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.

2017 Speakers

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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2017 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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2017 Speakers

Insights and knowledge sharing for BIM experts by experts


Mott MacDonald

Chris Seymour is Regional Director for Middle East and South Asia leading Market Strategy and Infrastructure Development at Mott MacDonald.....



Mr. Saeed is one of the top development directors with significant experience....


iTech Management Consultancy

BIM Expert responsible for improving current design and construction processes by engaging technologies....



In September Apple put augmented reality in the hands of 500 million people in the new release of iOS 11....


KEO International Consultants

Leads the development and implementation to leverage BIM benefits for KEO. Championing the use of Revit....


Buro Happold

Based in the Middle East for the last 8 years, Craig has a wide and varied engineering background....



Dayesh – B.E.(Hons.) Civil & M.Sc(Hons.) Economics is Director at Techture and has been spearheading lifecycle BIM execution.....


City Diamond Contracting

For more than a decade, Djordje is the Design Manager of City Diamond Contracting in Dubai....


Turner & Townsend

Etienne is a Senior BIM Consultant at Turner & Townsend, within the UAE Technology Division.....


Earth for Sustainable Development (S.A.E)

Mohamed Kotb is a holder of a PhD in Parametric and Computational Design....


KEO International Consultants

Nicky works as a chartered quantity surveyor (MRICS) for C-Quest....


Shapoorji Pallonji International

Nithin is an engineering professional with over 10 years of experience in Middle East construction Industry....



MEA Vice President, Business Technology Services Director....



Sachin Singh is a construction technologist....



As Head of Consulting Services, Suhail Arfath is responsible for developing and delivering....


Bentley Systems

As a qualified Architect and Urban Designer, Vivek Kale practiced....


Godwin Austen Johnson

Zimbabwean Andrew has been an integral part of the GAJ team having joined the company in 2004....



Scott Coombes is a Director at AESG, a firm who specialise in reducing the ecological footprint of the built environment....


China State Construction (CSCEC)

Mansour is the Engineering Director of China State construction Middle East....



Ivar is the driving force behind the phenomenal growth and success of EDGE....


Tamimi Group

Scott is a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer with over 30 years....



Alan has over 30 years experience in construction, specialising in the project....


Naga Architects

Mr Alejandro Silva is currently the BIM Manager at NAGA, with over 20 years of experience in business.....


Naga Architects - Design Architect III / BIM Coordinator

Azzam is a design professional with a Master's degree....


RTA BIM Projects Manager

Wajdi Mereb is a degree-qualified architectural engineer with primary....


Engineering Contracting Company L.L.C.

With overall involvement in the construction industry....



Maged El Hawary has 20 years of successful experience in MENA region and is currently....


Atkins Acuity

Ibrahim is a Chartered Engineer and BIM specialist with over 15 years of experience....



Muhammad Jabakhanji is the Regional Director of EcoDomus.....


Drake & Scull International

Sameer Daoud is responsible for operations and business activities in KSA....


Drake & Scull International

Unnikrishnan Gokulam was a design and project manager with ETA MNE in Abu Dhabi....

2017 Agenda Schedule

08:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

09:30 AM

Welcome Address by Summit Chair

Chris Seymour, Head of Advisory Middle East and South Asia, Mott MacDonald

09:40 AM

Keynote Presentation:

Saeed Al Ramsi, Director of Asset Management Department and Deputy Chairman of the RTA BIM Committee

10:00 AM

Keynote Panel:

Is it time to make BIM deliverables part of construction contracts?

Moderator: Chris Seymour, Head of Advisory Middle East and South Asia, Mott MacDonald

  • Dayesh Jaiswal – director at Techture
  • Etienne Le Roux – senior BIM consultant at Turner & Townsend
  • Mansour Faried – engineering director at China State Construction ME
  • Nour H Kassassir – vice president and Business Technology Services director at Parsons MEA
  • Scott Lambert – head of Construction and Infrastructure at Tamimi Group
  • Sameer Daoud – group chief development officer and managing director at Drake & Scull International
  • Wajdi Mehreb – chief specialist, Asset Management Department at RTA
10:45 AM


BIM and Current Industry Thinking

Vivek Kale, solutions director, ProjectWise Design Integration Product Development, examines how BIM is shaping the way the industry operates and builds


This BIM awareness session is based on the lessons learned from the UK BIM Task Group, Crossrail, Highways England and many of the other visitors to the Bentley BIM Advancement Academy over the years.

You will gain insights into everything needed to understand BIM and how it is key to building a digital future.

    You will discover:
  • Advantages of a “single source of truth” for asset data and information for all parties to share during design, construction, and throughout the lifecycle of assets.
  • How to link stakeholders at all project stages and how to clarify the aspects that need to be considered for a successful project. This improves awareness; gives confidence to evolve; builds maturity; enhances collaboration; and promotes adoption.
  • What is an asset, what is asset management, and how to define an asset management system? You’ll learn how to specify which processes and capabilities should be in place for effective asset management.
  • The importance of outcome-driven procurement and its impact on the future.
11:00 AM


Facilitating Collaboration – Is BIM helping collaboration amongst project stakeholders and where is the process breaking down?

