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Chris Seymour is Regional Director for Middle East and South Asia leading Market Strategy and Infrastructure Development at Mott MacDonald. Chris has more than 25 years of experience in project and commercial management, with a specialism in PFI/PPP, procurement, project funding and risk management. His experience also extends to commercial development, masterplanning, development and asset management. Chris also co-chairs the Middle East Council for Offices, together with the Market Advisory panel for the RICS and is a frequent speaker at industry events and in the media.
Paul has extensive information management experience and knowledge, based on solid commercial experience over the past 20 year in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Operations (AECO) environment; both in private and public sector organisations.
Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Paul was an Information Management consultant delivering a strategic change programme to provide Transport for London with BIM capability, aligned to the UK Governments BIM Level Two maturity requirements, to support the capital cost reduction of assets.
In his current role as MEU BIM Manager, Paul is providing support and guidance to public and private sector clients, helping them to identify and achieve their BIM Strategies, aligned to their organisational goals. He is also supporting projects in delivering data and information in accordance with Client information requirements.
Richard has led the global BIM initiative within Mott MacDonald since 2011, working across all sectors and geographies to drive forward the realisation of the global strategy. He is also a leading figure in the wider implementation of UK Government policy. As Chair of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering BIM Engagement Group he has led a programme of presentations and support for those adapting to BIM across the UK. He is also a member of the CIBSE BIM steering group. Richard had led industry events and presented at many conferences around the world, including the MM BIM conference in Dubai in 2015, bringing a business-led approach that focuses on added-value and enhanced outcomes.
Alan is the Director of Built Environment Professional Groups and has more than 30 years’ experience in construction (with 15 years as a director), specialising in the project and cost management of schemes up to £4 billion. Projects have been across all sectors, but particularly offices, industrial, mixed-use, urban regeneration, data centres and public sector schemes such as schools and rail and road infrastructure. Overseas experience includes spells in both the Middle East and Indonesia.
Mr. Wael Allan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI). Mr. Wael Allan is an industry veteran with more than 26 years of global management experience spanning EPC and construction across USA, Europe, Far East and the Middle East.
Prior to his appointment at DSI, he served as the CEO for Arcadis Middle East, and progressed through senior management roles for reputed firms including Hyder Consulting, Skanska USA Buildings, Washington Group International and Raytheon Engineers and Constructors, among others.
Mr. Allan’s track record of successful project implementations globally demonstrates his functional expertise in achieving strong results spanning both operations and business development. He specializes in project delivery, project & programme management, risk management, quality and documentation as well as engineering, construction management and commissioning.
Mr. Allan is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE). He also holds a Masters (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemical Engineering and obtained a B.Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Swansea in the UK. Mr. Allan has also received executive education from prestigious business schools including Harvard, Wharton Business School and INSEAD.
Charles is the Founder and Managing Director of taka solutions. Charles works in all aspects of building analysis, design, construction and operation, as well as project financing and management to help building owners and individuals reduce their energy consumption and energy related costs.
Prior to taka solutions, Charles worked in the automotive, mining, process & industrial, construction and technology consulting industries. His time in the MENA region has been focused on Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems design, sustainable design and technology integration with design and construction using BIM technologies. This broad knowledge of all aspects of building planning, design, construction and operation, along with the understanding of the latest technologies comes together to offer a holistic approach to the most efficient ways building can be delivered and operated.
Charles is from Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Charles is a certified LEED AP and holds his private pilot’s license.
Charles is Associate Director, Immersive Technologies, UAE & Oman at Aecom and has 15 years’ experience in construction during which he worked on challenging global projects. Working for contractors and consultants he realized communication of spatial information between stakeholders is crucial to successful project delivery. Effective communication means all players understand and can contribute to the design at the right time. Immersive technology provides the interface, connecting people with digital models in construction projects.
Charles helps AECOM Middle East to develop immersive content for regional projects using a variety of technologies including virtualization, augmentation and virtual reality. Deployment platforms include VR headsets, smart devices, touch screens, web and projection with head tracking for holographic interaction.
