CTF:: Agenda at a Glance
08.00 Registration and networking
09.00 Opening remarks
Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect
09.10 Welcome Address:
Eng. Thabet Mubarak Al Saweed, Governor, Saudi Contractors Authority
09.20 Keynote Address: National Housing Company’s Technology Roadmap
09.45 State of the Market: Trends Impacting KSA’s Built Environment and How to Stay in Business
As KSA’s public sector trends transform and new authorities emerge, understanding the changing landscape and making business decisions can be challenging. This session reviews the Kingdom’s move towards innovation and sustainability in the built environment and how local and international players will need to adapt to stay in business.
Kenneth Linn, Partner, Capital Project Services Leader, PwC Middle East
10.00 Panel: Job Site 2050: How Construction Megatrends Will Transform the Industry
This forward-looking session addresses how megatrends will impact the future of construction and considers the technologies required to get there.
Led by:
Sherief Elabd, Director, Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction & Engineering
Ian Laski, President and CEO, Aecom Arabia
David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel
Saad Ben Aiban, Vice President, Project Management, Maaden
Ahmed Aredh, Head of Oil Facilities Project Department, Saudi Aramco
10.25 Panel: Regulation for Innovation
Modernising regulations that can accelerate the adoption of building technology can be challenging. It requires cooperation of public entities, upskilling of the labour force and ensuring job quality and the skill set of contractors. Understanding each stakeholder’s role in enabling the Contech ecosystem is key and the and the much-needed impetus and incentives to drive greater adoption by developers and contractors. This session explores such incentives and what the Kingdom needs to do to support modern methods of construction such as off-site manufacturing.
Abdulaziz Al Mohimeed, Deputy Governor Strategic Planning & PMO, Real Estate General Authority
Eng. Ahmad Al Aboudi, Deputy Governor, Saudi Contractors Authority
10.50 Morning networking break
11.20 Digital Transformation: What it is and Where to Start
Digital transformation promises to reap benefits for organisations that can fully integrate, automate and digitise processes providing end-to-end visibility and control of business and projects. However, the industry is immature and the prospect can be confusing and daunting. This opening session on digital transformation explains exactly what it is and where to start.
Sherief Elabd, Director, Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction & Engineering
11.35 Panel: Making Digital Transformation Happen
This session explores the basic prerequisites of digital transformation on a government, organisation and industry level. From capability, culture, supply chain maturity and digital competency, understand what it takes and how to make it happen including developing the right policies, governance and performance measures.
Ahmed Altuwayjiri, Director, Digital Policy, National Digital Transformation Unit
Abdulaziz Alshamsan, Executive Director General Customer Experience & Digital Transformation
Ministry of Labour & Social Development
Kenny Ingram, Global Industry Director, Construction and Contracting, IFS
12.00 Next Generation Project Development – Client Perspective on Digital Transformation
Discover one client’s unique approach to market, how they are managing the project digitally from the off-set and integrating BIM and data methods in the development process.
12.15 Networking Lunch
Breakout Track A
BIM & Digital Twins
13.30 Saudi BIM Roadmap Update
Yasser Abdul Hai, BIM in Charge, Ministry of Commerce and Investment
13.45 ISO 19650 Unplugged: How to Leverage the Latest BIM
This will look at how to leverage international standards to help propel local projects forward.
What are the latest BIM standards? What can they do? How do they work? How can companies leverage the latest BIM and its benefits?
14.00 Taking BIM to the Next Level
Putting BIM at the core of specialism integration enables greater control, visibility and efficiency throughout the entire project lifecycle. By taking a data-driven approach, effective BIM implementation will take applications to the next level including risk reduction throughout the design and construction phases, enabling complex designs, planning efficient workflows and forecasting maintenance.
Andrea Scotti, Managing Director - Middle East, BuroHappold Engineering
14.15 BIM in Real-Time Site Reality
BIM can facilitate construction management by providing a real-time site view used to monitor the progress of an entire project. The region’s BIM leaders share their experience in improving work productivity, project quality and material management for a local oil and gas project.
Imad Khaled, Area Managing Director, CCC
14.30 BIM as a Corner Stone to Enable the Digital Twin
Hear from one of Saudi’s giga projects stakeholders on BIM as a cornerstone to enable the digital twin, digital transformation and digital asset management.
