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Construction Megatrends - II
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Michael J. Lawrence
Founder 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.

Agenda Sessions

  • Thriving in a rapidly changing construction environment