SPEAKER INTERVIEW: AREF BOUALWAN

In talks with Aref Boualwan, Manager, MIS and Business Process Re-Engineering Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)

Aref Boualwan
Aref Boualwan

Aref Boualwan will be speaking at the Future Tech Construction Summit during The Big 5 in November. Aref is the Manager for MIS and Business Process Re-Engineering Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), he will be part of the panel discussion on "Technology as a catalyst for disruption: Transforming the construction process with tech innovations"

In your opinion how is technology changing the future of the construction industry?

Providing construction-focused hardware, advanced analytics capabilities, cost reduction, and improved quality.

What is the emerging technology in construction?

We are seeing a growing demand for robotics, 3D printing, smart building and IT solution for construction management.

In your opinion how important are startups where technology in construction industry is concerned?

Startups play a big role in digitizing the construction industry, an industry that has lagged behind when it comes to technological advancements. Construction technology startups could put an end to the expansion of construction schedules the continuous increase in labour and material costs. Therefore, and with the increase in complexity of construction projects in the region and the tough market conditions, I believe we might see the GCC construction scene at a cusp of a new, ever evolving era of engaging construction technology startups.

What transformational initiatives do mega construction companies need in order to embrace the latest technological trends in their industry?

As per the guidelines identified by the World Economic Forum, which CCC is a proud active member of, mega construction companies need to embrace comprehensive change-management programs, adopt advanced technologies at scale by spending more on R&D, and maximize use of data and digital models throughout the processes.

What will be the key takeaway by the audience attending your talk?

The audience will be exposed to the transformation initiatives in such a mega construction company like how CCC is embracing the latest technological advancements to source innovation into our business and mentoring startups to mature their technologies and grow their business.

About Aref Boualwan -

A professional with a business vision, hard-core technical skills and the ability to motivate/bring people together. Over twenty two years of international experience with senior managerial positions in designing, developing and successful implementation of IT & management information system solutions. Acts as a high-level orchestrator of a large numbers of discrete president strategic initiatives that drive organisation-wide transformational change. Brings executives, employees at all levels, processes, and technology together to deliver pioneering solutions to address business challenges and achieve organisational goals. Sources innovation by partnering & building strong lasting relationships with relevant technology startups. Leverages alliances to add value and competitive advantage to the business.  Public speaker at major academic, social & professional events.

You can hear more from Aref Boualwan on "Technology as a catalyst for disruption: Transforming the construction process with tech innovations" at the Future Tech Construction Summit on 26th November, 15:20 - 16:00.

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About The Big 5

25 - 28 November 2019, Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5 is the region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry.

Since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of the Middle East and African markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the region.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the event is set to support construction companies through a shifting economic landscape, boost business, launch the latest building solutions, educate industry professionals, and foster best practices championing technological innovation. 

For the first time, The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle. Not only does it showcase products across six dedicated product sectors: MEP services, Building Interiors & Finishes, Building Envelope & Special Construction, Construction Tools & Building Materials, Construction Technology & Innovation, and the all new Offsite & Modular Construction.

It also runs alongside six specialised events enabling industry professionals to source products from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo.

Beyond bringing to Dubai over 20,000 innovative building solutions to over 68,000 expected visitors, the seven co-located events provide more than 220 complimentary high-level summits, practical seminars, and CPD-certified workshops to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

In order to promote technological innovation in the construction sector, the event also features The Big 5’s Start-Up City, the Live Innovation Zone, and the FutureTech Construction Summit, among others.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. Free online registration closes on 24 November 2019; 200 AED entrance fee will be charged to non-registered visitors.

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To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae


About dmg events

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

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 www.dmgevents.com.

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT, www.dmgt.co.uk), one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.