Discover the major upcoming high-rise building projects in Saudi Arabia

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: Hear from the award winning construction experts who worked on iconic megatall, tall building & high-rise projects in Middle East.


Event Overview

As part of the GM Events' Construction series, The High-rise Projects KSA will bring in regional stakeholders and international service providers to discuss best and worst practices in design and construction of high-rise, tall, megatall and skyscrapers in the Kingdom. The High-rise Projects KSA Forum will also unveil a wide range of new building solutions, innovations and equipment used to deliver world class projects on time. The event will cover all aspects of construction, from design through execution and will host practical sessions with implementable takeaways.The event will be inaugurated by Eng. Thabet Mubarek Al-Sawyeed, the Governor of The Saudi Contractors Authority.

Market Overview

The rapid growth of the Saudi population and urbanization are driving the urban construction sector and are raising the need for high-rise buildings across several cities in the Kingdom. As an effort to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy and to achieve some of the Vision 2030 goals, Saudi aims to grow the real estate sector’s contribution to GDP from 5 percent to 10 percent by 2030. The value of awarded contracts in Saudi Arabia's construction sector in 2019 will amount to $44.1 billion.

Furthermore, the Saudi Contractors Authority was formed recently to regulate the kingdom’s contractor industry and to increase mergers and acquisitions in a market. New opportunities for service providers are created as some of the key projects are rekindled by repurposing and fast-tracking to meet the community requirements. The Kingdom currently has over 75 active high-rise, tall & megatall buildings and skyscrapers under various phases of construction.


Event in Numbers

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200+ Attendees

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40+ High-rise projects represented

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30+ Speakers

exhibitors

20+ Exhibitors


 
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5 Project showcases

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3 Case studies

one-to-one-business-meeting

100+ One-to-one business meetings


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Who Should Attend


Developers & owners


Consultants

  • * Project management consultants
  • *Vertical transportation consultants
  • * MEP consultants
  • * HVAC consultants
  • * Cost consultants
  • * Façade consultants
  • * Building technology consultants

Architectural & design firms


Engineering

  • * Structural engineering
  • * Geo technical engineering
  • * Civil engineering
  • * Wind engineering
  • * MEP engineering
  • * HVAC engineering
  • * Acoustic engineering

 

Contractors

  • * Main contractors
  • * MEP contractors
  • * HVAC contractors

Fabricators


Fire & life safety

 

Agenda

Time
Activity
08:00 Registration, refreshments and networking
08:45 Conference inauguration
08:50 Welcome note by the conference session chair

Kyle E. Krall, Senior Principal & UAE Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Creating iconic structures of the Kingdom 
09:00 Keynote presentation by

Eng. Thabet Mubarek Al-Sawyeed, Governor, Saudi Contractors Authority
09:30 Opening panel discussion: Creating the Kingdom’s iconic structures and upcoming projects
  • Creating architectural marvels & identity
  • Future of high-rise projects in Saudi Arabia
  • Innovations in façade and façade lighting for creating landmark buildings
Moderator:
Kyle E. Krall, Senior Principal & UAE Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti

Panellists:
Basem Al-Shihabi, Chairman & Managing Director, Omrania
Jan Henckens, Associate, Senior Manager, General Manager (Riyadh Branch), Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
Eng. Ahmad AlAboudi, Vice-governor, Saudi Contractors Authority
10:00 Reducing the impact of high-rise buildings on the environment through urban planning
  • Analysing the massive contribution of tall buildings to inner city density 
  • Building vertical cities around existing and upgraded infrastructure to serve more tenants to reduce environmental impact by minimizing footprint
  • Establishing the relationship between ‘street’ and the high-rise buildings to improve the liveability

Firas Hnoosh, RIBA, LEED AP, Design Director and Tall Buildings Specialist, NOA
10:20 High Rise Buildings – the Concrete Challenge
  • Pumping challenges and ease of construction – pumping processes and concrete mix design.
  • Control of the thermal cracking of large foundation slabs – main factors and solutions.
  • Sustainability – Durable environmentally friendly concrete and long service life.

