ICCX Middle East 2019 - Conference Program

24 - 25 November 2019, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

10:00 Opening / Cut Ribbon H.E. Marwan bin Jassim al Sharkal  Executive Chairman, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) https://shurooq.gov.ae
approx. 10:45 Welcome Speech H.E. Marwan bin Jassim al Sharkal

 Executive Chairman, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) https://shurooq.gov.ae

approx. 10:55 Welcome Speech Oliver Oehms CEO of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)

24.11. - Opening Session

 11:00 - 11:30 Subramanian Sivaramakrishnan ae United Arab Emirates 

Concrete - Grey to Green

 11:30 - 12:00  Päivi Talonen ae Finland Modern industrial marketing in the concrete industry
 12:00 - 12:30 Francesco Biasioli  image.png Italy Ready mixed concrete: the flight to quality
 12:30 - 13:00 Sokrates Ioannou tr Oman Alternative cementitious solutions for sustainable concrete in the Gulf
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

24.11. - Workshop: MEDMA Oman Drymix Mortar Showcase

13:10 - 13:30 Mohammed Sanaobar Wacker Chemie Save the Environment & Business OpportunityBy Dry Mix Technology @ Jobsite
13:30 - 13:50 Mohamed Elassi JK Cement White Cement in Drymix Mortar Applications
13:50 - 14:10 Melwyn Lobo Arkan Drymix Case Study: Large Scale Drymix Mortar Application Using Silos and Pumps
Coffee Break until 15:30
15:30 - 15:50 Kutlu Güvenç m-tec Drymix Mortar Plants and Jobsite Machinery
15:50 - 16:10 Sreeni Naidu CCC Drymix Machine Applied Renders and Plasters - Practice and Potentials
16:10 - 16:30 Michael Mestekemper Haver & Boecker Bag to the Future
Organized by the Middle East Drymix Mortar Association MEDMA e.V.

 

24.11. - Workshop: Design and manufacture of durable concrete elements

14:00  - 17:00 Prof. Hans Beushausen za South Africa Design and manufacture of durable concrete elements

 

25.11. - Concrete- and Precast Concrete Technology

 11:30 - 12:00 Ricardo Remus de Germany

Power Ultrasound assisted concrete production – enhancing efficiency in precast concrete production 

 12:00 - 12:30 Reem Sabouni ae United Arab Emirates Sustainability in Precast Concrete Manholes Combined with Soil Structure Interaction Considerations
 12:30 - 13:00 Stephan Hauser de Germany

Ultra-thin and multifunctional façade panels 

 13:00 - 13:30 Baris Binici tr Turkey

Increasing the Efficiency of Built Environment with Optimized Design and Sustainable Construction

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch

25.11. - AAC Technology

 15:00 - 15:30 Baris Binici tr Turkey Design and Construction of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Buildings
 15:30 - 16:00 Faris Alwan ae United Arab Emirates

The increasing demand for AAC in the UAE

 16:00 - 16:30 Frank Altmann UAE United Arab Emirates Autoclaved Aerated Concrete – Excellent thermal properties with a catch
 16:30 - 17:00 Joost Terlage The Netherlands The Netherlands Planning large-scale AAC projects – Challenges and Chances

 

25.11. - fib WORKSHOP - Sustainability and Infrastructure Resilience

13:30  - 17:00 tba tba tba

Concrete – Grey to Green

Concrete is the most widely used construction material. There is huge concern about the amount of waste generated from the unused concrete in UAE. In this presentation we will go through; briefly about the current green/sustainable concrete practices in UAE, quantity and impacts (economic, environmental & social) of dumped concrete, practical solutions to reuse and achieve ZERO wastage.

Subramanian Sivaramakrishnan is the GM of Grey Matters.

He is a Civil Engineer, a Certified Concrete Professional Middle East, Certified Concrete Technologist and Certified Plant Manager by NRMCA. He is also an NRMCA approved Inspecting Engineer for Concrete Production facilities certification; NRMCA approved Trainer and Examiner in the Middle East. He has also completed Post graduate diploma in Advanced Concrete Technology from University of Leeds, UK.

Subramanian has extensive experience of more than 17 years in Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Technical Coordination of Large-Scale Construction Projects and Ready Mixed Concrete Operations.

