25 - 28 November 2019

11:00 - 19:00 Daily

Dubai World Trade Centre

#MESTONE
12:00 - 12:45 What’s on the rise and what is slowly going out of Vogue? – Understanding the newest design trends and market outlook

- Market analysis for the natural stone industry – market size, opportunities, demand
- Learning what the residential market is really looking for creating homes with real comfort
- Bringing in the nature – not just plants and flowers but natural materials
- Leaning on sustainability - Sustainable materials are only getting bigger and innovative

13:00 - 13:45 Building stone: a survey of quarry materials

Building stone is a versatile material with many potential applications. Join us for a discussion of building stone as a material and its various formats. During this session, we will first discuss the quarrying and production of building stone materials. We will then review full veneer, thin veneer, and panel formats while discussing potential strengths of each dimension. Come away with a plan to specify building stone into your next project.

Learning Objectives:
- Gain insight into the quarry and production procedures of building stone materials.
- Review various formats of building stone materials and how this impacts material selection.
- Discuss what standards govern building stone materials and how this impacts specification.
- Create a plan for adding building stone into your future specifications.

Speakers

Daniel Wood
Daniel Wood Stone Material Consultant Lurvey
15:00 - 15:45 Making the most sustainable choice - natural stone and sustainability

- Benefits of natural stone as a building material
- Natural stone in sustainable architecture
- Environmental Impacts of using natural stone
- Designing with natural stone

Speakers

Lee Nellis
Lee Nellis Managing Partner XBD Collective
16:00 - 16:45 Stone exterior wall cladding – best practices and techniques

Have you designed specification for exterior cladding systems? This session will discuss several varieties of exterior cladding systems, and explain the minimum skills and experience that should be secured before venturing into each variety of work. Come away from this session with a plan for researching and writing specification to meet industry standards.

Learning Objectives:
- Understand the variety of Exterior Wall Cladding attachment systems available.
- Be able to recognize the required minimum resources to for competent participation in the exterior markets.
- Develop an awareness of the risks specific to the exterior cladding contracting sector of the industry.
- Identify the resources available from which one can obtain the further education necessary to be a competent provider of exterior stone cladding systems.

Speakers

Charles Muehlbauer
Charles Muehlbauer Technical Director Natural Stone Institute
17:00 - 17:45 Co-design in stone and marble

- What is Co-design
- How co-creation of marble and stones can affect the industry
- Implementation of co-design in the industry

Speakers

Ahmed El-Sharabassy
Ahmed El-Sharabassy CEO & Founder Sharabassy Built-Environment Studio
12:00 - 12:45 Understanding ASTM standards & stone testing for projects

Most architectural specifications require that stone meet certain specified ASTM or other testing standards before it will be accepted for use. Be aware of the requirements of performance that will be placed on the stone at the time of installation, and in the future. Learn about how these standards also serve as benchmarks for quality limits of products.

Learning Objectives:

- Be aware of the requirements of performance that will be placed on the stone at the time of installation, and in the future
- Learn about options for having a stone tested if no testing data is available
- Gain insight into which tests should be performed
- Learn how materials standards help to prevent the use of stone products for unsuitable applications

Speakers

Charles Muehlbauer
Charles Muehlbauer Technical Director Natural Stone Institute
13:00 - 13:45 Case Study Presentation: Stone facades in context

The architectural design theory behind P&T’s Burj Rafal (Riyadh, KSA) stone façade considered within the context of history, region and culture.

Speakers

Drue Newcomb
Drue Newcomb Director P&T Architects and Engineers
Mahmoud Shahin
Mahmoud Shahin Senior Associate P&T Architects and Engineers
15:00 - 15:45 Large scale public art, its social impact and the changing zeitgeist in the Middle East approach to exterior place making

- The Human Art Instinct
- Public Art and Building Facades Around Middle East
- How Public Art is part of a rising movement of Place Making Regionally
- The difference between Graffiti and Murals
- Climate and the Importance of high quality Substrates
- International Visibility of Public Large Scale Art

Speakers

Sam Kaufman Saliba
Sam Kaufman Saliba Partner & Creative Director ArtPaintingLab
16:00 - 16:45 Resources available to the natural stone industry

The natural stone industry is full of resources for stone professionals. This session will discuss what resources are available and how stone professionals can access and utilize these resources. Join us as we discuss stone installations standards, training resources and certification. Come away with a plan to utilize these resources to grow your business.

Learning Objectives:

- Review natural stone resources and standards that affect the selection and installation of stone.
- Learn what training and educational resources are available to the stone industry.
- Discuss natural stone certification programs that can improve efficiency.
- Create a plan to utilize available resources to grow your business.

Speakers

Daniel Wood
Daniel Wood Stone Material Consultant Lurvey
17:00 - 17:45 How to make your exterior stone cladding stands in Dubai for 30 years? A few tricks that designers should aware of making it right

- Why is natural stone so tricky to use? How to make it ‘great’.
- The stone is falling - The common ‘pitfalls’ that might put your stone façade in risk
- Rather than natural stone, what else can I use?

