Chaired the Prefab and Modular Construction Summit – Dubai : 21st February 2018

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 – Prefab and Modular Construction

It was an honour to chair Prefab & Modular Construction 2018 Summit held on 21st Feb at Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai to packed house with prominent CEOs, CFOs, COOs, VPs, Directors, Senior Managers and Heads from various Government & Private companies. Keynote speech was given by Eng. Anwaar Al Shimmari, Director Design Department , Ministry of Infrastructure Development UAE 

Al Ain Municipality, Atkins, Affordable Housing Institute, Al Masaood Bergum, Arabtec, China Construction, CH2M, Emmar @emaardubai, Expo2020 @expo2020dubai ,Khatib & Alami, Sobha Developers,Off-Site Engineering Solutions FZE, Sharjah University, Synertrade @SynerTrade , Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Mott Macdonald, Modular Concepts, UAE University & other eminent companies participated.

Prefab & Modular Construction is fast and efficient installation process reducing the on-site construction time by approx half & overall cost reduction up to 30% over traditional methods. It has benefits of Just in time (JIT) delivery to projects thus reducing storage time at site. Unlike conventional methods of construction, prefab and modular construction requires more time in planning & approvals but less time in execution in better controlled and safer working conditions. Prefab industries have come up with zero waste practices and use of green materials for eco-friendly finishes. Latest technology involving Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT), 3D Printing, Drone, Augmented Reality and Robots are being used by certain organisations in the industry. There may be transportation and logistics issues in transporting over dimensional consignments at site as well as modifications at site may be difficult to execute. Industry is also looking for common standards and regulations which they can adhere to. There was a need felt to join forces among the industry players to establish industry norms specifications in coordination with concerned stakeholders for the sake of consistency and compliance.

Major draw back deterring in its adoption is the erroneous perception that building structure is with inferior quality which doesn’t offer long-lasting solution. Nevertheless there are plans on the drawing board for setting up a 55 floor prefab and modular construction building in Dubai in the near future

Key dimensions in pursuit of Procurement success

Key dimensions in pursuit of Procurement success
• Alignment with organisation goals to bring business benefits
• Assessment, selection and adoption of evolving technologies to make Procurement efficient
• Optimisation of strategic, operational and tactical processes to make Procurement agile
• Suppliers as well as Client own performance management to drive performance in identified areas

Lalit Dhamija

Quotes on Procurement and Supply Chain

The new era of procurement and supply 

“We are at a pivotal moment in history. As the 4th industrial revolution matures it seems to promise us a futuristic vision, one where everything is possible. As with all past revolutions in industrial technology, supply chains and how they are managed are set to transform radically and completely. As Supply Chain Management adjusts to the changing world by actively seeking out and employing the latest technologies and the people who will use them, we shall usher in The New Era of Procurement & Supply.”

-Sidhant Dhamija , Chairman of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply- CIPS MENA Millennials Group