Subramanian also has expertise in Consultancy, Training, Design and Production of Special Concretes like SCC, HPC, Pervious Concrete and Light-weight Concrete etc. He has trained more than 300 technicians and engineers on testing of Raw materials for Concrete and Concrete. Before joining Grey Matters, he worked with Larsen & Toubro Ready Mixed Concrete Industries, UAE as Technical Manager where he was also involved in Setting up and Managing the on-site Batching Plants and Site Laboratory for Large Scale Construction Projects.

 

Subramanian Sivaramakrishnan, United Arab Emirates

Modern industrial marketing in the concrete industry

It is a well-known fact that when it comes to industrial buying processes, there are numerous individuals involved. It is also known that the finalization of sales predominantly takes place in face-to-face meetings between buyer and seller, though 70% of buying decisions in industrial businesses are actually made before buyers and sellers get into contact with one another. Collecting and identifying trustworthy information is carried out by all members of the buying center.

This applies to solutions addressing buyers’ needs and potential sellers just the same. How can we then make sure that buyers choose the solutions we offer and that they choose us as their supplier? Do we even precisely know what their needs are and what these needs are grounded on? Modern industrial marketing taking advantage of digitalization and marketing technologies in general will not only address the above questions, but ultimately strive at better and faster sales!


Päivi Talonen, DSc (Tech) in Industrial Business. Päivi Talonen is a senior advisor, consultant and speaker with over 25 years experience in the concrete industry. She was the former marketing manager of Elematic, a precast technology leader from Finland. Päivi’s professional expertise focuses on consulting industrial businesses especially in respect of sales and marketing modernization, brand management and digitalization.  

Päivi Talonen, Finland

Ready mixed concrete: the flight to quality

Concrete was and remains today the most widely used construction material in the world for several reasons - and ready mixed concrete is the most flexible way to make it available everywhere. In the past, the success of ready mixed concrete was mainly a matter of price – no other construction material could economically compete with it for a given application. Today price still matters, but several new issues have become important. People is asking for environmentally friendly, responsibly sourced and sustainable construction materials – and the choice is more and more done taking into due consideration the life cycle of the structures. This is the scenario also concrete must face. Starting from an historical background, the presentation will highlight how the evolution of the demand in Europe and elsewhere has and is still stimulating the evolution of this multi-purpose’s construction material.

Professor Francesco Biasioli, Civil engineer: from 1975 to 2009 Research Professor of Structural Safety, Building Materials and Structural Engineering at the Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering of the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. Expert in concrete and in design and assessment of reinforced concrete structures, since 1980 he has been involved in Standards and Codes development, evaluation and implementation, training of professionals and software design. He is author of several publications on concrete related issues and of books for the design of concrete structures.

Since 198 he has served on many European Technical Committees as Italian representative and is member of CEN Committees TC104 - Concrete and TC250 - Eurocodes. Currently he is involved in CEN TC250/SC2 working group charged of the revision of the European standard for the design of concrete structures (Eurocode 2). Since 1997 he is Secretary General of the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organisation. ERMCO based in Brussels where he follows issues related to concrete sustainability and concrete standards.

 

Professor Francesco Biasioli, Italy

Alternative cementitious solutions for sustainable concrete in the Gulf

With concrete being the most widely used construction material globally, Portland cement (PC) manufacture and CO2 emissions are two environmental concerns that go hand in hand: for every tonne of Portland cement produced, approximately 870 kg of CO2 are emitted. The Gulf region, furthermore, is also experiencing a growth in construction and trends predict even higher future demands of cement production.

Replacing, therefore, PC with alternative low carbon cements (LCC) while still achieving performance requirements is a key aspect to be addressed - and it is covered within this presentation.

During the presentation, prominent examples of LCC that can potentially reduce the embodied CO2 of concrete by more than 70 % will be discussed, i.e. supersulfated cements and (almost) cement-less systems based on industrial by-products. Moreover, the presentation will discuss mix design techniques for such LCC to achieve equivalent performance requirements to those of PC concrete while reducing the embodied CO2 emissions of concrete.


Dr. Sokrates Ioannou is an academic and industrial professional with more than 12 years of experience in cement and concrete research, consultancy, academia, and in project management. He obtained his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering in London UK with a first class distinction, followed by a PhD in low carbon concretes from the University of Bath. Following, he worked in EU-funded projects for development and integration of extruded fiber-reinforced foam sandwiched cement composites. He also worked as a structural engineering consultant and a project manager in numerous firms in the UK and in Cyprus since 2005.