Speakers

Douglas Sum
Douglas Sum Associate Aurecon
12:00 - 12:45 Case Study Presentation: Building around marble in the hospitality setting - featuring the first W Hotel and Mandarin Orient Hotel in Dubai

- Key features of the W Hotel and Mandarin Orient
- challenges on stone installation for the W Hotel and Mandarin Orient
- High end finishes for luxury brand hotels including Marble

Speakers

Abdoullah Albizreh
Abdoullah Albizreh Director Depa
13:00 - 13:45 Building stone: a survey of building stone applications

This session will discuss various building stone applications and how each material was specified for optimal fit. Review case studies of successful building stone applications. Learn how the stone was specified and properly installed. Come away with ideas on how to use building stone in future projects.

Learning Objectives:
- Review case studies of successful building stone applications.
- Discuss how to properly specify stone to meet aesthetic and environmental needs.
- Identify resources to help you properly specify building stone materials.
- Create a plan for adding building stone into your future projects.

Speakers

Daniel Wood
Daniel Wood Stone Material Consultant Lurvey
15:00 - 15:45 Understanding ASTM standards & stone testing for projects

Have you ever had business disagreements about the import or export of stone? The Natural Stone Institute has joined with leading stone companies to create comprehensive standards, guidelines, and procedures for communicating, understanding, and executing natural stone purchase and sales agreements to the benefit of both parties. Whether you are a supplier who has purchased for years or a fabricator looking to source for the first time, you will benefit from learning best practices as they apply to international natural stone purchases.

Learning objectives:
- Understand the process of direct stone sourcing and how your company can benefit.
- Learn the language of sales agreements and how to protect your company when selling or purchasing internationally.
- Discuss “best practices” with colleagues who have gone through the process of exporting or importing stone.
- Discuss what resources are available to someone new to the importing and exporting segments of the industry.

Speakers

Mohamed Kader
Mohamed Kader Egymar International
16:00 - 16:45 Stone Cladding Failures: The Consequences of Insufficient Design & Quality Control

- Typical issues with stone cladding and fixing systems
- Stone failures and assessing risks of future failures
- Lack of adequate design, fabrication quality control, and inspection during construction
- Quality control procedures during installation and need for 3rd party consultancy supervision

Speakers

Benjamin Beer
Benjamin Beer Head of Facades Ramboll
17:00 - 17:45 Influencing the preferences from natural stone to engineered materials

- Technology
- Cost
- Durability
- Maintenance

12:00 - 12:45 Marble as a popular design trend – then, now and always!

- Exploring the history and best uses of marble in architecture and building design
- Moving from its use only as an exterior stone to –
- Furniture
- Homeware
- Flooring
- Countertops
- Benefits around the color and textures in surface design

Speakers

Constance Kabban
Constance Kabban Managing Director Gebracon Consulting, Design & Build
13:00 - 13:45 Natural stone: everything architects and designers need to know about the oldest building material

This one-hour class is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Learn more about the various natural stones (limestone, travertine, onyx, marble, serpentine, sandstone, slate, quartzite, and granite). Obtain information about common quarrying techniques, fabrication, and finishing methods. With this understanding, you'll enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project.

Learning Objectives:
- Obtain a better understanding of how the mineral composition and formation of stone affect its performance as a building material.
- Learn about the science of each species of stone, examples of how it is quarried, unique characteristics, and common applications.
- Gain knowledge about stone fabrication and finishing methods.
- Understand the resources available that are relevant to natural stone.

Speakers

Sajiv Shrivastva
Sajiv Shrivastva Al Mildad- Rocmet Corporation Group
15:00 - 15:45 Influencing the preferences from natural stone to engineered materials

- Technology
- Cost
- Durability
- Maintenance

Speakers

Viktor Udzenija
Viktor Udzenija Founder and Principal Architect Viktor Udzenija Architecture + Design
16:00 - 16:45 The art of specifying natural stone

This one-hour session is designed to give architects and designers an overview of how to specify natural stone. There are many factors to consider to ensure you are choosing the proper material for your project. What do you need to know about its species, color variations, and finish possibilities? Is the quarry able to produce the sizes and quantities you need? And finally, what factors affect the price of the stone you specify? Get the resources you need to help ensure the stone you choose meets the standards and design intent set for your application.

Learning objectives:
- Discuss the responsibilities and liabilities of each pillar in the typical construction project.
- Review resources to find more information about natural stone standards.
- Learn how to plan for the longevity of an installation by specifying appropriate materials.
- Evaluate factors specific to the price of different materials, finishes and methods.

Speakers

Sajiv Shrivastva
Sajiv Shrivastva Al Mildad- Rocmet Corporation Group
17:00 - 17:45 Learning the best ways of stone maintenance to enhance the durability of natural stones

- Do’s and Never’s
- Save costs - Quick tips to maintain the finishing of final product independently