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

9.00 AM Keynote

Keynote

  • Ministry of Infrastructure Development

09.15 AM Keynote

Keynote

  • Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020

09.30 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:

  • Hercu Viljoen, Managing Director – Related Businesses, ALEC Engineering and Contracting
  • Will Cavendish, Global Leader, Digital Services, Arup
  • Chris Seymour, Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East
  • David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel
  • Sherief Elabd, Director, Industry Strategy & Innovation,Oracle Construction & Engineering

10:10 AM - 10:50 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:

  • Gary Adams, President MEA, Parsons Corporation 
  • Aref Boualwan, Senior Manager Innovation, CCC
  • Tim Shelton, Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East
  • Mark Andrews, Managing Director, Laing O'Rourke

10:30 AM

Morning Break

10:50 AM - 11:30 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 of accidents, 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 (tentative)
  • Zhu Jianchao, Vice President & Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation
  • Prakash Senghani, Digital Construction Thought Leader and Evangelist, Aecom

11:20 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

11:50 AM

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 

12:10 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.

  • David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel 

12:30 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

12.50 PM

Networking Lunch

13:50 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.

Panellists include:

  • Riad Bsaibes, President & CEO, Amana Investments
  • Ibrahim Odeh, Senior Innovation Manager, Arabtec
  • Roger Wahl, CIO, ASGC
  • Hercu Viljoen, Managing Director – Related Businesses, ALEC Engineering and Contracting

14:20 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, built and maintenance phases of a project.

  • Will Cavendish, Global Leader, Digital Services, Arup

14:40 PM

The Rise of AI And Machine Learning 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.

Panellists include:

  • Will Cavendish, Global Leader, Digital Services, Arup
  • Djamil Yahia-Ouahmed, Head of Data & AI, Vinci Construction

15:10 PM

Finding The Right AI Use-Case For A Construction Company

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

15:30 PM

Big Data: What To Measure & 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 diversifying risk) and company cooperation will be shared.

  • Mohamed Nagi, Sr. Project Controls Engineer, ASGC

15:50 PM

Afternoon Break

16:10 PM

Roundtable 1: Implementing BIM

How to implement BIM strategically, what it costs and expected ROI

Led by:

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

16:10 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.

16:10 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.

16:10 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.

16:10 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

16:10 PM

Roundtable 6: Smart Materials

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

16:50 PM

Close of Day 1

08:50 AM

Opening Remarks By Chairperson

09.00 AM

Keynote

09.15 AM

What To Build In? What To Build Out? UAE Reinvents Traditional Construction

See how Dubox are disrupting 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.

Panellists include:

  • Yasser Baaj, Vice President, Dubox
  • Mike Chihoski, President and CEO - Global Development, Gulf Development International
  • Helmy Tatanaki, Owner, Roken AlKhalig
  • Prakash Senghani, Digital Construction Thought Leader and Evangelist, Aecom
  • Neil Shackleton, Project Director, ALEC Engineering and Contracting

10:10 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

10:25 AM

Scaled Robotics And Digital Site Capture So Far….

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

10:45 AM

Robotic Construction and Digital Technologies

This session showcases some of 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

11:05 AM

Morning Networking Break

11:35 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.

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
  • Shameel Muhammed, Assistant Professor Architecture, Heriot-Watt University
  • James Franklin, Head of BIM Major Projects, Kier Construction

12:15 PM

Reserved

  • Vijayshekhar Nerva, Head of Innovation EMEA, Bobcat Doosan

12:30 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.

  • José Daniel García Espinel, Director of Advanced & Digital Innovation Hub Innovation Division, Acciona

12:50 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. Skanska discuss the potential applications and how AR is being used to win work.

  • Peter Jones, Technical Director, Skanska 

13:05 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

13:20 PM

Networking Lunch

14:20 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:

  • José Daniel García Espinel, Director of Advanced & Digital Innovation Hub Innovation Division, Acciona
  • Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid, Sr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd
  • Chris Tebb, Digital Design and Delivery Practice Lead, Mott Macdonald

14:50 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 are investigating Blockchain for supply chain monitoring and the results so far.

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

 

15:10 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
  • Ibrahim Atta-Apau, Director Asset Management, BIM and Digital Engineering, Atkins Acuity

15:40 PM

Afternoon Networking

16:00 PM

Close of Forum

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