Sokrates’s expertise lies in low carbon concrete technology; fiber reinforced cements; use of industrial by-products in concrete; extrusion of nano-enhanced cementitious systems; numerical modelling of structural behaviour of materials; and life cycle analysis and environmental impact assessments of construction materials. Sokrates is a Chartered Engineer and a professional member in numerous institutions including the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT), the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Engineering Council

 

Dr. Sokrates Ioannou, Oman

Design and manufacture of durable concrete elements

The purpose of the workshop is to provide participants with a fundamental and practical understanding on concrete deterioration mechanisms and durability design. A large number of concrete structures are deteriorating, often prematurely, and need remedial measures to reinstate their safety and/or serviceability. Consequently, requirements for durability are becoming increasingly important for the design and construction of concrete elements. This workshop covers the following topics:
  • Concrete deterioration processes and damage to concrete structures
    • Chemical and physical attack
    • Cracking
    • Construction defects
    • Concrete in aggressive environmental exposure in the Middle East
  • Reinforcement corrosion
    • Principles, mechanisms and influences
    • Carbonation and chloride ingress
    • Corrosion prevention in new structures
  • Design for concrete durability
    • Mix design principles
    • Selection of suitable constituent materials
    • Service life modelling
    • Performance versus prescriptive design for durability
  • Construction and manufacturing
    • Optimization of precast manufacturing procedures
    • Protective coatings and curing methods
    • Quality control during construction / precast manufacture

Hans Beushausen is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the Concrete Materials & Structural Integrity Research Unit, which focuses on infrastructure performance and renewal research. His research fields include concrete durability (material aspects, durability testing, durability design and specification), performance assessment of concrete structures, repair systems for concrete structures, and bonded concrete overlays. His interests further include precast concrete technology and he is editor of the magazine Concrete Plant International. Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.  

Prof. Hans Beushausen, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Power Ultrasound assisted concrete production – enhancing efficiency in precast concrete production

Power Ultrasound (PUS) is widely used in various technical processes (from pharmaceutics to ceramic and fuel industry) to disperse suspensions and to control crystallization processes. The effects on workability, strength and durability of concrete caused by PUS application during mixing of cement is shown in the present investigation.

Therefore, we present macroscopic as well as microscopic data obtained on sonicated concrete. Results clearly show that slump / workability of concrete is enhanced by PUS application. This is attributed to the known dispersing effect of PUS. For concrete production this finding implies that PUS allows to reduce superplasticizer content of concrete.

The other major effect of PUS application during concrete mixing is the acceleration of very early concrete strength development (‹1 d). Scanning electron microscopy investigations and thermal analyses revealed that this accelerated strength development can be fully attributed to accelerated formation of strength determining C-S-H phases. This implies that PUS effectively enhances cement hydration.

These findings show that PUS assisted concrete mixing is an innovative method to control workability and strength development of concrete. For concrete production this implies savings in superplasticizers content, reduction of heat treatment and enables reduction of cement content in concrete. On this way PUS is a further step towards greener concrete production.


Ricardo Remus studied Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Cottbus and the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. He has been a research associate at the F.A. Finger Institute of Building Material Sciences at the Bauhaus University Weimar since 2013. He is a joint founder and managing director of Sonocrete GmbH.  

Ricardo Remus, Germany

Sustainability in Precast Concrete Manholes Combined with Soil Structure Interaction Considerations

The sustainability of built structures has been one of the main concerns in the last decade. In order to evaluate the sustainability of precast concrete manholes, a life cycle assessment scheme for precast concrete manholes is discussed in this paper. The sustainability efforts associated with precast concrete manholes was also briefly explained in this paper. Accounting for soil structure interaction effect, in the design of different types of precast concrete manholes was proposed as an approach that may lead to a more sustainable design. This proposal was based on an extensive experimental and numerical investigation on precast concrete manholes that was conducted at Western University, Canada, in collaboration with the Ontario Concrete Pipe Association. The results of this investigation showed that the manhole base design procedure can be altered to reduce the amount of needed reinforcement in the manhole base, which in turn would lead a more sustainable manhole production.

