At The Big 5, industry professionals can get a glimpse of tomorrow and discover the most innovative products that will soon shake up the construction sector. Running from 26 to 29 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the largest construction event in the Middle East launched its brand new Start-up City this year. Here, start-ups selected by prominent industry experts from organisations of the calibre of Expo 2020, BuroHappold, and AECOM, display their innovative solutions and pioneering products throughout the four days of the show.

A collection of visionary ideas that address the built environment’s most pressing challenges, The Big 5’s Start-up City is a blend of high technology and bold entrepreneurship.

Ralf Steinhauer, Director MENA at RSP Architects and one of the experts who helped to identify the most innovative companies for the Start-up City, said:

“Innovation is and will be key to driving the construction industry forward. The AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry should prepare for fourth industrial revolution. With clear digital workflow and clean data, limitless possibilities can be opened with the current computer science technologies thanks to tools such as AI (artificial intelligence), IoT (internet of things), and 3D Printing.”

On November 28, the 15 start-ups participating at The Big 5 will challenge one another at an exciting Start-up City Pitch Competition.

“At The Big 5 this year, we’ve set up a program to support these brave, young, innovative companies,” said Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Director at dmg events. “Beyond providing a prime platform to promote their ideas and products in front of over 65,000 industry professionals, The Big 5 will donate a prize worth USD 25,000 to the most innovative start-up selected by a panel of judges through a competition.”

Xavier Canal, founder of Copil+, one of the start-ups participating in the event, said: “With Radja Mardaye my shareholder and friend who owns a background in international concrete companies, we are proud to be part of the Start-up City during The Big 5 in Dubai.

“Our goal is to become a leading provider of building solutions within the next five years, evolve and maintain our expert system to generate increasingly innovative automatic construction processes with machine learning capabilities: project management solutions for the construction, maintenance and operation of buildings and road works,” Canal added.

Majid Janabi, Founder of the Abu Dhabi based EXSORED Limited, also at the Start-up City, said: “A few years back, positive thoughts came to my mind to establish a company that specialized in standardized, reproducible green buildings. The drive was to reduce cost, construction time and CO2 emissions.  Our vision for the next five years is to make the standardized, reproducible, sustainable, solar building system globally acceptable, as an alternative for both residential and commercial projects.”

Another start-up that will compete at the Start-up City Pitch Competition is Concreative LLC, a newly settled company in Dubai, which provides fully integrated services in large-scale concrete 3D printing. “Because of our civil engineering experience, we intend to develop a strong expertise in 3D print structural elements,” said Vincent Maillet, Concreative LLC’s Operations Manager.

“Our mission is to provide the technology and services able to satisfy the UAE’s strategy in the construction sector as instructed by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to 3D print 25% of all new buildings by 2025,” Maillet added.

The Big 5’s Start-up City also hosts a cloud-based platform for residential and commercial property development projects from the UK, NuWu.com. Lawrence Rankin, the CEO of the company, commented: “Founded in October 2016, NuVuw is growing quickly with the goal of becoming the collaborative ecosystem connecting property developers, architects, interior designers and construction professionals at every stage of their project.

“With NuVuw, we decided to focus on the end-to-end process where collaboration is essential for taking an initial idea through the design stage and onto the build phase and successful handover. Visualising the end-to-end process was critical to keeping it simple and easy to use.”

At the Start-up City, Ruchik Vora and Deesha Vora present their Smart Scheduling and Real-Time Progress Tracking Software, SuperWise. “There are many tools available to track financial progress (cost) of the construction project, but limited options to monitor Schedule and Quality,” they explain.

“Our proprietary construction scheduling software can reduce the time to planning construction projects by up to 90%. With the SuperWise mobile app professionals can track project progress in real-time with live photographs from the construction site. Superwise sends out intelligent alerts warning for probable delays in the project.”