7-8 June 2022

Address Hotel Dubai Marina

Agenda

PROPTECH

Timings in Gulf Standard Time

Day 1: 07 June 2022

07:00 Badges available for collection
08.00 Morning networking
Keynotes
09.00

Global trends in PropTech, How PropTech works, Re-establishing the value chain

Digital Asset Management

11:20 Morning networking break
Track 1 Track 2
11:50 Digital asset management Netzero/decarbonising the built environment
13.30 Networking lunch
14.30 Digital property management Netzero/decarbonising the built environment
17.00 Conference close

Day 2: 08 June 2022

07.00 Badges available for collection
08.00 Morning networking
Keynotes
09.00

Energy & water benchmarks for existing buildings

Understanding Esco model

11.20 Morning networking break
Track 1 Track 2
11.50 Digital facility management Digital twins in built environment
12.15 Digital community management Digital twins in built environment
14.00 Conference close
14.30 Awards drinks reception & networking
15.30 Awards ceremony start (with seated lunch)

CONTECH

Timings in Gulf Standard Time

Day 1: 07 June 2022

07.00 Badges available for collection
08.00 Morning networking
Keynotes
09.00

Master planning low carbon communities, what is stopping true digital transformation in AEC?

Rethinking industry processes to enable digital transformation

11.20 Morning networking break
Track 1 Track 2
11.50 Virtual construction – making better decisions through immersive experiences Netzero/decarbonising the built environment
13.30 Networking lunch
14.30 ERP transformation, IOT and connected devices, cloud Netzero/decarbonising the built environment
17.00 Conference close

Day 2: 08 June 2022

07.00 Badges available for collection
08.00 Morning networking
Keynotes
09.00

Transforming a nation’s construction sector

RPA, AI and machine learning

11.20 Morning networking break
Track 1 Track 2
11.50 Industralised construction (DfMA, modular, prefabrication) Digital twins in built environment
12.15 3D Printing, Green building materials Digital twins in built environment
14.00 Conference close
14.30 Awards drinks reception
15.30 Awards ceremony start (with seated lunch)
Day 1: Tuesday, 07 June 2022
08.00

Registration and networking

09.00

Opening remarks

Phil Higgins, Director, Ventures Middle East (confirmed)

The Keynotes
09.10

Global trends in PropTech

PropTech (Property Technology) refers to the software, tools, platforms, apps, websites, and other digital solutions employed by Real estate practitioners, from brokers and appraisers to property managers, architects and construction managers. It encompasses ConTech (construction technology) and CREtech (commercial real estate) and overlaps with Fintech. Proptech improves efficiency and facilitates buying, selling, leasing, managing, appraising, financing, marketing, developing, designing, building, and investing. This opening session sets out the global trends in the PropTech market and relevance to the region.

Jaime Luque, Director Monaco Real Estate Tech Innovation, ESCP Institute of Real Estate Finance and Management

09.30

How PropTech can redefine the value chain (or establish a new one)

PropTech is a broad umbrella and representing the full value chain including operating, investing and construction phases. The integration of all this is the key to achieving sustainability and societal drivers - to stop building things that we don’t need and optimise what we already have. New players are entering the market, and end users are looking to take ConTech/PropTech in house to futureproof their assets. How can Proptech make the existing broken value chain work better or establish a new more efficient one? How can technology be scaled along the value chain not to make assets smarter but to satisfy the needs of the end-user and planet?

Led by:

Jeevan D’Mello, CEO, Zenesis Corp

In conversation with:

Alain Waha, Chief Technology Officer, Buro Happold (confirmed)

Idriss Goossens, Founder and Executive Chairman, PropTech Lab (confirmed)

Melissa Hardy, Director, Business Performance & Technology, QIC Real Estate (confirmed)

Jaime Luque, Director Monaco Real Estate Tech Innovation, ESCP Institute of Real Estate Finance and Management

10.10

PropTech For FM, PM, CM and AM

This session defines what PropTech means for each operational discipline (Asset Management, Property Management, Community Management, Facilities Management) in the built environment and how they are linked together. Including the base systems such as BIM, CAFM, BMS and how dashboards are created.

David J. Carey, Head of KSA FM Consulting, International Real Estate Partners (confirmed)

Digital asset management
10.25

A 4-step journey towards data-led decisions that increase asset value

Today organisation face a more complex and diverse shareholder eco-system, thus, the everyday operational and the long-term strategic decisions become ever more complex. Making decisions that enhance property value are no longer just about budget. Regulatory changes, ESG drivers and increasing end-user expectations make it more complicated than ever. Having access to the right information at the right time is the key to making informed decision. How can technology now be used to increase whole of life value for property assets in line with Asset Management strategy and what types of data do you need to collect, connect and consume to achieve it?

Ash Toma, Regional Director – Strategic Asset Management, Atkins (confirmed)

Tech talks: How to collect the right asset management data

This series of quick-fire tech talks will explore different digital tools that can be used to collect asset data such location, size, technical attributes, and condition monitoring and how this data can be used to make better decisions about the future of the asset.

10.45

Drone surveys and photogrammetry

Naved Ali, Founder & Head of Business Operations, VTOL Dynamics (confirmed)

10.55

Reality capture in asset management

Mahmoud El Charif, Head of Digital Construction, Urban Surveys (confirmed)

11.05

New integrated approach to structural health monitoring using sensors and smart infrastructure inspections

Dr. Angelo Mulone, Project Manager, TEM Lab

Eng. Elio Calidori, Director Infrastructures GCC, Rina Consulting S.p.A

11.15

Audience Q&A Sessions

11.25

Morning networking break

Track 1
Digital asset management cont.
11.50

How to connect systems and data to achieve efficiencies throughout your asset life

Solutions that provide a common data environment across the project and asset lifecycle and across functions such as finance and scheduling, provide insights to optimize efficiency in asset management.

