Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018

23-24 April 2018
United Arab Emirates

Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 23rd May 2018
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

10:00 - 10:20

The World of Skyscrapers – Dubai’s Perspective

  • Popular skyscraper functions and how it is evolving
  • Skyscraper materials and some of the current best practices used in skyscraper materials
  • The flaws and facades of skyscrapers in the past years and how much progress has been established up till now
10:20 - 10:40

Making Buildings that are Greener and Smarter

  • Sustainable design principles that skyscrapers should focus on
  • Building eco-friendly skyscrapers – Being smart and sustainable
  • Case Study – The Shanghai Tower: The world’s greenest skyscraper
10:40 - 11:00

Smart Skyscrapers and Waste Management Systems

  • Challenges of building an integrated waste management system in skyscrapers
  • Usage of IoT in smart waste management systems
  • Laying emphasis on waste-to-energy technologies
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:10

Panel Discussion: The Evolving Role of an Architect in Designing a Skyscraper

  • Designing high rise buildings that characterize a city
  • Designing today’s skyscrapers – Can traditional and contemporary design co-exist?
  • How has technology impacted the design aspect in skyscraper construction?
  • Best practices that architects need to incorporate while designing a smart skyscraper
12:10 - 12:30

The Future of High Rise – Smart Design and Construction

  • 3D printed buildings – Is it the future?
  • Architecture design while assessing the state-of-the-art materials and technology
  • Making architectural vision a reality – Combination of design, technology and aesthetics
12:30 - 12:50

Intelligent Building Management Systems – The Road Ahead

  • Role of automation in building management systems
  • How does analytics maximize the efficiency of Intelligent BMS
  • Optimal performance and efficiency along with reduced costs for energy and operations
  • Energy conservation – How can energy conservation help in the efficient performance of intelligent buildings. Case studies of some interesting energy conservation projects implement for smart buildings
12:50 - 13:30

Panel Discussion – Importance of Cyber Security in Developing Smart Skyscrapers

  • Cyber security vulnerabilities, market dynamics and risk evaluation
  • Objectives of an effective cyber security strategy for smart skyscrapers
  • Measures adopted in mitigating cyber threats for smart buildings
13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 14:50

Energy Efficient Skyscrapers – Is Renewable Energy the Answer?

  • Installing renewable energy solutions – Support UAE’s sustainable development goals
  • UAE’s net zero building – DEWA headquarters: Al-Sheraa
  • Energy-efficient construction techniques – Energy conservation to be the primary focus in skyscraper design consideration
14:50 - 15:10

Artificial Intelligence and Its Effectiveness in Building Smart Skyscrapers

  • Smart building technology transforming skyscrapers into smart skyscrapers
  • Machine learning for buildings – Why is there a need for it?
  • Use cases of AI in building construction
15:10 - 15:30

Incorporating Technological Innovation and Sustainability in Skyscraper’s Design

  • Green architecture – The future of tall buildings
  • Building the skyscraper of the future – Improving design while reducing cost
  • UAE’s green building regulations promoting green building practices
15:30 - 15:50

Mobility in High Rise Buildings Reaching New Heights

  • Transit management systems reengineered for today’s mega tall buildings
  • Advancements in intelligent vertical transport systems ensure increased safety and efficiency
  • Innovations in vertical transport to optimize traffic flow
15:50 - 16:10

Humanizing the Skyscraper – Its Contribution in Developing the Public Realm

  • Greening the environment – Developing green spaces around high-rise structures
  • How public realms are enriching lives – Design, plans and strategies
  • Reinventing skyscraper urbanism – The environmental dimension
16:10 - 16:20


16:20 - 16:50


Day 2 - 24th May 2018
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Integrating Technology in Developing High-Rise Structures

  • Deploying drone technology for construction inspection
  • Optimize energy use through analytics and real-time sensing
  • Enhancing building performance using IoT
10:20 - 10:40

Case Study: Dubai’s New Symbol – The Tower

  • Building tall – Dubai’s growth as a sustainable vertical city
  • The idea behind the project – The Tower
  • Symbolism of its design – A mix of Islamic architecture and modern design
10:40 - 11:00

Designing High Overall Performance Facades for Tall Buildings

  • Illustrating new and progressive design techniques for tall homes
  • New improvements in designing high overall performance facades for extreme climate conditions
  • Building envelope layout to maximize thermal comfort, lights and glare manage, and acoustic pleasant
11:00 - 11:40

Panel Discussion – Fireproof Structures, a Modern Necessity

  • Cost factors and key points in constructing a fireproof building
  • Fire-prevention and fire-resistant materials are the need of the hour
  • Understanding of the structural system – The need and importance of fire safety
11:40 - 12:10


12:10 - 12:30

Facilities Management Process Revolutionized

  • Influence of technology in FM innovations
  • Is automation the future of FM?
  • BIM for facility management – Benefits and opportunities
12:30 - 13:10

Panel Discussion: Skyscrapers and Sustainability – The Importance in an Urban Environment Setting

  • Highlighting and discussing the latest trends of sustainability in tall buildings
  • Comparing the sustainability tools and methods of Europe and Middle East – What exactly is required in the region to develop fully sustainable structures?
  • Encouraging the concept and adoption of organic cities
13:10 - 13:30

Building a Smart Skyscraper using Big Data, IoT and AI

  • The future of smart buildings – Opportunities and challenges
  • Using smart sensors to reduce energy consumption and cost in buildings
  • Effectiveness of big data in providing real time assistance in a skyscraper
13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 14:50

Case Study: The Marina Torch Tower – Capital Recovery in Case of Fire, a Potential Threat for Skyscrapers in Dubai

  • The need of life and property insurance of the organizations and every individual working in the building
  • The chances of potential liabilities, losses, casualties and how to mitigate these increasing issues
  • The best and quickest way to minimize the loss of resources, manpower and infrastructure in case of fire
14:50 - 15:30

Panel Discussion: Building a Habitat with a Supertall Structure

  • Development of the urban realm – How projects and developments offer a positive contribution to the surrounding environment
  • The skyscraper effect, a booster to the economy – Where is UAE’s skyscraper industry headed?
  • Developing a thriving community and – Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, a case in point
15:30 - 15:50

Modifying the Urban Ecosystem with Vertical Parks and Roof Gardens

  • Vertical gardens – Integrating green spaces in mega-tall buildings
  • Effectiveness of roof gardens / sky gardens in vertical cities
  • Wasl Tower project overview – 63 storey tower with a series of vertical gardens to be ready by 2020
15:50 - 16:10

Stories of a Tall Building – Experience of High-Rise Living

  • Exploring livability of high rise structures – From accessibility to security
  • Developing a social cohesive environment
  • Beyond convenience - Higher quality of life with tech inspired amenities
16:10 - 16:15


16:15 - 16:45


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