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2nd Construction technology forum Where Construction Meets Technology

The construction industry is on the cusp of a new era. Building it greener, cheaper faster, safer. CTF 2019 brings together leaders from around the globe to discuss real technology use-cases in today’s mega projects. With over 200+ senior delegates, 50+ superstar speakers and 15+ countries represented don’t miss out on 2 full days of insights and use-case scenarios at the only dedicated ConTech event in the region!

09:00 AM - 09.10 AM

Opening Remarks By Chairperson

09.10 AM - 09.30 AM Opening presentation

The Future of Construction: 3 Technology Scenarios For 2050

09.30 AM - 10.00 AM Panel Discussion

Job Site 2050: How Construction Mega trends Will Transform the Industry

This forward-looking session addresses how megatrends such as virtual construction, pre-fabrication, wireless monitoring, big data and robotics could impact the future of construction and considers the technologies required to get there.

Panellists include:

  • Chris Seymour, Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
  • David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel
  • Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Panel Discussion

Closing The Gap Between Old And New World – What It Will Take To Move The Industry Forward Beyond Technology

There’s no shortage of technologies disrupting the way traditional industries function. There’s no denying that the world is closer than ever to implementing such solutions and there’s no denying that the construction sector is in urgent needs of a tech revolution. However, the industry lacks behind its peers when it comes to deploying smart technologies and has failed to increase in productivity in decades. With the traditional industry mindset unwelcoming of digital technology – what will it take move the industry forward?

Panellists include:

  • Aref Boualwan, Senior Manager Innovation, CCC

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Morning Break

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM Panel Discussion

Differentiating the Good 3DP Use Cases From The Bad: Will Full Scale Concrete Printing Become Mainstream?

In an industry plagued with low efficiency, lack of skilled workforce and high incident rate is 3D Printing here to change that? There are a range of use-cases from design prototypes to mould making, spare parts, furniture, complex elements and full-scale concrete structures but many projects have been time consuming and expensive. This session reviews the most promising applications and which ones make sense now and in the near future?

Panellists include

  • Luis Clemente, 3D Printing Executive Director, ACCIONA Construction SA
  • Zhu Jianchao, Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
  • Ma Yihe, President and CEO, WinSun

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

China Sets The 3DP Benchmark

Chinese 3D Printing giant WinSun printed a five-storey apartment block and the houses were in full compliance with relevant national standards, overcoming one of the main issues facing the technology. In addition, it recently signed a $1.45bn deal to print 1.5 million affordable homes in Saudi Arabia. This session reviews the global progress in 3D Printing and the lessons learnt from WinSun’s project portfolio.


  • Ma Yihe, President and CEO, WinSun

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

The World’s First Livable 3D Printed House

CCC successfully designed, engineered and printed the world’s first livable 3D Printed house which stands as the first printed house in the MENA region. Find out why and how.

  • Aref Boualwan, Senior Manager Innovation, CCC 

12:20 PM - 12.50 PM

Will BIM Be 3D Printing’s Biggest Ally?

Translating 3D models into a language understood by robotics could change the fundamentals of construction as we know them. How much and to what extend will BIM and 3DP complement each other?

Panellists include:

  • Prakash Senghani, Digital Construction Thought Leader and Evangelist, Aecom

12.50 PM -01:50 PM

Networking Lunch

01.50 PM - 02.10 PM

IoT Technology: The Best Fight Against Unproductiveness And Fatality?

The construction sector has a global productivity issue. Much of it due to outdated manual onsite processes coupled with the fact that little is known about its largest segment – the workforce. Network technology and monitoring of people and equipment through remote sensors is increasingly being used to establish and assess trends in safety and productivity. From monitoring attendance and alertness of workers to establishing productivity zones and equipment utilisation, our expert panel share their experience in using IoT based monitoring now and in the future.

Panellists include:

  • Riad Bsaibes, President & CEO, Amana Investments

02:10 PM - 02:25 PM

IoT And The Smart Job Site

  • David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel 

02.25 PM - 02.40 PM

Digital Estates – How The Development Of An IoT Enabled Digital Twin Can Reduce Operational Costs By 30%

The integrated digital O&M manual is here! The development of a digital twin for existing building and integration of IoT can save end users 30% in staff costs increase building efficiency and preventative maintenance. Find out how.

  • Peter Jones, Technical Director, Skanska

02:40 PM - 03:10 PM

The Rise of AI And Machine Learning In Construction

This session draws on real-life use cases of Artificial Intelligence in construction today, including safety, real-time schedule analysis, budget and billing, performance analytics and real-time BIM, and the challenges limiting AI’s adoption.

  • Djamil Yahia-Ouahmed, Head of Data & AI, Vinci Construction


03:10 PM - 03:30 PM

Current Proof Of Concepts for AI And Finding The Right Use-Case

  • Djamil Yahia-Ouahmed, Head of Data & AI, Vinci Construction

03:30 PM - 03:50 PM

Afternoon Break

03:50 PM

Roundtable 1: Implementing BIM

How to implement it, what it costs and expected ROI.

03:50 PM

Roundtable 2: Production on Demand! Disrupting the Construction Supply Chain Through Digitised Inventory

3DP allows construction companies to print parts on demand, reducing physical inventory and saving time, space and money.

