The inaugural edition of the Geospatial Leaders Conference was launched today at The Big 5 Heavy.

The Big 5 Heavy is the largest event dedicated to the infrastructure and heavy construction community in the Middle East and runs at Dubai World Trade Centre until 28 November 2019.

The Big 5 Heavy hosted the inaugural edition of the Geospatial Leaders Conference at Dubai World Trade Centre today. The two-day conference has come in response to construction professional’s need to adopt new digital workflows that save time, reduce cost and eliminate error during the preliminary stages of build.

Chairing the conference, Chief Operating Officer at Sitech Gulf Global Positioning Systems LL, John Stephen Tayler has commented:

Construction technologies are constantly changing and improving processes, and events like The Geospatial Leaders Conference are extremely important to keep local contractors up to date with the latest innovations they can use to solve their problems and increase efficiency.
“There is a vast amount of experience and knowledge that can be gained from the speakers here this week, and it is a great pleasure to be a part of such an important event with such a fantastic line-up of participants.”
Chief Operating Officer at Sitech Gulf Global Positioning Systems LL, John Stephen Tayler
Chief Operating Officer at Sitech Gulf Global Positioning Systems LL, John Stephen Tayler

Running until the end of The Big 5 Heavy, The Geospatial Leaders Conference is open for industry professionals until 28 November at Dubai World Trade Centre. Looking forward to speaking on day two of the conference, Reality Capture & BIM Solutions Manager at Leica Geosystems FZE, Mark King said:

“Historically the construction industry has lagged behind other industries in efficiency. It has been common for projects to be delivered over budget, behind schedule and not up to specification. Investing in digital solutions is a proven way to mitigate these risks and to make companies deliver what they promised, increasing their historically low margins.”

Mark’s session covering ‘Making Digital a Geospatial Norm’, sits alongside a variety of topics yet to be covered such as ‘The Potential of Big Data in Fleet Management’, ‘Geospatial Role in Smart City Development’ and ‘Regulatory Framework in the UAE’.

Perfectly complimenting the conference, The Big 5 Heavy welcomes approximately 200 exhibitors from over 25 countries and this year features the all new ‘Construction Technology’ product sector together with five other categories.

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The Big 5 Heavy runs alongside The Big 5, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and Urban Design & Landscape Expo transforming Dubai World Trade Centre into the global hub for the construction industry from until 28 November 2019. The total offering at Dubai World Trade Centre includes over 240 workshops, and 20,000 products from worldwide exhibitors.

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About The Big 5

The Big 5 is the construction event providing leading-edge innovation, knowledge, and business opportunities for industry players around the world to connect, grow, and succeed.

Taking place annually in Dubai since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of emerging markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle; not only does it showcase products across dedicated sectors, it also runs alongside nine specialised events enabling industry professionals to source building solutions from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, practical seminars, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. 


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We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information visit

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