The Festival of Construction Innovation - 9th March 2020

 

 

A new high-level platform, the Festival of Construction Innovation celebrates 10 years of construction excellence at The Big 5 Saudi and looking forward to ten years of innovation on the journey to achieving the Saudi Vision 2030! The festival celebrates creativity, ingenuity, ambition and supporting innovation.

 

 

The agenda: 

FESTIVAL SESSION ONE

AN EYE ON EXCELLENCE – DRIVING INNOVATION, QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

4:30PM   Welcome from MC

Lu’ay Khdeir, Regional Development Director – Middle East, Mott MacDonald

 

4:40PM   FESTIVAL TALK

Raising the Bar in the Age of 4IR: Redefining technical regulations and standards to usher in the new era of best practice

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear about the latest guidance and regulations relating to outdoor lighting and online construction product certification.  Discover what regulators are doing to drive innovation, quality and sustainability in the construction sector and how it will affect you and your business.

Eng. Zayed Al-Bagami, Deputy Director of Efficiency Labels Department, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO)

5:00PM   ASK THE EXPERTS

A moderated Q&A with leading regulations experts – don’t miss this chance to ask any questions you may have about product regulation and certification updates!

Moderator: Lu’ay Khdeir, Regional Development Director – Middle East, Mott MacDonald

Panelists:

Eng. Zayed Al-Bagami, Deputy Director of Efficiency Labels Department, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO)

Eng. Abdulaziz Saleh Al-Showair, Senior Standards Specialist, GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)

 

5:20PM   INNOVATION INSIGHTS PANEL

The Future is Now: The dawn of digital Saudi Arabia

The emergence of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, big data and more are revolutionizing the way we live and work.  Digitalization is not only transforming cities, communities and mega-projects across Saudi Arabia, it is also forever changing the products, methods and techniques of construction for delivering these developments.  This session will bring together a panel of experts in digital transformation to share their views on how technology is transforming some of the biggest projects in the Kingdom and how Saudi Arabia is putting technological innovation at the heart of their vision to deliver truly world-class urban centers.

Moderator: Danny Karam, Partner and Digital Transformation Lead, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Panelists:

Arsen Safaryan, Head of BIM and Digital Construction, ALEC

Mohammed Shah, IT and Smart City Director, Knowledge Economic City

Mohammed Yaqoub, CEO, Al-Sharif X

 

6:00PM   Break for Maghrib

 

FESTIVAL SESSION TWO

NEW HORIZONS - DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

 

6:30PM   FESTIVAL TALK

Transformational Technology: Exploring the latest innovations and advancements revolutionizing construction projects

A world-leader in innovative construction products, methods and techniques shares invaluable insights into new technologies on the market and how they are improving the efficiency, sustainability, timeliness and cost-effectiveness of today’s construction projects. Hear data and feedback from real-life projects as well as an analysis of ROI – why should you invest in innovation?

Senior Representative, Katerra

 

6:50PM   THE BIG 5 SAUDI WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION FIRESIDE CHAT

Saudi has taken massive strides in encouraging the participation of women in the workforce and nowhere is this truer than in the construction sector.  Worldwide, construction has long been a male-dominated industry, however with women’s empowerment taking center stage in the Kingdom, industry dynamics are shifting.  This session will bring together three voices in an on-stage discussion on what advancements have been made to engage women in the Saudi workforce and what more can be done to attract women to careers in construction.

Moderator: Maria Lalousis, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Panelists:

Dr. Basmah Omair, CEO, BMO Management Consulting; Board Member, National Women's Council

Noorah Al Otaibi, Project Engineer, KBR-AMCDE Khobar City

Katie Fifer, Vice President of Finance, Asia and Middle East, Katerra

 

7:30PM   Break for Isha

 

FESTIVAL SESSION THREE

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT – INNOVATING FOR A BIGGER AND BETTER TOMORROW

 

8:00PM   FESTIVAL TALK

Towards a New Standard of Sustainability in Saudi Arabia: Improving energy efficiency in the built environment

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the region’s preeminent leaders in sustainability and energy efficiency on ways you can apply cost-effective techniques and innovative technologies to improve the energy efficiency of your building.  Hear about real-world challenges faced on regional projects and what practical solutions can be applied to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate environmental impact.

Waseem Hamweyah, Senior Sustainability Consultant, AESG

 

8:20PM   FESTIVAL TALK

Smart and Sustainable: Applying forward-looking design and advanced technologies to deliver truly iconic and sustainable Saudi projects

This session will delve into the vision behind one of Saudi’s leaders in construction innovation as they share their insights and ethos into balancing iconic design with sustainable thinking and why you need to be applying the latest technologies, methods and techniques to stay competitive in the rapidly-evolving construction landscape.

Abdulaziz Al Fraidi, Chief Operations Manager, Al Bawani

 

8:40PM   FESTIVAL SHOWCASE

Toward a Clean Energy Future: The latest developments in the Kingdom’s renewable energy ambitions and what it means for the project landscape

With Saudi Arabia recently tripling its renewable energy targets, there is no question that the world’s largest oil producer has alternative energy solutions firmly in its sights.  This session aims to showcase the Kingdom’s commitment to cleaner energy options as well as highlight key updates to solar energy development plans and how these updates are likely to impact projects across the country.

 

9:00PM   THE BIG 5 SAUDI START-UP LAUNCH PAD

Celebrating innovative start-ups shaking up the construction industry

Celebrating Saudi creativity and entrepreneurship! Don’t miss this first-of-its-kind, rapid-fire round showcasing some of the best and brightest in Saudi’s start-up ecosystem with a focus on technology that can be applied to construction projects. 

Moderator: Lu’ay Khdeir, Regional Development Director – Middle East, Mott MacDonald

Technology Showcases from:

Dr. Mustafa Mousa, Co-Founder and CEO, Sadeem Technology

Arch. Albaraa Rayas, Senior Business Development Engineer, Falconviz

 

9:20PM   Closing Remarks

 

9:30PM   Close of the Festival of Construction Innovation