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!

08:50 AM

Opening Remarks By Chairperson

  • Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect

09.00 AM Keynote 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.

Led by:

  • Sherief Elabd, Director, Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction & Engineering

Panellists include:

  • Hercu Viljoen, Managing Director, Related Businesses, ALEC Engineering and Contracting
  • Dr. Hatem Goucha, VP Business Development, International Bechtel Co. Ltd.
  • Will Cavendish, Global Leader, Digital Services, Arup
  • Chris Seymour, Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East 

09:30 AM Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Closing the Gap Between Old and New World – What it Will Take to Move the Industry Forward

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 need of a tech revolution. However, the industry lags its peers when it comes to deploying smart technologies and has failed to increase its productivity in decades. With the traditional industry mindset unwelcoming of digital technology, what will it take to move the industry forward?

Led by:

  • Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect

Panellists include:

  • Ihab Ramlawi, VP Business Development, Amana Contracting
  • Aref Boualwan, Senior Manager Innovation, CCC 
  • Mark Andrews, Managing Director, Laing O'Rourke
  • Ramesh Jagannathan, Managing Director, startAD

09:50 AM Panel Discussion

Enabling Digital Transformation

Digital transformation promises to reap benefits for organisations that can fully integrate, automate and digitise their internal processes providing end to end visibility and control of project and change management, contracts, costs and payments. Our experts discuss the key success factors of their digital transformation roadmaps and the specific outcomes such as delivery on time, within budget, increased operational efficiency and bottom line.

Led by:

  • Muhammad Jabakhanji, Director of Operations, Concerted Solutions 

Panellists include:

  • Tim Shelton, Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East
  • Janak Vakharia, CEO, Algorithms Software
  • David Bentley, Commercial Director, Mott Macdonald Bentley & JN Bentley 
  • Sherief Elabd, Director, Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction & Engineering

10:20 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 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?

Led by:

  • Fahmi Al-Shawwa, CEO, Immensa Technology Labs

Panellists include:

  • Jonas Vandeven, 3D Division Manager, Besix
  • Hans Vermeulen, CEO, Aectual 
  • Zhu Jianchao, Vice President & Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
  • Prakash Senghani, Digital Construction Thought Leader and Evangelist, Aecom

10:40 AM

Morning Break

11:00 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

11:30 AM

Building Business Through Innovation With Startups

CCC successfully designed, engineered and printed the world’s first liveable 3D Printed house in the MENA region, digitally printed spare parts reducing time, cost and the demand for physical inventory and empowered its workforce through IoT enabled caps. All was achieved through innovation guided by meaningful partnerships with Contech start-ups. Find out how & the merits of each projects

  • Aref Boualwan, Senior Manager Innovation, CCC

11:50 PM

IoT And The Smart Job Site: What To Track, What Not To Track & Why?

Hear from the USA’s largest EPC company on their lessons learned in tracking equipment, materials and people to maximise safety and workflow on a project. Understand how monitoring can best help establish a baseline for productivity and add clarity and fidelity to the job site.

  • Keith Churchill, Construction Technology And Innovation Manager, Bechtel

12:10 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 & Operational Efficiency Director, Skanska

12:30 PM

Fire Starter

  • Okan Kizilirmak, Regional Director, Aksa Power Generation Fze

12.35 PM

Networking Lunch

13:35 PM

Panel discussion: IoT: The Best Fight Against Unproductiveness and Fatalities?

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 use, our expert panel share their experiences in using IoT-based monitoring now and in the future.

Led by:

  • Phillip Higgins, Director, Ventures

Panellists include:

  • Dr. Hassan Albalawi, CEO and Founder, Wakecap Technologies
  • Mohamed Nagi, Digitization Manager, Analytica Management Solutions (ASGC Group)

13:55 PM

Machine Learning Applications Across All Stages Of A Project Lifecycle

From design optimisation, to clash detections onsite and ongoing asset inspection, artificial intelligence is here and promises to reap benefits for organisations that can digitise their built infrastructure. Learn about tangible AI use-cases beyond piloting across the design, build and maintenance phases of a project.

