1 November 2017
Starting from 8:30am

Going Beyond BIM
About Middle East BIM Summit 2017

The Middle East BIM Summit returns on November 1, 2017 with a mandate to look beyond BIM. This year, our expert speakers and panellists will bring into focus the evolution of construction technology as contractors, consultants and developers look to take the next step forward. Attendees will be treated to in-depth presentations, case studies and workshops from leading experts as they unveil how BIM and its related technologies can lead the way to improved efficiency and performance across the board.

With regional governments focused on infrastructure development and spending like never before, the ME BIM Summit 2017 offers attendees the chance to be right at the forefront of the discussion.

Join us for the most important regional BIM event of the year.


Panel speakers will range across the sectors involved with BIM, including senior level government officials, BIM implementation experts, software developers and senior leadership from construction contractor and consultant companies.

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2016 Agenda

The ME BIM Summit is a one day conference which will includes panel discussions, presentations and case studies that cover a variety of topics across the BIM spectrum. The event aims to inspire, educate and lead the region’s construction professionals into a future driven by BIM.

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CPD Workshop

Be more productive and efficient by reflecting on your learning and highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience. Attend the CPD workshop case study to further enhance your knowledge of BIM and contribute towards your continuous personal development.

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Insights and knowledge sharing for BIM experts by experts

2016 Agenda Schedule


Registration & Refreshments


Chair’s Welcome

Chris Seymour, Mott MacDonald


Welcome Address

Mr Abdulredha Abu Al Hassan
Director of Buildings & Facilities Department,
RTA BIM Committee Chairman
Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)


Keynote Presentation

Richard Shennan, Mott MacDonald
BIM for better business outcomes: how to get the benefits

Richard will focus on the business reasons for BIM, as part of a digital transformation that is driven by overall business strategy led from the top, rather than technology-led. He will use examples to make the connection between primary commercial objectives and technology as an enabler.


Panel Discussion

The Reality of BIM Implementation
Moderator: Chris Seymour

  • Arsen Safaryan, ALEC
  • Pavithran KV, Brookfield Multiplex
  • Ben Corrigan, Bluehaus
  • Mansour Faried, CSCEC
  • Vishal Sawlani, JLL
  • Racha Chahrour, Hochtief ViCon

Keynote Presentation

Laura Smagin, Atkins
Disruptive technologies and innovative solutions

Laura will present a case study on Atkin’s current projects demonstrating considerations for future disruptive technologies. The GCC has a vision of the future which will include disruptive technologies such as Automated/Driverless Cars, 3D printing for construction and sustainable design. Atkins will showcase some of its dynamic design strategies and use of cutting edge technologies to provide solutions.


Networking Refreshment Break


Panel Discussion

The Future of BIM
Moderator: Muhammad Jabakhanji

  • Laura Smagin, Atkins
  • Charles Dunk, AECOM
  • Scott Coombes, AESG
  • Shaun Pearson, Al Naboodah Construction
  • Alan Sayers, Arcadis
  • Christoph Weber, Hochtief ViCon

Keynote Presentation

Chris Tebb, Mott MacDonald
Smart Infrastructure – impact of data on the built environment

Building on the Mott MacDonald feature in the 2016 Smart Cities Report, Chris will present an insight into their Smart Infrastructure projects. Where the proliferation and democratisation of knowledge is disrupting the industry and how the combination of human and system intelligence can enable more efficient outcomes for clients and users.


Networking Lunch Break



Charles Dunk, AECOM
BIM + Immersive Technology

Charles Dunk of AECOM outlines how these immersive technologies are helping to change the perception of BIM in the regional construction industry. Commonly, clients act as post-boxes, passing BIM models from one stakeholder to the next. Approvals might happen using model viewing software, but typically, drawings are used to communicate design intent, rather than the models themselves. However, immersive technology, virtualization and technologies such as virtual and augmented reality can provide the means for non-technical users to explore models and provide effective feedback to others within a project.


