Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018

23-24 April 2018
Roda Al Bustan
Dubai, UAE

Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 23rd April 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 – From a Dubai Perspective

  • Popular skyscraper functions and understanding its evolution
  • Best practices in skyscraper materials & components
  • Update on progress – Skyscraper facades over the years, flaws & improvements
10:20 - 10:40

How to Make Buildings Smarter & Greener?

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

Smart Skyscrapers & Waste Management Systems

  • Integrated waste management systems for skyscrapers – Understanding the challenges
  • Where does IoT fit in waste management?
  • Waste-to-energy technologies
11:00 - 11:20

Reaching New Heights with Mobility & Vertical Transportation for High-Rise Structures

  • Re-engineering transit management systems for the megatall buildings of today
  • Increased efficiency & safety with intelligent vertical transportation systems
  • Traffic-flow optimization for vertical transportation in skyscrapers
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Intelligent Building Management Systems – The Road Ahead

  • What role does automation play in Building Management Systems (BMS)?
  • Do analytics maximize the efficiency of an intelligent BMS?
  • Achieving performance & efficiency with reduced costs for energy & operations
  • Energy conservation – How can energy conservation help in the efficient performance of intelligent buildings?
  • Case studies of interesting energy conservation projects implemented for smart buildings
12:10 - 12:30

Powder Coating Technologies Supporting Skyscrapers Design and Energy Efficiency

  • Global specification and durability standards – AAMA (in US) and Qualicoat (in EU)
  • Specification coating systems per environment and type of project
  • How powder coatings support green building and fire propagation standards
  • Latest powder coating technologies (heat reflective and light reflective powder coatings, scratch resistant pc, imitation of terracota, rust and wood etc.)
12:30 - 13:20

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

  • High-rise buildings that characterize a city & its skyline – The brainchild of architects
  • Designing today’s skyscrapers – Can traditional and contemporary design co-exist?
  • How has technology impacted the design aspect in skyscraper construction?
  • Best practices for architects designing smart skyscrapers

Brian Kleiver, Senior Architectural Technical Professional, SOM
Chris Jones, Partner, 10 design
Phillip Jones, Principal/Managing Director MENA, B+H Architects
Pierre Martin Dufresne, Design Principal and Partner, U+A Architect
Rasna Grewal, Technical Director, Perkins+Will
Stephan Frantzen, Architect & Partner, P&T Group

Brian Kleiver Chris Jones Phillip Jones Pierre Martin Dufresne Rasna Grewal Stephan Frantzen
13:20 - 14:20


14:20 - 14:40

Humanizing the City’s Skyscrapers & Developing the Public Realm

  • ‘Green it up’ – Developing green spaces around high-rise structures
  • Enriching lives with public realm – Design, plans & strategies
  • Reinventing skyscraper urbanism – Exploring the environmental dimension
14:40 - 15:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Modern Fireproof Structures – A Necessity for the Middle East

  • What goes in a fireproof / fire-resistant building?
  • What role does cost play in preventing fires?
  • Need of the hour – Fire-prevention & fire-resistant materials tailored for high-rise structures
  • Understanding the structural layouts for skyscrapers – Alternative solutions to improve fire-safety

Peter Stephenson, Associate Director - Fire Engineering, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers
Peter Van Gorp, Director Fire and Life Safety, AESG
Robert Davies, Head of Fire & Life Safety - Middle East, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Susan Lamont, Associate Director - Fire Group Middle East, Arup

Peter Stephenson Peter Van Gorp Robert Davies Susan Lamont
15:30 - 16:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: From Lighting to Facade Cladding – Enhancing a Building’s Performance Organically with Retrofits

  • Why retrofitting? How does it help in a building’s performance?
  • How do we convert the existing stock of business-as-usual buildings to green buildings through retrofit?
  • How does retrofitting make buildings more sustainable?

Benjamin Beer, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Dubai
Ibrahim Mohammad Amin, Director of Execution Department, Etihad ESCO
Jonathan Huang, Technical Director – Structures, ATKINS
Nigel Eckersall, Director of Design and Development, VE Experts
Paul Drayton, Head of Structures, AECOM
Sougata Nandi, Founder and CEO, 3e Advisory and 3e Apps

Benjamin Beer Ibrahim Mohammad Amin Jonathan Huang Nigel Eckersall Paul Drayton Sougata Nandi
16:20 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:00


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


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

What is the Future for High-Rise Construction?

  • 3D printing – An update on technology & supporting high-rise designs
  • Architecture design while assessing the state-of-the-art materials and technology
  • Transforming architectural vision to reality – A combination of design, technology and aesthetics
10:20 - 10:40

Case Study: A New Symbol for the City of Dubai – The Tower

  • To greater heights – Dubai’s growth as a sustainable vertical city
  • Delving into some background – What’s the story behind ‘The Tower’?
  • Symbolism – A distinctive identity with a mix of Islamic architecture & modern design
10:40 - 11:00

High Performance Facades – Designing for Tall Buildings & Skyscrapers

  • An illustration of modern progressive design techniques for tall structures
  • Overview of improvements in high performance facades for extreme climate conditions
  • Building envelope layouts that maximize thermal comfort, light glare management & minimize acoustic impact
11:00 - 11:20

Revolutionizing Facilities Management in the Middle East – Achieving Progress

  • What role does technology play when it comes to innovation in facilities management?
  • What does the future hold for facilities management? Is automation relevant?
  • BIM for facilities management – Exploring benefits & opportunities
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:40

Interactive Panel Discussion: Super-Tall Structures & Building a Habitat

  • Development of the urban realm – How projects and developments offer a positive contribution to the surrounding environment
  • Understanding the skyscraper effect as a boost to the local economy – Where is UAE’s tall-structure industry headed?
  • Developing thriving communities around tall structures – Case study of Burj Khalifa & Downtown Dubai

Bart Leclercq, Client Director - Property, Middle East, Aurecon
Dean McGrail, Director of Property and Buildings, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
DJ Armin, Managing Partner, ZAS Architects
Jay Robson French, Chief Executive Officer, Matthews South West
Jeevan J D'Mello, President, Community Associations Institute - Middle East
Martin Baerschmidt, Founding Partner / Managing Director, EDGE

Bart Leclercq Dean McGrail DJ Armin Jay Robson French Jeevan J D'Mello Martin Baerschmidt
12:40 - 13:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Skyscrapers & Sustainability in an Urban Environment Setting

  • Exploring trends – Sustainability in tall buildings
  • A comparison of Europe & Middle East – Tools & methodology in developing fully sustainable structures
  • Organic cities – Understanding & exploring the concept

Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director, ALGORITHMY
Hassan Younes, Director, Griffin Consultants
Holley Chant, Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability, KEO
Joe Tabet, Managing Director, JT+Partners
Mark Davies, Technical Director - Built Environment, Aurecon
Wasim Al Azeh, Head of Global Sustainability & Built Environment Sector, Khatib & Alami

Abdulmajid Karanouh Hassan Younes Holley Chant Joe Tabet Mark Davies Wasim Al Azeh
13:30 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:40


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23-24 April 2018

Roda Al Bustan
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