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Event 2 - Workshop: Construction technology introductions, teams kick-off

  • American University of Sharjah Sharjah United Arab Emirates (map)

Workshop Agenda 25-28 September 2017

Objectives: Technology introductions, develop plans, teams and roles
Participants: Companies, student teams and related faculty members
Results: Commitment of main stakeholders, program objectives, revised program schedule and project plan, confirmed available AUS students (max. 25 participants)


Keynote Speakers / Presenters

  • Kimmo Paajanen, Seppo Perälä, Kimmo Illikainen, Antero Stenius / Oulu UAS
  • Jyrki Kalliosaari, Matti Ponkala / Ponkala Architects Ltd
  • Zeyad Almajed, AUS Enterprises (Host)


Mon 25 Sep - Introduction Day

Morning session (9am-11:30pm):


Afternoon session (12:00pm-2.30pm):

  • Basic info about Emirates Construction Industry (Dubox)

  • Panel discussion: Comparing the industries between UAE and Finland, industry needs

    • Host: Almajed, Stakeholders: AUS, Oamk, Industry UAE, Industry FIN, Government UAE


Tue 26 Sep - Robotics and Applications in Construction Industry and BIM

Morning session (9am-12:30pm): (Kalliosaari, Ponkala)

  • Architectural possibilities enabled by the 3D printing technology (free forms, curves, new types of elements etc.)

  • 3D Printing - Case Visitor Center (Kalliosaari)

    • New business logic for the construction (e.g. construction 24/7, less workforce, a faster cash conversion cycle)

    • Autonomous Building Initiative, ABI backed by a Finnish and international consortium (including solar panels, water drilling, purification, autonomous sewage system); from deserts to Mars (see
    • Ideal business models for the UAE and the Gulf area (exports, owning the machine, franchising)

Team work results:


Afternoon session (1:30pm-3pm): (Illikainen, Stenius)


Wed 27 Sep - Industry Challenges

Morning session (9am-12:30pm): (Stenius)


Afternoon session (1:30pm-3pm): (Almajed)

  • Wrap-up, future plans