Dr. Reem Sabouni is an Associate professor at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) with several publications in the fields of structural and geotechnical engineering. She is a member of several prominent professional engineering societies, such as the ASCE, ACI, CSCE and is a founding member of fib-UAE national chapter and the Chair of fib-UAE Women Engineers. Dr. Reem acquired her PhD and Master degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She was the first researcher in North America to conduct full scale tests on circular precast concrete manholes in a controlled laboratory environment. These tests were carried out in the Large Scale Geotechnical Testing Facility in Western University, Canada and in collaboration with the Ontario Concrete Pipe Association. Dr. Reem received several Canadian awards and research scholarships, including the Industrial NSERC Scholarship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the University President Scholarship, and the prestigious Milos Novak Memorial. She had also received the Excellence Award from H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, for ranking first in the UAE University’s Class of 2002.  

Dr. Reem Sabouni, UAE

Ultra-thin and multifunctional façade panels

DUCON is an ultra-high-performance concrete in combination with 3D micro-reinforcement, which allows thin concrete elements at high strength. Based on this technology the thinnest concrete stairs, the thinnest roof shell and thin blast protective measures for well-known projects could be realized. In addition, thin façade solutions as architectural concrete in combination with energy-harvesting, blast protection measures and face changing surfaces have been developed and executed. In the presentation the application of thin panels as architectural concrete elements in combination with multifunctional purposes will be described. Based on the ultimate performance at high-strength several effects can be provided at the same time: Thin and light-weight, blast protection, impact-resistance, earthquake protection and energy harvesting functions including integrated sensors for monitoring purposed.

Dr.-Ing. Stephan Hauser is Managing Director of DUCON GmbH und DUCON Europe mbH&Co.KG, Moerfelden-Walldorf. He completed his studies of Civil Engineering at the University of Technology Darmstadt. From 1992 – 1995 he was employed by Philipp Holzmann AG as Project Manager in the department of structural engineering. He subsequently obtained his PhD at TU Darmstadt, on the topic of micro-reinforced, ultra-high-performance concrete DUCON. From 1999-2004 Dr. Hauser worked for Hochtief AG as the Head of site-management and Project Manager of large construction sites. In 2004, he established the DUCON GmbH after the international DUCON-patent had been granted.  

Dr.-Ing. Stephan Hauser, Germany

Increasing the Efficiency of Built Environment with Optimized Design and Sustainable Construction

Construction sector is one of the leading sectors of the world economy. The increase of urban population demands more emphasis to be placed for building more with less resources while paying attention to decreasing the imposed environmental hazard. Reinforced concrete is one of the most popular construction materials due to its worldwide availability. In this regard, engineers have the key role of designing structures with optimum dimensions, reinforcement amounts and cement dosages while integrating techniques for energy efficiency to structural design. This presentation provides a general framework for optimized building construction including structural design of reinforced concrete elements, high speed dual mixing technology for reduced dosage cement in concrete mix and automated semi precast double wall production with factory installed insulation and point connectors.

Prof. Dr. Barış Binici obtained his B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University and completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He joined to Middle East Technical University as a faculty member in 2003 and he has been serving at METU as a full professor since 2011. His research interests are in the area of structural and earthquake engineering, reinforced concrete and masonry design and modeling, assessment of existing structures under distress, seismic testing and simulations. He led numerous important funded research projects for the government organizations and industry with a total budget of over 1.5 million Euro. He has been serving as a committee member for the Turkish Earthquake Code and Building Assessment Code. He has 47 international journal articles, over 100 papers in international conference proceedings and obtained two patents. He has over 600 citations and an h-index of 12 according to Science Citation Index. He has acted as a consultant for seismic testing, analysis, and design of structural components, buildings and dams over 30 national and international projects.  

Prof. Dr. Barış Binici, Turkey

Design and Construction of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Buildings

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is commonly used in Europe for infill walls in reinforced concrete/steel structures and constructing masonry buildings due to its advantages such as lightweight, good insulation and high quality. These advantages of the material can be combined with reinforcing elements to create an added value product of structural panel with load carrying capability. Current use of engineered reinforced AAC panels are limited to partition walls with little emphasis on using them as structural elements. This study presents the results of the recent experimental and numerical work conducted in Turkey toward developing design guidelines for reinforced AAC panel wall buildings for energy efficient and rapid construction of low-rise buildings. Research findings, the published building code, examples and the future developments are discussed.

