Creating a viable BIM
mandate for the AEC industry
in the Middle East

23 – 25 Nov 2020
Nov 23

Day 1

10:00 UAE

Project Delivery

How companies can utilise BIM to ensure business continuity, while remote working in a rapidly changing environment

The first day of the Virtual ME BIM Summit will focus on how companies have streamlined their project delivery approach and improved collaboration, despite being constrained by having employees and project teams work from home and be away from site. Experts will discuss how virtual systems and cloud-based platforms have been crucial to managing this change and have actually helped to improve efficiencies and performance, as compared to more traditional approaches.

Moderator: Nicky Dobreanu, Business Development Board Member and Dubai Hub Committee Member, CIOB


  • David Glennon, Digital Delivery Director, The Red Sea Development Company
  • Juan Tena Florez, Regional Digital Design Manager, KEO International Consultants
  • Suhail Arfath, Director, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Hloov
  • Wissam Hijazi, Director, Virtual Design and Construction Services, EllisDon


Virtual Presentation

Herman van Eeden of RIB Software provides a presentation about how to bring cost plans to life using BIM revisions

Nov 24

Day 2

10:00 UAE

A Viable BIM Mandate

Current circumstances have pushed the need for a viable BIM mandate for the AEC industry to the forefront.

Our experts will debate the critical need for a viable BIM mandate to be established for the AEC industry, emphasising that current circumstances have urgently increased the need for greater transparency and openness across a project’s workflow, no matter the software tools being utilised. This discussion will also focus on creating a common language for processes, which will allow the industry and governments to procure projects with transparent commercial engagement, compare service evaluation and assured data quality.

Moderator: Prakash Senghani, Director, Head of Digital Delivery, JLL


  • Alex Albani, Professor of Architecture, American University of Dubai
  • Anas Bataw, Director, Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction, Herriot-Watt University Dubai
  • Cathal McGee, Senior Project Manager, iTech Engineering
  • Herman van Eeden, Senior Consultant, RIB


Virtual Presentation

Engineer Noora Nabil Bin Haider from Dubai Municipality will be providing an in depth look at Dubai’s BIM Roadmap for Building Construction

Nov 25

Day 3

10:00 UAE
Utilisation of

Geomatics and BIM

Utilising drones, GPS and laser scanning technologies to unlock the true value of BIM

This is an exciting discussion about how these disparate technologies can be combined with BIM to create in-depth and informed models that will not only make progress on site easier, but will also help shape the way we plan, design, build and engineer structures, cities and infrastructure networks in the future. Experts will focus on how technology can be an enabler for BIM, allowing it to be implemented throughout the process, from design office software, through to connected instruments on the construction site.

Moderator: Dr Fadi Bayoud, Founder and Director, Strategic Anchors


  • Arsen Safaryan, Head of BIM and Digital Construction, ALEC
  • Hisham Laila, AR/VR Digital Specialist, EllisDon
  • Rabih Bou Rashid, Managing Director, FEDS Drone Powered Solutions
  • Suhas Jadhal, Senior Product Manager – AEC, Hexagon PPM


Virtual Presentation

Graham Wirth of 12D Model provides a presentation about Digital Transformation in the Civil Infrastructure industry


Virtual Presentation

Rouba Zantout of Khatib & Alami presents a case study about K&A’s reality model in Oman, which integrates Bentley Context Capture with Esri technology