Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2016

16-17 May 2016
Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Dubai, U.A.E.


» Day 1 - 16th May 2016

» Day 2 - 17th May 2016

Day 1 - 16th May 2016
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:35


09:35 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications

Salim Mohammad Zid, Senior Civil Engineer, Dubai Municipality

Salim Mohammad Zid
10:00 - 10:20

Hybrid Buildings in Hybrid Cities

  • Latest energy efficiency rules & regulations in France
  • Bio-climatological architecture - bio-mimicry
  • Alliance of energy efficiency & design

Albert Abut, Founder, Albert Abut Architecture

Albert Abut
10:20 - 10:40

The PORT Technology – The Revolution Begins

  • An overview of today’s world renown PORT Technology and its latest development myPORT
  • myPORT is a cloud-based extension to Schindler's ground breaking PORT Technology which enables users via their smartphone to obtain the full functionality of PORT as well as many revolutionary features to improve their lifestyle
  • Discussion of what myPORT is, where it is applied, and why we see it as so revolutionary for our industry

Dr. Florian Troesch, Vice President - The PORT Technology, Schindler Group

Dr. Florian Troesch
10:40 - 11:00

Tall buildings inside out

  • Why go tall? Looking at the drivers
  • Justifications for tall and the caveats
  • Implications of the occupier
  • Multi-use buildings and how to express them
  • Fighting for attention
  • Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should


Gary Rawlings, Design Director, Gensler

Gary Rawlings
11:00 - 11:20

The Use of LEED in Tall Buildings

  • Skyscrapers: Providing solutions to new realities
  • Green skyscrapers & LEED skyscrapers
  • LEED platform overview:
    • Rating systems
    • Adaptations
    • Certification levels
    • Credits
  • New LEED products
  • Next steps


Dr. M Ramachandran, Senior Advisor, U.S. Green Building Council

Dr. M Ramachandran
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

“Super Tall” in Saudi Arabia

  • The Idea, Location &  Tower Design
  • Logistics
  • Program and Construction Delivery
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Curtain Walling
  • Construction Health and Safety
  • Completion and Commissioning


Dr. Hisham Jomah, Chief Development Officer, Jeddah Economic Company, KSA

Dr. Hisham Jomah
12:10 - 12:30

“Fire, Life Safety & Accessibility Codes” with Highlighting of the International Building Codes

  • Designing as Per the International Building Code
  • Installation & Operation
  • Quality, Life Cycle & Maintenance


Arun C. Prabhu, Architectural Consultant, Allegion

Arun C. Prabhu
12:30 - 12:50

Use of Energy Intensity Mapping for policy making in the building sector

  • Overview of DSCE DSM programs and policies for the building sector
  • Setup for implementation of the DSM programs
  • Energy Intensity Mapping pilot project – overview of completion and initial results
  • Conclusions and upscaling of the intensity mapping database

Faisal Rashid, Director - Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Faisal Rashid
12:50 - 13:10

Design Efficiencies Using ChrōmX Reinforcements Conforming to ASTM A1035 Grade 100 in Reinforced Concrete Structure Applications

Advances in steel reinforcement have changed the traditional design and application of reinforced concrete elements. This presentation will discuss design efficiencies and design methodology for using ChromX Grade 100 (ASTM A1035) steel in reinforced concrete structural applications. Design Examples and applications will be showcased.


Salem Faza, President, MMFX Steel DMCC

Salem Faza
13:10 - 13:30

Smart Solutions for Skyscrapers – Power Generation, Distribution and Protection

  • Energy Generation through Combination of Wind and Solar
  • Lightening Protection for Skyscrapers  – Most innovative technology in the field of Lightening Protection, Very first time introduction to UAE
  • Power Distribution - Busduct Systems and adaptability to different demands of High Rise Buildings


Venkat Kumar Tangirala, CEO & President, Effibar India

Venkat Kumar Tangirala
13:30 - 13:35

Welcome Address by the Lunch Sponsor


Rajeev Joshi, Regional Sales Manager – India, Middle East & Africa, Dewhurst

Rajeev Joshi
13:35 - 14:35


14:35 - 14:55

Managing Skyscrapers, Tall Towers and the People who Live in Them

  • High rise, higher expectations
  • It’s not just the building, it’s the people who live in them
  • Communication Communication Communication
  • Have you calculated the cost of maintenance properly?
  • Emergencies happen, are you ready with your crisis plan? 

