The fourth annual MEP Conference is approaching and, with the issues facing the Qatari and wider GCC markets more pressing than ever, some constructive debate is needed
On the back of a hugely successful 2013 event, the MEP Qatar Conference returns for its fourth edition to throw a much-needed spotlight on the issues, opportunities and concerns the industry faces in the rapidly developing peninsula state.
The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha on Wednesday 4 June and promises to build on the engaging and insightful contributions of the speakers and panelists from 2013’s edition.
Qatar, and the unprecedented process of development to which it has committed over the next decade, is now one year older. A lot has happened in that time, though some would say not enough, but nevertheless there is much to discuss and resolve.
If Qatar is to deliver the major projects required for the hosting of the 2022 World Cup on time, substantive action is required in the next year. Movement on the metro and stadium projects has got underway, but there is still room for constructive debate on the most effective means of delivering the MEP that will be at the heart of these developments.
With this in mind, the MEP Qatar Conference provides a platform to the industry to share its collective knowledge at a critical juncture. MEP contractors, consultants, developers, architects, engineers and government representatives will convene to discuss the latest developments affecting the industry in Qatar and debate how these might mould its future.
By bringing together the greatest minds, talents and figures of influence in MEP from across the region, the conference is sure to develop and potentially transform the thinking of those who will be powering the country’s globally renowned development over the coming years.
Among this year’s list of attractions is a panel discussion on stadiums which will consider the design, engineering and logistical challenges posed by the twelve projects Qatar has promised to deliver for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Focus will also be placed on MEP in road and tunnel projects, while further insights into key issues in the Qatari MEP industry will be offered by panel discussions on health and safety and contract conditions.
Additional speakers and panelists of similar calibre will be confirmed in the coming weeks, all of whom are sure to confirm this event as a date that cannot be missed for MEP professionals in the region.
09.00 Opening Remarks from MEP Middle East
09.10 Welcome Address
09.20 Panel Discussion: Opportunities and challenges for MEP in stadiums
Qatar has reduced the number of planned World Cup stadiums to eight in order to avoid rising costs and address delays.. Design work on some of the venues has already begun but the final decisions on how the stadiums will utilise the latest in MEP engineering techniques are still a long way off. With the Qatar’s extreme summer heat, efficient cooling and energy consumption are key factors to be considered. This panel will analyse the opportunities which the stadium projects present for the MEP industry and assess the industry’s ability to meet the significant engineering challenges posed.
10.00 Panel Discussion: MEP engineering in roads
Qatar’s Public Works Authority (ASHGHAL) plans to deliver 27 road and tunnel projects worth $20bn over the next five years. These will require the installation of network cables, street lighting, substations, fire alarms and fire fighting systems. With road infrastructure often overlooked by MEP contractors, this panel will explore the various opportunities which such projects hold for the MEP community.
10.40 Morning Break & Refreshments
11.10 Panel Discussion: Importance of HSE in MEP engineering
Recent international media reports have focussed on the rate of fatal accidents among construction workers in Qatar, as well as the living standards in some of its labour camps. Commentators have suggested that too few construction firms are implementing clear and detailed HSE policies which include well-defined KPIs. This panel will outline best practices to ensure labour safety during MEP work and initiatives to improve housing.
11.50 Panel Discussion: Regulatory and contractual requirements and mitigating risks
Contracts in Qatar commonly involve a high level of risk transfer to consultants and main contractors which can be amplified by the time MEP subcontracts are awarded. However, the full extent of risk transfer is often unclear due to the poor drafting of contract amendments or particular conditions. Constricted budgets, non-negotiable terms and delayed payments are common issues in most projects. This panel will discuss how MEP contractors can mitigate contract risk and look at innovative ways to secure payment from clients.
12.30 Lunch & Networking
13.30 Panel Discussion: Materials and logistical management, smart procurement and local manufacturing
Changes in project design can adversely affect the procurement strategies for MEP contractors which result in costly delays during project execution. Also, cost of materials is substantially higher as most are imported from overseas. This panel discussion will discuss how integrating MEP contractors in the design phase can help with smarter procurement strategies and understand the importance of local manufacturing to reduce costs.
Stream A: Energy Efficiency in HVAC Systems
This workshop, through case studies and research results, will outline the importance of energy efficiency methodologies and technologies in HVAC systems.
Stream B: Understanding the importance of BIM to optimise MEP Design and Engineering
The role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction projects is growing rapidly. For the MEP industry, the tool helps to optimise design and implementation of MEP works. This workshop will outline applications of BIM softwares specific to MEP engineering.