Laura Smagin, Digital Information Manager Specialist in BIM, is a business change management specialist, working on all aspects of change driven by industry migration to BIM technologies. Managing business change to maintain the company’s core business philosophy. Her focus is change driven by BIM. She has over 28 years of construction industry experience, covering regions such as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Singapore, Indonesia Qatar and most recently the UAE.
Alexander is an Associate Director at AECOM, heading up the BIM Centre in the UAE and Oman. His team supports internal and external clients in BIM delivery and implementation. Mechanical Engineer by background, he worked for design consultants and contractors, and was involved in both traditional and BIM projects. He has over 15 years of experience, working in Europe, Australia and the UAE, where he has been since 2007.
Alan is a Project Director and Regional BIM Manager at Arcadis, based out of the company’s Dubai office. He has over 30 years’ experience within the global construction industry including almost ten years working in the Middle East region.
Alan leads on the development of Arcadis’ BIM strategy covering all parts of our Design & Consultancy business and is heavily involved in implementing these solutions on behalf of our clients. His areas of expertise span the technical detail of BIM products, the reality of implementing BIM on real-life programs, and the future of BIM within the ME construction industry. His research papers on the performance of the UAE Construction Industry were published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
With over 11 years of hands-on BIM execution experience - Arsen is the BIM Manager of ALEC, the preferred contractor in the region. He is currently championing the BIM execution on the Al Maktoum Airport Passenger Terminal Building Expansion and other projects in ALEC. Arsen has worked as a BIM Manager on the owner, contractor and consultant side of the building industry in the region, so he understands the capabilities and constraints on all levels of the supply chain in this market.
Ben Corrigan is the CEO and Founder of Bluehaus Group and Bluehaus Engineering, established design consultancy businesses inaugurated in the Middle East and holding multi-disciplined Architectural, Interior Design, MEP Engineering Design consultancy competencies. Bluehaus Group, celebrating its fourteenth year in the Middle East, has grown steadily through a repeat business strategic model building lasting relationships with renowned global and regional organizations and their brands across the Middle East, Africa and the Globe. Bluehaus Group invested in Revit in 2012 and now utilizes Revit as standard across its Architecture, Interior Design and MEP business units. Bluehaus Group also has a 3d Laser Surveying division, Urban Surveys, which is utilized for both in-house projects and appointments, and to support external partners and clients under independent appointments.
With over 40 years of MEP design & coordination experience, Chris joined Trans Gulf Electromechanical on 1st August, 2016 from BK Gulf. Fully engaged with Revit Architecture / Structure and MEP as well as Fabrication 2016. Chris has been involved in major projects including Dubai Airports, Dubai Mall Extension and Dubai Opera House.
Etienne is a Senior BIM Consultant at Turner & Townsend, within the UAE Technology Division.
Previously, he served a six year career in the British Army as a Royal Engineer where he worked on high-profile engineering projects. He managed a troop of combat engineers, involving various construction tasks under demanding conditions, worldwide. Since retiring from the Armed Forces, Etienne has led the development, deployment and governance of BIM in line with the UK Government Level 2 framework on projects totalling £220m, across private and public sectors.
More recently, his experience includes leading the delivery of BIM on major projects within the UAE. His specialist skills range from collaborative information model management to strategic BIM implementation, validation and controls. His wider focus is to lead the implementation of cultural, behavioural and process changes required to deliver better outcomes to his clients as the construction industry becomes ever more digitised.
Mansour has 14 years of Construction experience and construction related academic research, mostly work with international contactors like Samsung C&T and currently with China State Construction. With a portfolio of over 120 Mega projects across the MENA region between Executions, Technical support & Technical proposal development during tender stage.
Mansour strongly believes that only “win-win strategy” is single way of business growth, clear objectives and communicated goals are the successful business pillars and there is no such successful individual without being in successful team.
Pavithran is the BIM &Design Director at Multiplex, with more than 28 years of international experience in leading design teams for various Commercial, Hospitality and Residential projects.
His specialty being BIM Management, he has been managing the BIM department of Multiplex since 2008 and has a Master’s in BIM Management from Middlesex university, London to his credit. Pavithran is responsible for BIM implementation and all aspects of its development, resource planning, training and BIM execution across all Multiplex projects.
