Event preview: Smart Infrastructure Summit, Dubai

Big Project ME will be holding its first ever Smart Infrastructure Summit on April 26, 2017 at the Habtoor Grand Hotel

The Smart Infrastructure Summit, taking place on 26 April at Habtoor Grand JBR Hotel, Dubai, is the premier event for discussing the opportunities and challenges of developing world-class infrastructure that maximises efficiency and creates high-quality services for end users in the region.

Experts and business leaders from the UAE’s construction industry are poised to network, brainstorm and discuss innovative ideas for developing connected infrastructure that uses the latest technologies, platforms and materials to improve performance. Delegates who attend will hear directly from government entities, developers, project owners, consultants and contractors, as well as specialist engineering consultancies.

From transport and logistics, from energy to critical power and water assets, national-level investment priorities such as UAE’s Vision 2021, Qatar World Cup 2022 and Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Programme 2020 are driving an unprecedented level of infrastructure investment.

This is a cross-industry conference that will encourage knowledge sharing between leading mobility, utility, municipal and real estate sector developers in the UAE. The summit will address key issues such as developing common standards, improving efficiency through data analytics and demonstrating the ROI of smart technology investments.

Organisations such as the RTA, Emaar and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development will discuss the future of major projects in the region and how to ensure the UAE rises to the challenge of developing and maintaining world-class infrastructure to maintain its position as an international hub for business, real estate and tourism.

Sustainability will be a key theme throughout the conference, and a morning panel including Abu Dhabi Municipality, DEWA and SEWA will discuss innovative technologies to meet National Vision 2021’s goals for reducing energy consumption and ideas for the better use of the country’s resources.

An exclusive presentation from Hyperloop One will follow an interesting discussion on the future prospects for smart mobility in the GCC. Andy Noorigan, Head of Business Intelligence for the US-based mass transit innovator, will discuss the potential role of Hyperloop in the transformation of transportation in the region and the role of smart mobility in unlocking economic growth.

A panel on mixed-use developments will feature business leaders from Emaar, Drake & Scull and ALEC, with a key focus on differentiation for real estate and retail. Specifically, they will discuss how developers in the region can build compelling value propositions through the use of IoT technologies. The session will also look at opportunities from a cost-saving perspective.

The event is free for delegates to attend but limited to 200 seats, which are exclusively available to construction professionals. The summit will effectively serve those seeking to gain invaluable and exclusive insight into the strategies for developing the next phase of infrastructure projects in the GCC.

Event sponsors include AECOM, Hill International and Parsons, and the summit is officially endorsed by Hyperloop One and MESIA. Delegates can earn CPD points for attending sessions, in conjunction with conference knowledge partner the Chartered Institute of Building. Other knowledge partners include the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and architecture and engineering consultancy LACASA.

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