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Smart Building Summit 2023

Bringing together construction companies, governments, technology firms, and design & engineering firms to collaborate and adapt

The Middle East continues to develop a reputation as an increasingly important hub for the development of smart cities and the implementation of smart technologies in urban spaces.

Stimulated by powerful national visions, construction spending is surging across the region led by the huge masterplan developments. But as it propels new opportunities of growth, the surge in activity also raises new challenges. New factors are reshaping the way that the smart building projects are being planned, delivered and operated.

In the quest to create a better, more agile and adaptive smarter construction eco-system, the Smart Building Summit will gather the leading voices from across the construction value chain to showcase some of the latest research and innovations driving improvements in productivity, quality, reliability, cost-savings, waste-reduction, and energy efficiency and how you can employ these methods in your projects.

Join the conversation as we explore how new technology is transforming project delivery, re-defining design and construction landscape.

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  • Outlook on the Future of Smart Buildings in the MENA 
  • Update on Region’s Iconic Smart Building Projects : Trends, Challenges and Opportunities 
  • Tech for the Next-Level of People-Centric Smart Building Design
  • Path to Sustainability - Role of Smart Buildings in Reducing Carbon Emissions 
  • Data Driven Operations and Maintenance - Making Smart Actionable
  • Balance IT and OT Smart Buildings Technologies 
  • Case studies on Digital Twin implementation - Demystifying Digital Twin Technology 
  • Building System Interoperability
  • Prioritising Retrofit – Legacy Developments
  • Impact of Metaverse Both Virtually & in Reality
  • Sustainable Urbanism : Making Innovation REAL 

Who is this designed for?

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SUMMIT PROGRAM

Day 1: 17th January 2023, Tuesday

Ranju Warrier, Construction Expert | Editor In-Chief | ITP Media 

Vision for Smart Building Construction to Achieve Net Zero Strategic Initiative 2050 Eng. Nawal Alhanaee, Director of Future Energy Department | Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Keep Up with the Rapid Pace of Change in Smart Buildings : Stagnate or Innovate

The actual “smartness” of a building not only depends on the implemented smart building technologies but also on the participation of each relevant stakeholder group during planning, implementation, and operation. This is necessary in order to reduce implementation complexity and technology adoption during operation.

With reference to real world example, the discussion will look at the 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? The panel of experts will share their 360° perspective on what will drive smart buildings in the future.

Moderator : Ranju Warrier, Construction Expert | Editor In-Chief | ITP Media

Panellists :

  • Christopher Seymour, Regional Director &  Head of Strategy & Investment MEASA | Mott MacDonald & Chairman | RICS MENA
  • Martin Williamson, Head of Commissioning - Middle East | AESG
  • Mohammad Ali Shalan, VP Digital Transformation | Project Management Institute (PMI) KSA Chapter
  • Wajdi Mereb, Senior Manager - Engineering Digitalization - BIM & Digital Twins
  • Nizar Jegham, Director – Digital Advisory Services | WSP Middle East
  • Melani Sabhaney, Partner & Design Director | Interspace
  • Praveen Thampi, Creative Director | The Ministry Of Light, India

Digital Twins in the Metaverse

  • Disruptive trends enabling digital twins.
  • Digital twins as a key metaverse application.
  • Leveraging the 3D internet or Metaverse to connect real & digital in real-time.
  • Use cases of digital twins & the value in data

Christopher Stock, BIM Operation Head | Dewan Architects & Engineers 

Sana Zidan, Assistant Design Manager | Dewan Architects & Engineers 

Beyond BIM & Digital Twins: Using Computation to Create Interactive Value Proposition for Innovative Projects 

Abdulmajid Karanouh, International Director & Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation | Drees & Sommer and Greig Paterson, Interdisciplinary Design Manager | Drees & Sommer 

