Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017

3-4 May 2017
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, U.A.E.


» Day 1 - 3rd May 2017

» Day 2 - 4th May 2017

Day 1 - 3rd May 2017
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 09:50

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

09:50 - 10:00

Welcome Address by Premium Sponsors

10:00 - 10:20

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
10:20 - 10:40

The Middle Eastern Perspective on Skyscraper Living & Urban Planning with a Cultural Context

  • An exploration of the Middle Eastern skyline & architectural patterns
  • Urbanization in the Middle East & how tall building fit into the equation
  • Discussion: Urban design challenges in Middle Eastern cities and how to resolve them?
  • Building for the future and the human dimension of skyscrapers
10:40 - 11:00

Retrofit & Modernization of Tall Buildings – The Hands-On Approach to Renovation & Achieving Sustainability

  • Establishing a business case: The costs & benefits of a major energy efficient retrofit
  • Making sure that your project is on time, within budget & showcases results that have outdone forecasts
  • Renovation opportunities – window refurbishment, radiator insulation, lighting upgrades, air handler replacements, chiller plant retrofit, energy management systems installation & building control systems upgrade
  • The Payback – ESCO options & how sustainable retrofits re-pay year after year
11:00 - 11:20

Innovations & Elevator Design Blueprints for Super High-Rise Towers

  • Extreme buildings deserve quality vertical transportation solutions – multi-zonal local & express elevators, sky lobby shuttles & inter-zone upper transfer floors
  • Safety considerations – Phase 3 ‘lifeboat’ firefighter elevator evacuation capabilities, destination dispatching with integrated building security lobby turnstiles
  • Sustainability features – selected group demand destination dispatching, Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM), regenerative operations & dynamic braking
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Fire Safety in Tall Buildings – Emerging Issues & Innovative Solutions

  • Incorporating fire safety best-practices with skyscraper design
  • Fire-risk assessment for towers in the region and some take-home mitigation strategies
  • What is your contingency plan? An overview of design factors associated with emergency action plans for high-rise office buildings
  • Case Study: Qatar Petroleum District – Innovative solutions for a tall building complex
12:10 - 12:30

Innovations in Building Facades, Design & Technology

  • An exploration of current cladding, curtain wall & facades projects in the Middle East
  • Reflectivity of facades – An update to statutory regulations & new developments
  • Stainless steel facades & surface finishing – Case study on Ping An Financial Center8
  • Modular systems & convergence – optimizing interfaces for improved connectivity & interoperable components
12:30 - 12:50

Tackling HVAC & MEP Challenges for High-Rise Buildings: Tall Structures Require Powerful Solutions

  • Energy reduction opportunities associated with HVAC for super-tall developments
  • Benefits of using Variable Fan Drives (VFDs) as part of your HVAC solution & highlighting the importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
  • Weighing up alternative HVAC systems – displacement ventilation or chilled beams
  • An overview of district cooling opportunities & challenges in the Middle Eastern region
12:50 - 13:10

Innovations in the Lighting Industry & How Retrofit Can Help Save Energy?

  • Illumination of tall buildings – Latest techniques for that ‘special’ effect
  • Architectural lighting & energy saving LEDs – Ensuring that your building stands out with minimal operational costs
  • Retrofit in the Middle East and how can Etihad ESCO help you?
13:10 - 13:30

Skyscraper Cities & their Relationship with Steel: An Overview of How Steel Has Influenced the Design of Tall Buildings

  • The essence of a tall building – Quality steel
  • Structural steel – Benefits & application
  • The availability of quality products in the Middle East from accredited suppliers
  • An overview of heavy sections, rebar, rods, beams and other applicable products
  • Aluminum extrusion and high-quality profiles for envelope development
  • Sustainability, CO2 and overall footprint
13:30 - 13:35

Welcome Address by the Lunch Sponsor

13:35 - 14:35


14:35 - 14:55

Smart Infrastructure & Integrated Technologies for a Sustainable Future & Your Bottom Line

  • Introducing operational efficiency to your building – a plethora of technologies available include control systems, people movement, fire safety, security & climate control
  • The ‘brain’ of your building – Digital Building Operating Systems
  • Technological advancements, sensors, wireless connectivity, environmental focus & big data
14:55 - 15:15

An Overview of Smart Paints, Green Walls & Natural Ventilation

  • Paint solutions to suit your needs & exploration of sustainable paint applications – active performance & longevity
  • Implementation of sky gardens in your skyscraper project – functions, climatic considerations & maintenance
  • Green walls to promote tenant satisfaction & embracing nature
  • Thermal comfort standards associated with natural ventilation – Exploring energy efficient strategies applicable for the Middle Eastern region
15:15 - 15:35

Integrated Facilities Management for Skyscrapers: Putting an Emphasis on Quality & Adding Value to your Property