Moderator: Djordje Grujic – design manager at City Diamond Contracting

  • Craig Garret – Project Technology leader at Buro Happold
  • Nithin Thomas – BIM manager at Shapoorji Pallonji International
  • Scott Coombes – director at AESG
  • Suhail Arfath – head of Consulting Services at Autodesk
  • Alan Muse – global director of Built Environment at RICS
  • Alejandro Silva – BIM manager at Naga Architects
11:45 AM

Networking and Refreshment Break

12:00 PM


Can BIM revolutionise Fabrication and Installation in the construction industry?

Moderator: Muhammad Jabakhanji – regional director of EcoDomus

  • Dr Mohamed Kotb – owner and founder of Dimensions International
  • Sachin Singh – Construction technologist at Archcorp Architectural Engineering
  • Suhail Arfath – head of Consulting Services at Autodesk
  • Samer Abudaqqa – Cost Control manager at Engineering Contracting Company
  • Christopher Smeaton – Project BIM manager at InSite
  • Unnikrishnan Vijayan Gokulam – BIM manager at Drake & Scull International
12:45 PM

Presentation: A New Reality

Charles Dunk, associate director, Immersive Technology at AECOM, demonstrates how augmented reality helps reduce construction risk.


In September of 2017, Apple put augmented reality into the hands of 500 million people with the new release of the iOS 11.

Google recently announced a partnership with the virtual reality specialist HTC in a billion-dollar deal. Overlaying the digital world to the real world using smart devices is now easier than ever.

Charles Dunk demonstrates a novel way to engage BIM collaborators using augmented reality and smart devices. Pivoting a data rich spatial model, augmented reality helps designers visualise the developing data set, supports clients to garner investment and helps tenderers understand complex spatial relationships.

AECOM Middle East prototyped a subsurface utility locator for the Expo Village project and Charles will demonstrate on stage how augmented reality reduces construction risk for all stakeholders.

01:00 PM

Networking Lunch

01:45 PM


BIM for Landscape

Christopher Smeaton, BIM manager of Landscape, Urban Planning and Design at InSite, discusses planting within the BIM environment and the pros and cons of providing this information within a 3D model.

He also looks at how landscape architects can achieve their desired outcomes using BIM authoring tools which increase productivity, coordination and visuals.

02:00 PM

Panel Discussion:

How can AEC Firms contribute to Dubai’s Vision for the future?

Moderator: Gavin Davids – editor of Big Project Middle East

  • Asem Zabin – senior BIM engineer at iTech Management Consultancy
  • Andrew Milburn – architect at Godwin Austen Johnson
  • Ivar Krasinki – founding partner and design director at EDGE
  • Azzam Mazen Issa – design architect at Naga Architects
  • Ibrahim Atta-Apau – associate director at Atkins Acuity
  • Maged El Hawary – Project Controls director at ASGC
02:45 PM

Coffee Break

03:00 PM

CPD Presentation:

Success factors for delivering BIM on major programmes

Speaker: Etienne Le Roux – senior BIM consultant at Turner & Townsend


Major programmes are becoming ever more complex, with an increasing number of stakeholders across many projects. Timescales are ambitious and project interfaces are complicated.

However, successful BIM implementation can bring several benefits in terms of communication, coordination and collaboration. This comes with its own challenges and several factors must be considered from the outset.

In this CPD you will learn:

  • Why programmes require a truly collaborative BIM process.
  • The strategic direction and outcomes to be established early on.
  • The standards, processes, technology and culture that can enable successful delivery.
  • The challenges to prepare for and pitfalls to avoid.

03:20 PM

CPD Presentation:


Speaker: Nicky Dobreanu – senior Cost & Project consultant at C-Quest


This CPD session will cover the process of applying costs to 3D models. This task is rather time consuming for QSs when working in a 2D environment. As 3D BIM workflows become established within the construction industry, QSs will be required the ability to deal with 3D models and know how estimating from the 3D models fits in with the BIM supply chain.

In such an environment, QSs can participate in data exchange from the outset, rather than working in isolation to offer cost advice or takeoff quantities. This enables QSs to better collaborate with the entire construction chain, including project teams.

QSs can focus on the clients’ needs more effectively, which results in a higher quality project overall. The automatic generation of quantities provides a faster, more accurate tool to analyse data and provide better advice, allowing QSs to explore ways of improving building design, efficiency, performance and cost.

03:40 PM

CPD Presentation:

BIM for Business Management

Speaker: Alan Muse – global director of Built Environment at RICS


Much of the debate on BIM continues to be design-centric. Whilst design is obviously important, clients will only see the real benefit of BIM when project, cost and asset management information for decision-making is seamlessly integrated into BIM models. What is the current state of play with these issues and is there any evidence that benefits for clients in these areas are being realised? What standards and guidance are being developed that will develop business management in BIM? How will this develop with the advent of Level 3 BIM?

These questions will be addressed in the presentation to show how project, cost and facilities managers, as the business managers of construction, can utilise BIM to improve their service, and general industry performance, in an area that is critical to clients and governments. Business results will ultimately determine the success of BIM.

04:00 PM

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.


Registration now closed

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Sheena Sapsford
Marketing Manager

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Middle East BIM Summit 2017

Sponsors & Partners

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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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