In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and more recently the Grenfell Tower fire in London, the foundational assumptions of tall building safety have periodically come into question on the global stage. Fire, life safety, and security concerns have thus remained paramount considerations for both new and existing tall buildings, with a host of new solutions coming to the forefront and a renewed emphasis on the close involvement of fire and security experts in the design process. Join this workshop for a vital update on these important topics.

When: Saturday, 20 October 2018 8:00am-12:00pm
Venue: Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi

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Workshop Program

Ramirez Workshop Chair: Alfredo Ramirez
Latin America Business Lead, Underwriters Laboratories
8:00am Arrival & coffee Break
8:30am Welcome


Shamim Rashid-Sumar

Shamim Rashid-Sumar

Vice President - Development, Middle East, Jensen Hughes
“New Developments in the UAE and Saudi Building Codes”
Gary Strong

Gary Strong

Global Building Standards Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
“International Fire Safety Standards”
9:40am Coffee/Tea Break


Peter Weismantle

Peter Weismantle

Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
“The Evolution of Fire Safety in Supertall Buildings”
Priyan Mendis

Priyan Mendis

Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of ARC Centre for Prefab Housing, University of Melbourne
“Design and Construction of South Asia's Tallest Tower – Lotus Tower”
Peter DiMaggio

Peter DiMaggio

Managing Director, Thornton Tomasetti
“Improving Security in Polycentric Cities”
11:00am Q&A Session
11:30am Discussion on Next Steps
11:50am Closing Remarks
12:00pm Workshop End

Attendees of the Workshops will be delegates of the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, typically developers, architects, engineers and other professionals from around the world.

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