  • Will Cavendish, Global Leader, Digital Services, Arup

14:15 PM

Finding The Right AI Use-Case For A Construction Company

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

14:35 PM

The Rise of AI in Construction

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are already here. But there are barriers preventing them from being fully exploited. 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 its adoption.

Led by:

  • Will Cavendish, Global Leader, Digital Services, Arup

Panellists include:

  • Djamil Yahia-Ouahmed, Head of Data & AI, Vinci Construction
  • Nour Kassassir, VP & CIO MEA, Parsons
  • Suhail Arfath, Head of Consulting – Middle East, Autodesk 
  • Anjani Kanthi, Founder & CEO, Suppliers Cave

15:00 PM

Big Data In Construction: Why?

Collecting, sorting and measuring meaningful data can be a minefield especially for an industry in its digital infancy. Hear from the region’s early pioneers in big data analytics on what to measure, report and why. Examples of how specific dashboards have facilitated timely decisions (saving money and mitigating risk) and how the cooperation between different stakeholders has increased will be discussed.

  • Mohamed Nagi, Digitization Manager, Analytica Management Solutions (ASGC Group)

15:20 PM

Big Data Or Site Data? What Data To Collect To Manage Your Project

A developer may be overwhelmed by the amount of data collected on a construction project. This presentation explores how a PMIS (Project Management Information System) which is traditionally used to manage contract documentation, has evolved to collect meaningful and accurate information on constructions site that actually help the stakeholders manage their projects.

  • Muhammad Jabakhanji, Director of Operations, Concerted Solutions

15:30 PM Keynote

Closing Keynote: UAE’s Technology Adoption & Roadmap In Infrastructure

Update from the MOID on their construction technology trials, use-cases & future projects including BIM, AI, GPON & 3D Printing.

  • Mariam Al Ali, Head of Infrastructure Asset Management, Ministry of Infrastructure Development

15:50 PM

Afternoon Break

16:10 PM

Roundtable 1: Implementing a BIM Common Data Environment (CDE)

Some people believe a CDE should be "one system that does it all" while others believe a CDE is a collection of systems. This session defines what a CDE is, how to implement one, the critical success factors and where to get help.

Led by:

  • Edward Surgeon, Digital Construction Specialist, Oracle Construction & Engineering

16:10 PM

Roundtable 2: What Is Needed To Succeed In Modular Construction

Led by:

  • Yasser Baaj, Vice President, Dubox

16:10 PM

Roundtable 3: Future Of The Built Environment

This forward-looking session will brainstorm ways that technology (robotics, prefabrication, artificial intelligence, IOT) and industry stakeholders might work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges: building shortages, climate change, and scarcity of materials. Attendees will walk away with better knowledge to deliver enhanced project outcomes that add value across the full project lifecycle. As well as improve predictability and reduce risk across their project portfolios.

Led by:

  • Suhail Arfath, Head of Consulting – Middle East, Autodesk

16:10 PM

Roundtable 4: Powering The Construction Site: Building Efficient Generators Through Electronic Control Systems

  • Enhancing fuel efficiency
  • Mitigating down time
  • Increasing savings through remote control software

Led by:

  • Okan Kizilirmak, Regional Director, Aksa Power Generation Fze

16:10 PM

Roundtable 5: TBC

TBC

16:50 PM

Close of Day 1

09:00 AM

Opening Remarks By Chairperson

  • Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect

09.10 AM

UAE Reinvents Traditional Construction: DuBox’ 8 Year Journey In PPVC

See how Dubox are disrupt ting conventional construction methodologies, challenging existing traditions, improving efficiencies and the quality of the built environment. This session reveals the key things to consider when investing in pre-fab from the offset, when it makes sense and key learnings from the region’s leading modular innovator.

  • Yasser Baaj, Vice President, Dubox

09:30 AM

Technology Disruption in Design & Build Of Modular and Prefabricated Construction

Offsite manufacturing & pre-assembly requires a complete rethink of traditional design and construction delivery processes providing an increased opportunity for technology to automate and standardise hi tech manufacturing techniques to strip out inefficiencies. Our experts review how technology can disrupt the design, planning, building, assembly and monitoring of prefabricated buildings with insights from some of the most automated factories in the world.

