been planned for the accompanying persons. During the first day (07.6.), a trip to the City and Lake Ohrid is planned, known as UNESCO’s Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites. The second day (08.6.) is dedicated to sightseeing of Skopje and introducing of its turbulent history and exciting quarts, while on the third day (09.6.) it is planned to take a look of the Skopje’s surrounding.