Sunday 3 July 2022

Construction Technology Festival ends on successful note

DUBAI, 21 days ago

The fifth edition of the Construction Technology Festival (CTF) ended on a successful note in Dubai with leading regional heavyweights in the field of architecture, engineering and construction discussing key industry issues. 
Held at The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, CTF saw more than 500 leading industry experts put the spotlight on digitalisation and sustainability and also the use of new-age technology such as Digital Twins, Internet Of Things (IoT), Drones and Metaverse.
Some of the key highlights of the event were sessions with 150+ speakers, the launch of PropTech Festival and the ConTech Awards, said the organisers. 
150+ renowned speakers
The influential speakers at these sessions included top officials from The Red Sea Development Company, Roshn, Dubai Municipality, Damac Properties, Deyaar, Saudi Aramco, who discussed key matters related to changing industry practices, including digital transformation, virtual construction, modern methods of construction.
These regional heavyweights also discussed ways to decarbonise the built environment, migrating to the cloud, and many more engaging topics. 
During the two-day event, the participants enjoyed networking and also made use of the opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals. 
The CTF also hosted the first PropTech Festival to bring together the entire value chain to focus on how technology can be better scaled across each discipline. 
Highlighting digital asset management, property management, facility and community management, the attendees learned about how digital innovations could increase asset value, reduce operational costs and deliver better experiences for end-users. 
Exploring 10+ digital disciplines
The Festival took a deep dive into 10+ digital disciplines, including Digital Twins, Internet Of Things (IoT), Drones, Machine Learning, the Metaverse, Gamification, ERP implementation and many more solutions.
On the last day of the festival, Katie Briggs, Show Director at CTF and Partner at b2b Connect, said; "It was a delight to host, introduce and interact with the AEC industry’s digital advocates."
"CTF is firmly establishing itself as the region’s annual platform to help the industry collaborate in delivering assets faster, greener and more cost-efficiently," she added.
Construction Technology Awards 2022
A major highlight was The Construction Technology Awards 2022 which recognised the best-in-class people, projects and organisations that have embraced digitalisation and sustainability and are now reaping the benefits. The winners in different categories were:
*Bim Project of The Year - Seaworld Abu Dhabi; Miral Asset Management
*Digital transformation of the year - Sobha Facades
*Digital transformation of the year (highly commended) - Aramco - Project Management Office Department
*Digital project of the year- The Storm - Dubai Hills Indoor Coaster (Cundall)
*Digital Twin Project of The Year - Dubai Digital Twin Project (Dubai Municipality)
 *Digital Twin Project of The Year (highly commended) - Adnoc Al Yasat IWC (Kent)
*Digital Design Organisation of the Year - Cundall
*BIM Organisation of the Year - Khatib & Alami
*BIM Organisation of the Year (highly commended) - The Red Sea Development Company 
*Startup of the Year - Hypertunnel Limited
*Offsite Project of the year - Turtle Bay Hotel and Coastal Village residential buildings at Red Sea Project (Dubox)
*Technology for Good Award - Downtown Views II (China State Construction Engineering Corp (Middle East)
*Sustainable Organisation of the year - Cundall
*Consultant of The Year - Mott Macdonald   
*Consultant of The Year (highly commended) - Aecom
*Contractor of the year - China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)   
*Client of the year - ICD Brookfield Place
*Construction Technology Leader of the Year - Prakash Senghani of JLL     
*BIM Champion of the Year - Juan Tena Florez (KEO International Consultants)
*Woman in Contech of The Year - Shilpa Mistry (McCallum) Mott Macdonald
*Construction Technology Rising Star of the Year - Hussein Rida (Khatib & Alami) 
*Digital Construction Hub Award For Project Excellence - The Red Sea Development Company 
Lauding the winners, Sam Stacey, ISCF Challenge Director for Construction, UK Research & Innovation and one of the independent judges at the Awards, said: "Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Construction Technology Awards. I was thrilled to witness the pioneering work taking place by the companies across the region."
"I believe that we are currently seeing an unprecedented revolution in construction. By helping to lead that revolution, those taking part in the Construction Technology Awards are delivering rewards not just for shareholders, but for the planet and its citizens alike. Well done to all!," he added.
After winning three trophies, including the coveted Sustainable Organisation of the year Award, the Cundall team members said: "We are pushing the boundaries of engineering design. For us every project is an opportunity to make a positive impact."
"Using digital tools, we were able to deliver designs that are not only good for clients but also for the environment," he stated.
CTF was backed by Saudi Contractors Authority along with its key sponsors including Oracle Construction & Engineering, Yardi, Urban Surveys, Procore, RIB CCS, Knauf, Milwaukee, Conser Consulting Engineering Services,  Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Polypipe Middle East, Constal, Concr, SenseHawk, Signax Software, Amana, Wakecap, Aksa Power Generation, Tactive Software Systems, PlanRadar, Gulf Construction, Digital Construction Hub, CIOB, and News on Projects.-TradeArabia News Service


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