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Summit Agenda | Smart Skyscrapers Summit

»   Day 1 - 11th May 2015
»   Day 2 - 12th May 2015
Day 1 - 11th May 2015
08:40 - 09:40

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:40 - 09:55

MC Opens

09:55 - 10:00

Address by Diamond Sponsor - Schindler

10:00 - 10:20

The Challenges of Delivering Iconic Tall and Complex Buildings Globally

In recent two decades, the building industry, especially tall buildings has seen significant advances in the design and construction planning of tall buildings in all aspects.  The emerging of new cities and the expansion of new ones has also resulted in introducing many challenging structure that are leaning, twisting, bending, and compounded by the use of new material and construction technologies. The Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) in these iconic structures can lead to significant benefits to the clients that are not realized used traditional contracting.  The purpose of this paper is to focus on the benefits of ECI and to provide case studies on several iconic structures from around the world and the transfer of technologies across the boundaries to deliver structure to the highest safety, best quality, and on time and cost delivery.

Ahmad K Abdelrazaq, Sr. Executive Vice President, Samsung C & T

10:20 - 10:40

 Intelligent Transit in Modern High Rise Buildings

  • VHT (Vertical & Horizontal Transportation) solutions that facilitate efficient Tall Building Design & Planning 
  • Elevators enabling Enhanced Accessibility in tall structures 
  • Optimized Building Technologies to proliferate the success of High Rise Buildings in leading markets 
  • Schindler's thought-leadership on Transit Management solutions

Wassim Aboushaar, Executive Managing Director, Schindler Middle East

10:40 - 11:00

Designing and constructing sustainable buildings in the Middle East

  • Case studies of regional best practice
  • Cost effective techniques and solutions
  • Optimisation of architecture, facade and MEP

Saeed Alabbar, Director, AESG

11:00 - 11:20

Building with Structural Steel

  • SULB, A GCC-based structural steel producer 
  • What is Structural Steel?
  • The benefits of using structural steel with building
  • The architecture flexibility introduced by using structure steel

Hiroyasu (Gabriel) Kobayashi, General Manager, Sales & Marketing, SULB Company

11:20 - 11:50

Networking Coffee Break & Visit to Exhibitor Lounge

11:50 - 12:10

Taking Safety to New Heights? – Responding to the Future Needs of Tall, Super Tall and Hyper Tall Buildings

  • Where are tall buildings heading from a design perspective?
  • What fire safety challenges will this create?
  • How can we respond to the known and unknown challenges?
  • What are the consequences for safety and society if we do not respond to the challenges?

Simon Lay, Director – Fire Engineering, AECOM

12:10 - 12:30

Innovative Technology to future proof your building             

  • A typical high-rise building sees thousands of people moving around every day. Tenants expect security, comfort, and convenience, while building managers require technologies and integrated systems that will help them manage the building efficiently
  • Digitalization enables different systems in buildings to communicate with each other, making buildings smarter and more automated
  • KONE’s People Flow Intelligence solutions comprise of smart, scalable solutions for access and destination control, as well as information communication and equipment monitoring
  • Through the integration of these key areas and the building’s elevators, escalators and building doors, it is possible to optimize the traffic flows within buildings even better than before. At the same time a better user experience can be created as the new solutions can be personalized according to the individual needs of each user

Johannes de Jong, Head of Technology, Major Projects, KONE

12:30 - 12:50

Understanding Compressor Modulation in Air Conditioning Applications - The Key to Addressing Capacity and Energy Efficiency Needs           

  • Provide education on the value of compressor modulation and its impact on the business
  • Describe the latest developments in compressor modulation
  • Explain how each technology works, the key benefits, and the applications for which each is best suited

Matthew Neidlinger, Director - Marketing MEA, Emerson Climate Technologies

12:50 - 13:10

Silicone Structural Glazing; Contributions to Modern Architecture          

  • History and evolution of structural silicone glazing (SSG)
  • Why silicone? case studies in SSG
  • SSG performance in seismically active zones
  • SSG performance under high impact loads (blast & hurricane)
  • Advancement in SSG and next generation product offerings

Errol Bull, Architectural Engineer, Technical Services Manager, GE Construction Sealants

13:10 - 13:30

Smart Paints
Smart Paints combine the sustainability, durability, effectiveness and the multi -functional activity besides presenting a smart reaction to the surrounding environmental conditions

