9:00 – 9:30 – Registration

9:30 – 9:45 – Keynote speech by our distinguished guest

  • HE Majida Ali Rashid, assistant director general, Dubai Land Department (DLD)

9:45 – 10:30 – Panel One: Solutions for infrastructure growth

From global EPCs to global contractors, everyone today needs solutions for the infrastructure growth. The Middle East is undergoing an infrastructure boom with all the new and upcoming roads and highway projects. Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has said that it aims to complete key infrastructure projects worth $871mn in 2018, including the upgrade of road networks around the Dubai Expo 2020 site and the Route 2020 project.

Talking points:

  • What kind of software solutions are being used for the same?
  • Are developers/contractors/project management companies open to the idea?
  • Challenges/uses in adoption of such software solutions

  • Moderator –
  • John Taylor, chief operating officer, Trimble
  • Panelists –
  • Christopher Venemore, civil infrastructure director, Aecom
  • Raguram Jayaram, BIM consultant, Bentley Systems
  • Ziad Makhzoumi, advisor to the board, Drake & Scull
  • Shafia Alkheyaili, civil and development engineer, MOID UAE

10:30 – 11:15 – Panel Two: Benefits of BIM for MEP challenges

BIM is the best technology available today to structure project information well and make it useful for people and a wide range of computing systems. Coordinating MEP layout and design during construction can involve significant challenges. The discussion will focus on how the BIM technology will help address MEP disciplies and challenges.

Talking points:

  • How BIM aids in clash-free MEP design
  • Issue of awareness among MEP stakeholders
  • Opportunities that exist in both the verticals

  • Moderator – Richard Stratton, MD ME, Cundall
  • Panelists –
  • Alan Haslop, sales director, strategic accounts, Aconex
  • Arsanious Abtnago, technical engineer, ASGC
  • Andrew Darlington, BIM manager, Ramboll
  • Sameer Daoud, chief development officer, Drake & Scull
  • Craig Garrett, project technology leader, BuroHappold

11:15 – 11:30 – Coffee and networking break

11:30 – 12:15 – Panel Three: Sustainability in the HVAC in the GCC

The total estimated HVAC spend on construction projects in Dubai is approximately $1.5bn and is growing in line with the values of the contracts awarded in the urban construction sector, according to the recent report. Demand for smart, innovative, and sustainable cooling solutions is increasing in the region owing to the large number of projects being announced.

Talking points:

  • How energy efficiency regulations and green projects contributes to the rise in demand?
  • Challenges in implementing advanced HVAC in the Middle East
  • How HVAC solutions contribute to sustainability

  • Moderator – Phillipa Grant, sustainability manager, AESG
  • Panelists –
  • Nabil Shahin, sales business unit director, Daikin MEA
  • Dinesh Rupani, divisional manager, Leminar
  • AR Sureshkumar, general manager projects, Voltas LTD
  • Nigel Eckersall, director design and development, VE Experts

12:15 - Lunch