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.Ahmed 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.
Hiba Jaber is a Lead Structural Engineer at LACASA Architects and Engineering Consultants. Prior to joining LACASA, she completed her graduate studies at Princeton University, earning her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Hiba’s graduate work focused on the use of sensors to monitor civil infrastructure elements including bridges with the goal of understanding complex structural behavior, providing warnings of failure, and ultimately reducing life-cycle costs through providing maintenance intervention as required. Hiba’s research work was funded by various organizations, including the US Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, and Princeton University, and has resulted in multiple publications in reputable journals and highly-attended conferences.
Since joining LACASA, Hiba has led the structural design of several buildings in the region, working with major developers to achieve economical and sustainable designs. Hiba’s work with LACASA focuses on the technical aspects of design. Hiba follows the design of a building from the conception of the structural system to the detailed design of all the structural elements, where major savings can be accomplished through careful considerations of the structural system at every stage.
David Clifton is the Director – Strategy & Growth for Construction Services at AECOM Middle East. Having worked in the industry for more than 18 years (USA, UK and the Middle East), David has in-depth knowledge of the region’s unique macro-economic and construction economics’ trends. He also has first-hand experience in the delivery of large projects and has contributed to a number of industry improvements including the development of Project Management Offices.
His quarterly market forecasts are welcome tools for anyone looking for a deep and considered perspective into the construction industry’s market metrics and more importantly the associated geopolitical trends and consequences.
David is a highly experienced business leader with an international outlook and a significant track record in leading the development of emerging and mature markets, new ventures and market consolidation.
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.
Graduated from University of Lebanon with a Structural Engineering Degree, Fady started his career in the contracting field in Saudi Arabia. Moving between different departments, from Design, Site to Office, Fady’s passion toward controlling what goes on after the design has been established when he was appointed as Cost Control Manager. Holder of a Master of Science in Project Management from University of Liverpool, Fady specialized in Construction and Infrastructure and moved into Consultancy.
With his professional knowledge in Cost Control and being technology orientated, Fady spends his time with CCS consulting, training and supporting engineers around the MENA region.
Fady is currently based in Dubai with CCS as an Area & Business Development Manager for the MENA Region.
Mohammad Najam Khan is the Advisor and Specialist in Road & Bridge Structures at Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities with responsibility for technical review and issuing approvals. Mr. Khan is a certified Associate Value Specialist by SAVE International.
Prior to joining ADM, He worked as Design Manager and Head of the Bridge Department involved in several prestigious projects across various parts of India and the Middle East at several multinational engineering consultants, including AECOM, Mouchel, and Intercontinental Consultants & Technocrats.
Notable is his 22 years of professional experience that cover a wide range of expertise in design and management of most types of bridges & roadway structures, updating technical manuals & design guidelines, applying quality assurance procedures and Value Engineering in designs.
Mr. Khan received Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University in 1997 (India).
In addition, his professional interests also focus on Value Engineering, and his current assignments include development of Value Engineering Guidelines for Abu Dhabi Municipality.
Eng. Paquito Jacinto Idos, is the Head Project Manager of PMO Executive Office – Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, (SEWA). A Philippine registered Civil Engineer with a degree in Master of Science in Construction Management, (MSCM). An International Project Management Officer – Expert Level Certified Professional by the Association of International Project Management Officers, (AIPMO), Zurich Switzerland, A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified Professional by IASSC, USA and Certified Professional Engineering Manager by the America Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), USA.
Eng. Idos has a wide range experience of 30 years (10 years in the Sultanate of Oman and 20 years and counting in the UAE) in the Construction Industry under the disciplines of Building Construction, Irrigation and Landscaping, including Infrastructure projects such as Road Networks and Cloverleaf Interchange, Water, Electricity and Sewage Network Systems.
During his free time on Fridays, Eng. Idos also works as a MSCM Program Module Facilitator under the program of Master of Science in Construction Management, (MSCM) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Tom Gilmartin has an MBA from Manchester Business School and has spent the last eight years with ALEC FITOUT, a specialist interior contractor that offers full turnkey interior solutions for the build, fitout and refurbishment of hotel and spa resorts, cinemas, shopping malls, leisure and mixed-use developments in the UAE and wider GCC region.
Tom specialises in targeting large-scale, high-quality fitout projects in the UAE and the GCC.
Sameer is an experienced executive and a business leader with a successful track record of running and growing businesses. Distinguished by result driven and focused expert and passion for driving business initiatives centered around Managing Operations, Delivering to Results and Clients. Sameer is a Civil Engineer experienced in construction, consultancy and planning with Executive leadership and operational expertise spanning the civil, MEP, infrastructure and building sectors from the US, North Africa to the Middle East.
As a Chief Executive Officer, Sameer is responsible for the overall activities of the company Management, Operations, Profit & Loss, Business Activities, Growth, Strategy, Development and Delivery. As a business leader and over the years, Sameer have led every business function including HR, marketing, sales, legal, commercial, operations and finance.