Nawras Rimawi, Director, Al-Jazeera Paints Academy

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 14:50

Design and Build of a Sustainable - The Shanghai Tower

Tareq Abu-Sukheila, Principal, Managing Director, Gensler UAE

14:50 - 15:10

Innovative Colored Solar Glass 

  • Need of better looking solar panels for building integration
  • Kromatix, Innovative Solar Colored Glass suitable for Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) and Building Integrated Solar Thermal (BIST)
  • Kromatix, combination of aesthetics and high efficiency
  • Colored glasses, modules and projects

Rafic Hanbali, Managing Partner, Emirates Insolaire

15:10 - 15:30

Energy Efficiency with Glass Facades

  • Most energy lost in a building is through the glass facade, therefore the most energy to be conserved is also through the glass facade 
  • Architects can achieve huge sustainable energy efficiencies, while maintaining amazing aesthetics by selecting the right type of glass for the structure 
  • There are amazing innovations in glass facades that could be used in combinations to achieve amazing performance and aesthetic results 
  • Higher performing glass facades actually SAVE money in the long term, as well as carbon footprint (win-win situation) as compared to cheaper pyrolytic glass 
  • New facade innovations are on the way...

Gabor Andrasi, Sales and Marketing Director - Africa & Middle East, Guardian

15:30 - 15:50

Sustainable Paints with Active Benefits

Matthew David Carton, Specification Manager, Kansai Paint MENA & CIS

15:50 - 16:30

Panel Discussion - Current and Future Trends in Architecture

  • Design trends focusing on surfaces. Perforation and 3D
  • Move towards sustainability – exploring different aspects and defining “What is the meaning of Green“
  • Adding safety to the sustainable and futuristic skyscrapers

Benjamin Piper, Director of Architecture, Perkins+Will
Phillip Jones, Principal & Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa, B+H Architects
Wulf Binder, Sales Manager – Architecture, Novelis

16:30 - 16:40

MC Closes

16:40 - 17:00

Refreshments & Visit to Exhibitor Lounge

Day 2 - 12th May 2015
09:20 - 09:50

Networking & Morning Refreshments

09:50 - 10:00

MC Opens

10:00 - 10:20

Case Study: Building of the CAYAN Tower, Dubai

Dr. Montasser Hussein El-Raie, Projects Manager, Khatib & Alami

10:20 - 10:40

Vertical Transportation and Integrated Building Technologies – Creating Order and Convenience

  • How using vertical transportation and security systems integration enables safe and convenient “way finding”
  • How can we use technology to create relationships among building systems and building tenants – relationships that benefit all concerned
  • Integrated building technologies to enable the Smart Skyscraper to be “green”, efficient and enhance your tenants’ building experience

Richard K. Pulling, Vice President - Sales, Global Major Projects, Otis Elevator Company, UTC Building & Industrial Systems

10:40 - 11:00

Socio-cultural Sustainability and Tall Buildings: Planning Challenges and Design Opportunities

  • The human dimension of skyscrapers
  • Skyscrapers impact on the urban context
  • Socio-cultural challenges of skyscrapers
  • Towards sustainable skyscrapers

Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Head of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University

11:00 - 11:20

Sustainable Design & Facades for Skyscrapers in the Middle East – Challenges and Solutions

Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director - Head of Facade, Ramboll Middle East

11:20 - 11:50

Networking Coffee Break & Visit to Exhibitor Lounge

11:50 - 12:10

Sustainable Development Guidelines for Skyscrapers in the Middle East

Thomas D Bohlen, Chief Technical Officer & Head of Corporate Sustainability, Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development

12:10 - 12:30

Building Energy Efficient Skyscrapers for the Middle East Region

  • Need for energy efficient skyscrapers for Dubai and other Middle East regions
  • Implementation of energy efficient designs and its impact it has had in the reduction of its carbon foot print and air pollution
  • Technological advancements in energy efficient products available for skyscrapers built  
  • Case Study: Energy Efficient Skyscraper

12:30 - 13:10

Panel Discussion:
Making Tall Building Developments and City Infrastructure Work

  • Efficiency in tall buildings and district masterplanning
  • Economics of tall buildings and long-term holistic considerations
  • Achieving the Dubai 2021 plan/creation of SMART districts and cities
  • Creation of legislation for sustainable urbanisation
  • Validity of iconic development and ‘vanity’ height as masterplan drivers

Mark Lavery, Associate Director, Tall Buildings, BuroHappold Engineering Henning Larsen Architects

13:10 - 13:20

Prize Draw & MC Closes

13:20 - 14:30

Networking Lunch & Visit to Exhibitor Lounge

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