Mohamad Abou Haouili, Principal Solutions Consultant, Oracle Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit (confirmed)

12.05

Unify your organisation with increased visibility, optimised costs, and employee enablement

Said Haider, Senior Director, Yardi (confirmed)

12.15

Leveraging project data across asset life cycle to increase value

The more that is known about the optimum way to maintain an asset during the planning and design phase, the more savings will be made. If this homework hasn’t been done, O&M teams will start from scratch. This session looks at what project information is required about an asset to make better decisions about its whole of life value, how to collect it and how to consume it.

Dr.Georgios Kapogiannis, Associate Professor in Digital Engineering and Project Management/Leadership, Oryx Universal College in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University

12.30

Using asset information models in the operational phase - How a data-led, whole of life approach should be approached from the offset

The AEC industry is creating rich asset information models in order to improve transparency, efficiency and remove waste during a project. This can come at great expense to the operator, but in practice when it comes to operating the asset – digital asset management efforts more often than not, are forced to start from scratch. This is an honest and open debate on how to get a working operational model from the offset, plugging the gaps between project and operations team cooperation, requirements and competence.

Led by:

Dr.Georgios Kapogiannis, Associate Professor in Digital Engineering and Project Management/Leadership, Oryx Universal College in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University

In conversation with:

Ash Toma, Head of Digital Asset Management, Atkins (confirmed)

David Glennon, Senior Digital Delivery Director, The Red Sea Development Company (confirmed)

Steven Lamb, Regional Manager, AMCL (confirmed)

Amr Saad, Associate Director BIM, ROSHN (confirmed)

Digital property management
13.00

Property management giants on trends and tech

Property giants discuss key trends and tenant priorities impacting the sector and how digisation can help address these demands. How will property teams prioritise software investment for the coming year – tenant experience, energy management or building operations and why? Looking ahead to emerging CRE technologies such as new tenant experience tech, predictive analytics, IOT/smart building sensors and AI – which ones will be the most useful?

Presentation by:

Waqar Hasan, CEO, Itihad Community Management (confirmed)

13.10

In conversation with:

Amit Puri, Vice President- Leasing, DAMAC Properties (confirmed)

HP Aengaar, CEO, Provis (confirmed)

Colin Dowall, Director, Head of Property & Asset Management Services MENA, JLL (confirmed)

Jamil Alsaleh, CEO, Solana Living KSA (confirmed)

13.40

Networking lunch

Success stories in emerging tenant experience technologies

Creating and curating spaces where people thrive requires the seamless integration of experience, community and digital. Ensure that your customer’s experience is seamless across all assets in your development, and consistently exceeding the expectations of your clients and visitors. This session looks at powerful tools including online portals and apps that are driving the customer experience agenda across mixed-use and residential developments.

14.40

Converging expert hospitality experience with AI for better tenant engagement

Taranjot Gulati, Head of Investor Sales APAC & Middle East, CBRE (confirmed)

14.55

Taking residents, owner and tenant experience online for increased efficiency

Nihal Hakeem, Executive Director of Digitalisation and Customer Experience, Provis (confirmed)

15.10

Q&A Session

Digital transformation in property management

Building operations platforms manage and automate processes for building inspections/preventive maintenance, vendor procurement, tenant communications, marketing, compliance items and more, helping to preserve and enhance the management and the value of rental income properties. This session looks at a series of short stories in successful digital transformation of property management, including how the buyer determined the need and the right solution for the business, the steps taken to implement the software and the real business outcomes so far.

Moderator:

David J. Carey, Head of KSA FM Consulting, International Real Estate Partners (confirmed)

15.20

Said Haider, Senior Director, Yardi (confirmed)

15.30

Uros Trojanovic, Divisional CEO, East O Holdings (confirmed)

15.40

Waseem Ahmed, Director Operations, Solana Living KSA (confirmed)

15.50

Abdullah Al Humaidi, Director IT, Arabian Centres (confirmed)

16.00

Q&A Session

16.15

AI-powered property management tools to automate operations

AI-powered tools for property management can analyze your marketing strategies, improve your customer experience and enhance the effectiveness of your selling processes. This session explore what AI means for CBRE and what the applications are including AI for leasing and showings, marketing and lead generation, tenant screening, reducing maintenance cost and accounting.

Prabhu Ramachandran, Founder and CEO, Facilio Inc. (confirmed)

16.30

Afternoon networking reception

Track 2
Decarbonising the built environment

Led by:

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director Digital Construction Hub

11.50

Track keynote: Net zero commitment of a major occupier

Setting the scene for the upcoming discussions, a major end-user outlines what they expect from the buildings they occupy going forward and how their sustainability strategy will influence the decisions around the facilities they use and expectations of the built environment to meet them.

Savas Cizmeci, Portfolio Manager – Middle East, Real Estate Operations, Microsoft (confirmed)

12.05

PANEL: Decarbonisation 101

An interview that will discuss what needs to be considered in a decarbonisation strategy, what scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 are, their importance and how to tackle each, and the simple starting steps a company in the built environment can take to begin their sustainability journey.

Led by:

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director, Digital Construction Hub

In conversation with:

Mario Saab, Head of Sustainability MENA, Cundall (confirmed)

Hanife Ymer, Head of Sustainability Services MENA, JLL (confirmed)

Okan Kizilirmak, Regional Director, AKSA Power Generation (confirmed)

12.40

Net zero strategies across the property value chain

With 2021 being a serious turning point in the industry’s attitude to climate action and how end-users view built assets, most serious players in the market are embarking on a sustainability strategy. This session outlines different approaches to decarbonisation across the value chain regarding both green and brownfield assets. Including how the strategy was developed, how environmental footprints and credits are monitored and the challenges around implementation of these strategies in the region.

