THE BIG 5
This year, The Big 5 event showcased thousands of construction products and solutions from around the globe
Under the theme “Shaping the future of construction”, The Big 5 2018, held on 2629 November 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, introduced new technologies and innovative solutions. It also shed light on the rising entrepreneurs that promised to disrupt the construction sector, as well as on the women that are pushing the industry forward. On its 39th edition, the show once again paved the way for new partnerships, boost investments and connect professionals from around the world, in Dubai.
For instance, ProTenders, the all-in-one construction platform, announced at the Big 5 exhibition in Dubai that it has signed a key partnership with Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the entity responsible for developing quality infra-
and raising awareness on quality standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
This partnership by ProTenders further supports the UAE Government in improving the sustainability and safety of the Construction Industry by showcasing certified products, companies and projects in a centralized and easily accessible online platform.
“In just a few clicks, ProTenders members and other companies can now identify and source any of the thousands of QCCcertified products faster than ever, thus further increasing the efficiency, sustainability and safety of the construction industry,” said Karim Helal, CEO and founder of ProTenders.
In addition, the first edition of the HVACR Expo hosted more than 200 exhibitors from around the globe. The only event dedicated to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industr y in Dubai, HVACR Expo ran as part of The Big 5.
Some of the exhibitors at the HVAC R Expo included Fawaz, SKM Air Conditioning, Trox, Finpower, Khansaheb and others. There were also leading associations like ASHRAE Falcon Chapter, AHRI, BSRIA, and REHVA.
Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Director at dmg events, said: “We are extremely glad and proud of the huge support we are receiving from the HVAC R industr y at a regional and a global level for the launch of HVAC R Expo. We look forward to promoting best practices in the region while providing a vital platform for industry professionals to do business, network, learn and source innovative, energy efficient products.”
Dr. Omar Abdelaziz, ASHRAE Global Training Center Instructor, commented: “HVACR Expo brings a much-needed exposure of the state-of-the-art to the GCC HVACR industry. It provides an opportunity to learn about the newest commercial HVAC product offering for the GCC market with a special emphasis on hot climate conditions, while offering free-learning.”
HVACR Expo put the theme of energy efficiency at centre stage at The Big 5 show. According to Faisal Rashid, in fact, “HVACR accounts for heavy usage of energy, whether in buildings or industries. Representing 70% of the total energy consumption of a building on average, HVACR usually puts pressure on energy generation systems and energy needs, with both an environmental and a financial impact.”
The first Women in Construction Seminar & Awards was also launched at the Dubai World Trade Centre, as part of The Big 5. Organised in association with Mott MacDonald, the seminar addressed the challenges that women face in terms of equal opportunities in construction, a trastructure ditionally male dominated sector. Shorouq Hamawi, marketing manager, Mott Macdonald, said: “Traditionally, women have faced challenges related to pay gap, career development, promotion opportunities and leadership appointments. We are however seeing policy changes and new practices in place to close the pay gap and to introduce more friendly regulations that should allow women to have a balance between their professional and private lives which will ultimately, allow women to pursue leadership opportunities and invest more in their career development journey.”
“We should raise the profile of female role models in the industry. To do this we can support and get involved in specific events such as International Women’s day, collaborating with partners, competitors, the community and others to make this as far reaching as possible.
“Every year we celebrate International Women’s day as part of our EDI calendar which also includes events on disability, culture etc. Female role models from the engineering and consultancy industry need to get into schools and colleges to root out negative perceptions, falsehoods and sexism around what is women’s or men’s work. We must engage in mentoring and ‘sponsorship’ which is when your voice is represented without your presence. They have a key role to play in the development of women.
“Work experience and internships need to be provided to female candidates and we must support the need for inclusive leaders in the industry. To support this, Mott MacDonald has rolled out training around unconscious/conscious bias for hiring and line managers across its global business.”
The Big 5 also launched a dedicated Start-up City and a Live Innovation Zone. The show introduced the brand new Live Innovation Zone, displaying a selection of the most innovative products that are shaking up the construction industry, along with The Big 5’s Start-Up City, presenting the next construction tech disruptors.
Prakash Senghani, Digital Project Delivery Lead - Construction Services at AECOM, and a member of The Big 5 Advisory Panel, said: “Disruption is happening all around us, in every industry, but the construction sector does not seem to be progressing as quickly, even if we can see increased digitization in our industry in countries such as the United States.”
See inside for more interviews done by MEP Middle East at the Big 5.
The first edition of the HVACR Expo hosted more than 200 exhibitors from around the globe. The HVACR Expo ran as part of The Big 5