Stakeholders of Constructing Excellence in Qatar may be interested in this event which aims to introduce some of the same concepts to the Oman construction sector.

The seminar and discussion is hosted at the offices of Dentons in Muscat in partnership with the College of Engineering, National University of Science and Technology and supported by the local branches of the Chartered Institute of Building, Institution of Civil Engineers and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Registration is from 7.45am for an 8am start with the close by 10.15am. Please click here to register to attend, note places are limited and so please only register if you definitely intend to come. The venue is the offices of Dentons in Muscat, for more details see below.

What we will be talking about

Oman Vision 2040 is “Joining the World’s developed countries.” It states clearly the strategic directions and priorities of this vision, and the construction sector has a vital role to play, with huge programmes in the pipeline for construction projects to upgrade infrastructure and develop modern cities. This brings challenges and opportunities, including:

  • Delivering projects on time, on budget, and that are fit-for-purpose
  • Up-skilling at various levels
  • Adopting the most appropriate procurement and contracting strategies
  • Identifying and implementing advanced construction technology and other innovative management techniques
  • Performance measurement and benchmarking
  • Maximising the benefit of investments for the national economy, local people and jobs
  • Demonstrating improving delivery and sustainable development
  • Building modern communities, not just buildings
  • Showcasing existing and future best practices
  • Developing a fit-for-purpose construction sector in Oman.

The event will discuss these challenges and opportunities, drawing on international experience to ask how ready is the industry in the Oman and wider GCC region to deliver best practice, what would help the industry to improve, and what would clients, the government and other bodies need to do to enable this?

The main speakers will be:
Don Ward, Managing Director of Constructing Excellence International
Michael Robertson of Majaneng project management and ICE
James Lansdell of Dentons.
They will be joined for a panel discussion session by:
Dr Omar Amoudi of National University.
More information about these speakers is available below.

This event is aimed at academics, researchers, construction industrial professionals, public and private organisations, engineers, etc. We anticipate that up to 60 people will attend. There is no charge for attendance but places are limited.
Please click here to register to attend.

The event is hosted by Dentons at their offices in Muscat:
Venue Salam Square – South, Third Floor
Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos
(near Oasis Mall, Al Khuwair)
Muscat, Oman | Map

About the speakers

Don Ward was Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the UK from 2007-2019 and is now Managing Director of Constructing Excellence International. He is a leading figure in the global construction industry reform movement, and specialises in industry change, collaborative working, supply chain integration, procurement for value, benchmarking and sustainability. Since 2017 he has worked in the GCC and MENA region to set up Constructing Excellence with local partners.

Michael Robertson is a professional civil engineer who has been an advocate and practitioner of lean construction since the mid 1990’s. He was part of the leadership team of Amec plc (now Morgan Sindall Group plc) where, as part of the performance management group, he championed business process improvement initiatives across the group. He was a business unit manager of Amec’s specialist businesses division prior to becoming a board director of Hochtief (UK) Construction. Here he helped establish the Constructing Excellence Swindon Club. He moved to the GCC in 2014, taking a client representing role in KSA. Since 2017 he has worked with MEC in Oman to develop their project and construction management, consulting service.

James Lansdell leads the Dentons Muscat construction practice. He has been with the firm since February 2010, moving from the London office to the Muscat office in October 2014. James specialises in engineering and construction law. His practice covers the entire project development cycle from procurement planning, through tendering, contract preparation, negotiation and award, to strategic advice during construction, claim settlement, dispute resolution and arbitration. He has significant recent experience of ad-hoc arbitrations conducted under the Oman Arbitration Law (Royal Decree 47/1997) and is very familiar with the standard forms of construction contracts typically used in Oman.

Dr Omar Amoudi is Associate Professor in Construction Management and Program Manager of the MSc in Construction Management at the College of Engineering, National University of Science and Technology. He is also the CIOB coordinator at the College of Engineering. Previously he was Associate Professor at Damascus University, he also taught at Philadelphia University in Jordan. He involved in several EU Funded Projects though collaboration with Leeds Beckett University and Northumbria University in UK, and University of Lyon 1 in France.

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