WEDNESDAY 5th SEP 2018 AT Habtoor Grand Hotel


Value Engineering can make a considerable difference to the success of a project and a client’s bottom line. Value Engineering has emerged as a divisive issue in the regional construction industry, with advocates and doubters...

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For any further enquiries please contact:

Sheena Sapsford
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Habtoor Grand Hotel Sep 05, 2018

Improving efficiency in construction

Value Engineering can make a considerable difference to the success of a project and a client’s bottom line. Value Engineering has emerged as a divisive issue in the regional construction industry, with advocates and doubters sparring over its effectiveness and viability in reducing costs, and improving efficiency and operations on projects.

In order to gain a clear understanding about what Value Engineering actually entails, and how it can be best implemented, Big Project Middle East is hosting a summit that will address key issues and topics around the subject.

Through a series of dialogues, the Summit will offer professionals an opportunity to discuss, debate and define the various solutions that Value Engineering can offer.

VE Summit makes networking opportunities possible for all stakeholders comprising of government officials, key industry figures, influencers and solution providers.


Listen and learn from the regions foremost experts as they explain how Value Engineering can help deliver better communication, improved team-work, better alignment of the supply chain, and a better understanding of project objectives


Learn from the experts how your company can implement techniques that achieve value for money, while delivering a host of ancillary benefits that improve performance and efficiency while achieving project objectives


The VE Summit presents you with an opportunity to interact and discuss how Value Engineering can benefit your company with the region’s leading experts. With several breaks scheduled for networking, you’ll be able to get one-on-one time with panelists and presenters, following on from interactive Q&A sessions and a CPD workshop.

Key themes and topics that will be discussed

WEDNESDAY 5th SEP 2018 AT Habtoor Grand Hotel
  • The Good and Bad of Value Engineering

  • Implementing Value Engineering

  • Why Value Engineering matters

  • How Value Engineering impacts the Bottom Line

  • Design and Construction Applications for Value Engineering

  • Defining roles during the Value Engineering process

  • Technology in the Value Engineering Process

  • Developing Research and Development


This year’s Value Engineering Summit will play host to a veritable who’s who of the regional construction industry. Through the summit’s focused panel discussions, presentations and workshops, delegates will be able to hear from, and engage in thought-provoking discussions with experts working in the top consultants, contractors and software vendors.

In addition, the Value Engineering Summit will also bring together senior government officials and executives from some of the region’s most well-known developers. Through this diverse mix of speakers, delegates will be given a comprehensive view and insights into one of the most divisive issues in the Middle East construction industry today.

Principal, Ted Jacobs Engineering Group

Qamar A. Nizami

Operations Director, Faithful + Gould/RICS

Steven Batchelor

Vice President, Parsons

Frederic Legeron

Roads Department Director, The Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Ahmed Abdalla Al Hammadi

Lead Structural Engineer, Lacasa

Hiba Jaber

Business Development Director, AECOM

David Clifton

Regional Director, Trimble Solutions Middle East & India

Paul Wallett

Industry Manager, Autodesk (Middle East, Africa & Turkey)

Suhail Arfath

Managing Quantity Surveyor, C-Quest / KEO International Consultants

Nicky Dobreanu

Director, AESG

Barry Peter Wormald


Kamal Farah

Chairman. SEWA

Dr. Rashid Alleem

Senior Design Manager, Select Group

Benoit McNamara

Area & Business Development Manager | Senior Consultant, CCS Gulf

Fady Kobersy

Technical Advisor, Bridges and Road Structures, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Mohammad Najam Khan

Head Project Manager, SEWA

Paquito Jacinto Idos

Business Development Manager, ALEC FITOUT

Tom Gilmartin

CEO, MECIC Contracting L.L.C.

Sameer Daoud

Head of Global Hospitality, Technical Services & Development, Drees & Sommer

Morgan Tuckness

Senior Estimating Manager, ALEMCO

Robert McDonnell

General Manager, Airolink International Construction LLC

Robert Marinelli

Civil and Infrastructure Director, AECOM

Christopher Venmore

Infrastructure Director, Cundall

Rob Kennedy


Value Engineering in Buildings


Registration and Networking

8:00AM - 8:55AM


Doors Open



Welcome Address by Summit Chair

9:00AM - 9:15AM

Sameer Daoud, MECIC Contracting


Keynote Address by SEWA Chairman

9:15AM - 9:25AM

Rashid Al Leem


The Value of Value Engineering – Implementing Value Engineering in the Planning, Design and Construction phases of a project

9:30AM - 10:15AM

A discussion about the enormous benefits value engineering can have across the board when correctly applied to the construction process. With the process resulting in lower design costs and better construction sequencing of a project, while decreasing the overall expense, this discussion will be of interest to developers, consultants and contractors in this time of tight budgets and margins.

