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...Learn more
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.
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.
Qamar leads Ted Jacob Engineering Group’s operations in its Dubai office. He has over 20 years of experience working in the design and execution of construction projects in the Middle East and India. As a Mechanical Engineer, he is specialized in the design of sustainable and practicable mechanical systems, with a proven ability to implement effective design strategies with a blend of cost consciousness and adaptability.
Qamar’s core competencies include design and site supervision of Building Services Projects and District Cooling Plants. He has lead the design of numerous large-scale projects such as shopping centers, industrial facilities, hotels, residential developments and exhibition centers.
He holds BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and MBA, and is licensed by Dubai Municipality for Building Mechanical Engineering Services. He is also an accredited Mechanical Engineer by Trakhees and a member of the Society of Engineers of the UAE.
Steven has experienced the highs and lows and recent highs again of the UAE and GCC construction sector since 2007. During this time he has worked for consultants and developers on single projects up to the value of AED 10B+, providing contract, cost and commercial management solutions.
He has been with Faithful+Gould, part of the SNC Lavalin group, since 2012. Currently based in Abu Dhabi as their operations director he is overseeing a team of circa 100 project, programme and cost management professionals on delivering many of the capitals most exciting projects including Yas Bay, The Fairmont Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, Saadiyat Rotana Beach Resort and Hotel, Reem Mall, and Al Maryah Central Mall.
Professionally recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), he has written articles on both the International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS), as mandated by Dubai Government for their own commercial projects, and the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS).
Value Engineering is about providing best and added value to the project, not cost cutting due to the failure to design to the budget. To achieve this, an independent cost consultant should be engaged earlier in the development programme (pre-concept), to set the project cost plan and outline specifications for the LDC to design to budget. This process will give opportunity for real value engineering, also reducing costly delays encountered by the need to return the design to budget, thereby preventing the client the opportunity to gain best value.
Frederic is currently leading major pursuits and managing large infrastructure programs for Parsons in the Middle East. He is also a member of the Parsons Fellows Program, established in February 2018 to recognize top technical talent; foster engagement, mentorship, and retention; and promote innovation in solving the customers’ most difficult technical challenges.
Frederic started his career in Paris as a structural engineer for complex signature bridges, including the iconic Millau Viaduct. Since then, he has gradually moved to technical management and project management of large and complex interdisciplinary infrastructure and transportation projects, with conventional and alternative delivery methods, in the GCC, Canada, France, USA, India, Japan, and the Caribbean Islands. He has also been an entrepreneur, opening and sustaining growth of a boutique structural engineering firm in Canada, and has managed research and lectured at several universities and engineering schools for Bridge and Structural Engineering. Frederic holds an Engineering Diploma from Ecole National Des Travaux Publics in Lyon, France, and PhDs from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and Sherbrooke University in Canada. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles.
Eng.Ahmad is the Roads Department Director managing the execution, maintenance and development of the federal roads network in the United Arab Emirates and is integrating developed techniques and materials that are enhancing the process of each project during the construction of highways that are also contributing to the value engineering aspect of it.
David Clifton has worked in the construction industry for more than 18 years (USA, UK and the Middle East). He recently joined AECOM Middle East as the Business Development Director for their Construction Services business
An industry expert with hands-on field knowledge, Paul’s one of the early adopters of 3D-structural modeling, leading Trimble’s UAE and India operations.
Paul began his career in the construction industry 27 years ago. A 1992 civil and structural engineering graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University, he spent many years working as a structural draughtsman and project engineer.
An industry expert with hands-on field knowledge, he was one of the early adopters of 3D structural modeling. Paul subsequently transitioned to the software construction business where he has remained since.
With his excellent knowledge of enterprise, ERP, and BIM technology solutions, Paul has spent the last 19 years in the UK, Far East, USA and now the Middle East providing support, training, consulting and management thus enabling commercial engineering, offshore EPC companies, fabricators and contractors to successfully adopt BIM.
Paul is based in Dubai and leads as the Area Business Director for UAE and India operations.
As Industry Manager, Suhail Arfath is responsible for developing and delivering “Future of Making” vision, roadmap, and solutions for Architectural, Engineering, and Construction – AEC firms and Owners, Developers and Agencies. Suhail has been involved in evangelizing the technology solutions such as Building Information Modeling – BIM since early days and shares the goal of enabling the full promise of BIM by simplifying its methods and developing new education mechanisms. Since joining Autodesk in 2004, Suhail has been instrumental in spreading and sharing the knowledge of BIM, IPD, and Industry 4.0 in several countries. As guest faculty, he has delivered several sessions on BIM and other technologies at many Architecture schools and Engineering colleges encouraging the young professionals to use technologies and be competent in their respective industries. Prior to joining Autodesk family, Suhail has also served as chief technology officer (CTO) of Eigen – a Liang O’ Rourke Company, responsible for the technology and BIM transformation.
Nicky works as a chartered quantity surveyor for C-Quest, a division of KEO International Consultants. He is a Member of the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE International), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), and member of CIOB’s Business Development Board / Dubai Hub, supporting the Special Interest Group for Digital Technologies in Construction. Nicky is also one of the few RICS Certified BIM Managers and BRE BIM Informed Professionals and one of the many PMI Certified Project Management Professionals (PMP). To date, Nicky has assisted practices, universities and NGOs in the adoption of electronic estimating systems, training over 400 individuals in the review and quantification of 2D and 3D BIM designs. Currently based in Dubai, Nicky is working on a number of public and private projects spread across the MENA region with values of up to US$ 56 billion.
Barry is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in the Building Services Industry, in Contracting, Consulting and Client representative role, in various parts of the world, including UAE, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, Russian Federation, and India.