Defining ‘Smart’ in the Built Environment

Rohan Chandavarkar, Associate Digital Delivery | AESG 

Buildings of the Future - An Ecosystem Perspective

Abhay Bhargava, VP - Energy & Environment and Industrial | Frost & Sullivan

The Human Connection to a Smart Building : Putting EQ into Building IQ

Garald Todd, Director - Property & Buildings | WSP Middle East

Realizing Rapid Construction Through Prefabrication & Industrial Thinking

Mansour Fareid, Chief Engineer / Director of Engineering | China State Construction Engineering Corp. ME

Optimising Offsite - Making Modular Mainstream

Moderator :

John Shenton, Chair | Dubai Hub for the Chartered Institute of Building

Guest Speaker :

Brian Sweeney, Head of Projects | Ramboll

The New “Matter” Standard

  • Understanding the “matter” standard and the possibilities it offers for future projects / planners / builders
  • Understanding the ongoing convergence between smart home and professional for future smart buildings
  • Scenarios on the technical side for further development and adaption of “matter”

Philipp Heindl, Vice President Business Development | Tridonic

Smart Lighting & the IoT

Karim Daoudi, Business Development Manager | MICROSENS GmbH & Co. KG

Ranju Warrier, Construction Expert | Editor In-Chief | ITP Media

Day 2: 18th January 2023, Wednesday

Mohammad Ali Shalan, VP Digital Transformation | Project Management Institute (PMI) KSA Chapter

The Smart Building Lifecycle : Delivering Sustainability Throughout

How can we ensure a building is sustainable throughout its lifecycle? What will the new energy landscape look like and what impact will this have on our buildings? How will the operation and maintenance of our buildings change to become more efficient and contribute to the wellbeing of its users? The panel of experts will debate how smart, integrated systems are the foundation to achieving net zero targets.

Moderator :

Farah Naz, Head of Innovation, Sustainability & ESG Middle East and Africa | AECOM & Chair| CIBSE UAE

Panellists :

  • Ioannis Spanos, Director, Sustainability & Environmental Services Division | KEO International 
  • Abdullatif Albitawi, Director | Emirates Green Building Council
  • Mario Saab, Head of Sustainability MENA | Cundall
  • Christopher Seymour, Regional Director & Head of Strategy & Investment MEASA | Mott MacDonald & Chairman | RICS MENA

Next Generation of Smart & Sustainable Cities - The Metropolis of the Future

Moderator :

John Shenton, Chair | Dubai Hub for the Chartered Institute of Building

Guest Speaker :

Baharash Bagherian, CEO | URB

Smart Sustainable Solutions for Infrastructure Development

Jesús Sancho Carrascosa, Middle East Director General | ACCIONA

Sustainable, Smart and Standardized: How DALI Enables Efficient, Future-Proof Lighting Control Systems

Paul Drosihn, General Manager | DALI Alliance

Rethinking Building Materials & Technology to Reduce the Carbon Footprint

Moderator :

John Shenton, Chair | Dubai Hub for the Chartered Institute of Building

Panellists :

  • Dr. Yasemin Neilsen, Associate Professor Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design | Heriot Watt University Dubai
  • Karim El-Jisr, Chief Sustainability Officer | Diamond Developers
  • Dr. Bhakti More, Chairperson & Associate Professor - School of Design & Architecture | Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Sustainable Retrofits with a Focus on People Wellbeing

Mario Saab, Head of Sustainability MENA | Cundall

Future-Proofing Smart Build Through Sustainable Design & Innovation Mind-Set

Sophia Kee, Head of Future Ready - Property & Buildings Middle East | WSP Middle East

How Smart Buildings Technologies Help Aligning with ESG Goals

Mohammad Ali Shalan, VP Digital Transformation | Project Management Institute (PMI) KSA Chapter

Sustainable Urbanism : Making Urban Innovation Real & Master Planning Low Carbon Communities

Moderator :

John Shenton, Chair | Dubai Hub for the Chartered Institute of Building

Guest Speaker :

Vasushree Mohta De, Practice Director - Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Middle East | Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

Spearheading Towards Vision 2030 : Designing & Advancing Kingdom’s Future Smart Build Landscape

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing an unprecedented construction and urban mega projects boom that will reshape the future of the Kingdom and the region.

The panel of experts will highlight the major advancements and unveil the opportunities of collaboration to assist digitally enabled sustainable developments and healthier environments.

