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
08:40 - 09:40


09:40 - 09:50

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Tall Stories from Dubai: Lessons from the Past to Guide our Future

  • Our story of marking a time and place
  • Our natural environment
  • Our commercial environment
  • Lessons from case studies of super-tall buildings delivered into our environment


Dr. Andy Davids, Design Director - Tall Buildings, Aurecon Engineering International

Dr. Andy Davids
10:20 - 10:40

The Role of Tall Buildings in the Dubai EE Program – Considered the Most Important Contributor to Climate Change and Core of the Policy for Any Nation Pursuing Energy Efficiency Target

  • Overview of DSCE DSM programs as well as policies, targeted saving and roadmap in relation to building sector
  • Energy Intensity Mapping pilot project – Overview of completion and initial results
  • Dubai emirate and DSCE engagement with international agents in respect to making buildings more efficient


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

Faisal Rashid
10:40 - 11:00

Dynamic Smart Tower - Design by Technology

  • The concept of tomorrow's architecture, from beauty to logical
  • Building from consuming to producing energy
  • The prefabrication of buildings
  • Smart buildings bringing to another dimension of design


Dr. David Fisher, Founder and Chairman, Dynamic Architecture Group, Italy

Dr. David Fisher
11:00 - 11:20

Enhancing Construction Efficiency and Safety with Self-Climbing Elevators


Bas Degeling, Director - New Equipment Business, Middle East and Africa, KONE

Bas Degeling
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Skyscrapers as Catalysts for Social Interaction

Spatial and urban approach in Zaha Hadid Architect’s high rises.

  • The social need for innovation in architectural design
  • How design excellence forces development of the construction industry
  • How complex design generates new spatial and functional opportunities
  • Impact of high rises on urban design

Michele Pasca di Magliano, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, UK

Michele Pasca di Magliano
12:10 - 12:30

Design and Construction Solutions Using ChromX Steel Grade 690 (100) in High Rise Concrete Structures

  • Using high strength steel, 690 MPa (100 ksi) or higher, provides numerous opportunities to optimize structural concrete reinforcement designs and minimize the total volume of steel reinforcement rebar in foundations, shear walls, slabs and other structural elements
  • Reducing the steel reinforcement adds savings to projects directly, and indirectly by cutting the labor costs and construction delivery time
  • Design examples illustrating cost savings for high rise construction


Dr. Salem Faza, Vice President Eng. & Specs. of MMFX Corporate, President of DMCC

Dr. Salem Faza
12:30 - 12:50

Sustainable Composites in Building & Construction Industry in the Middle East: Interior & Exterior Fire Safety & Energy Savings

  • An overview of sustainable composites in the building & construction industry
  • Energy savings using composite facades and wall panels
  • Fire protection: Crystic composite panels designed to meet UAE fire & safety codes
  • Scott Bader Engineered Solutions tailor made for existing and new high rise buildings


Biju Krishnankutty, Technical, Quality & Product Manager, Scott Bader

Biju Krishnankutty
12:50 - 13:10

Seismic-Smart Skyscrapers Ensuring Business Continuity

  • In the past few years, several Gulf cities have lost millions of dollars from unnecessary evacuations and general business disruption due to large earthquakes emanating from Southern Iran, becoming a critical issue in managing super tall buildings
  • Business continuity for earthquakes, and other induced building-movement events, comes only from rapid, better-informed decision making and information dissemination to foster resilience of the building’s occupants
  • Case studies are used to illustrate different implementations of an end-to-end solution that includes: Leading-edge technology, performance-based engineering services, emergency response planning, and novel technology-based communication channels
  • An open examination on the real impact earthquakes pose on Dubai and neighboring economies is also presented


Derek Skolnik, Project Manager - Smart Buildings & Business Continuity for Earthquakes Specialist, Kinemetrics

Derek Skolnik
13:10 - 13:30

Achieving Fire Safety for Cladding Systems in High Rise Buildings

  • Global and local code approach to fire safety
  • Testing and certification tools
  • Approaching non-standard cladding systems