Prof. Dr. Barış Binici obtained his B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University and completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He joined to Middle East Technical University as a faculty member in 2003 and he has been serving at METU as a full professor since 2011. His research interests are in the area of structural and earthquake engineering, reinforced concrete and masonry design and modeling, assessment of existing structures under distress, seismic testing and simulations. He led numerous important funded research projects for the government organizations and industry with a total budget of over 1.5 million Euro. He has been serving as a committee member for the Turkish Earthquake Code and Building Assessment Code. He has 47 international journal articles, over 100 papers in international conference proceedings and obtained two patents. He has over 600 citations and an h-index of 12 according to Science Citation Index. He has acted as a consultant for seismic testing, analysis, and design of structural components, buildings and dams over 30 national and international projects.  

Prof. Dr. Barış Binici, Turkey

The increasing demand for AAC in the UAE

Since Exeed Litecrete setting up its AAC manufacturing facility in 2011 it has seen steady growth in market demand. However, the year 2019 has seen an unprecedented rise in the demand and consumption of AAC blocks. With current demand being three times our factory capacity it would appear that AAC technology has now been accepted as a serious and superior alternative to various other construction materials and wall systems.

The current AAC manufacturing landscape of the UAE is made up of six factories with an approximate total manufacturing capacity of more than 1.5million m3 annually.

Exeed Litecrete’s state of the art Wehrhahn manufacturing facility remains at the forefront of AAC production both in terms of quality and capacity.

 

Faris Alwan studied Business Economics in the UK. He has over 12 years of international business experience including 7 years employment history in the UAE and a proven track record in the building materials industry. Faris joined Exeed Industries in 2017 and today holds the position of Operations Manager - Exeed Industries. Prior to joining Exeed Faris worked for over 4 years as Regional Key Accounts Manager for Mapei Construction Chemicals UAE and was in charge of all product line sales to the precast concrete market. Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.  

Faris Alwan, United Arab Emirates

Oliver Oehms, CEO of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)

 
 

Oliver Oehms (born 1973) grew up in Trier, a picturesque ancient town close to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He majored (M. A.) in Political Science, Public International Law and African Studies from the University of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Already during his studies Oliver started working for German African Business Association (Afrika-Verein e. V.) where his last position was Regional Manager Western Africa. From 2003 onwards he headed the Foreign Trade and Trade Fairs Department of one of the regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Working and living in Hanau, he enjoyed the attractiveness of a highly industrialized part of the Rhine-Main region, which is beautifully embedded in a densely wooded landscape.

Early 2009 Oliver moved to Jakarta where he was tasked to develop a new service unit in the national Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) in Jakarta. Together with a team of local professionals he developed new market-driven services and supported the Chamber Board in responding to the many challenges a dynamically developing economy encounters. Still in Jakarta, Oliver was hired from 2014 onwards by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for promoting a program of regional economic development. January 2016 he was appointed by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce & Industry (DIHK) as the Delegate of German Industry and Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen. Heading the Chamber Abroad (AHK) in Riyadh, Oliver managed a team of twenty professionals working in the capital city, in Al Khobar and Jeddah.

Since Mid-August 2019 Oliver is the CEO of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK), and ex office the Delegate of German Industry and Commerce to Iraq.

 

Oliver Oehms, United Arab Emirates

HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal – Executive Chairman Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) ICCXME CPI Construction Quote

 
 

The International Conference and Exhibition Middle East (ICCXME) has successfully played an integral role in leading and developing Sharjah’s construction sector, as well as enriching its current and new partnership prospects with international experts and suppliers looking to pioneer and invest in the future of Sharjah. It is a great pleasure to be part of this growing B2B conference, which is now running as an annual event and a central hub for everything related to construction, concrete and precast technologies.

The future of construction in the UAE has a promising outlook, with Sharjah playing a leading role in creating new value-addition for construction businesses investing in our growing number of industrial, residential and commercial projects. Together, and through conferences such as ICCXME, I am confident that we can lead the future for Sharjah.

 

HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal – Executive Chairman Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal – Executive Chairman Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) ICCXME CPI Construction Quote

 
 

The International Conference and Exhibition Middle East (ICCXME) has successfully played an integral role in leading and developing Sharjah’s construction sector, as well as enriching its current and new partnership prospects with international experts and suppliers looking to pioneer and invest in the future of Sharjah. It is a great pleasure to be part of this growing B2B conference, which is now running as an annual event and a central hub for everything related to construction, concrete and precast technologies.

The future of construction in the UAE has a promising outlook, with Sharjah playing a leading role in creating new value-addition for construction businesses investing in our growing number of industrial, residential and commercial projects. Together, and through conferences such as ICCXME, I am confident that we can lead the future for Sharjah.

 

HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal – Executive Chairman Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)