Sameer was also the Group Chief Development Officer and Managing Director of several Engineering and Construction companies in the UAE, KSA, Jordan & Algeria and responsible for all activities in the countries where he built a reputation for managing a business of over USD 1 Billion, maintaining client relationships, securing & creating new business opportunities. Having previously worked in the USA and M.E. in various managerial roles across HNTB Corporation, WS Atkins and WSP ME, Arcadis, Drake & Scull and recently he brought technical, operational, managerial and business development expertise to MECIC when he joined 3 months ago, prior to his last role within Drake & Scull as the Group Chief Development Officer and Managing Director.
Morgan Tuckness is a U.S. trained architect with over 14- years of professional experience within the fields of development management, design, and hospitality development. For over 12-years, Morgan served as the Regional Director of Architecture & Construction for Marriott Vacations and the Ritz-Carlton Development Company, the real-estate development subsidiary of Marriott International. Her areas of focus ranged from program and design management to project management and asset turnover. Throughout her tenure with Marriott, Morgan has been involved with over 85 projects located in the U.S., Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Australasia.
Morgan also served as the Corporate Director of Design and Technical Services for Emaar Hospitality Group (EHG) in Dubai, U.A.E. Her role within Emaar was to establish, manage, and oversee the design related activities for EHG’s growing portfolio and hotel development pipeline throughout the Middle-East, Europe, and Africa under the Address, Vida, Palace, Manzil, and Rove hotel brands.
Most recently, Morgan has brought her experience from the Owner, Developer, and Operator side to Consulting. Morgan has joined Drees & Sommer, the German-based Project Management Company that has been supporting the public and private sector owners and investors for over 45 years. Today the company delivers services supporting hospitality development, development consulting, project management, engineering, real estate consulting, infrastructure consulting and strategic process consulting. With the backing of over 40 offices internationally and over 2,840 associates – Morgan’s chief responsibility is to oversee the Hospitality sector for Drees & Sommer as the Global Head of Technical Services & Development division.
24 years in construction, worked in Europe, China, USA and Middle East. Masters Degree in Quantity Surveying. Been with ALEMCO in the middle east for 10 years.
Robert joined the construction company Airolink as General Manager in 2017 and today manages a AED 3 billion project portfolio with a growing workforce over 2500 resources. He has experience with traditional as well as design and construct procurement methods and has completed projects across all market sectors including aviation, military, commercial, hospitality, medical and educational facilities.
Christopher Venemore is a Chartered Engineer and is currently the Civil and Infrastructure Director for AECOM. His role consists of managing the design production for the UAE as well as Project Directing key infrastructure projects. Previously he was Engineering Director for MACE contractors, Managing Director of aqualiaMace and Managing Director of Hyder’s Utility and Environment Division. He has over 25 years of experience in the technical field and is passionate about the delivery of successful projects for satisfied clients. He has continued his involvement in project delivery throughout his line management career, championing client care and developing colleagues to reach their full potential.
Rob Kennedy is the Infrastructure Director for Cundall’s MENA business. He has worked closely with some of Cundall’s most prestigious clients over the years including Rolls Royce, Barclays Bank, Suez and Tata as well as many other clients throughout the infrastructure sector. Rob joined Cundall in 2007 and draws on a diverse skillset.
In addition to possessing a broad range of experience in contracting prior to entering the world of consulting, Rob also served as a Royal Engineer in HM British Forces and has delivered innovative engineer solutions internationally for over 20 years. Rob sits on the Leadership Team for the Middle East and is responsible for helping to shape the overall Middle East business strategy. In particular, he is passionate about the merging of advanced technology with engineering infrastructure, and how this impacts our future. Rob has a firm interest in waste management and the implementation of waste to energy solutions globally.
8:00AM - 8:55AM
9:15AM - 09:30AM
9:30AM - 10:15AM
Design and Build contracts are becoming increasingly popular across the region, and while there are many benefits associated with this approach, is it the best one for our industry? How can time and money be saved, but quality also maintained? Our panel of experts discuss the pros and cons of the D&B approach and how it can be refined to deliver the best results.
10:20AM - 10:35AM
10:35AM - 10:45AM
10:50AM - 11:35AM
Private-Public Partnerships continue to gain traction on infrastructure projects in the region, with countries and governments implementing laws and project financing mechanisms that will provide support to these vital projects. As PPP infrastructure projects involve several complex stages and come with extremely high costs, having a Value Engineering approach is necessary to reduce the overall spend, while still maintaining productivity and quality.
11:40AM - 11:55AM
11:55AM - 12:05PM
12:05PM - 12:50PM
With Value Engineering now having access to sophisticated new sets of economic software tools that can, in real-time, determine in dollar terms who benefits and by how much from a given design scenario, this discussion will revolve around how the latest software and technology can be applied to the VE process.
12:55PM - 1:10PM
1:15PM - 1:25PM
1:30PM - 1:55PM
2:00PM - 2:30PM
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