16 - 17 April, 2019
ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI

Housing & Social Infrastructure Forum Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 17 April 2019

TRANSFORMING BUILDING PERFORMANCE THROUGH FUTURE TECH

9:30 am - 9:40 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:40 am - 10:00 am EMBRACING TECH - How next-gen digital technologies such as AI and robotics can generate up to 50% more profit in future housing developments

Mohamed Sabah Al Khalaf - Group Chief Information Officer, Dubai Holding, UAE
This session will focus on how real estate and the construction industry focus on latest technologies like AI and robotics to facilitate faster and safer construction methods.

  • How is future tech impacting real estate construction processes
  • Insight into how investment today on technologies can deliver strong ROI for the future
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Mohamed Sabah Al Khalaf

Group Chief Information Officer
Dubai Holding, UAE

10:00 am - 10:20 am INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT: Is AI the answer to minimising energy consumption levels when cooling buildings in the Middle East?

This session will review the various cooling strategies and the role of Artificial Intelligence in driving down energy consumption levels and avoiding high maintenance and repairs.

  • How can AI improve district cooling plants through enhanced monitoring of water flow during cooling processes
  • Exploring the opportunity for AI and local sensors to drive predictive maintenance and repair cost reduction through early fault detection in HVAC systems

10:20 am - 10:50 am Going beyond day-to-day operations management in Building Management System (BMS) and moving towards a bigger picture of data visualisation of your overall building performance

Drs. Johan J. H. Beth - Advisor to H.E. The Minister, Ministry of Housing, Kingdom of Bahrain
Hashim Saeed - Group Head of Information Technology, AZIZI Group, UAE
Whilst many companies have adopted BMS, the true value of understanding the entire data coming from equipment and systems that consume energy in your building is still missing. The key objective now is to be able to use this data far more effectively to drive operations and maintenance strategies that deliver better energy-efficient and eco-friendly buildings.

  • Understanding how BMS data can drive predictive maintenance efficiency including fault detection to extend the life of equipment
  • How to utilise building analytics and intelligent building controls to identify building inefficiencies and cost savings
  • Using building data to improve the comfort for tenant through enhanced thermal and air quality as well as better lighting for healthier buildings
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Drs. Johan J. H. Beth

Advisor to H.E. The Minister, Ministry of Housing
Kingdom of Bahrain

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Hashim Saeed

Group Head of Information Technology
AZIZI Group, UAE

10:50 am - 11:20 am COFFEE BREAK

11:20 am - 11:50 am FUTURE FORESIGHT: Exploring the future of smart homes to support the modern day connected lifestyle

Bharat Gautam - Head of Information Security, Damac Properties, UAE
With as many as up to 500 smart devices connecting peoples homes to their lives, property developers need to stay ahead of the advancing smart home trends. With temperature controlled smart devices, smart doorbells, and smart kitchen appliances; smart everything, what will homes look like in the next 10years and how should we prepare for it?

  • What is driving the smart homes market and how ready is the middle east to embrace such advancements
  • How can smart applications improve resident safety and security
  • Connected community housing, is this where we are heading?
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Bharat Gautam

Head of Information Security
Damac Properties, UAE

RETROFITTING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY & FUTURE-PROOFING YOUR BUILDINGS

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Developing a sustainable retrofit programme. paving the way towards achieving billion dollar savings in carbon dioxide, water and electricity consumption

Dr. Arvind Varshney - Head of Smart Cities Mission Management Unit, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India
The importance of retrofitting is dramatically on the rise as more governments identify retrofitting of older buildings as a key component to reducing waste and energy consumption concerns in the region.

In the UAE, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has set the goal of reducing energy demand by 30% before the end of 2030.

  • Insight into regional retrofitting plans and targets to upgrade existing buildings to new standards
  • Understand the regulation and procurement criteria when selecting sustainable materials and efficient systems
  • Insight into the recurring retrofitting needs and future opportunities in lighting, water reusage, facades and HVAC to dramatically improve building performance, fire safety and comfort for occupants
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Dr. Arvind Varshney

Head of Smart Cities Mission Management Unit
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm ONSTAGE INTERVIEW: The future looks bright for smart lighting. How to reduce energy consumption by up to 35% through new lighting technologies

Moving away from the regular socket and bulb relationship, welcome to the era of connected wireless lighting. It connects directly to the device via wifi enhancing user experience saving on energy. With the advanced techniques of dimming or making the lights bright as and when needed, this helps control energy and power consumption. Houses, buildings and communities are shifting to adapt to the smart lighting catering to the global need of sustainability.

  • What can owners do to make sure that smart lighting is a catalyst to drive and become a more sustainable community?
  • Is there scope for connected solar lighting as a part of enhanced energy efficiency?
Buildings are said to consume 30-40% of the physical resources, according to their environment. With the increased focus and need to improve the environments we live in, green building materials and new technologies have become popular within construction of buildings and specifying the right components at planning stage can have significant consequences for your carbon emissions.
Key question. What are the latest innovations in building materials that can impact your energy scoring?

  • Reviewing the LEED certification standards and how material selection and their components have an impact on human health and the environment
  • What can contractors do to facilitate the efficiency within buildings?
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Sarfraz Dairkee

Secretary to the Board
Emirates Green Building Council

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Dr. Arvind Varshney

Head of Smart Cities Mission Management Unit
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS

WORKSHOP A

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PREPARING FOR 5G
Exploring the opportunities of 5G connectivity for new services

WORKSHOP B

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CYBER SECURITY IN CITY AND HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE
Innovations in cyber security and how to improve cyber hygiene in your department

WORKSHOP C

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm HYBRID CLOUD AND THE CITY
Examining the power of the virtual cloud in enabling seamless service delivery

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm MEGA CITY INFRASTRUCTURE WORLD STARTUP PITCHES

As per the new knowledge economy policy, Dh300 billion is available in the adoption of science, technology and innovation out of which 6 billion is available for innovation incubators.

Mega City StartUps will be a benchmark for startup acceleration for city planners. It will be the grass root innovation incubator and accelerator for mega city developments. It will leverage from Mega City Infrastructure World’s powerful government and business partnerships to enable innovative startups connect and find an execution path for their ideas.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm NETWORKING DRINKS AND MATCHMAKING SESSION

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm CLOSE OF DAY TWO