Mohammed Sherif, BIM Manager, Qiddiya
14.45 Afternoon networking break
15.05 Digital Twins in Life Cycle Asset Management Digital twins are virtual assets linked to real world data (designed and constructed using BIM models) that can reuse information generated during the capital delivery of an asset in the operational phase. This session reviews how IoT enabled digital twins have the potential to reduce whole life costs of plants, complex buildings and infrastructure works by up to 30%.
Chris Tebb, Digital Lead - Global Delivery Services, Mott MacDonald Middle East
Dr. Jacques Khouri, Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation, Dar Al Handasah
15.40 Digital Twin Session
15.55 End of Track A
Breakout Track B
3D Printing
13.40 Panel: Will Saudi Arabia Set The 3D Printing Benchmark?
Sneak peek into setting the Kingdom’s 3D Printing Roadmap. Will it be approved in Saudi? Do clients want it? Will RFP’s allow for it?
Abdulrahman Jilani, Technical Lead – Additive Manufacturing, Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources
14.00 Panel: Differentiating the Good 3DP Use Cases from the Bad: Will Full-Scale Concrete Printing Become Mainstream?
There are a range of use-cases from design prototypes to mould making, spare parts, furniture, complex elements and full-scale concrete structures but many projects have been time consuming and expensive. This session reviews the most promising applications and which ones make sense now and in the near future?
Surinder Yadav, Head of Design Studio, Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast
Aref Boualwan, Senior Innovation Manager, CCC
Abdul Rahim A Arafath, Application Tech SPADC, SABIC
14.30 3D Printing Case Study 1
14.40 3D Printing Case Study 2
14.50 Afternoon networking break
Prefabricated & Modular Construction
15.10 Transforming UK Construction - the Bigger Picture
Sam Stacey, who lived and worked in Riyadh in the 1990’s, will discuss restructuring the UK building industry to deliver better performing buildings at lower cost. Accelerating the uptake of digital modelling, manufacturing techniques and energy performance solutions. Leveraging government procurement to demonstrate economies of scale. Exploring the opportunities for application of these approaches in developed and developing counties around the world.
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director - Transforming Construction, UK Research and Innovation
15.15 Reserved:
Joshua Coetzee, General Manager, Byrne Technical Services
15.30 Technology Disruption in Off-Site Construction
Offsite manufacturing and pre-assembly requires a complete rethink of traditional design and construction delivery processes, providing an increased opportunity for technology to automate and standardise hi-tech manufacturing techniques to strip out inefficiencies. Discover how technology can disrupt the design, planning, building, assembly and monitoring of prefabricated buildings with insights from some of the most automated factories in the world.
Panellists include:
Nicholas Reynolds, Director of Enabling Works, Amaala
Joshua Coetzee, General Manager, Byrne Technical Services
Breakout Roundtables
15.45 Roundtable 1: Adapting Your ERP Model to Support Off-site Construction
With off-site construction methods emerging as a popular solution to support Saudi’s giga ecosystem, many contractors are investing in manufacturing facilities. This roundtable session reveals how to adapt your organisation’s digital backbone to enhance and facilitate this new business model and capability.
Led by:
Kenny Ingram, Global Industry Director, Construction and Contracting, IFS
15.45 Roundtable 2:
Led by:
Joshua Coetzee, General Manager, Byrne Technical Services
15.45 Roundtable 3:
15.45 Roundtable 4: BIM & Digital Twins
16.30 End of Day 1
09.00 Registration and Networking
09.25 Opening remarks
Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect
09.30 Panel: Giga Projects on Digital Transformation and New Methods of Working
Due to challenging timescales and sustainability targets, the giga projects are turning to new and lean methods of building, bringing revolutionary smart city thinking to the design, construction and maintenance of Saudi’s future destinations and assets. This session reviews the technology priorities for each project and the status of implementation.
Led by:
Riyadh Derouiche, Principle, AT Kearney
Panellists include:
Darryn Warner, Executive Director - Information Technology, NEOM
09.50 Modern Methods of Construction Will Ignite the Construction Ecosystem
Riyadh Derouiche, Principle, AT Kearney
10.10 Challenge 4.0: Client vs. Vendor
One of KSA’s key clients and future project developer, defines a specific challenge facing the delivery of the Kingdom’s ambitious, mega projects. 3 leading solution providers battle it out for the best innovation.
10.30 Panel: Who Pays, Who Benefits?
New technologies can come with upfront costs that not all companies are willing to pay for and slow returns that not all companies are willing to wait for. Often, new systems are neglected because stakeholders cannot agree on who pays and who benefits. This session reviews new, collaborative business models that can encourage innovation and avoid ownership disputes.