Led by:

Hani Abdel Razeq, Sustainability Principal Consultant, AESG (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Maged El Hawary, Chief Information Officer, ASGC Construction (confirmed)

Ioannis Spanos, Director Sustainability & Environmental Services, KEO International Consultants (confirmed)

Amer Bin Ahmed, Managing Director, Knauf Middle East (confirmed)

Praveen Sharma, Cluster Director of Engineering, Marriott International (confirmed)

Lina Abolail, Regional Director WMS, Polypipe (confirmed)

13.25

Pre-lunch speech:

Okan Kizilirmak, , Regional Director, AKSA Power Generation (confirmed)

13.30

Networking lunch

Tech talks: Measuring & reducing carbon in construction

Sustainable construction practices aren’t just good for the planet - they’re also good for business. It begins in the project design phase, but general contractors can make a big change by choosing better materials and adopting leaner processes that are more responsible and efficient. We review some of the solutions powered by digital tools that can make a big difference.

14.30

Measuring embodied carbon and the tools for doing so

Matthew Anthony, Asset Advisory Lead, AECOM (confirmed)

14.40

Real application and impact of carbon calculators

Lindsey Malcolm, Associate Director, Sustainability, AESG (confirmed)

14.50

How structural engineers can help decarbonise the built environment

Iman Abi Saab, Technical Director, Middle East Technical Excellence Leader, Mott MacDonald (confirmed)

15.00

Circular construction

Jose Mikle Robin, Managing Director, Oasis Grace (confirmed)

15.10

Circular construction

José Francisco García, Senior Project Director, ACCIONA (confirmed)

15.20

Reducing onsite emissions: A real cost-benefit analysis of implementing electric machinery

Pierre Piniau, General Manager, Milwaukee Tool MEA (confirmed)

15.30

Q&A Session

15.45

Digitalisation frameworks for energy management of existing assets

This high-level session sets out the required digital infrastructure (hardware and software) and how they work together for a facility to start measuring, benchmarking and maintaining energy performance. The key platforms include Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) and AI enabled asset management and how they both connect with the BMS (PLC or Scada), IOT sensors and meter equipment. It also explores basic options where assets lack metering and a fully commissioned BMS.

Aref Abouzahr, CEO, Ark Energy (confirmed)

Retrofit tech talks: Measuring & reducing the carbon footprint of existing buildings

A snapshot of retrofit success stories across different asset types with a focus on innovation. This session explores the technological advancements such as paint, glass, lighting and digital applications were implemented across all stages of the project; energy assessment, audit, design, installation, assurance and verification.

16.00

Industrial building example

Rachid Hamida, Vice President - Energy & Technology, Enova (confirmed)

16.10

Commercial building example

Henrique Pereira, CEO, Taka Solutions (confirmed)

16.20

Net zero tech talks: A net zero warehouse

Maji Monday, Director of HSSEQ, Projects and Maintenance, RSA Global (confirmed)

16.30

Net zero tech talks: The world’s tallest, largest and smartest Net Zero Energy Building in Dubai

Mayuko Totsuka, Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon Lead, Strategic Advisory, Middle East, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

16.40

Q&A Session

17.00

Afternoon networking reception

17.30

End of Track 1 Day 1

Day 2: Wednesday, 08 June 2022

08.00

Registration and networking

09.00

Opening remarks

Phil Higgins, Director, Ventures Middle East (confirmed)

Track 1
Keynotes
09.30

Knowing where you stand - energy & water use benchmarks for existing buildings

The RSB talk about their new energy and water rating scheme for Dubai’s offices and residential buildings. Local benchmarks will be used to assess the performance of property, thus identifying efficiency levels of buildings, and encouraging retrofit projects and ultimately net zero property.

Elie Matar, Head of Electricity, RSB (confirmed)

09.40

Understanding the Esco model

How well is the Esco business model understood by asset owners, operators, PM and FM companies? How do they see the sector – is there a culture of energy management? Is there appetite given lower tariffs vs. long pay-back period? Is there trust for these companies to come in and start retrofitting equipment and do they trust the data? What tech they have tried/would like to try and what barriers they are facing?

Led by:

Elie Matar, Head of Electricity, RSB (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Henrique Pereira, CEO, Taka Solutions (confirmed)

Rachid Hamida, Vice President - Energy & Technology, Enova (confirmed)

Suhaib Abdulla Almarzooqi, Head of Business Development, Abu Dhabi Energy Services (confirmed)

Digital facilities management
10.10

Facility management giants on trends and tech

FM giants discuss key trends and tenant priorities impacting the sector and how digisation can help address these demands. How will FM teams prioritise software investment for the coming year – energy management, operations management or end-user comfort and why? Looking ahead to emerging technologies such as AI, mobile apps/connected devices, predictive analytics, IOT/smart building sensors and robots – which ones will be the most useful?

Led by:

Sarfaraz Dairkee, General Manager, M.A.H.Y. Khoory & Co. LLC (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Mohamad Abou Laban, CEO, Deyaar Facilities Management (confirmed)

David Nice, Associate Director, Emrill (confirmed)

Javeria Aijaz, Managing Director, HITEK, Senior Director – Technology & Innovation, FARNEK (confirmed)

Abdulla Al Wahedi, Chief Executive Officer, Irtikaz Group (confirmed)

Tarek Nizameddin, CEO, AG Facilities (confirmed)

Mazen Yehia, Head Community & Facility Management, Al Mouj (confirmed)

10.50

Digital innovation in energy management for commercial buildings
IOT powered energy management

Javeria Aijaz, Managing Director, HITEK, Senior Director – Technology & Innovation FARNEK (confirmed)

11.00

The use of IoT and AI for improving energy performance

Robert White, Head of Technology & Innovation, Engie (confirmed)

11.10

Audience Q&A

11.20

Morning networking break

Wearables, IOT, and mobile apps that increase productivity and mobility of teams

Smart wearables powered by GPS and IOT are the key to measuring and managing productivity of labour-intensive teams. Empowering engineers with mobile, digital applications reduces administration time and can save up to 40% in operating costs. The best mobile apps also improve safety by ensuring engineers must document certain tasks in a given situation in order to proceed to the next point in a process. This reduces human error and offers proof of work for SLAs.

