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DOHA - QATAR CONFERENCE
(May 23, 2012)


The Venue...
Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel is conveniently located on the shoreline of the new West Bay Lagoon district. Most suites & rooms feature balconies or terraces taking in breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. Minutes away from the city financial and commercial centre, places of cultural and historical interest.

The MEP Middle East: Qatar Forum 2012 saw 194 senior construction professionals and government representatives gather at the Grand Hyatt in Doha.

The MEP Middle East: Qatar Forum was host to not only some of the world’s most renowned companies in the sector, but also the individuals who are at the forefront of its progress. With an unparalleled level of cumulative experience, the conference offered a platform to discuss and generate ideas to provide further solutions to the sector and contribute to Qatar’s overall development.

The conference focus ranged from how to enhance the use of renewable energy such as solar, through to the application of cooling technology and the integration of MEP to ensure the efficiency of buildings and city structures. Other main themes discussed were HVAC and infrastructure planning.

The opening address was delivered by Eng. Hamad Ali Al-Abdulmalik, Building Projects Director and Acting City Operation Director of Lusail. He spoke on how the early involvement of the relevant authorities is essential to delivering innovative MEP design solutions in Qatar. In his opening address he explained how the role of MEP consultants has evolved to provide more integrated services, and now requires the heavy integration of different systems.

“As we get more advanced in technology and become more demanding of new technology, we face more challenges to use this technology,” he said. He went on to discuss the infrastructure developments at Lusail, including one of the longest utility tunnels in the world.

In the sessions leading up to lunch the focus was on solar power where many of the region’s experts gathered to discuss its viability in the region and how it will play a role in the cooling of the World Cup stadiums.

The afternoon sessions were dedicated to discussing the topic of sustainability and increasing energy efficiency, from design to operation of buildings. The final panel discussion of the day took on the subject of healthy buildings, overcoming the challenges of delivering buildings that are safe, and how to effectively handle health risks associated with air quality, sewage, and fire safety.

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SPEAKERS INCLUDED:

Lawton Loraine, CEO, INOX Arabia
Loraine has more than 38 years of experience in the Construction Industry. He formed the first foreign owned construction company in Spain in 1983. He formed Inox Arabia in 2007 in the United Arab Emirates, advising architects and consultants from all over the World including Foster and partners, KEO and Cracknell along with regional municipalities. The firm specializes in the fabrication of stainless steel components for the construction industry. Among many high-profile clients, the most prominent is the Burj Khalifa project in Dubai.

Hamad Ali Al-Abdulmalik, Building Projects Director & Acting City Operation Director, Lusail
David Crowder, Head of MEP, Atkins
Kailash Chandra, Senior Technical Manager, KIMMCO
Murat Aydemir, General Manager, Viessmann Middle East
Mohamed Elweshahy, MEP Manager (Qatar), Hill International
Lee Hosking, Head of Architecture (Middle East), ARUP
Mohamed Elweshahy, MEP Manager (Qatar), Hill International
George Kenich, Head of Infrastructure and MEP, ALDAR
Paul Allen, Technical Director, Red Engineering
Steven Humphrey, Head of Programme Cost Consultancy, Davis Langdon
Heath Andersen, Director, Building Services, Ramboll Middle East
Chandy Mistry, Senior Mechanical Engineer (Education City), KEO
Hassan Ali Sultan, President, ASHRAE
Martin Hay, Associate Director – Buildings, AECOM
Hani Hawamdeh, General Manager – Pre-Contract Services, AEB
Dr.Esam El-Sarrag, Research Manager, GORD
William Skidmore, Editor, Construction Week Qatar

DELEGATES

The MEP Qatar Forum attracted close to 200 qualified delegates representing contractors, developers, engineering and architectural consultants and senior representatives from government. A breakdown of the delegates can be found below:

194 conference delegates comprising of:

34% – MEP contractors
28% – Architects, engineering professionals and consultants
11% – C-level executives/Managing Directors/President
15% – Product suppliers and service providers
9% – Government Representatives
3% – Others (i.e. Bankers, Lawyers)

“The MEP Middle East Conference 2012 was well organised by the team and attracted a good mix of presentations, covering a broad range of companies across the property infrastructure, utilities and environment sectors. It offered a unique platform to discuss and present views from various perspectives across the contraction supply chain (legal, contractors, consultants, and clients) and to generate ideas to provide solutions to the MEP sector on the most important issues to Qatar’s overall development.”
Toufic Hawat, PhD, Regional Director, M-E Engineers, Inc.

“It was a great experience to attend the MEP Qatar Forum 2012 where so many experts and leaders shared their knowledge with us. It was inspiring to hear of the initiatives and the awareness in Qatar towards adopting non-conventional sources of energy like solar power and to better conserve energy. I believe that quality of engineering and execution greatly improves with conferences like these being held.”
Vishwanath Iyer, Sr. Electrical Engineer, Qatar Design Consortium

“The 2012 MEP Conference in Doha was a huge success and arguably one of the best conferences I have attended while in the MENA region. The ITP team did a stellar job of organising the event and ensuring high-quality, relevant speakers and topics that translate directly in to better practices and knowledge transfer. The topics were relevant to the challenges faced by the industry, and gave insight into how the companies are delivering in this environment. The moderator did a great job controlling the timing and presentation quality which is something many of the events in the region lack, a small detail that speaks volumes about the event, organisers and ITP as a whole. The ITP team is very dedicated and it was good to meet and speak with the people behind the event. I look forward to the next event and contributing our experience in integrated practices and technology integration in the design, construction and operation industries.”
Charles Blaschke, MEP BIM Manager, iTech

“The MEP Qatar Forum 2012 was a platform for both engineers and design professionals to come together to discuss many aspects of the current needs and factors that the industry must address to ensure that we keep pushing the standards of both design and construction in the development of the region. What was most notable was the common sense approach to use more accurate design tools and to steer away from assumption calculation methods to allow the whole team to deliver more efficient schemes for our clients. The collaborative approach and participation of the audience really set the agenda for great future working relationships between all team members of a project that I feel will give all who attended a valuable benefit.”
Nigel Eckersall, Project Director, Tangram Architects and Designers

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