Moderator :

John Shenton, Chair | Dubai Hub for the Chartered Institute of Building

Panellists :

  • Ahmed Aboualfa, Head of Digital Delivery & BI | Diriyah Gate Development Authority
  • Richard Dib, Smart City Advisor | Royal Commission of Al Aula
  • Garald Todd, Director - Property & Buildings | WSP Middle East
  • Arsen Safaryan, Director - Information & Data Management Development | Saudi Entertainment Ventures (SEVEN)
  • Amr Saad, Associate Director, BIM | ROSHN

Creating a Building with End Users in Mind, to Deliver an Asset of Outstanding Functionality

Nizar Jegham, Director – Digital Advisory Services | WSP Middle East

Mohammad Ali Shalan, VP Digital Transformation | Project Management Institute (PMI) KSA Chapter

Day 3: 19th January 2023, Thursday

Dr. Jacques Khouri, Independent Senior Consultant / Advisor Digital Twins, BIM, Smart City – Switzerland & Subject Matter Expert for NEOM (the Line and Oxagon cities) / PWC - Digital Twins & Smart City - KSA.

Moderator:

Dr. Jacques Khouri, Independent Senior Consultant / Advisor Digital Twins, BIM, Smart City – Switzerland & Subject Matter Expert for NEOM (the Line and Oxagon cities) / PWC - Digital Twins & Smart City - KSA.

Panellists :

Dr. Gaby Abdalla, Digital Twin Leader | Arup

Asim Rehmani, Digital Transformation Manager – VDC | EllisDon & Co-Author of National Smart Construction Guidelines | Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Kevin Harris, Digital Twin Delivery Program Head | Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Steven Yule, Director of Technology Enabled Solutions - Strategic Consulting | Jacobs

Kaarin Kalavus-Collins, Associate Director – BIM | Turner & Townsend

Dr. Jacques Khouri, Independent Senior Consultant / Advisor Digital Twins, BIM, Smart City – Switzerland & Subject Matter Expert for NEOM (the Line and Oxagon cities) / PWC - Digital Twins & Smart City – KSA

Wissam Hijazi, Sr. Director Innovation – MENA ,Virtual Design & Construction Services | EllisDon

Chris Smeaton, Associate Principal - Digital Leader | InSite - Planners / Landscape Architects

A real world example of the application and implementation of a Digital Twin on major Infrastructure programme in the UK. Focused on a people centric journey to create a Digital Twin that delivers value at all life cycle of the programme. Lessons learnt along the way and application to programmes in the Middle East.

Steven Yule, Director of Technology Enabled Solutions - Strategic Consulting | Jacobs

Dr. Jacques Khouri, Independent Senior Consultant / Advisor Digital Twins, BIM, Smart City – Switzerland & Subject Matter Expert for NEOM (the Line and Oxagon cities) / PWC - Digital Twins & Smart City - KSA

Confirmed Speakers

Light Middle East

Eng. Nawal Alhanaee

Director of Future Energy Department | Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Christopher Seymour

Christopher Seymour

Regional Director & Head of Strategy & Investment MEASA | Mott MacDonald & Chairman | RICS MENA

Ranju Warrier

Ranju Warrier

Construction Expert | Editor In-Chief | ITP Media

Dr. ir. Gaby Abdalla

Gaby Abdalla

Digital Twin Leader | Arup

Abdullatif Albitawi, Director | Emirates Green Building Council

Abdullatif Albitawi

Director | Emirates Green Building Council

Farah Naz

Farah Naz

Head of Innovation, Sustainability & ESG Middle East and Africa | AECOM & Chair| CIBSE UAE

Ioannis Spanos

Ioannis Spanos

Director, Sustainability & Environmental Services Division | KEO International

Mario Saab

Mario Saab

Head of Sustainability MENA | Cundall

Dr. Jacques Khouri

Dr. Jacques Khouri

Independent Senior Consultant / Advisor Digital Twins, BIM, Smart City – Switzerland & Subject Matter Expert for NEOM (the Line and Oxagon cities) / PWC - Digital Twins & Smart City - KSA.