03:50 PM

Roundtable 3: Parametric Design For Better Buildings

Parametric design lets you specify key parameters of a project and make changes interactively, with the model updating automatically. It can be used for architectural showmanship and to make more efficient designs and optimise buildings.

03:50 PM

Roundtable 4: Blockchain 101 In Construction

Blockchain is set to make the industry more efficient, transparent and automated. Find out the best use-cases in construction.

03:50 PM

Roundtable 5: Advanced BIM: Implementing Full BIM On Complex Projects

How to implement BIM across all elements of a complex project.

  • Denis McNelis, Engineering Manager, BAM International

03:50 PM

Roundtable 6: Smart Materials

Learn about the advanced materials that will change the face of construction as we know it.

04:50 PM

Close of Day 1

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM

Opening Remarks By Chairperson

09.10 - 9.40 AM

What To Build In? What To Building Out? Avoiding The Pitfalls In Prefabricated Housing

There is no doubt that the more you can build off-site has increased benefits for projects and an earlier return in investment. So why have so many schemes failed? This session reveals the key things to consider when investing in pre-fab from the offset and on a per project basis and shares the common mistakes so that you can avoid them.


Panellists include:

  • Yasser Baaj, Vice President, Dubox
  • Roken AlKhalig

9.40 AM - 10.00 AM

Building A Sustainable High Rise in 19 Days

The Chinese modular mogul built a 57-storey tower in just 19 days with a prefabricated construction technique helping it cut back on 15,000 deliveries, on dust and pollution.


  • Roken AlKhalig

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Technology Disruption In Modular and Prefabricated Construction

Offsite manufacturing provides increased opportunity for technology to automate and standardise construction processes leading to increased safety and efficiency. Our experts review how technology can disrupt the planning, building, assembly and monitoring of prefabricated buildings with insights from some of the most automated factories in the world.


Panellists include:

  • Neil Shackleton,Project Director, ALEC Engineering and Contracting

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Morning Break

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Construction Robotics Case Study

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

State of Robotics In Construction

  • Senior representative, Heriot-Watt University

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Autonomous Vehicles Pilot

11:50 AM - 12:40 PM

The Latest Drone Use-cases

Most major contractors are now using drones but is their application being maximised? This session will explore how to increase the use of UAVs in the built environment and what the best use-cases are.

Presentation by:

  • Prof. Lakmal Seneviratne, Associate VP for Research, Director, Khalifa University Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS), Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University

In conversation with:

  • Maged El Hawary, Controls Director, ASGC

12:40 PM - 01:40 PM

Networking Lunch

1:40 PM - 02:10 PM

Augmented Reality: The Construction Revolution We Have Been Waiting For?

A revolutionary new technology using ‘mixed reality’ merges real and virtual worlds to visualise physical and digital objects co-existing and interacting. Its potential for the construction industry goes far wider. Our experts discuss the potential applications and how AR is being used to win work, asking if could it could be the spark the BIM revolution has been waiting for?


Panellists include:

  • Shwan Alhashimi, Managing Director, Archiplex 
  • Peter Jones, Technical Director, Skanska 
  • Tamer Elgohari, Senior VDC Engineer, ASGC

02:10 PM - 02:30 PM

Next Generation Augmented Reality in UAE Architecture

Augmented reality changes how humans perceive space and could revolutionise the construction industry through the design, build and operation process by minimising the footprint of a building. Hear about the exciting applications of AR in the UAE.


  • Shwan Alhashimi, Managing Director, Archiplex

02:30 PM - 03:10 PM

5 Ways Blockchain Can Disrupt The Construction Industry

The construction industry is often cited as the world’s most fragmented, high-impact sector and is regularly being challenged to improve its efficiency and productivity. Blockchain is here to change that with applications that can improve supply chain efficiency, proof of delivery, transparency in payments and source of origins for regulated materials. The UAE government expects AI and Blockchain to save the industry $106m in document costs, but which use-cases are most promising?


Panellists include:

  • Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid, Sr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd
  • Chris Tebb, Digital Design and Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald

03:10 PM - 03:30 PM

Opportunities That Blockchain Can Deliver To Your Supply Chain

Blockchain provides one trusted source to improve supply chain efficiency including authenticating check-points, proof of delivery, installation and automated payment to suppliers. Hear how Turner Construction are investigating Blockchain for supply chain monitoring and the results so far.


  • Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid, Sr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd


03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Maximising BIM Throughout The Entire Value Chain

BIM has the potential to deliver significant benefits to facilities management as well as the construction stage, reducing operational costs over the life cycle of a building. However, clients, asset managers and many consultants are slow to embrace it. Experts from across the built environment sector discuss how barriers to uptake BIM throughout the supply chain might be overcome.

Led by:

  • Chris Tebb (Digital Design and Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald)

Panellists include:

  • Ahmed Balawi, BIM Manager, Arabtec Construction
  • Denis McNelis, Engineering Manager, BAM International
  • Ahmed Elhadidy, Technical and BIM (VDC) Manager, ECC Group

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Afternoon Networking

04:30 PM

Close of Forum

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