11.50

Fahad Mohamed, Director - Dubai & NE, Adeeb Group (confirmed)

12.00

James Smith, Associate Director, Centre of Excellence, Emrill (confirmed)

12.10

Samar Salih, General Manager, FMPro Technology Solutions (confirmed)

12.20

Q&A Session

Digital community management
12.30

Community management giants on trends and tech

Community management giants discuss key trends and tenant priorities impacting the sector and how digisation can help address these demands. How will property teams prioritise software investment for the coming year – resident/tenant experience, energy management or building operations and why? Looking ahead to emerging CRE technologies such as predictive analytics, IOT/smart building sensors and AI – which ones will be the most useful?

Led by:

Waqar Hasan, CEO, Itihad Community Management (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Garry Murray, Managing Director – Head of Owners Association Management, CORE President Elect, Community Associations Institute (confirmed)

Alan Rowlands, GM, Waseela Owners Association Management LLC (confirmed)

Kanagaraj Gurusamy, Managing Director, Better Communities Owners Association Management (confirmed)

Glen Aranha, Director- Communities, Luxury Owner Association Management Services LLC (confirmed)

Syed Ali Zaidi, Portfolio Manager, Nakheel (confirmed)

Digital transformation in community management

Building operations platforms manage and automate processes for building inspections and maintenance, vendor procurement, resident communications, employee performance, compliance items and more, helping to preserve and enhance the management and the value of communities, reduce operational costs and remove delays. This session looks at a series of short stories in successful digital transformation in community management, including the steps taken to implement the software and the real business outcomes so far.

13.10

Badr Hanbazaza, Director - Community Services, Emaar Economic City (confirmed)

13.20

Vinod Kumar, Technology Director, East O (confirmed)

13.30

Neville Mawerera, Director - Customer Experience, Mansions Community Management (confirmed)

13.40

Kanagaraj Gurusamy, Managing Director, Better Communities Owners Association Management (confirmed)

13.50

Babul Akhtar, Senior Manager Community Management, Al Mouj (confirmed)

14.00

Ambika Raj, Community Manager, Deyaar Community Management (confirmed)

Abdul Ajees, Senior Facility Manager, Deyaar Community Management (confirmed)

14.10

Q&A Session

14.30

Close of Track 1 and PROPERTY TECHNOLOGYFESTIVAL

14.30

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY AWARDS Reception

18.30

Close of CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

Day 2: Wednesday, 08 June 2022

08.00

Registration and networking

09.25

Opening remarks

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director, Digital Construction Hub

Track 2
Digital Twins
09.30

Brought to by:

Defining digital twins for the built environment

Based on the findings of Centre for Digital Built Britain and the Gemini Papers this session will present a useable definition of a digital twin and how it should work for the built environment. It will look at why was the work undertaken, what it set out to achieve and show how the industry can use the work done going forward.

Led by:

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director, Digital Construction Hub

In conversation with:

Mark Coates, International Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Bentley (confirmed)

Alexandra Bolton, Former Executive Director, Centre Digital Built Britain (confirmed)

Paul El Hajj, InfraTech Advisor at KPMG, Former National Digital Twin Programme Lead, Centre Digital Built Britain (confirmed)

10.00

How to implement a greenfield digital twin

For greenfield projects, digital twin implementation is an on-going journey and a process of integration between engineering, fabrication, construction and O&M to create a workable end platform that can be operated. Without this fully integrated environment, you will not succeed. This session looks at the step-by-step process required for digital twin success, including the collection and modification of data throughout the entire project lifecycle from tender stage to handover.

Dr. Ozan Koseoglu, Head of BIM, SIEMENS ENERGY (confirmed)

10.15

How to implement a digital twin on existing assets

Implementing a digital twin on an existing building can provide detailed insights into how that structure and its assets function on a day-to-day basis. The digital view of the building can show owners and operators where inefficiencies may exist and arm them with the intelligence required to make real-time decisions that make the building operational better, reducing costs and down-time for assets.

Anthony Tuffour, Director, Global Lead GIS and Digital Twins, Buro Happold (confirmed)

10.30

Overall digital twin use-cases

A digital twin can be created at any project or asset life cycle stage. However, the creation of the digital twin, or detailed planning for its creation at an early stage of the life cycle and its use in the pre-project or project stage, is desirable. This session reveals how a clear business case and value proposition must determine when and how a digital twin should be used and what those uses are.

Cristina Savian, CEO and Founder, BeWise (confirmed)

IoT
10.50

Enhancing project control with IOT

Led by:

Phil Higgins, Director, Ventures Middle East (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Miguel Monteiro, Senior Director – Development, Emaar

Daniel Nerron, Corporate, Director of Human Resources, ACC (confirmed)

Basel Eshtewy, Senior Business Consultant, Wakecap (confirmed)

11.20

Morning networking break

Digital Twins

Success stories in digital twin journeys

The need to build new and modify existing assets into efficient, connected and sustainable facilities of the future is moving at a faster pace than ever before. In the push to net zero, it is imperative to design, build and operate more efficiently and cost-effectively is the new norm. Digital twins are a key enabler to achieve both and deliver plants, cities and buildings of the future. This session explores real digital twin journeys of different use-cases, varying assets and scale. How have these early adopters defined and implemented them and what have been the key challenges to resolve on the road to data integration.

