Michael J. LawrenceFounder at Bloqwork
Michael is the co-founder of the Dubai based Project Management Consultant, Insite and founder of the construction technology start-up, Bloqwork. He is an arbitrator, civil engineer and technology enthusiast with over 30 years’ experience in various roles in the construction industry working as a Client Representative, Project Director/Manager, Management Contractor, and Construction Manager.
His experience commenced with one of the UK’s top contractors, and he has worked at all levels from blue chip consultancy companies to working directly as the client. Michael has a keen interest in future technologies as applied to construction particularly the application of blockchain technology and his start up Bloqwork is working in this area. He also has a wide experience on contracts and claims working on assisting companies make or defend claims. Michael is listed as an arbitrator at DIFC-LCIA and DIAC in Dubai.
Since 1990 he has worked predominantly outside the UK on international projects in Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East where he has worked in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman as well as Malaysia. During this time, he has collaborated with a variety of international consultants and contractors, leading client-facing teams. Michael has been a part of teams working on multibillion-dollar infrastructure and mixed-use projects in the Middle East as well as small complex fast track fit outs, at all stages of project implementation. He has been involved with projects in the port, airport, residential, hospitality, commercial office, retail, heritage and leisure sectors.
During his time in Spain Michael became well known in the construction sector and was instrumental to the growth of Project Management services, which at that time was a new concept in the country. He was active in the formation of the Spanish Association for Project Management (AEDIP), lectured on University courses and participated in conferences on Project Management. He continues to speak at conferences in the region on construction and technology related matters.