Abhishek Chhabra, Business Development, Thomas Bell-Wright

Abhishek Chhabra
13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 14:50

Some Important Considerations for Structural Design of Tall Towers in UAE

  • Wind engineering
  • Lateral drift
  • Human perception of motion
  • Multi-disciplinary coordination


Paul Drayton, Head of Structures - UAE, AECOM

Paul Drayton
14:50 - 15:10

Fluid-Applied Silicone Air Barriers

  • The basics and benefits of an air barrier
  • Fluid-applied air barrier product chemistry comparisons
  • Features of silicone air barriers
  • Typical silicone air barrier installation details


Doug Phelps, Architectural Development Manager, Momentive Performance Products

Doug Phelps
15:10 - 15:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Discussing the Complexities Involved in Designing Innovative Tall Buildings

Brian Kleiver, Senior Technical Coordinator, SOM
Dr. David Fisher, Founder and Chairman, Dynamic Architecture Group, Italy
Firas Hnoosh, Principal, Design Director of Architecture, Perkins+Will
Michael Magill, Managing Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

Brian Kleiver Dr. David Fisher Firas Hnoosh Michael Magill
15:50 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


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


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Killa Design Leads the Way for Future Emerging Technologies with Office of the Future

Killa Design (along with Gensler) has developed the world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D printed building in Dubai, UAE. The Office of the Future building is currently the temporary home for the Dubai Future Foundation as well as an exhibition space and incubator for future emerging technologies in the region. The entire structure was printed in concrete using an additive manufacturing technique. It is truly the first fully occupied building in the world to be constructed using such techniques.


Benjamin Piper, Partner, Design Principal, Killa Architectural Design

Benjamin Piper
10:20 - 10:40

Digital FM

How the concept of IoT can be implemented in FM to increase asset reliability and reduce maintenance cost.


Bashar Kassab, Director - Hard FM, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall - Emaar Properties

Bashar Kassab
10:40 - 11:00

The Architecture of Adrenalin

Dubai: The global capital for extreme sports, the self-confessed ultimate location for thrill seekers. From skydiving and bungee jumping to base jumping, shark diving, dune bashing and formula one, the UAE attracts adrenaline junkies from all over the world and provides unrivaled and unforgettable experiences. How might this desire for a rush of blood to the head inform the architecture of the city? How might one sport shape the Architecture of Adrenalin?


Chris Jones, Partner – Middle East & Europe, 10 Design

Chris Jones
11:00 - 11:20

A Case Study of Smart Luxury Residential Towers

  • Achieving maximum views on privileged sites
  • Discussion of new elevator strategies
  • Smart technology infrastructure



Farah Al Nasiry, Senior Architect, EDGE
Nenad Filipovic, Senior Architect, EDGE

Farah Al Nasiry Nenad Filipovic
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

After the Fires: Liability Issues and Loss Transfer Following Dubai’s Recent Skyscraper Blazes

  • Tamweel, Torch, and Address fires and legal lessons
  • Potential liability of manufacturers, architects, and GCs for composite panel related fires
  • Insurance issues regarding these losses


Michael Kortbawi, Partner, BSA Ahmed Bin Hezeem & Associates

Michael Kortbawi
12:10 - 12:30

Tall Buildings and Unusual Shapes: A Case Study of the Pad – The Leaning Tower in Business Bay

  • Cost drivers and key numbers for tall buildings
  • First principals applied
  • Explanation of the structural system of the Pad
  • Examples of constructability and unusual tower shapes


Jens Fussing, Technical Director, BG&E Middle East

Jens Fussing
12:30 - 12:50

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


Peter Stephenson, Associate Director - Fire Engineering, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers

Peter Stephenson
12:50 - 13:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: 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?

Chris Jones, Partner – Middle East & Europe, 10 Design
Farah Naz, Sustainability Associate, BuroHappold
Kevin Sullivan, Head of Commissioning, KEO International Consultants
Sougata Nandi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Energy and Environmental Efficiency Advisory

Chris Jones Farah Naz Kevin Sullivan Sougata Nandi
13:30 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:40


Agenda is subject to change

Registration Closed!

3-4 May 2017

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

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