11.50

Water industry

Daniel Tides, Digital Twin Implementation Lead, Sydney Water (confirmed)

12.00

Municipal digital twin project

Andrew Rippon, Smart City Director, Royal Commission for AlUla (confirmed)

12.10

Realisation of an operational open urban platform

Roland van der Heijden, Program Manager - Digital City, City of Rotterdam (confirmed)

12.20

Dubai digital twin project

Maitha Al Nuaimi, GIS Network Section Manager, Dubai Municipality (confirmed)

12.30

Oil & gas asset lifecycle development and operations in digital environment

Wassim Ghadban, Vice President, Global Innovation and Digital Engineering, Kent (confirmed)

12.40

Heavy infrastructure twin (gold mine)

Amit Swarnkar, Business Unit Head, MENA, M&M, Larsen & Toubro (confirmed)

12.50

Journey towards an airport digital twin

Ismail Polat, Chief Planning Officer, Istanbul Grand Airport (confirmed)

13.00

Building energy optimisation in commercial real estate

Krzysztof Wolnicki, Lead Fire Engineer, Arup (confirmed)

13.10

Commercial real estate – IPUT Plc Ireland

In conversation with:

Richard Latchford, Technical Solutions Manager, IPUT Real Estate Dublin (confirmed)

Marty Chobot, VP Enterprise Solutions, Invicara (confirmed)

13.25

Q&A Session

Future of Work
13.45

Future of Work

Abdullah Al Bash, Founder and CEO, CONSTAL

13.55

Close of CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

14.30

Construction Technology Awards Reception

17.30

Close of CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

Day 1: Tuesday, 07 June 2022
08.00

Registration and networking

The Keynotes
09.00

Welcome Address

Eng. Thabet M. Al-Sawyeed, Governor, Saudi Contractors Authority (confirmed)

09.10

PANEL: Master planning low carbon communities

As governments set decarbonisation targets, how will future communities and cities be designed with low-carbon targets in mind? What role will digitalisation and construction technologies play in ensuring these targets are met? This panel will discuss ideas for future city planning, and how technologies will ensure efficiency.

Led by:

Nabyl Chenaf, Dean of the Architecture School, American University in Dubai (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Ian Williamson, Group Chief Projects Delivery Officer, The Red Sea Development Company (confirmed)

Riad Bsaibes, President and CEO, Amana Investments (confirmed)

Lukas Sokol, Head, City Design & Sustainable Planning, Masdar (confirmed)

Vasushree Mohta, Regional Director, Urban Design and Landscape, Middle East, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group (confirmed)

Riyadh Derouiche, Partner, Kearney (confirmed)

Waleed AlGhamdi, Associate Director, Smart City & Sustainability, ROSHN (confirmed)

10.00

PANEL: What is stopping true digital transformation in AEC?

Unless the entire value chain embraces digitalisation, strategies will never reach their full potential. This panel looks at what is stopping true, widespread digital transformation in the AEC sector. The discussion will look at the challenges for an individual company, such as taking both ‘old’ and ‘new’ generations equally on the transformation journey as well as challenges involving the value chain, such as lack of trust and collaboration. What practical solutions and approaches can be put in place that enable greater digital transformation? How can a new value chain be imagined in support of digital transformation?

Led by:

Rob Jones, CPartner, b2b Connect Editorial Director, Digital Construction Hub

In conversation with:

Shawki Gholmie, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, Nesma & Partners (confirmed)

Najib Dalank, Head of IT and Digital Transformation, ALEC Engineering & Contracting (confirmed)

Wajdi Mereb, Senior BIM Manager, Miral Asset Management (confirmed)

Nour Kassassir, Vice President and CIO, Parsons MEA (confirmed)

10.40

PANEL: Rethinking industry processes to enable digital transformation

To really achieve digital transformation and ESG goals, the industry needs to address the way it works. Outdated processes required for procurement, permits, inspections and handovers hamper the industry’s digital adoption efforts. How does the industry overhaul its procedures to support digital transformation? What types of contracts and procurement approaches, such as Project 13 and the UK Construction Playbook, could support this? The playbook underscores in clear terms the fundamental role that digital processes and technologies will play in ensuring a construction sector fit for the future.

Led by:

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect, Editorial Director, Digital Construction Hub

10.50

Presentation: Project 13

Melissa Zanocco, Head of Programmes, Infrastructure Client Group (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Sam Stacey, Challenge Director: Transforming Construction, UK Research & Innovation (confirmed)

Dr. Anas Bataw, Director, Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction, Heriot-Watt University (confirmed)

Melissa Zanocco, Head of Programmes, Infrastructure Client Group (confirmed)

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (confirmed)

Jesus Sancho, Middle East Director General, ACCIONA (confirmed)

11.30

Morning networking break

Track 1
Virtual Construction

Led by:

Dr. Anas Bataw, Director, Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction, Heriot-Watt University (confirmed)

12.00

Track keynote: Construction and the metaverse

The trending hype of the Metaverse has created immediate value for the industry - from converting digital designs into gaming engines to providing a slew of collaborative tools on them. CONSER has started MetaMeetn', a startup that will enable designers and clients to meet in a ‘streamable’, interactive and immersive 3D space and be able to view, annotate and approve design features. Couple with affordable reality capture tools, and the concept of remote progress supervision, MetaMeetn' can even provide for periodic updates of construction activities to stakeholders wherever they may be around the world.

Wassim Haroun, Re-founder and CEO, CONSER (confirmed)

Virtual construction – making better decisions through immersive experiences

Developing immersive virtual experiences throughout the design and build stages improves profitability, efficiency, safety and end-user experience. Gamification is becoming more important in design decisions, and work winning and virtually immersive rehearsals during the construction phase increase resource efficiency, safety and constructability as well as reduce carbon emissions.

12.15

Interdisciplinary design management through 4D digital visual interaction

Abdulmajid Karanouh, International Director and Head of Interdisciplinary Design and Innovation, Drees & Sommer (confirmed)/Greig Paterson, Interdisciplinary Design Manager, Drees& Sommer

12.25

Virtual constructability planning, productivity, and safety enhancements in energy projects

Badr Burshaid, Director, Saudi Aramco, President, Project Management Institute, Saudi Arabia (confirmed)

12.35

AI and VDC use-cases in construction

Jean Ghazal, Director of Preconstruction and VDC, Nesma & Partners Contracting Co. (confirmed)

12.45

Making better decisions through immersive experiences

Jason English, CEO, Al Laith (confirmed)

12.55

Q&A Session

Digital Construction
13.10

Laying the foundations for digital transformation

Digital transformation' is the buzzword for many businesses today, but it is fundamental that the right foundations are in place to realise it. With reference to real-world examples, Procore will underline how, with the support of construction technology, you can become better positioned to keep up with the pace and complexity of MENA’s built environment.

