Overview keynote speakers

Dinesh Patel, ARUP
Director at ARUP

With over 30 years’ experience of a diverse range of projects in the UK and overseas, Dinesh is considered an industry expert and thought leader in the field of geotechnical and soft ground engineering. He is also an expert on foundation reuse and carried out many projects where the reuse of foundations has resulted in beneficial impacts on Clients developments.   

He has extensive experience of geotechnical design and construction of deep basements and foundations in the UK and overseas. This ranges from design and technical reviews to resolution of construction issues for schemes ranging from basements with varying wall types and support systems, rafts, piled rafts, settlement reducing rafts and suspended piled slab. The 25-30m deep basements at Claridge below a live operational Hotel and the development of the new Hotel Leicester Square epitomizes the excellence he brings to geotechnical engineering and perceived schemes once considered unimaginable.   

Marc Lacazedieu, Menard 
CEO at Menard

Marc has wide experience in the Soil Improvement business. After receiving his MS degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole CentraleSupelec in 1996 he started on a jobsite in Egypt as design engineer and was then involved in many different projects all over the world before taking a managerial role at Menard.

The group under his leadership includes 3 business lines (Ground Improvement – Menard, Soil Investigation – ConeTec and Environmental Remediation – Remea).

Since taking the role as an executive leader in 2005 he has overseen the revenue growth of Menard Group by a factor of 15 and Menard is now established with permanent BU’s in over 30 countries. This growth was also fueled with 10 acquisitions of the period. Marc leads the overall group strategy and ensures its delivery.