Jeevan D’Mello, Senior Director, Emaar Group

Jeevan D’Mello
14:55 - 15:15

The London Shard – Engineering an Icon


Bart Leclercq, Senior Technical Director - Property & Buildings Business, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Bart Leclercq
15:15 - 15:55

Panel Discussion:
Defining the Communities We Live In: The Middle Eastern Perspective on Skyscraper Living with a Cultural Context

  • An exploration of the Middle Eastern skyline & architectural patterns
  • How tall buildings fit into the equation of defining urbanization - a global perspective
  • Meaningful illumination of tall buildings: relating to location, culture, art, the people or history
  • Sustainability in Tall Buildings & Urban Habitats

Albert Abut, Founder, Albert Abut Architecture
Hassan Younes, Technical Director & Partner, Griffin Consultants
Hussam Abdelghany, Associate Director, Atkins Global
Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Albert Abut Hassan Younes Hussam Abdelghany Martin Valentine
15:55 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


Day 2 - 17th May 2016
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village Tower - Innovative Sky Garden Integration

  • The social, the environmental and the economic benefits of integrating sky gardens in tall buildings in Dubai
  • The challenges and the solutions for designing sky gardens in Dubai
  • Description for the parametric design methodology used for the tower design

Hussam Abdelghany, Associate Director, Atkins Global

Hussam Abdelghany
10:20 - 10:40

Sustainability and LEED from a Lighting Design Perspective

  • Achieving LEED Platinum, the DEWA Solar Innovation Center as a case study
  • Lighting a complex structure while avoiding light pollution
  • Energy efficient lighting technologies


Regina Santos, Associate Lighting Designer, Godwin Austen Johnson Architects

Regina Santos
10:40 - 11:00

Sterling Towers for Omniyat. Design intelligence – is it a thing of the past

The gleaming towers comprise The East House and The West House featuring intelligent architecture and crafted interiors. Currently under construction in the heart of the Burj Khalifa District of Dubai, it is set to challenge the standard approach to high-rise development and set a new benchmark in the region for residential living. FHSI was able to achieve an eloquent balance between a cost-effective development with environmental performance and architectural quality to provide an attractive luxury residential offer with a clearer conscience.


Fariborz Hatam, Founder, FHSI Architects

Fariborz Hatam
11:00 - 11:20

Groundscraper vs Skyscraper - Innovation, Resilience, Sustainability

This talk explores two principal typologies through the themes of innovation, resilience and sustainability. Presenting the case studies of Al Barari - Seventh Heaven in Dubai and Victoria Waterfront in Hong Kong. It will highlight the changing demands and challenges of designing these typologies in two distinct conditions.


Chris Jones, Partner, 10 Design

Chris Jones
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Today’s Skyscrapers: Integrating Public Spaces & Natural Environments

  • Exploring the link between skyscrapers & economic interests
  • Integration of publicly accessible amenities into tall buildings – restaurants, viewing platforms, sky gardens, green walls & pocket parks
  • Are tall buildings really public assets? A round-up of successful examples where skyscrapers have been built to incorporate needs of the public realm
  • Ensuring that your skyscraper tenants have the opportunity to connect with nature

Christopher Brown, Regional Design Director, Woods Bagot
Jens Fussing, Technical Director, BG&E Middle East
Kenneth Turner, Director, Callison RTKL
Stephan Frantzen, Group Director, P&T Architects and Engineers

Christopher Brown Jens Fussing Kenneth Turner Stephan Frantzen
12:30 - 12:50

Far-East High-Rise

  • High-rise in the Far East, a short history: China had the world’s largest economy from 1750 to 1900 when USA overtook and now again since 2014. The trading boom in the thirties in Shanghai led to ambitious developments that started a race for height limited by the muddy river delta. An ingenious piling system solved the problem
  • High-rise in Hong Kong: Hong Kong was built on rock and high rise took off to an extent that has continued making the city possibly the most interesting city to visit when it comes to high rise design
  • Tianjin 117 - A 594 meter tower: P&T is having a design of a 117 floor tower built in Tianjing not far from Beijing. The tower is expected to be the world’s 8th largest tower in 2020


Stephan Frantzen, Group Director, P&T Architects and Engineers

Stephan Frantzen
12:50 - 13:10

Fire Safety in Tall Buildings – Combustible façade components

  • Fire risk factors influencing tall building façade design;
  • Cladding types and testing;
  • Existing buildings - Creating a roadmap for hazard mitigation;
  • Existing buildings - The need to mould a cohesive industry response.


Susan Lamont, Associate Director, Arup

Susan Lamont
13:10 - 13:20


13:20 - 14:20


Agenda is subject to change

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16-17 May 2016

Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Dubai, U.A.E.

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