Mohamed Alfaour, Solutions Consultant, Procore

Madeleine Skillen, MENA Campaign Manager, Procore

13.30

Networking lunch

14.30

Value of reality capture in the claims arena

Mahmoud El Charif, Head of Digital Construction, Urban Surveys (confirmed)

Success stories in fully integrated ERP transformation

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation should be approached as a business transformation, not an IT project. ERP implementations done badly will be costly white elephants. Done well, they can reduce the cost of an overall digital transformation, provide fresh business and data insights and work well with other next-generation technologies, such as artificial intelligence. This session will look at use of ERP software from different business disciplines and highlight how a successful implementation can help a company become a truly digitally transformed business.

14.40

Transforming a nation using single platform: Qatar’s Public Works Authority and its 900 projects infrastructure program

Joseph Khoury, Head of Global Accounts, Middle East, Oracle Construction and Engineering (confirmed)

14.50

Journey in cost optimization with ERP transformation

Wael Afify, Cost Control Director, Saudi Binladen Group (confirmed)

15.00

Cost – effective digital transformation journey of a subcontractor

Rajaikepin Rajamoni, Business Head, Sobha Realty Group of Companies

15.10

Q&A Session

Connected Devices and IOT

Driving construction productivity, safety and efficiency through connected devices

Tight margins, deadlines, demands around sustainability, and the need for new skills are all placing pressure on the industry. Real-time surveillance, monitoring, and the tracking of assets and site information can all improve productivity. This set of presentations will look at different aspects of connected devices, focusing on the benefits these different technologies can bring.

15.25

IoT powered workforce management as a pilot to smart destination management

David Glennon, Senior Digital Delivery Director, The Red Sea Development Company (confirmed)

15.35

Connecting sites via control room to optimise resource utilisation

Tamer Elgohari, Digitisation Manager, ASGC Construction (confirmed)

15.45

Q&A Session

16.00

Reserved

Roman Ruksha, Product Manager, SIGNAX Software Design

Cloud
16.10

PANEL: Construction in the cloud - the next digital revolution or not?

Cloud software allows the AEC industry to access live, reliable data from different devices, reducing the cause of costly errors and increasing productivity by working in real-time. Stringent security measures by providers also now far surpass the level that most contractors can provide and there can be significant cost savings for cloud-based subscription models compared to traditional IT infrastructure costs. Despite these obvious benefits of making projects quicker, cheaper, safer and more efficient, the industry is often so reluctant to migrate, leaving cumbersome paper, spreadsheets and on-premise solutions behind. This panel delves into whether this is in fact the case and why.

Led by:

Salim El Ferkh, Industry Territory Manager, Autodesk (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Ismail Polat, Chief Planning Officer, Istanbul Grand Airport (confirmed)

Badr Burshaid, Director Programme Management, Saudi Aramco, President, Project Management Institute, Saudi Arabia confirmed)

Dr Ahmad Faeq Salih, Senior Director, Khatib & Alami (confirmed)

Fady Kobersy, Head of Sales & Customer Success – MENA, RIB CCS (confirmed)

Gerry McFadden, Head of Digital Design and BIM, Ramboll (confirmed)

16.50

Afternoon networking and refreshments

17.30

Close of Track 1 Day 1

Track 2
Decarbonising the built environmen

Led by:

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director, Digital Construction Hub

11.50

Track keynote: Net zero commitment of a major occupier

Setting the scene for the upcoming discussions, a major end-user outlines what they expect from the buildings they occupy going forward and how their sustainability strategy will influence the decisions around the facilities they use and expectations of the built environment to meet them.

Savas Cizmeci, Portfolio Manager – Middle East, Real Estate Operations, Microsoft (confirmed)

12.05

PANEL: Decarbonisation 101

An interview that will discuss what needs to be considered in a decarbonisation strategy, what scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 are, their importance and how to tackle each, and the simple starting steps a company in the built environment can take to begin their sustainability journey.

Led by:

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director Digital Construction Hub

In conversation with:

Mario Saab, Head of Sustainability MENA, Cundall (confirmed)

Hanife Ymer, Head of Sustainability Services MENA, JLL (confirmed)

Okan Kizilirmak, Regional Director, AKSA Power Generation (confirmed)

12.40

Net zero strategies across the property value chain

With 2021 being a serious turning point in the industry’s attitude to climate action and how end-users view built assets, most serious players in the market are embarking on a sustainability strategy. This session outlines different approaches to decarbonisation across the value chain regarding both green and brownfield assets. Including how the strategy was developed, how environmental footprints and credits are monitored and the challenges around implementation of these strategies in the region.

Led by:

Hani Abdel Razeq, Sustainability Principal Consultant, AESG (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Maged El Hawary, Chief Information Officer, ASGC Construction (confirmed)

Ioannis Spanos, Director Sustainability & Environmental Services, KEO International Consultants (confirmed)

Amer Bin Ahmed, Managing Director, Knauf Middle East (confirmed)

Praveen Sharma, Cluster Director of Engineering, Marriott International (confirmed)

Lina Abolail, Regional Director WMS, Polypipe (confirmed)

13.25

Pre-lunch speech:

Okan Kizilirmak, Regional Director, AKSA Power Generation (confirmed)

13.30

Networking lunch

Tech talks: Measuring & reducing carbon in construction

Sustainable construction practices aren’t just good for the planet - they’re also good for business. It begins in the project design phase, but general contractors can make a big change by choosing better materials and adopting leaner processes that are more responsible and efficient. We review some of the solutions powered by digital tools that can make a big difference.