Chris Leptokaridis, Technical and R&D Director, Saudi Readymix
10:40 Networking coffee break
11:10 Innovation and future of engineering
  • Avoiding over designing while innovating
  • Improving efficiency of structures
  • Adding lifecycle of the building
  • Usage or 3D printing in tall buildings

Kyle E. Krall, Senior Principal & UAE Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti
11:30 Towards an efficient structural design of tall buildings
  • Structural Issues affecting tall buildings design
  • Jeddah Tower, Jeddah, KSA: Key structural design items
  • Coupling beam design
  • Vertical shortening analysis
  • Central Business District, Cairo, Egypt: Overview and structural behaviour of iconic tower
  • A case study of an under construction skybridge in the new central district, Cairo
Dr. Hatem AlShaikh, Senior Associate, Head of Design Unit, Dar Al Handasah Shair & Partners
Dr. Tarek Hassan, Senior Associate, Head of Design Unit, Dar Al Handasah Shair & Partners
Vertical transportation systems and design
Session chair: Richard Roberts, Director, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Lerch Bates
12:00 We elevate smart urban mobility solutions

  • PORT Technology – seamless movement through a building
  • Schindler AHEAD – Internet of Elevators & Escalators
  • Schindler Installation technology – Slim Climb Lift & and robotic outlook called R.I.S.E.
Sven Rau, Business Development Manager, Schindler
12:20 Vertical Transportation: It’s not all Analyses

  • Stack Effect
  • Piston Effect
  • High Wind
  • Emergency Evacuation in Supertall and Megatall
  • Cultural Expectations
Richard Roberts, Director, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Lerch Bates
12:40 A new urban mobility
  • In 2014 thyssenkrupp Elevator introduced the ropeless multicabin-system MULTI, transforming an industry
  • With no ropes attached, horizontal movement and new heights will be realized for the first time in the elevator industry
  • This new and revolutionary elevator solutions will change and transforms buildings and cities of the future
Prof. Michael Cesarz, Chief Executive Officer, thyssenkrupp Elevator MULTI
13:00 Welcome by Lunch host: Alumil Middle East DMCC
13:05 Networking luncheon
14:00 Design issues covering vertical transportation for high-rise and tall buildings

Anand Sivan, Managing Director, Barker Mohandas Vertical Transportation Consultants
14:30 Vertical transportation panel discussion: Cross-discipline requirements for VT design
  • Understanding how structural, MEP, fire & life safety, acoustics and VT design affect each other
  • Solving some of the complex cross-discipline issues
  • Latest innovation and developments in the VT systems and design

Moderator:
Richard Roberts, Director, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Lerch Bates

Panellists:
Dr. Tarek Hassan, Senior Associate, Head of Design Unit, Dar Al Handasah Shair & Partners
Anand Sivan, Managing Director, Barker Mohandas Vertical Transportation Consultants
Paul Schwarz, Technical Director, Dubai Acoustic Research Laboratory
15:00
Roundtable discussions


Roundtable 1: Sustainability through design and engineering

Dr. Ioannis Spanos, Regional Manager – Building Services, Sustainability and Environmental Services Division, KEO International Consultants


Roundtable 2: Shaftwall design and construction in high-rise buildings

Karim Mansour, Specification Lead, USG Boral Middle East


Roundtable 3: Bioclimatic tall buildings

  • New trends of sustainable tall building design 
  • Relying on environmental solutions in design and operation 
  • Ideas, Vertical layouts, Wind effects, Sustainability of tall buildings 

Dr. Abdel Rahman Elbakheit, Associate Professor, Architecture and Planning, King Saud University 


Interested in moderating & leading one of the roundtable discussions?
Email us at partnerships@gmevents.ae
15:45 Closing remarks by the conference session chair

Richard Roberts, Director, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Lerch Bates
15:50 End of day one

Time
Activity
08:00 Registration, refreshments and networking
08:45 Welcome note by the conference session chair

Hrvoje Cindrić, Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup
Beyond striking architecture
09:00 Building KSA specific high-rises that works better for Saudi cities 
  • What are the opportunities in the market? 
  • Rethinking vertical cities in arid environments 
  • Adopting strategies that combine technological innovation with locally adapted and climatically appropriate solutions
  • Strategies and case-studies

Hrvoje Cindrić, Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup
09:20 Sustainability panel discussion: Tower design engagement with the city and social sustainability
  • Urban Sprawl Continues to scar the natural landscape, and with it the environment, the liveability and efficiency of the city
  • Vertical Density: As metropolises continue to densify, high-rise towers will play an integral role in the dynamic evolution of our future urban landscapes.  At one level Towers represent Wealth, Influence, Supremacy
  • Climate appropriate design solutions to create sustainable and liveable cities & locally adapted climate-specific design solutions
  • Appropriate materials selection for sustainable construction
  • Role of smart solutions and intelligent solutions in improving building performance and sustainability 
  • Designing intelligent buildings and public spaces that can meet the needs of people in changing climate
  • The social impact of the contemporary tower typologies
Moderator:
Firas Hnoosh, RIBA, LEED AP, Design Director and Tall Buildings Specialist, NOA