Pavithran’ s ability to see the big picture, in particular BIM's changing position in building construction industry, whilst at the same time immersing himself in the details, has been fundamental in enabling Multiplex to provide such services to the Clients and to benefit from the same in project delivery.
An important element in this has also been Pavithran’s ability to engage with and motivate the organization’s supply chain partners in embracing BIM and in the development of their own capabilities therein.
Scott Coombes is a Director at AESG, a firm recognized as one of the region’s leading specialist consultancies in sustainability, energy and environment. As a resident of the UAE for 27 years, Scott holds a particular passion for the sustainable design and development of the Middle East’s built environment.
Scott holds an honors degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham and is accredited under the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing. Scott is also a GSAS CGP and was among the first Estidama certified PQP’s in 2011.
Biography – Shaun Pearson RIBA, Head of Design & Engineering, Al Naboodah Construction Group (building division)
Having studied for his Chartered Architect’s qualification at Nottingham University in the UK, Shaun has over 23 years of experience in digital engineering, including BIM, in both the UK and Middle East. Shaun joined the Al Naboodah Construction Group on 1st March, 2016 from Laing O’Rourke where he spent the previous 11 years.
Christoph Weber is the Managing Director of HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar, a leading service provider and consultant for virtual construction and BIM with offices in Germany, Qatar, UK and India.
Christoph is an expert in professional services management, and has been advising facility management and engineering companies as an internal consultant since 2002. At HOCHTIEF he spent two years coordinating the global strategy process before joining ViCon as Financial Director in 2009. He played a key role in the company’s establishment in Qatar, and its subsequent growth into a leading player in the regional BIM industry. In 2013, he led ViCon’s market entry in the United Kingdom. In January 2015 Christoph took on the responsibility of Managing Director in Qatar.
Dr. Racha Chahrour is a BIM Project Manager at HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar, a leading service provider and consultant for virtual construction and BIM with offices in Germany, Qatar, UK and India.
Racha holds a Master Degree and a PhD in Civil Engineering. She started her career as a research and teaching assistant at the Tishrin University in Syria and later at Kassel University in the Construction Management Institute. She joined HOCHTIEF Construction AG in 2008 as Planning & Logistic Engineer, conducting construction management services. In 2011 she joined HOCHTIEF ViCon as a BIM Manager and has successfully mastered projects in Germany and Qatar. She has managed BIM on Doha Metro Projects and the Lusail City Development.
Vishal is a Project Manager within the JLL Project and Development Services team for the Middle East and North Africa and has over 5 years’ experience in the construction industry in UAE. Working for JLL, he has been involved in providing project and development management services to clients in commercial office, retail, hospitality and mixed use real estate projects. He is also involved in leading BIM implementation and managing sustainable design on various projects within JLL.
Prior to JLL, Vishal worked with WS Atkins and Gehry Technologies on many large scale developments across the region which successfully used and implemented BIM from design to construction. He has a deep passion for the advancement of BIM and 3D technology and firmly believes in its potential to radically transform the AEC industry by improving efficiency, accuracy and collaboration.
Vishal is a RIBA Chartered Architect and a PMP certified Project Manager. He is a Board Member of the RIBA Gulf Chapter and is actively involved in organising industry related events within the region. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from American University of Sharjah (UAE) and a MSc in BIM & Integrated Design from University of Salford, Manchester (UK). He is also a licensed LEED AP BD+C and an ESTIDAMA PQP.
Mr. Hanna joined Emaar Properties in April 2010, as the Director of Operations for The Dubai Fountain, the World’s Tallest Performing Fountain and Burj Khalifa’s water features. Mr. Hanna have been instrumental on special projects and special events in Downtown Dubai. Mr. Hanna was the lead in charge of the construction and engineering coordination for The Dubai Fountain and was instrumental in establishing and ensuring the highest standards programs and achieving the #1 touristic attraction position of The Dubai Fountain.