14.30

Measuring embodied carbon and the tools for doing so

Matthew Anthony, Asset Advisory Lead, AECOM (confirmed)

14.40

Real application and impact of carbon calculators

Lindsey Malcolm, Associate Director, Sustainability, AESG (confirmed)

14.50

How structural engineers can help decarbonise the built environment

Iman Abi Saab, Technical Director, Middle East Technical Excellence Leader, Mott MacDonald (confirmed)

15.00

Circular construction

Jose Mikle Robin, Managing Director, Oasis Grace (confirmed)

15.10

Circular construction

José Francisco García, Senior Project Director, ACCIONA (confirmed)

15.20

Reducing onsite emissions: A real cost-benefit analysis of implementing electric machinery

Pierre Piniau, General Manager, Milwaukee Tool MEA (confirmed)

15.30

Q&A Session

15.45

Digitalisation frameworks for energy management of existing assets

This high-level session sets out the required digital infrastructure (hardware and software) and how they work together for a facility to start measuring, benchmarking and maintaining energy performance. The key platforms include Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) and AI enabled asset management and how they both connect with the BMS (PLC or Scada), IOT sensors and meter equipment. It also explores basic options where assets lack metering and a fully commissioned BMS.

Aref Abouzahr, CEO, Ark Energy (confirmed)

Retrofit tech talks: Measuring & reducing the carbon footprint of existing buildings

A snapshot of retrofit success stories across different asset types with a focus on innovation. This session explores the technological advancements such as paint, glass, lighting and digital applications were implemented across all stages of the project; energy assessment, audit, design, installation, assurance and verification.

16.00

Industrial building example

Rachid Hamida, Vice President - Energy & Technology, Enova (confirmed)

16.10

Commercial building example

Henrique Pereira, CEO, Taka Solutions (confirmed)

16.20

Net zero tech talks: A net zero warehouse

Maji Monday, Director of HSSEQ, Projects and Maintenance, RSA Global (confirmed)

16.30

Net zero tech talks: The world’s tallest, largest and smartest Net Zero Energy Building in Dubai

Mayuko Totsuka, Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon Lead, Strategic Advisory, Middle East, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group (confirmed)

16.40

Q&A Session

17.00

Afternoon networking reception

17.30

End of Track 1 Day 1

Day 2: Wednesday, 08 June 2022

08.00

Registration and networking

09.25

Rob Jones Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director,Digital Construction Hub

Track 1
Keynotes
09.30

Transforming a nation’s construction sector

Sam Stacey, Challenge Director: Transforming Construction, UK Research & Innovation (confirmed)

09.50

RPA application and implementation for construction operations

Omar Mourad, Group Systems & Process Manager, Engineering Contracting Company

10.05

PANEL: Assuring data integrity

Data is the lifeblood of real-time decision-making. To provide accurate intelligence, it must be reliable, accurate, consistent and free from bias. Compromise these, and the information it provides becomes less effective. This panel will look at types of data, methods to ensure data is of high quality, and discuss real examples of the analytics that can be applied for better decision making.

Led by:

Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director Digital Construction Hub

In conversation with:

Oliver Kallenborn, Global Digital Transformation Lead, Faithful+Gould (confirmed)

Arsen Safaryan, Director, Information & Data Management, SEVEN (confirmed)

Mohammad Al Ktaishat, Digital Project Delivery Lead for Civil Infrastructure, AECOM Middle East & Africa (confirmed)

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Success stories in machine learning and artificial intelligence

Machine learning can improve the predictability of mega projects and help teams focus on high-risk areas of their schedule. The technology is also being used to visualise construction progress from anywhere in the world and will soon be able to determine the actual progress of the field conditions compared to project designs. Most importantly, it can capture higher volumes of on-site safety incidents which can then be analysed and anticipated to save lives.

10.30

Predictive data analysis and virtual construction in progress monitoring and scheduling

Kayhan Sen, Regional Project Controls Director Middle East, Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC-Lavalin (confirmed)

10.40

LiDAR, drones and AI in the decision process for road maintenance

Daniel Llort, Projects Manager, Ministry of Infrastructure Development UAE (confirmed)

10.50

Design automation and construction risk management

Tony Abou Jawad, Industry Territory Manager, Autodesk (confirmed)

11.05

Q&A session

11.20

Morning networking break

Industrialised Construction
11.50

DfMA: Optimising offsite manufacturing for engineers - low carbon high function

The built environment accounts for approximately 25% of global CO2 emissions. Reaching net zero by 2050 will require buildings and construction industry to decarbonise three times faster over the next 30 years versus the previous 30. As engineers, how we can contribute and collaborate to succeed? This session focuses on designing for offsite solutions to increase efficiency, save time and reduce carbon emissions and waste.

Aleksandra Popivoda, Building Structures Practice Leader and Technical Director, Mott MacDonald (confirmed)

12.05

Modular giants talk cost, time, safety and quality

Industry convergence with manufacturing is improving efficiency, speed and safety right across the industry. But there are risks and rewards to consider in making industrialised construction a reality. This session explores the ambitious investment and leadership required to create the pathway for project success (and approvals) and talks reveal terms in time, quality and safety gains.

Led by:

Riyadh Derouiche, Partner, Kearney

In conversation with:

Riad Bsaibes, President and CEO, Amana Investments (confirmed)

Mashael Bin Saedan, Chairman, Al Saedan for Building Technology Factory (confirmed)

12.25

Success stories in rapid construction – the roadmap to optimum efficiency

This session outlines the roadmap to achieving optimum efficiency in the industry through the deployment of rapid construction methodologies and technologies. It includes several success stories including the construction of a hospital in 10 days during the peak of COVID.

Mansour Faried, HQ Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (confirmed)

12.40

BIM driven cost management in modular projects

Using BIM with modular for quantification and cost management purposes can further enhance the ROI in industralised construction. This session reviews a 5D+ offsite project and how it improved cost efficiency and speed to market.

Reine EL Hokayem, VDC Coordinator, Nesma & Partners Contracting Co. (confirmed)

12.55

Advancing 3D printing to mass use

3D printing will change construction. It will introduce new approaches to design, reduce construction times and minimise waste. But, as with many new technologies, it has obstacles to overcome in its route to mass use. Challenges include ensuring projects are designed with 3D printing from the get-go, working more closely with architects and designers, and how to make the software and hardware easier to use. This panel will investigate how those at the forefront of the technology are experimenting with its use, and taking those learnings to improve the technology.

