MEED’s 2021 Smart Construction Virtual Summit, a one-day event held by MEED, will take place on June 16. The virtual summit will explore how digital transformation is shaping capital projects, featuring panelists from The Red Sea Project, Oracle Construction and Engineering, Honeywell, AMAALA, NEOM, Qiddiya, Dubai Municipality, ASGC and more.
Now in its second year, the interactive virtual event, which saw 595 attendees in its 2020 inaugural virtual event, will showcase the importance of smart construction and digitization in achieving the optimal use of energy, labor and finances to ensure quality and affordability while reducing carbon footprint.
The virtual summit will start with a timely construction market update and trends analysis that will provide business-critical insights on the regional project landscape. Six engaging panel discussions will subsequently discuss next-gen construction technologies, data center construction, energy transition and efficiency, the benefits of offsite and modular construction and the new Arabian construction landscape.
“Middle East construction is at a transition point, and everyone involved in the industry needs to understand what is going on,” said MEED editorial director Richard Thompson. “The intense pressure on government finances from uncertain oil prices and the impact of COVID-19 means that we will see fewer new projects in the future, along with greater-than-ever focus on costs. At the same time, a new generation of clients want to minimize the environmental impact of their projects by reducing their carbon footprint, and recycling and reusing construction waste.”
“MEED’s second MENA Smart Construction Virtual Summit will provide insights, information and connections that will enable you to make the most of the emerging opportunities in Middle East construction,” said Thompson. “Featuring interactive sessions for developers, contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and technology providers, the summit will help you to understand the changing requirements of the region’s construction clients, and the vital role that digital technology is playing in enabling safe, productive and sustainable development.”
The “Next Gen Construction Tech” panel will discuss the startup tech solutions that can be used to drive efficient, safe, smart and sustainable outcomes in construction projects. Speakers from ASGC, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology and Dubai municipality will share insights on the most exciting new technology applications in construction to support business outcomes. The “Data Center Construction” panel will bring together experts from ISG, Hill International and Procore Technologies to explore the unique requirements of data center construction projects.
The virtual summit will come to a close with a final panel focusing on mega and giga projects in Saudi Arabia. The session, titled “The New Arabian Landscape: Technological, Social and Environmental Convergence Driving the Next Generation of Saudi Giga Projects,” welcomes experts from Qiddiya, NEOM, The Red Sea Development Company, AMAALA and Oracle Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit. The panelists will talk about how the Kingdom’s various projects are pioneering in innovation, technology, sustainability and efficiency to create transformational new models for projects, communities and cities of the future.
The virtual summit is free to attend for delegates, but pre-registration is required.