A panel of speakers at one of the CTF sessions.

The fifth edition of the Construction Technology Festival (CTF) ended on a successful note in Dubai last month with leading regional heavyweights in the field of architecture, engineering and construction having discussed 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 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-plus speakers, the launch of PropTech Festival and the ConTech Awards, said the organisers.

The influential speakers at these sessions included top officials from The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), Roshn, Dubai Municipality, Damac Properties, Deyaar and Saudi Aramco, who discussed key issues related to changing industry practices such as digital transformation, virtual construction and 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 event (June 7 and 8), the participants made use of the opportunities  to network and 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.

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.”

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. Some of the winners 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; and

•   BIM Organisation of the Year (highly commended): The Red Sea Development Company.

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.