3rd Construction Technology Forum

22 - 23 September, 2020

Participating Organizations

Why you should Attend the Event

Help grow your business and improve relationships through face time with the key players in the region’s trillion dollar construction market


Get practical technology adoption insights from case studies delivered by the region’s leading clients, contractors and consultants.


Get insight into how the industry will be transformed over the next decade and stay ahead as technology adoption accelerates


Stay competitive by under-standing which technologies will best reduce operational costs, improve safety and boost the productivity of your projects


Assess the most promising technology applications so that you can make the right investment decisions


Meet the Global Leaders turning technology hype into real success in the Built Environment

The construction industry is on the cusp of a new era. Building it greener, cheaper faster, safer.

CTF 2019 brings together leaders from around the globe to discuss real technology use-cases in today’s mega projects.

With over 200+ senior delegates, 50+ superstar speakers and 15+ countries represented don’t miss out on 2 full days of insights and use-case scenarios at the only dedicated ConTech event in the region!

Construction Technology Forum Highlights 2018


Chris Seymour

Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East

Zhu Jianchao

Vice President & Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Dr. Marwan Abu Ebeid

Sr. BIM Manager, Turner International Middle East Ltd

Djamil Yahia-Ouahmed

Head of Data & AI, Vinci Construction

Tim Shelton

Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East

Aref Boualwan

Senior Manager, Innovation CCC

Ahmed Elhadidy

Technical and BIM Manager, ECC Group

Peter Jones

Technical Director, Skanska UK

Will your solutions disrupt the region’s construction market?

Can you help transform the region’s construction industry making it greener, safer and more efficient? Is your advice integral to the successful technology adoption in the market? 

If so, partner with us.


View the full forum agenda with details of all the sessions and all confirmed speakers.

08:50 AM

Opening Remarks By Chairperson

  • Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect

09.00 AM Keynote Panel Discussion

Job Site 2050: How Construction Mega trends Will Transform the Industry

This forward-looking session addresses how megatrends such as virtual construction, pre-fabrication, wireless monitoring, big data and robotics could impact the future of construction and considers the technologies required to get there.

Led by:

  • Sherief Elabd, Director, Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction & Engineering

Panellists include:

  • Hercu Viljoen, Managing Director, Related Businesses, ALEC Engineering and Contracting
  • Dr. Hatem Goucha, VP Business Development, International Bechtel Co. Ltd.
  • Will Cavendish, Global Leader, Digital Services, Arup
  • Chris Seymour, Managing Director, Mott MacDonald Middle East 

09:30 AM Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Closing the Gap Between Old and New World – What it Will Take to Move the Industry Forward

There’s no shortage of technologies disrupting the way traditional industries function. There’s no denying that the world is closer than ever to implementing such solutions and there’s no denying that the construction sector is in urgent need of a tech revolution. However, the industry lags its peers when it comes to deploying smart technologies and has failed to increase its productivity in decades. With the traditional industry mindset unwelcoming of digital technology, what will it take to move the industry forward?

Led by:

  • Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect

Panellists include:

  • Ihab Ramlawi, VP Business Development, Amana Contracting
  • Aref Boualwan, Senior Manager Innovation, CCC 
  • Mark Andrews, Managing Director, Laing O'Rourke
  • Ramesh Jagannathan, Managing Director, startAD

09:50 AM Panel Discussion

Enabling Digital Transformation

Digital transformation promises to reap benefits for organisations that can fully integrate, automate and digitise their internal processes providing end to end visibility and control of project and change management, contracts, costs and payments. Our experts discuss the key success factors of their digital transformation roadmaps and the specific outcomes such as delivery on time, within budget, increased operational efficiency and bottom line.

Led by:

  • Muhammad Jabakhanji, Director of Operations, Concerted Solutions 

Panellists include:

  • Tim Shelton, Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East
  • Janak Vakharia, CEO, Algorithms Software
  • David Bentley, Commercial Director, Mott Macdonald Bentley & JN Bentley 
  • Sherief Elabd, Director, Industry Strategy & Innovation, Oracle Construction & Engineering

09:00 AM

Opening Remarks By Chairperson

  • Rob Jones, Partner, b2b Connect

09.10 AM

UAE Reinvents Traditional Construction: DuBox’ 8 Year Journey In PPVC

See how Dubox are disrupt ting conventional construction methodologies, challenging existing traditions, improving efficiencies and the quality of the built environment. This session reveals the key things to consider when investing in pre-fab from the offset, when it makes sense and key learnings from the region’s leading modular innovator.

  • Yasser Baaj, Vice President, Dubox

09:30 AM

Technology Disruption in Design & Build Of Modular and Prefabricated Construction

Offsite manufacturing & 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. Our experts review 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.

Led by:

  • Prakash Senghani, Digital Construction Thought Leader and Evangelist, Aecom

Panellists include:

  • Yasser Baaj, Vice President, Dubox 
  • Mike Chihoski, President and CEO - Global Development, Gulf Development International
  • Neil Shackleton, Project Director, ALEC Engineering and Contracting

10:00 AM

Levering Robotic Process Automation (RPA) To Transform Reporting, Billing & Tendering

RPA can be used to automate process heavy and repetitive tasks in the construction and engineering industry, laying the groundwork for AI and saving companies significant time, money and effort as well as increasing cash flow in some cases. Hear about some of the region’s most advanced use-cases in reporting, billing and tender assessment.

  • Tim Shelton, Digital Transformation & Innovation Lead, Arcadis Middle East

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