  • Understanding building asset value & fulfilling needs of your tenants – Importance of awareness & implementing an action plan
  • Multi-purpose skyscrapers & the various facets – Continuous monitoring to derive real results
  • Energy management, conservation & retrofit to save costs
  • Leveraging quality facility management as a marketing tool for your property
15:35 - 15:55

Achieving the ‘Perfect’ Finish with Architectural Coatings

  • Building envelopes & the importance of curtain walls in the 21st century
  • Skin & bones: Integrated solutions for building envelopes & structures
  • Performance Testing & Weatherability – Recognized bodies AAMA & Qualicoat
  • Cathodic prevention for harsh climates in the Middle East
  • Final step: Considerations when choosing a finish – Liquid vs. Powder
15:55 - 16:35

Interactive Panel Discussion - The Importance of Project Management for Tall Buildings

  • The benefits of lean, BIM & IPD on urban mega projects
  • Structural & design considerations – how to deal with making the best of what’s available?
  • Maximizing building effectiveness in an increasingly dense & urban environment
  • The triple bottom line: Economic, social & environmental impact
  • BIM application trends & how to achieve multi-lateral cooperation & coordination?
  • The urban challenges of verticality – what have we learnt so far?
16:35 - 16:40


16:40 - 17:10


Day 2 - 4th May 2017
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

The Future of Skyscraper Construction – A Guide to Innovation & Best Practices

  • Advanced building simulation methodology and how do technology trends empower buildings of the future?
  • Computational structural intelligence – leveraging on technology to bridge gaps between performance, architectural form & structural efficiency
  • Being ambitious with BIM – Implementing real value to your construction projects
  • The evolution of technology in designing tall – examples and use cases
10:20 - 10:40

An Exploration of Innovations & Resource Efficient Initiatives that Promote Sustainability

  • Utilizing the performance benefits of concrete – how to give your project sustainability credentials? The use of concrete in high-performance building
  • An overview of innovations in the world of concrete:

    • Ferro-cement for ultra-thin structures – how can this work for you?
    • Fabric formwork and applications
  • Essentials: Concrete block permeable paving & applications of permeable concrete
10:40 - 11:00

Tall Building Essentials: Structural Engineering, Material Systems & Development Trends – All That You Need to Know

  • An exploration of contemporary trends in structural engineering:

    • Methodologies of performance-based seismic design for tall building structures
    • An investigation of non-conventional structural patterns for tall buildings – from hexagrid to voronoi
    • Three-dimensional exterior bracing systems for tall buildings
  • Material systems for tall buildings:

    • High performance louvers in curtain wall systems
    • Importance of expansion joints in a tall building structure
    • Damping technologies for tall buildings – usage of Viscoelastic Coupling Dampers (VCD)
  • Trends in sustainability for skyscrapers:

    • Envelope shape, tectonics & functionality – High performance towers
    • Smart skyscrapers in a smart city – Are we there yet?
    • Ask the architect – What are tomorrow’s drivers for tall buildings?
11:00 - 11:20

Façade Access Equipment (FAE) for Ultra High-Rise Buildings & Articulated Architectural Features: An Exploration of Design Factors & Efficient Operations

  • Highlighting the need for Façade Access Equipment (FAE) & safe solutions with consideration of design factors
  • Implication of complex curtain-wall design & architecture – Special FAE designs required
  • Analysis of special applications – Twisting mullion tracks, boom rotation, deep curtain wall recess access with counterweight & luffing booms
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Land Engineering, Piling & the Design of Super High-Rise Foundations – Industry Updates in the World of Geotechnical Engineering

  • An overview of underground structures & piling foundation design utilized for super high-rise buildings
  • The importance of groundwater control in the Middle Eastern region and the adverse consequences
  • Innovations in ground improvement and soil/rock slope stabilization
12:10 - 12:30

The Challenges of Securing Skyscrapers: Protection of Critical National Infrastructure

  • Combating electronic & cyber threats to secure telephone & intelligent building infrastructure
  • Surveillance & access control solutions to prevent unauthorized access to critical infrastructure & other mechanical components
  • Rescue & emergency evacuation plans – importance of frequent testing & drills
12:30 - 12:50

Middle East Construction Projects & Legal Framework: An Imperative Guide with Updates From the Industry

  • Understanding risks associated with construction disputes – valued at US$ 82mn for the year 2015 in the Middle East
  • Comparison with FDIC & international construction law
  • Regulation of the regional construction industry – must-have contractual agreements between parties
  • Regional construction law & how to avoid common pitfalls?
12:50 - 13:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: How Will Next Generation Vertical Transportation Systems Change the World?

  • Understanding individual needs of your tenants and personalizing solutions to meet their requirements
  • Improving building construction efficiency & safety with self-climbing elevators – how technology can help you save valuable time?
  • Commuting in vertical cities: safety, energy efficiency & traffic analysis
13:30 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:40


Agenda is subject to change

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3-4 May 2017

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, U.A.E.

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