He was previously located in India where he was responsible for building an MEP Consulting Practice to 100 strong over a 4 year period He has gained substantial experience in all aspects of design and construction during his career, and his innovative thinking nearly always leads to more efficient cost effective solutions in the projects he is involved in.
He serves on both the CIBSE/ASHRAE scientific committee, and AIRAH technical committee.
He was chairman of the committee, which wrote the first Australian commissioning standards for AIRAH (DA27 & 28), and has been the recipient of numerous awards.
He compiled a technical design manual and sustainable design guide for all InterContinental Hotel Group brands. This was responsible for the 2007 CIBSE International Achievement award, with the judges commenting on how these guides simplified Hotel services design to reduce both capital and operating costs, and presented the information in a way in which it could easily be understood by Engineers whose first language was not English.
Kamal Farah is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Abanos Interior Fit-Out & Joinery, one of the largest and most reliable holistic interior fit-out and joinery companies in the country, a role he has held since 2012. Kamal is responsible for the company’s overall growth and performance. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for ECC Group.
Under Kamal’s leadership, Abanos has successfully maintained a leading position as a fit-out and joinery contracting company in the UAE and GCC markets employing over a 1,000 professionals. Kamal initiated and oversaw the recent expansion of Abanos, resulting in a 21,000m2 facility in Dubai Investment Park with a manufacturing facility of 15,000m2 and warehousing facilities of 9,000m2 coupled with an investment in modern machinery, the company has the capacity to handle various large projects simultaneously and is capable of meeting international standards of quality and lead times.
After graduating in MSc Civil Engineering (2003) at the University of Bristol, UK, Kamal completed an on-site project engineering role with Mowlem, before returning to the UAE. Kamal then developed experience in on-site civil engineering, project engineering, in addition to working in the contractual, tendering and plant departments with ECC. Kamal is also a board member of the Engineering Contracting Company Group (ECC Group), where he is responsible for overseeing the performance of various divisions of ECC Group.
Dr. Rashid Alleem is ranked third among the 25 most influential CEOs in GCC and is considered one of the 100 most influential CEOs in the Middle East. He is a passionate writer; an environmentalist; a sought-after thought leader; the creator of Thinking, a unique blend of “critical and lateral” thinking; and an internationally respected transformational leader. The founder of Alleem Knowledge Center, Dr. Alleem is a dynamic leader who has worked with prestigious governmental, semigovernmental, and nonprofit organizations. He is an entrepreneur par excellence with a flair for effective, strategic decision-making by means of innovative thinking. Dr. Rashid was recognized as “The Knowledge Ambassador of the UAE” by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum—the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai—and as “Environmentalist of the Year 2012” by the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr. Alleem earned a Ph.D. from the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK. Being a “sustainovationalist,” he has received four honorary doctorates from different universities: Atlantic International University (USA), in recognition of his achievements in the socioeconomic fields; Somalia University, for his humanitarian services; American Global International University (USA), for his global business contributions and numerous academic achievements; and Indian Peace University, from which he received a Doctorate in Philosophy for his exceptional contributions, dedication, and social services to society.
Dr. Alleem was recently recognized as The Global Green Ambassador by DMG. Under his leadership, SEWA received the Voluntary Cancellation Certificate for excellence in energy-saving and the reduction of CO2 emissions by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2017. He was bestowed with the Friend of Singapore Sustainability Award 2017 by the government of Singapore, and he became a member of the advisory board of the Singapore World Water Council. He has received the prestigious title of “The Ambassador of Peace & Happiness in the Arab World” by VOK.
As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, presenter, and teacher, Dr. Alleem is well-known for delivering compelling and practical messages to audiences of more than 100,000 people per annum, including at some of the largest regional and international venues. Last but not least, he is one of the most interviewed and published charismatic media personalities in the region. A prolific writer both in English and Arabic, Dr. Rashid Alleem is the author of several books on management and leadership. His newest book, The SEWA Way, showcases 15 winning principles, providing a roadmap for achieving success both on an organizational and a personal scale. Aiming to improve social, economic, and environmental living conditions worldwide and helping to improve the quality of life for hundreds of millions who have not yet seen the benefits of sustainable development and inclusive growth, he has written four books on the topic of sustainability: My Green Journey in Hamriyah; Sustainability: The Fourth Wave of Economy; I Am Committed: 17 Global Goals; and Alleem Sustainable Development Goals.
Benoit McNamara joined Select Group in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing all design requirements for the group. With a Masters in Architecture from McGill University, Benoit has over 15 years of diverse design experience. Since joining Select Group, Benoit has been responsible for design direction of the group’s flagship, Marina Gate project with a GDV of AED4 billion. Other projects under his supervision include No.9 in Dubai Marina and Pacific on Al Marjan Island.
8:00AM - 8:55AM
9:15AM - 9:30AM
9:30AM - 10:10AM
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.
10:10AM - 10:30AM
10:30AM - 10:45AM
10:50AM - 11:30AM
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.
11:30AM - 11:50AM
11:50AM - 12:50PM
12:50PM - 01:30PM
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 technology can be utilised across the various stages of construction to achieve the best results in the Value Engineering process.
01:30PM - 01:50PM
01:50PM - 02:00PM
02:00PM - 02:30PM
02:30PM - 03:00PM
The VE Summit offers you a chance to reach out to all relevant industry professionals as well as key government representatives. Engage with a captive audience of decision makers and influencers, who are involved in specifying products and services that you supply.
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5th September 2018
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Habtoor Grand Hotel
+971 4 375 5470
Dubai Studio City
Office 207 – 209, Building 3
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