Panel Discussion

BIM and MEP Engineering
Moderator: Wael Allan, DSI

  • Charles Blaschke, Taka Solutions
  • Alexander Kolpakov, AECOM
  • Chris Milford, Trans Gulf Electromechanical
  • Jean Hanna, Emaar
  • Aly Diab, BK Gulf

Networking Refreshment Break


CPD Workshop I: Standards

Alan Muse, RICS
Measurement Standards: space, cost and technology

Collaboratively emerging international measurement standards will significantly affect worldwide practice. These standards, covering property and construction, will also aid the development of new technologies. The two particular standards in question are:International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS): harmonising floor area calculations & International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS): defining construction cost. This workshop will consider the emerging scope of these projects, how they integrate, and why they will enhance global practice and technological solutions such as BIM and ‘big data’.


CPD Workshop II: Cost Modelling

Etienne Le Roux, CIOB
Automatically quantifying elements from intelligent BIM models

The process of automatically quantifying elements from intelligent BIM models has many benefits. Manual methods of measuring are slow and prone to user errors. Rather than costing completed designs, it enables cost managers to help the design team design to cost, adding more value and avoiding reactive value engineering. This CPD will inform delegates about this cost modelling process and will consider the following areas:

  • conditions for successful cost estimation using BIM,
  • understanding the risks and challenges in a BIM environment,
  • practical workflows of model-based quantification, focused on pre-contract and post-contract scenarios, and
  • lessons learnt from actual projects to highlight pitfalls and best practice.

The workshop will serve as a path of discovery for those commercially involved in construction projects and provide direction on fully integrating their services into the BIM process.


Closing Remarks

Why Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuous professional development (CPD) is an essential component in maintaining the skills and knowledge of construction professionals working in the GCC. Taking the time to actively stay up to date in this dynamic industry is crucial to keeping pace with changes affecting how we do our jobs right through to career development and future prospects. Taking a proactive approach to your development can help you to stay on top of changes in your industry, while also demonstrating a clear commitment to personal professional improvement.

That’s why the Middle East BIM Summit will host accredited CPD workshops open to all registered attendees of the event. These free-to-attend certified workshops have been integrated into the conference agenda and will take a look at pivotal technical issues influencing the way BIM is used in this region. The knowledge gained through attendance could be vital to your next project, or the point of difference that secure you your next contract.

How do I receive my CPD certificate of attendance?

Attendees of the Middle East BIM Summit will have the opportunity to receive a digital Certificate of Attendance to attach to their CPD log as evidence of development once training is complete or the desired standards of learning have been met.

To receive their certificate, attendees are to submit their details, via an online form which will be available after the event has taken place. The link to the online form will be visible on www.mebimsummit.com from November 2, 2017 until November 30, 2017. You will then receive the certificate by email.

Click here to request your certificate
*Hard copy of the certificate will not be available for this event

What will be included in the workshop?

More information on individual workshops coming soon.

Why is this conference for you?

Stay Ahead of the curve

Learn from the experts how your company can evolve, grow and become more efficient through the correct utilisation of BIM technology.

Find new ways of thinking and problem solving

Listen and learn from the region's foremost BIM experts as they explain how the future of BIM will change the way the construction industry operates.

Networking opportunities

The BIM Summit presents you with an opportunity to interact and discuss how BIM 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.

Strengthen your skills

Utilise the accredited CPD workshops to get the most out of the BIM Summit. Not only will you be able to increase your knowledge and understanding of BIM, but you’ll also be able to add the workshops to your own personalised development plan.


Only 300 available seats. Register early to attend

This is an exclusive event for professionals within the construction industry. Complete the online form to register your interest and you will receive an email acknowledging your registration.

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Sponsors & Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch

The ME BIM 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 purchasing or specifying products and services.

As a sponsor of the ME BIM Summit, we can create a package that is tailor-made to help you reach your objectives.




















Location and Venue

Attend our conference at one of Dubai’s most prestigious hotels.


Al Andalus Ballroom, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

Al Falea Street, Jumeirah Beach

Dubai, UAE

04 399 5000


Additional details

Discover luxury without limits at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection. Boasting spacious, stunningly decorated hotel rooms and suites, a selection of five-star resources and incomparable placement on Dubai's picturesque Jumeirah Beach, our hotel surrounds you with contemporary comfort. Our hotel rooms are brimming with superior amenities like a flat-screen TV, designer bedding, a mini-bar, free Wi-Fi and panoramic views of the beach.


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