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Workshop organized by MEFMA

Dubai professionals boost engagement on how to deliver successful facilities management


                      

Dubai,December 10 2018-Considering the significant role of facilities management (FM) in the sustainability of the built environment, the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) recently held a workshop and networking event on ‘Success Factors in the Facility Management Industry Growth’ at the Dubai Chamber, aimed at enhancing the sector’s global competitiveness and strengthening local management in line with the highest international standards.

The hosting of the workshop and the communication forum is highly significant considering that facilities management is one of the key drivers in the built environment sector’s performance at various levels. In line with this, the event highlighted the key elements for the success of the FM sector in the region, keeping pace with the growth of the construction sector.

The event, sponsored by Drees & Sommer, discussed the key elements that make a successful delivery of FM services. It also tackled the need for FM companies to embrace creativity and work on adopting innovative methods while emphasizing the importance of FM companies’ support as well to their clients. Furthermore, the ways in which FM companies can align their strategies and service deliveries to suit their clients’ strategies and requirements were discussed. The creation of long-term relationships between service providers and stakeholders, including owners and suppliers formed part of the discussions as well.

Jamal Lootah, President, MEFMA, said: “The Middle East Facilities Management Association is constantly working to provide the industry with the platform and expertise to advance the sector and ensure excellence in FM services on par with international standards. Through the workshops and networking activities, we hope to embed a management culture that promotes efficiency and global competitiveness within the industry to enable them to meet the increasing needs of asset managers and property owners in the sustainable management of their properties.”

Ali AlSuwaidi, Vice President, added: “The workshop was an ideal platform to discuss all aspects of facility management, where valuable discussions were held by the participants. We strongly believe that the workshop has achieved its objective by successfully presenting the major aspects of facilities management that need stronger focus to achieve further improvement in the performance of buildings, and thereby contribute to sustainable efforts of the built environment sector.”

Peter Prischl, Managing Director of Drees & Sommer International, led the workshop and Ali AlSuwaidi moderated the panel discussion with the participation of FM leaders in the UAE, including Ali Hassan Harmoodi, General Manager, Etisalat FM; Mohammad Abdul Karim Khamis, General Manager, Emirates FM; and Peter Prischl; and Suhas Inamdar, Head of Technical Support & Planning at Wasl Properties.

MEFMA’s workshops and networking events are part of a continuing initiative by the non-profit association to provide FM professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders and owner associations in the region with a dedicated platform to advance local industry standards and adopt leading international trends and practices.

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The American University of Sharjah and Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park organize ‘Robotics & 3D Printing in the Construction Industry Showtime 

IMG_8305.JPGExhibition is part of a collaboration project with Oulu University of Applied Sciences

 UAE, May 05, 2018- The American University of Sharjah (AUS) recently hosted the ‘Robotics and 3D Printing in the Construction Industry Showtime,’ which concluded the series of workshops focused on the promotion of the ‘Sharjah Construction Industry Innovation Challenge Program.’ The Program is a cooperation project of the AUS, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences, aimed at developing a world-class innovation system in Sharjah. The exhibition highlighted the technological innovations that accelerate the development of the construction sector in line with the requirements of the 21st century and the national directive to increase economic diversification in Sharjah and the UAE.

 Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of AUS Enterprises (AUSE) and CEO of Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP), highlighted the significance of the exhibition in determining the success of the sessions in introducing the ‘Sharjah Construction Industry Innovation Challenge Program’. The program is important as it focused on exploring the best ways to apply 3D printing techniques within the construction sector locally and regionally. He emphasized that the success of this initiative is an important addition to the efforts aimed at enhancing Sharjah’s leadership on the global innovation, development and knowledge landscape, in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, in making scientific research and innovation an everlasting culture in the emirate.

 Al Mahmoudi added: “The collaboration between the AUS, Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences has produced remarkable results in enriching knowledge and sharing of expertise in the 3D printing industry, which is expected to contribute USD 300 billion to the global economy by 2025. We look forward to our international partnerships and initiatives to enhance the role of Sharjah as a leading hub for robotics and 3D printing in the construction sector. We will continue to consolidate channels of effective communication with Oulu University to transform our aspirations into developing a world-class ecosystem that supports innovation in the construction field and 3D printing in UAE”

 The research workshops witnessed participation from main departments of the American University of Sharjah, including civil engineering, mechatronics engineering, industrial engineering, architecture and design. Visiting students from Finland carried out joint projects with a focus on Architecture and Design, Mechatronics, Information and Communications Technology, and Construction Management.

 “I am really excited about the ‘Sharjah Construction Industry Innovation Challenge Program.’ The Program provides a good platform for public-private partnership and promotes cooperation between the UAE and Finland. We will deepen our interdisciplinary cooperation with different fields, including ICT, Mechatronics, Design Thinking and other most sought-after skill sets of the 21st century,” said Kimmo Paajanen, International Project Manager, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

 Discussions between the American University of Sharjah Enterprise and POHTO Ltd identified safety as an important area for development.

 “The Finnish Innovation Hub will be an excellent platform for Finnish companies to enter local businesses and to get involved in remarkable scientific projects in collaboration with the American University of Sharjah,” said Matti Ponkala, Managing Director of Ponkala Architects Ltd, a company specializing in 3D-printed buildings.

 Development Manager, POHTO Ltd, Pertti Kortejärvi observed that the collaborations between the companies from Finland and UAE will help to create a practical and safe environment.