ACI Concrete Conference on Innovation

Time Day 1
8:30 to 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 to 9:30 AM

Opening Ceremony

MC -Mr.Fouad Yazbeck, FACI, ACI UAE Chapter President

Guest of Honor- Welcome Address

  • His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi,
    Former Minister of Climate Change and Environment & Former Minister of Infrastructure Development

Special Guests - Welcome Address

  • Mr.Hassan Al Hashemi, Vice President – International Relations, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Member of the Executive committee of Dubai Association Centre
  • Meghan Gregonis, U.S. Consul General in Dubai (expanded)
  • Dr. Ghanim Kashwani, Board Member, UAE Society of Engineers
  • Mr. Yu Tao, President & CEO, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East
  • Cindy Davis, President, International Code Council (ICC), USA.
9:30 -10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

ACI International Update: New Initiatives for Advancing the Concrete Industry

Cary Kopczynski, ACI President, CEO and Senior Principal of Cary Kopczynski & Company (CKC)

Innovation on Concrete Material, 3-D Printing & Concrete in the Outer Space

10:00 -10:40 AM

Technical challenges stand as barriers against codifying and standardizing the 3D printing technology application

Mansour Faried, Director of Engineering department, CSCEC Middle East

10:40 – 11:20 AM

Development of a Universal 3D printable concrete solution

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager, COBOD
Davide Zampini, Global R&D Head, Cemex

11:20 – 11:40 AM

Coffee Break & Networking

11:40 – 12:20 PM

Construction Challenges for Outer Space Resilient Infrastructure

Hunain Alkhateb, Professor, The University of Mississippi

12:20 – 1:00 PM

3D-Printing Optimized Concrete-like materials for Lunar Construction

Hunain Alkhateb, Professor, The University of Mississippi

1:00 – 02:00 PM

Lunch & pray

02:00 – 02:30 PM

Innovative Materials and Systems While Navigating Building Code Compliance (Virtual)

Mahmut Ekenel, Senior Staff Engineer, International Code Council (ICC)
Melissa Sanchez, Staff Engineer, International Code Council (ICC)

02:30 – 03:00 PM

Saint-Gobain 3D concrete printing: from vision to reality

Dimitri Tabbal, R&D Manager Weber Middle East

03:30 – 03:50 PM

Coffee Break & Networking

03:50 – 04:30 PM

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Haidar Al-Haidary, Project Executive, Middle East Engineering Technologies (MEET)

04:30 – 05:30 PM

ACI UAE Chapter 3D Printing Committee Meeting

Prof.Salah Altoubat, Ph.D, MACI, University of Sharjah, Committee Chair

Committee Members

Time Day 2

8:30 to 9:00 AM


9:00 to 9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker

NEx Introduction

Jerzy Z. Zemajtis, Ph.D., P.E, Executive Director, ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials, Nex

Innovation on Design, Construction & Sustainability

09:30 - 10:00 AM

ACI 318 PLUS Platform & ACI 318 Certification

Khaled Nahlawi, Ph.D., P.E, Distinguished Engineer, ACI

10:00 – 10:40 AM

The Role of US. Federal and States Authorities in Supporting the Innovation and Advances in Concrete Technology

Mohamed Idrissi, P.E, MACI, MSCE, LEED Associate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

10:40 – 11:10

High-Rise Urban Tower Projects in the U.S. -- Innovative Design and Construction Practice

Cary Kopczynski, ACI President, CEO and Senior Principal of Cary Kopczynski & Company (CKC)

11:10 – 11:30 PM

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30 – 12:10 PM

Sustainable Structures with Unidome Void Former Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrej Albert, Managing partner, R&P Ruffert Ingenieurgesellschaft– Consulting Engineers, Düsseldorf

12:10 – 12:45 PM

Advances in Development and Characterization of Sustainable Construction Materials

Kemal Celik, PhD, MACI, New York University Abu Dhabi

12:45 -1:00 PM

Fib UAE Updates

Dr. Sherif Yehia, PE, M.ACI, M. ASCE, American University of Sharjah, Deputy head of the fib-UAE national group

1:00 – 02:00 PM

Lunch & pray

02:00 – 02:30 PM

Innovative Materials and Techniques for Treating Leakage in Basements

John Young, Owner & Founder Young Engineering Consultancy Services, Sustainable Structural Solutions

02:30 – 03:10 PM

Sustainability of Concrete for Mega Projects

Suvendu Kumar Basak, Senior Concrete Material Engineer, Bechtel, KSA

03:10 – 03:30 PM

Dubai Municipality regulations for Concrete Handling that advance the concrete sustainability

Mr. Arif Hussain Almarzooqi, Products Conformity Assessment Section Manager – DCLD

03:30 – 03:45 PM

Coffee Break & Networking

03:45 – 04:30 PM

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Hunain Alkhateb, Professor, The University of Mississippi

The ACI UAE Chapter is looking forward to seeing you in Dubai