Martin Williamson

Martin Williamson

Head of Commissioning - Middle East| AESG

Rohan Chandavarkar

Rohan Chandavarkar

Associate Digital Delivery| AESG

Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid

Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid

Digital Transformation Lead | Turner Construction - International LLC & Co-Author of National Smart Construction Guidelines | Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Wissam Hijazi

Wissam Hijazi

Sr. Director Innovation – MENA, Virtual Design & Construction Services | EllisDon

Asim Rehmani

Asim Rehmani

Digital Transformation Manager – VDC | EllisDon & Co-Author of National Smart Construction Guidelines | Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Chris Smeaton

Chris Smeaton

Associate Principal - Digital Leader | InSite - Planners / Landscape Architects

Ahmed Aboualfa

Ahmed Aboualfa

Head of Digital Delivery & BI | Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Baharash Bagherian

Baharash Bagherian

CEO | URB

Prakash Senghani

Prakash Senghani

CEO & Co-Founder | Navatech Group

Dr. Yasemin Neilsen

Dr. Yasemin Neilsen

Associate Professor Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design | Heriot Watt University Dubai

Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney

Head of Projects | Ramboll

Mansour Fareid

Mansour Fareid

Chief Engineer / Director of Engineering | China State Construction Engineering Corp ME

Amr Saad

Amr Saad

Associate Director, BIM | ROSHN

Mohammad Ali Shalan

Mohammad Ali Shalan

VP Digital Transformation | Project Management Institute (PMI) KSA Chapter

Richard Dib

Richard Dib

Smart City Advisor| Royal Commission of Al Aula

Wajdi Mereb

Wajdi Mereb

Digital Construction & Digital Twin Expert, U.A.E

Karim El-Jisr

Karim El-Jisr

Chief Sustainability Officer | Diamond Developers

Christopher Stock

Christopher Stock

BIM Operation Head | Dewan Architects & Engineers

Sana Zidan

Sana Zidan

Assistant Design Manager | Dewan Architects & Engineers

Abdulmajid Karanouh

Abdulmajid Karanouh

International Director and Head of Interdisciplinary Design & Innovation | Drees & Sommer

Greig Paterson

Greig Paterson

Interdisciplinary Design Manager| Drees & Sommer

John Shenton

John Shenton

Chair | Dubai Hub for the Chartered Institute of Building

Jesús Sancho Carrascosa

Jesús Sancho Carrascosa

Middle East Director General | ACCIONA

Kaarin Kalavus-Collins

Kaarin Kalavus-Collins

Associate Director – BIM | Turner & Townsend

Omar Barakat

Omar Barakat

Associate Director - Projects Delivery| The Red Sea Development Company

Garald Todd

Garald Todd

Director - Property & Buildings | WSP Middle East

Sophia Kee

Sophia Kee

Head of Future Ready - Property & Buildings Middle East | WSP

Nizar Jegham

Nizar Jegham

Director – Digital Advisory Services| WSP Middle East

Abhay Bhargava

Abhay Bhargava

Vice President and Regional Head MEASA – Energy & Environment Practice | Frost & Sullivan

Vasushree Mohta De

Vasushree Mohta De

Practice Director - Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Middle East | Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

Steven Yule

Steven Yule

Director of Technology Enabled Solutions - Strategic Consulting | Jacobs

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

Digital Twin Delivery Program Head| Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Philipp Heindl

Philipp Heindl

Vice President Business Development | Tridonic

Melani Sabhaney

Melani Sabhaney

Partner & Design Director | Interspace

Praveen Thampi

Praveen Thampi

Creative Director | The Ministry Of Light

Dr. Bhakti More

Dr. Bhakti More

Chairperson & Associate Professor - School of Design & Architecture| Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Karim Daoudi

Karim Daoudi

Business Development Manager | MICROSENS GmbH & Co. KG

Paul Drosihn

Paul Drosihn

General Manager | DALI Alliance

Arsen Safaryan

Arsen Safaryan

Information & Data Management Development | Saudi Entertainment Ventures (SEVEN)

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