Maan Eshgi, Partner, VenturesSouq
10.55 Panel: Accelerating Saudi’s ‘Contech’ Ecosystem
Developing the right ecosystem to scale up a minimum viable product or process requires not just a good idea but the right funding, support of academia and participation of entrepreneurs and their access to corporate infrastructure. This session reviews why certain corporates decided to back technology startups in an uncertain environment and how ‘’contech’’ entrepreneurs explain how un-paralleled access to the construction ecosystem helped them scale up their minimum viable product. It also explores how the Kingdom can boost the ecosystem with the right incentives and stimulus and the role of academic institutions in creating centres of excellence.
Led by:
Nawaf Alsahhaf, Chief Executive Officer, Businesses Incubators and Accelerators Company (BIAC)
Fahad M. AlHashem, Business Development Director, Sagia Maan Eshgi, Partner, VenturesSouq
11.20 Panel: Unlocking Talent to Digital Delivery in Saudi
This panel will discuss the importance of developing the workforce of the future in Saudi Arabia to support digital transformation and unlocking existing talent.
Tim Shelton, Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East
11.40 Morning networking break
Breakout Track C
AI and Automation
12.10 Accident Probability Reduction
A pilot project from a leading transport provider sought to use AI to improve safety and inspection of a worksite. Through computer vision recognition, data analysed from images and videos from cameras in the real-time can detect abnormal behaviour and alert the construction company to human and equipment related safety events.
Nour H. Kassassir, CIO, Parsons
12.25 AI Powered Heating, Ventilation & AC
12.40 Designing Efficient and Beautiful Buildings With AI/ Industrial Plans Digitisation
AI makes data extraction from complex documents like pipeline layouts, industrial plans, and maps obtained from the third-parties easy, fast and cost-effective.
12.55 The Rise of AI in Construction
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are already here. But there are barriers preventing them from being fully exploited. This session draws on real-life use cases of Artificial Intelligence in construction today, including safety, real-time schedule analysis, budget and billing, performance analytics, real-time BIM and the challenges limiting its adoption
Panellists include:
Nour H. Kassassir, CIO, Parsons
Ibrahim Atta-Apau, Director Asset Management, and Digital Transformation, WS Atkins
13.15 Latest Use of Robots for On-Site and Off-Site Construction
Mixed Reality
13.30 BIM and VR - Best Ally’s in Project Control?
Virtual Reality is the most immersive method for visualizing a building model and promises to become a regular part of the construction industry. When integrated with building information modeling (BIM) it can address a number of issues during construction, such as clash detection and can further enhance successful project delivery through virtual collaboration, eliminating the need for physical presence of participants.
Surinder Yadav, Head of Design Studio, Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast
13.45 Mixed Reality in Design and Work Winning
Bringing projects to life in immersive virtual reality allows designs to be experienced, tested and refined before work starts onsite. Engaging all stakeholders in the design helps ensure a full and clear understanding between the client, the design intent and contractor in the project.
14.00 Next Generation Project Management Using VR & AR
Mixed reality merges real and virtual worlds to visualise physical and digital objects co-existing and interacting. Applied to the preconstruction and construction phases, its applications are far and wide, not only giving stakeholders a true representation of the space but allowing accurate progress monitoring, exact selection of materials and true-to-life safety training in a virtual space.
14.15 Late Networking Lunch
15.15 End of Forum
Mega Projects/Oil and Gas 4.0
12.10 Eyes in the Sky: AI Powered Drones in Major Project Reporting
Autonomous artificial intelligence-driven drones can perform critical assets inspection, geospatial and aerial mapping surveys, security surveillance and progress monitoring of major oil & gas projects that monitor health, safety and environment issues, reduce costly delays and eliminate mistakes in the project.
13.25 Cloud-Based Engineering, Procurement, Fabrication and Construction
Providing stakeholders visibility into project documentation and status, improving efficiency and work productivity in energy projects.
13.40 IoT in the Operational Lifecycle of Plants
Wireless sensors reduce risks across plant lifecycles by preventing machine breakdowns, improving machine health, monitoring production and enabling remote site access.
13.55 AI Powered Plant Design & Construction
14.10 3D Printing in Complex Offshore Structures
Printing a model of complex oil & gas production components allows engineers to bridge the gap between design and fabrication.
14.25 Late Networking Lunch
15.15 Close of Forum

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