Prakash Senghani, Director, Head of Digital Delivery, JLL (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Luai Kurdi, Founder & CEO, PRINT4D (confirmed)

Mashael Bin Saedan, Chairman, Al Saedan for Building Technology Factory (confirmed)

Benoit Meulewaeter, Engineering Director, BESIX Middle East, Co-Founder, BESIX3D (confirmed)

13.30

Rethinking building materials to reduce the industry’s footprint

The built environment is reliant on energy-hungry materials. Iron & steel, glass, plastics, concrete and cement all require huge amounts of energy and resources to manufacture, and without finding alternative materials or new approaches, the construction sector’s efforts to reduce its emissions and carbon footprint will fail. This panel will explore how materials can be used (or reused) more sustainably - what are they, are they fit for this region’s climate and are the regulations in place that allow for their use?

Led by:

Dr. Stephen Wilkinson, Acting Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Smart and Sustainable Cities Research Cluster, University of Wollongong in Dubai

In conversation with:

Jose Mikle Robin, Managing Director, Oasis Grace LLC (confirmed)

Dr. Khaled Mahmoud, Technical Director, Bainona Engineering Consultancy (confirmed)

Karim El-Jisr, Chief Sustainability Officer, Diamond Developers (confirmed)

14.00

Close of CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

14.30

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY AWARDS Reception

18.30

Close of CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

17.30

Close of Construction Technology Festival

Day 2: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
08.00

Registration and networking

09.25

Opening remarks

Damir Jaksic, Chief Information Officer, KEO (confirmed)

Track 2
Digital Twins
09.30

Brought to by:

Defining digital twins for the built environment

Based on the findings of Centre for Digital Built Britain and the Gemini Papers this session will present a useable definition of a digital twin and how it should work for the built environment. It will look at why was the work undertaken, what it set out to achieve and show how the industry can use the work done going forward.

Led by:

Rob Jones Partner, b2b Connect and Editorial Director,Digital Construction Hub

In conversation with:

Mark Coates, International Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Bentley (confirmed)

Alexandra Bolton, Former Executive Director, Centre Digital Built Britain (confirmed)

Paul El Hajj, InfraTech Advisor at KPMG, Former National Digital Twin Programme Lead, Centre Digital Built Britain (confirmed)

10.00

How to implement a greenfield digital twin

For greenfield projects, digital twin implementation is an on-going journey and a process of integration between engineering, fabrication, construction and O&M to create a workable end platform that can be operated. Without this fully integrated environment, you will not succeed. This session looks at the step-by-step process required for digital twin success, including the collection and modification of data throughout the entire project lifecycle from tender stage to handover.

Dr. Ozan Koseoglu, Head of BIM, SIEMENS ENERGY (confirmed)

10.15

How to implement a digital twin on existing assets

Implementing a digital twin on an existing building can provide detailed insights into how that structure and its assets function on a day-to-day basis. The digital view of the building can show owners and operators where inefficiencies may exist and arm them with the intelligence required to make real-time decisions that make the building operational better, reducing costs and down-time for assets.

Anthony Tuffour, Director, Global Lead GIS and Digital Twins, Buro Happold (confirmed)

10.30

Overall digital twin use-cases

A digital twin can be created at any project or asset life cycle stage. However, the creation of the digital twin, or detailed planning for its creation at an early stage of the life cycle and its use in the pre-project or project stage, is desirable. This session reveals how a clear business case and value proposition must determine when and how a digital twin should be used and what those uses are.

Cristina Savian, CEO and Founder, BeWise (confirmed)

IoT
10.50

Enhancing project control with IOT

Led by:

Phil Higgins, Director, Ventures Middle East, (confirmed)

In conversation with:

Miguel Monteiro, Senior Director – Development, Emaar

Daniel Nerron, Corporate, Director of Human Resources, ACC (confirmed)

Basel Eshtewy, Senior Business Consultant, Wakecap (confirmed)

11.20

Morning networking break

Digital Twins

Success stories in digital twin journeys

The need to build new and modify existing assets into efficient, connected and sustainable facilities of the future is moving at a faster pace than ever before. In the push to net zero, it is imperative to design, build and operate more efficiently and cost-effectively is the new norm. Digital twins are a key enabler to achieve both and deliver plants, cities and buildings of the future. This session explores real digital twin journeys of different use-cases, varying assets and scale. How have these early adopters defined and implemented them and what have been the key challenges to resolve on the road to data integration.

11.50

Water industry

Daniel Tides, Digital Twin Implementation Lead, Sydney Water (confirmed)

12.00

Municipal digital twin project

Andrew Rippon, Smart City Director, Royal Commission for AlUla (confirmed)

12.10

Realisation of an operational open urban platform

Roland van der Heijden, Program Manager - Digital City, City of Rotterdam (confirmed)

12.20

Dubai digital twin project

Maitha Al Nuaimi, GIS Network Section Manager, Dubai Municipality (confirmed)

12.30

Oil & gas asset lifecycle development and operations in digital environment

Wassim Ghadban, Vice President, Global Innovation and Digital Engineering, Kent (confirmed)

12.40

Heavy infrastructure twin (gold mine)

Amit Swarnkar, Business Unit Head, MENA, M&M, Larsen & Toubro (confirmed)

12.50

Journey towards an airport digital twin

Ismail Polat, Chief Planning Officer, Istanbul Grand Airport (confirmed)

13.00

Building energy optimisation in commercial real estate

Krzysztof Wolnicki, Lead Fire Engineer, Arup (confirmed)

13.10

Commercial real estate – IPUT Plc Ireland

In conversation with:

Richard Latchford, Technical Solutions Manager, IPUT Real Estate Dublin (confirmed)

Marty Chobot, VP Enterprise Solutions, Invicara (confirmed)

13.25

Q&A Session

Future of Work
13.45

Future of Work

Abdullah Al Bash, Founder and CEO, CONSTAL

13.55

Close of CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL

14.30

Construction Technology Awards Reception

17.30

Close of CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL