ALEC, Mott MacDonald join Heriot-Watt University Dubai's CESC

Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction seeks to highlight challenges and opportunities facing construction entities

Smart construction is gaining traction.
Smart construction is gaining traction.

Heriot-Watt University Dubai is conducting research and industry engagement events as part of its Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction (CESC) – an industry-academia programme that has buy-in from engineering heavyweights such as ALEC and Mott MacDonald – to discuss challenges facing the local construction sector, smart technologies that the industry can benefit from, and ways to promote productivity, sustainability, and welfare.

CESC’s research themes include building information modelling (BIM), 3D printing, digital supply chain management, mixed reality, and blockchain.

Commenting on the programme, strategic project manager at ALEC, Severin Tenim, said: “Collaboration unlocks enormous potential and is an essential ingredient for any stakeholder wishing to remain relevant in today’s rapidly changing world.”

Mott MacDonald's country manager, Jim Parker, added: "We look forward to incubating and developing innovative solutions to the perennial challenges of digital connectivity, physical mobility, and spatial proximity."

Heriot-Watt University Dubai's provost, Ammar Kaka, said CESC was planned as "a hub for stakeholder engagement, a platform for discussion, and a model for collaborative research in a sector that is thriving and ever changing in the region".

He added: “We look forward to welcoming government representatives, industry officials, technology providers, and other academic and research teams to CESC."

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