Advancements in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as AI, robotics, 3D printing, IoT and big data analytics have disrupted industries worldwide, including the construction sector. The MENA Smart Construction Virtual Summit will focus on innovation in the construction sector, exploring how new technologies are transforming the design and construction process and helping to reduce waste and mitigate environmental impact.
Bringing together key players from across the construction value chain, the event will 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.
After a successful inaugural edition of the summit in 2020 that boasted over 800 attendees representing the biggest regional construction companies, the 2nd edition of the MENA Smart Construction Summit is designed to continue supporting the regional construction ecosystem evolve intelligent buildings for smart and sustainable cities and rapidly change the operational dynamics of construction companies.
Join us for the 2nd edition MENA Smart Construction Virtual Summit on 16 June 2021, as we explore the myriad ways of using technology and innovation to construct buildings of the future.
With important government dignitaries, prominent investors, and stakeholders of leading infrastructure companies in attendance; this is an exclusive opportunity to network with high-profile individuals, deepen your understanding of smart construction and find your subsequent growth opportunity.
An immersive agenda with interactive panel discussions, fireside chats, and breakout sessions, this one-day summit will satiate your appetite for industry insights and help you dismantle the functionality of seemingly intimidating innovations like BIM (Business Information Modelling), 3D printing, modular construction; only to piece together your business model by integrating these new efficiencies in a seamless manner.
Virtual networking and exhibition opens
Welcome from the Chairperson
Kicking off with a timely construction market update and trend analysis providing business-critical insights on the regional project landscape.
Digital transformation is shaping the worksite of tomorrow as the internet of things (IoT), drones, autonomous equipment, AR, AI, machine learning, and other developing technologies emerge. Technology is driving rapid change across the project and asset lifecycle. Hear how Oracle Industries Innovation Lab helps organisations experiment, learn, and stay on the leading edge with ready-made use cases
Exploring the latest innovation in construction – don’t miss this discussion session featuring start-up tech solutions that can be used to drive efficient, safe, smart and sustainable outcomes in construction projects. We’ll tap into a panel of experts’ insights in some of the most exciting new tech applications in construction and see how they think these solutions can be applied to help support your project and business outcomes. Key discussion points include: AI, robotics, and machine-learning; IoT; BIM and digital twin.
As digitalisation revolutionises industries, generating ever-increasing amounts of data, data centre projects continue to flourish. In fact, recent estimates suggest that data centre construction was worth as much as £15billion in 2020, and is projected to reach £24billion over the next six years. This session will bring together a group of experts to talk about the unique requirements of data centre construction projects and opportunities for the sector. Key discussion points include: Energy and efficiency; Hyperscale requirements of cloud providers; Managing risk; Health, safety and security; Future opportunities: Investment in data infrastructure and capacity.
How can the construction industry contribute to achieving net zero carbon emissions? This session will bring together a panel of experts to look at the opportunities presented by energy efficient technologies and determine how we can best approach decarbonisation through smart construction solutions. Key discussion points include: Energy efficient technologies; Retrofitting; Green hydrogen.
The global pandemic and subsequent lock-down measures and travel restrictions have caused a record-fall in carbon emissions over the past year, but the transition from traditional fossil fuels to a net zero carbon future requires continued coordinated efforts across borders and industries. This session will review some of the most significant developments in renewables applications through smart planning, construction and technologies. Key discussion points include: Renewable energy powering mega-projects; Utility-scale wind and solar; Micro-generation and off-grid; Battery and storage challenges.
The benefits of offsite and modular construction have long been well-recognised, but why then is there not more of a take-up across the region? This session will look at how the industry can better overcome some of the challenges of offsite implementation and embrace the time, quality, and cost-efficiencies, by making modular construction more main stream. Key discussion points include: Benefits of modular and offsite construction; Evolution of modular construction into productisation; Smart Buildings: Smart metering, energy efficiency, IoT and automation; Modular construction for specific industries ie hospitality.
There is no question that all eyes are on Saudi Arabia as they undertake one of the most ambitious transformations in history. As part of the Saudi 2030 Vision economic diversification strategy, the Kingdom has launched projects of truly breathtaking scale and scope. This session will bring together a panel of representatives from these headline-grabbing projects to talk about how they are taking the lead in terms of innovation, technology, sustainability and efficiency and creating transformational new models for projects, communities and cities of the future. Key discussion points include: Emerging as a leader in innovation, sustainability and smart construction; Key project highlights and learnings; Technology-enabled sustainability.
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