Discussion Points:

  • Why value engineering is not just about cutting costs
  • The importance of optimising a design that results in the end product being more beneficial to stakeholders than the original proposed
  • Considering value engineering in the light of whole life cycle costing, not just initial build costs
  • How to approach value engineering on a project
  • Understanding the needs of a stakeholders and how to best deliver on them
  • The importance of benchmarking data and building a knowledge base ahead of implementing value engineering


  • Airolink – Robert Marinelli
  • ALEC Fit-Out – Tom Gilmartin
  • ALEMCO – Rob McDonnell
  • Drees & Sommer – Morgan Tuckness
  • F+G and RICS – Steven Batchelor
  • Select Group – Benoit McNamara

Sameer Daoud, MECIC Contracting

Value Engineering in Infrastructure Projects


Value for Money – How to develop major infrastructure projects using Value Engineering

10:20AM - 11:05AM

Infrastructure development plays a major role in the stimulation of a country’s economic prospects. However, it is often a costly and wasteful process. This discussion aims to resolve how Value Engineering can help government clients, consultants and contractors can achieve maximum results and generate added value on a project, while also encouraging innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, for the overall benefit of the project delivery schedule.

Discussion Points:

  • Enhancing the value of money on mega-infrastructure projects by using value engineering
  • The importance of conducting a value engineering study before starting an infrastructure project
  • Using value engineering to develop creative design solutions for infrastructure projects
  • The impact of value Engineering on infrastructure project’s life-cycle costs
  • Implementing performance-based value engineering methodologies on infrastructure projects
  • Factors affecting the implementation of value management


  • Abu Dhabi Municipality – Mohammad Najam Khan
  • AECOM – Christopher Venmore
  • Cundall – Rob Kennedy
  • Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MoID) – Ahmed Al Hammadi
  • Parsons – Frederic Legeron
  • SEWA – Paquito Jacinto Idos

AESG – Barry Wormald


Coffee Break/Networking

11:05AM - 11:20PM

Value Engineering and Technology


How can technology increase the value of Value Engineering?

11:25AM - 12:10PM

Given the growing demand to do more with less funds, project owners and managers are increasingly looking to adopt the best practices of Value Engineering to identify and eliminate unnecessary costs. This discussion looks at how software and hardware can be utilised across the various stages of construction to achieve the best results in the Value Engineering process.

Discussion Points:

  • How technology can be utilised in value engineering
  • Choosing the right software to support the value engineering process
  • Utilising data analysis to achieve value engineering goals
  • Maintaining transparency and accountability on a project
  • Analysing customer value and improving project flexibility
  • Improving coordination and collaboration


  • Abanos – Kamal Farah
  • Autodesk – Suhail Arfath
  • CCS – Fady Kobersy
  • LACASA – Hiba Jaber
  • Trimble – Paul Wallet

David Clifton – AECOM


Presentation around using Technology for Value Engineering – Fady Kobersy – CCS

12:15PM - 12:30PM

The presentation will address the brief history of Value Engineering with a focus on the construction industry and presenting a guideline framework for its application. In parallel to how Technology and Information Sharing has progressed through the years, the collaboration between the two industries will be identified.

The presentation aims to introduce a simple strategic vision that outlines the principles and purposes of VE and its implementation in our projects using advanced technology.

CPD Sessions


CPD Presentation – Nicky Dobreanu – CIOB/C-Quest

12:35PM - 12:55PM

In a nutshell, Value Engineering (VE) represents an organized application of common sense and technical knowledge directed at finding and eliminating unnecessary costs in projects. The “systematic application of recognized techniques,” referred to in the above definition is embodied in the VE Job Plan. The Job Plan is a systematic and organized plan of action for conducting a VE analysis and assuring the implementation of the recommendations.This session will cover a comprehensive VE Job Plan that would usually be issued to all VE Workshop participants in support of the VE process. The presentation will include an outline of the VE process based on input from the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE International). The methodology follows widely recognized systematic problem-solving procedures that are used throughout the public and the private sector. This process will help the audience understand the components of a comprehensive and structured approach to Value Engineering.


Closing Remarks & Lunch


ONLY 300 AVAILABLE SEATS Register early to guarantee your attendance This is an exclusive event for professionals within the construction industry.
Complete the online form to register your interest and you will receive an email acknowledging your registration.

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors & Partners


Hill International
Lacasa Architects & Engineering Consultants
Pace Architecture Engineering + Planning
Featured Sponsor
Construction Computer Software
Featured Sponsor
CKR Consulting Engineers
Featured Sponsor
Knowledge Partner
Knowledge Partner
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CPI Trade Media


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Value Engineering Summit

5th September 2018
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Venue Address

Habtoor Grand Hotel
Dubai, UAE

+971 4 375 5470


Dubai Studio City
Office 207 – 209, Building 3
Dubai, UAE




Gavin Davids
+971 4 375 5480


Jude Slann
+971 4 375 5714


Sheena Sapsford
+971 4 375 5498

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For any further enquiries please contact:

Sheena Sapsford
Marketing Manager

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