Mr. Hanna was recognized by Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee for the invaluable support. Mr. Hanna has over 19 years of extensive Public and Private sector experience in the United Arab Emirates and United States, he worked with Top Engineering Consultant Firms, Florida Department of Transportation and was responsible for delivering high profile projects in the State of Florida. Mr. Hanna graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Science in Civil Engineering with Honors, Executive Master of Business Administration with Honors Degree. Mr. Hanna is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. Mr. Hanna was elected as ASCE Vice President-Program for 2017- UAE Chapter.
Aly Diab is the Design and Engineering Manager for BK Gulf, the winner of the MEP Middle East Contractor of the year award in 2015. Aly has an extensive engineering and design management experience working on major construction projects both in the UK and Middle East. He worked on the Heathrow Terminal 5 Rail projects and the new Heathrow Terminal 2 Concourse B project with Balfour Beatty and currently leading the Engineering and BIM Department for BK Gulf.
Aly is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), he is also a Chartered Manager and Member of the Chartered Management Institute. He conducted research into engineering and project management including off-site fabrication at the University of Manchester where he was awarded his Masters and Doctorate degrees. He judged the UK IET Built Environment Innovation awards in 2011 and 2012 and was a Member of the Big 5 advisory panel in 2015. He is currently member of CIBSE UAE Technical Committee.’
Muhammad is an experienced construction professional who has engaged clients and supervised design and construction teams. He has spearheaded and managed the first client-driven implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the UAE which mandated the use of BS1192, a process for the “Collaborative Production of Architectural, Engineering and Construction Information”.
Muhammad believes that in addition to early client engagement, a sound understanding of sustainable construction management practice is crucial to ensuring that implementations of BIM and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) are successful and produce high performing assets. Muhammad has achieved this through working closely with clients and directly managing the design and engineering teams to ensure an integrated and meaningful BIM workflow is achieved.
Chris Seymour is Regional Director for Middle East and South Asia leading Market Strategy and Infrastructure Development at Mott MacDonald....
Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)
Director of Buildings & Facilities Department and RTA BIM Committee Chairman.....
Paul has extensive information management experience and knowledge, based on solid commercial experience.......
Richard has led the global BIM initiative within Mott MacDonald since 2011, working across all sectors....
Alan is the Director of Built Environment Professional Groups and has more than 30 years’ experience in construction....
Drake & Scull International PJSC
Mr. Wael Allan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI)....
Charles is the Founder and Managing Director of taka solutions....
Charles is Associate Director, Immersive Technologies, UAE & Oman at Aecom and has 15 years’ experience in construction....
Laura Smagin, Digital Information Manager Specialist in BIM, is a business change management specialist....
Alexander is an Associate Director at AECOM, heading up the BIM Centre in the UAE and Oman....
Alan is a Project Director and Regional BIM Manager at Arcadis, based out of the company’s Dubai office.....
With over 11 years of hands-on BIM execution experience - Arsen is the BIM Manager of ALEC....
Ben Corrigan is the CEO and Founder of Bluehaus Group and Bluehaus Engineering....
Trans Gulf Electromechanical
With over 40 years of MEP design & coordination experience....
Turner & Townsend (CIOB)
Etienne is a Senior BIM Consultant at Turner & Townsend....
China State Construction (CSCEC)
Mansour has 14 years of Construction experience and construction....
Pavithran is the BIM &Design Director at Multiplex, with more than 28 years....
Scott Coombes is a Director at AESG, a firm recognized as one of the region’s leading specialist....
Biography – Shaun Pearson RIBA, Head of Design & Engineering....
HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar
Christoph Weber is the Managing Director of HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar....
HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar
Dr. Racha Chahrour is a BIM Project Manager at HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar....
Vishal is a Project Manager within the JLL Project and Development Services team for the Middle East....
Mr. Hanna joined Emaar Properties in April 2010, as the Director of Operations for The Dubai Fountain.......
Aly Diab is the Design and Engineering Manager for BK Gulf, the winner of the MEP Middle East Contractor of the year award in 2015.......
Muhammad is an experienced construction professional who has engaged clients and supervised design and construction teams.......
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