Led by:

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

Panellists include:

  • Yasser Baaj, Vice President, Dubox 
  • Mike Chihoski, President and CEO - Global Development, Gulf Development International
  • Neil Shackleton, Project Director, ALEC Engineering and Contracting

10:00 AM

Levering Robotic Process Automation (RPA) To Transform Reporting, Billing & Tendering

RPA can be used to automate process heavy and repetitive tasks in the construction and engineering industry, laying the groundwork for AI and saving companies significant time, money and effort as well as increasing cash flow in some cases. Hear about some of the region’s most advanced use-cases in reporting, billing and tender assessment.

  • Tim Shelton, Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East

10:20 AM

Scaled Robotics And Digital Site Capture So Far….

Scaled Robotics And Digital Site Capture So Far….

Digital site capture is transforming how the industry can monitor project progress, quality, maintain site records and build validation. Here’s how using techniques such as robotics, GIS, HoloBuilder and Matterport.

  • James Franklin, Head of BIM Major Projects, Kier Construction

10:40 AM

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 new, latest use-cases are.

Led by:

  • Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect

In conversation with:

  • Prof. Lakmal Seneviratne, Associate VP for Research, Director, Khalifa University Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS), Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University
  • Shameel Muhammed, Assistant Professor Architecture, Heriot-Watt University
  • Maged El Hawary, Controls Director, ASGC James Franklin, Head of BIM Major Projects, Kier Construction
  • James Franklin, Head of BIM Major Projects, Kier Construction

11:20 AM

Morning Networking Break

11:40 AM

Robotic Construction and Digital Technologies

This session showcases key projects from leading educational institutions and research clusters that are pioneering in Robotic Construction (robotic arms, autonomous drones and robotic fabrication) in conjunction with parametric design, AI and other digital technologies.

  • Shameel Muhammed, Assistant Professor Architecture, Heriot-Watt University

12:00 PM

Boosting Productivity At The Jobsite Through Innovation In Equipment

  • Vijayshekhar Nerva, Head of Innovation EMEA, Bobcat Doosan

12:15 PM

Mixed Reality Use-Case Scenarios In The Built Environment

Hear from the mixed reality pioneers on how VR, AR and Reality Capture can be applied throughout the supply chain to maximise work winning, project monitoring, end user experience and facilities management.

  • Luis Clemente, Executive Director, Acciona

12:35 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, Archiplexus

12:55 PM Panel Discussion

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. This panel discuss the potential applications and how AR is being used to win work.

Led by:

  • Phillip Higgins, Director, Ventures

Panellists include:

  • Peter Jones, Technical & Operational Efficiency Director, Skanska
  • Shwan Alhashimi, Managing Director, Archiplexus 
  • Muhammad Jabakhanji, Director of Operations, Concerted

13:15 PM

Digital Twins And The Platform Economy

Following the discussions on IoT, Big Data and Digital Twins, this presentation explores how these concepts come together to contribute to the platform economy and what asset owners should keep in mind when digitizing their built assets.

  • Muhammad Jabakhanji, Director of Operations, Concerted Solutions

13:25 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?

Led by:

  • Ibrahim Atta-Apau, Director Asset Management, BIM and Digital Engineering, Atkins Acuity

Panellists include:

  • Luis Clemente, Executive Director, Acciona
  • Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid, Sr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd
  • Chris Tebb, Digital Design and Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald 
  • Kevin Miller, Digital Practice Lead Middle East, Aurecon

13:50 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 is investigating Blockchain for supply chain monitoring and the results achieved so far.

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

14:05 PM

Maximising BIM Throughout The Entire Value Chain

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

Led by:

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

Panellists include:

  • Donya Mehran, BIM Lead, Arabtec Construction 
  • Denis McNelis, Engineering Manager, BAM International
  • Ahmed Elhadidy, Technical and BIM (VDC) Manager, ECC Group
  • Ibrahim Atta-Apau, Director Asset Management, BIM and Digital Engineering, Atkins Acuity

14:30 PM

Networking Lunch

15:30 PM

Close of Forum

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