MEED-GlobalData explores how technology can power the next generation of intelligent buildings during MEED’s Smart Construction Virtual Summit

Experts from Honeywell, ALEC, McKinsey and Company, and more will speak at this bespoke digital event on 14 December 2020

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 December 2020 – MEED’s  Smart Construction Virtual Summit, a one-day virtual event held by MEED-GlobalData, will take place on December 14, 2020 and explore how advancements in AI, 3D printing, IoT and big data analytics are impacting the Middle East construction sector.

Featuring a panel of industry experts, the live event will showcase the latest research driving advances in productivity, quality, reliability, cost-savings, waste-reduction and energy efficiency. Audiences will be able to network with a high profile selection of government dignitaries, prominent investors, and stakeholders of leading infrastructure companies while expanding their understanding of smart construction.

The New Age of Smart Construction panel will assess the latest technologies and trends responsible for transforming the regional construction landscape. Speakers from ALEC, Arcadis, GHD and Heriott Watt University will discuss how organisations can use Business Information Modelling (BIM) to streamline project delivery, how businesses could benefit from making investments in smart construction technologies, and how to up-skill teams to meet the technological requirements of tomorrow.

A second panel discussion, The Offsite Revolution, will explore the competitive advantages of offsite construction, highlighting the types of projects in which modular construction presents quality, efficiency and standardisation benefits. Following this, leaders from Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence (DCCE), Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES) and Honeywell will speak about the ways in which smart construction can lay the foundation for a decarbonised future. The fourth and final panel will give viewers insight on building resilient, sustainable, smart cities of the future. Speakers from Arup, Knowledge Economic City, and McKinsey and Company will participate in this panel.

Ed James, Director of Content and Analysis, MEED Projects said: “Through our series of virtual panel discussions and presentations, audiences will be able to learn more about how technology is shaping the way today’s Middle East construction industry operates.

“Amid a challenging economic climate exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that organisations strategise on how to deliver projects efficiently, safely and sustainably to succeed. Attendees will have a chance to hear directly from a number of government officials and key players in the private sector and gain a better understanding of how to utilise technology in their own ongoing projects.”

During the course of the virtual summit, attendees will be able to take part in virtual speed networking sessions including 1-on-1 meetings with a range of industry stakeholders. TED-style presentations by project pioneers along with Smart Construction Round Tables and Technical Workshops will provide a platform for open dialogue and information sharing around key topics at the heart of smart construction strategy and implementation. 

The Smart Construction Virtual Summit will take place on Monday, December 14 from 9:00AM to 4:15PM GST. The virtual summit is free to attend, but pre-registration is required here.

The summit is supported by Construction Partner Al Bawani, Steel Manufacturing Partner Emirates Steel, Strategic Partner DUPOD by Amana, Honeywell, VVIP Partners AFC, ALEC, Al Salam Palace Museum, Samsung Engineering, VIP Partners ACE, ASGC, GHD and Petrojet, Round Table Partner LC&Partners Project Management and Engineering, Supporting Partner Khatib & Alami

About MEED

MEED is a senior management media brand, its flagship subscription products are the MEED Business Review publication and website, As well as organising the MEED Projects Awards, Gulf Capital SME Awards, Daman Corporate Health Awards and the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC).

MEED also has two high-value content businesses, MEED Projects and MEED Premium Insight Reports. MEED Projects is the Middle East’s premium project tracking database and MEED Premium Insight Reports offer tailored research and in-depth analysis. Established in 1957, MEED, has been integral to delivering business information and news, intelligence and analysis on the Middle East economies and activities ever since.   
MEED celebrated its 60th birthday in 2017. From small beginnings in a London flat on 8 March 1957, MEED has grown with the region, to become the Middle East’s most-trusted source of business information.


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