Panellists:
BasemAl-Shihabi, Chairman & Managing Director, Omrania
Hrvoje Cindrić, Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup
Kourosh Salehi, Design Director, LWK + PARTNERS
Francis Porter, Senior Sustainability Managers, KEO International Consultants
Mark Lavery, Director, BuroHappold Engineering | Structures
09:50 Experiences with the challenges of large scale developments.

  • Examples of innovation through fast track projects
  • Case studies of sophisticated High-rise buildings, One Za’abeel and The Dorchester
  • Applied sustainable and integrated construction methods
  • Examples of synergies and inspiration between different geographical regions
  • Authoities and administration handling of large developments

Jens Fussing, Technical Director – Buildings, BG&E International Consulting Engineers
10:10 Designing high performance MEP systems for tall buildings
  • Improving co-ordination across disciplines
  • Overcoming procurement and material storage issues
  • Use of advanced design technologies for improved accuracy and efficiency 

Mohamed Elweshahy, MEP Director, Shomoul Holding
10:30 Presentation

Hubert-Jean Gatez, Business development Manager, Daikin
10:50 Networking coffee break
11:20 Design Quality - The architect’s challenge: from paper to reality

Jan Henckens, Associate, Senior Manager, General Manager (Riyadh Branch), Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
11:40 Climate Emergency declarations from Architects and Engineers in UK 

  • Call to action from all connected to the industry
  • What we should all be considering on all projects
  • Looking at whole life-cycle carbon, and the responsibilities of all in our response to climate emergency when building our new homes, offices and infrastructure
  • The responsibility for integrated, multi-disciplinary responses to sustainable design
Mark Lavery, Director, BuroHappold Engineering | Structures
Façades design and engineering for creating landmark buildings
Session chair: Benjamin Beer, Associate Director, Head of Façades, Ramboll Middle East
12:00 Façade Engineering for the World’s Tallest Towers – Challenges & Solutions 

  • Fire safety engineering for high-rise façades as top priority
  • Handling high wind pressures while ensuring economic façade design
  • Importance of site QA/QC to ensure functional and safe façades
Benjamin Beer, Associate Director, Head of Façades, Ramboll Middle East
12:20 Iconic façade project case-study: Sky View, Dubai
  • A twin-tower development with a three level skybridge and skywalk observation deck
  • Designing an easy to build and cost-efficient facade for high-rises while ensuring the same aesthetic result?
Sergi Castel, Director, Koltay Facades
12:40 Does a fire test lead to a fire safe cladding?
  • Why are building claddings catching fire?
  • 3 Steps to ensure a fire safe cladding

Abhishek Chhabra, Market Development Manager, Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants
13:00 Networking luncheon
14:00 Façade panel discussion: Energy efficiency, safety and running costs of building envelopes

  • Understanding the user comfort, energy use & running cost of façades
  • Constructability of façades and their efficiency
  • Fire safety, risk assessment and management 
  • Making façade maintenance easier and cost efficient 

Moderator:
Benjamin Beer, Associate Director, Head of Façades, Ramboll Middle East

Panellists: Paul Schwarz, Technical Director, Dubai Acoustic Research Laboratory
Robert Davies, Head of Specialist Services, Middle East, WSP
Sergi Castel, Director, Koltay Facades
14:30 Fire & life safety design approach and the key challenges for high-rise buildings.

Robert Davies, Head of Specialist Services, Middle East, WSP
14:50 Material selection for efficient design and construction of tall buildings 
  • Selecting suitable structural material to produce efficient structures
  • Integrating Steel with Concrete.
  • Case studies discussing selection of materials.

Ahmed Osman, Managing Principal, DeSimone Consulting Engineers
15:10 Open discussion: Ending some of the worst practices in the industry
  • Handling shortage of specialized workforce
  • How to improve the performance of the project execution? 
  • Avoiding delays and cost overflow by learning from previous mistakes 
  • Importance of co-ordination with all the project stakeholders 
  • Building customer centric designs & making high-rise child and elderly friendly

15:45 Closing remarks by the conference director

Arvind Shekar, Conference Director, Great Minds Event Management
16:00 End of conference

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