BIM Africa Initiative is a civil society organization formed to enable and regulate the adoption and implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry across Africa.
Missed out on the BIM Africa Summit 2023 in Marrakech?
The curtains closed on The Big 5 Construct Nigeria 2023, marking the end of another successful event. This international gathering attracted participants from around the world, showcasing the latest innovations in the construction industry. Since its inception in 2019, The Big 5 Construct Nigeria has served as a catalyst for uniting the construction community, creating a hub for business opportunities…
Mohammad AlAgouz appointed as the next Executive Director. The Board of Directors approved the appointment of Mohammad AlAgouz of Egypt as the Executive Director of BIM Africa. Mohammad AlAgouz will replace Moses Itanola who has served in the position since the inception of the initiative. He is poised to provide a fresh perspective for leading the initiative and further expand…
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an innovative process and technology that is transforming the way buildings and city infrastructure are designed, analyzed, constructed, and managed. Despite the vast potential of BIM, there is a slow uptake across the African built industry. During this #BIMTalk session, a panel comprising of the BIM Africa leadership team will entertain questions on the state of BIM across the continent, current engagements and activities, constraints, and the prospects of the industry in adopting BIM. The panel is composed of Kamal Ben Addou Idrissi, Dr Zulfikar Adamu, Moses Itanola, and moderated by Nelly Wambua. Kamal is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for BIM Africa. He is also the Managing Director of ETAFAT, a leading engineering consulting firm in Casablanca, Morroco. Alongside providing the high-level policy direction for BIM Africa, he leads various technology development projects by ETAFAT, as part of the ambitious investment policy to make ETAFAT accede to the rank of a national leader. Dr Adamu is the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for BIM Africa. He is an Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at the London South Bank University, UK. His expertise revolves around leveraging computing and data-driven tools and processes to enable digital transformation in architecture, construction and engineering (AEC) industries. Moses is the Executive Director at BIM Africa. He is also a Project Associate at Family Homes Funds Limited. He has participated in numerous design and construction projects and presented at conferences across various African countries. Nelly is a Marketing and Event Manager at BIM Africa. In this role, she hosts numerous indigenous and foreign BIM professionals to share knowledge in their field, thus improving the African built industry. She is passionate about sustainability and new technologies in construction. The BIM Africa#BIMTalk (February Edition) is a periodic learning-based virtual program. Join us on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 4 pm GMT.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) involves linking people, technology, and processes to improve building construction and infrastructure development outcomes. BIM has progressed at different speeds in different countries. Despite a general slow uptake, intriguing deployments are being experienced across Africa. Join our all-women panel of BIM experts on Twitter Spaces to learn from their experiences with BIM deployments across the African built environment. This #BIMTalk session will be held on Twitter Spaces and features a panel comprising Rania Abdel Fattah, Victoria Ikede, Janine Strachan and Cheima Ayachi. The all-women panel is a part of our commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) for 2022. The panel will share their experiences with BIM deployments across the continent and approaches to improve the industry. Rania Abdel Fattah has been a BIM Director at Cosmos Engineers and Consultants and an academic advisor of the BIM training programs for undergraduate and postgraduate engineers since 2018. With over 15 years of expertise as a BIM specialist, she has worked on large-scale initiatives in the Middle East. She has directed teams to implement BIM strategy and standardization in several projects in Egypt and the Middle East. During her journey as a BIM expert, she was honoured with the “Appreciation Award” at the Governmental Digital Transformation Forum – 2021 and the “Award of Excellence 2019” BIM Implementation Case Study – November 2019. She has participated in educational initiatives, including several universities, delivering many keynote speeches, lectures, and workshops towards a successful BIM implementation in the AEC Industry. Victoria Akpezi Ikede is a BIM Researcher at KobiLabs. She has served as the BIM Manager and Assistant ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Representative (QMR) at ATO Architects Limited. She played a significant role in BIM Implementation and Business Process Re-engineering for the legacy firm. Earning her Master’s Degree from the Sheffield School of Architecture with Distinction, Victoria gained significant teaching and research experience in BIM, Virtual Reality, Computational Design, Photogrammetry, Digital Fabrication, Rapid prototyping, and Energy Simulations. She is a recipient of the 2016 NDDC Scholarship Award for Postgraduate Studies. Victoria also received the 2021 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Award for Masters In Building Information Modelling at the Prestigious Politecnico di Milano and the University of Ljubljana, where she is studying currently. She was a panellist at the 2019 West African Digital Conference and is an active member of the BIM Africa community. Janine Strachan is a Senior BIM Specialist at Worley. She specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM into everyday workflows. Her role at Worley includes project-based support, creating Revit templates and family libraries based on client standards and requirements and overseeing the implementation of BIM workflows on projects. She completed her BTech in Architectural Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2011. She also holds a Diploma in Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute. Janine started her career in an architectural office as an assistant architectural technologist in 2012, working on high-end residential developments. She then transitioned into a position as a graphic designer at Modena Design Centres in 2015. After two months at Modena, She joined the AEC team as an Applications Engineer. In 2016 She was outsourced to DSA Architects as a BIM Consultant, becoming a full-time employee the following year. In 2019, She was appointed as a Senior BIM Specialist at Worley. Cheima Ayachi is currently a member of the working group for the African BIM Report 2022 under the BIM Africa Research and Development committee. She has a master’s degree in Global BIM Management from the Zigurat Global Institute of Technology. Cheima also has a master’s in GIS and Land Planning and a Bachelor’s in Geomatics and Environment from the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. She has experience in BIM implementation and business development. The BIM Africa#BIMTalk (March Edition) is a periodic learning-based virtual program. Join us via Twitter Spaces on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 3 pm GMT.
The Big 5 Construct Nigeria 2022 is bringing the construction community together to restart businesses, and we will be there! We are pleased to join the Big5Construct as Supporting Association. You are invited to experience three days of business networking, live product showcases and knowledge sharing. See you then! The Big 5 Construct Nigeria is from 27 – 29 September 2022 at Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria. The exhibition is Nigeria’s connection to the construction world and is the largest construction exhibition in Nigeria. Don’t miss out! Here’s the chance to be part of Nigeria’s construction innovation. Register to attend #Big5Nigeria
BIMHarambee is an initiative which brings BIM practitioners (experts, novices and students, professional bodies, corporates and public sector) from related industries to learn, share knowledge, promote and highlight BIM practices.
This year’s event focuses on BIM: From theory to practice
How do we practically implement BIM? Where can we start? What do we need? How do we get more people and companies BIM compliant? What questions are we not asking?
The 2 day in-person event is made up of the following:
Thursday 6 October – a day of tours and demos
Friday 7 October – a day of learning and unconferences
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: All activities are FREE to attend!
You need to register separately for each activity on the 6th of October – The only one you don’t need to register for is the BIM Market if you’ve already registered for the tours.
On the 7th of October, please make sure you register for the Showcases and Moots.
The BIM A+ International Conference aims to assist the dissemination of cutting-edge research and applications in the context of BIM, made specifically in the context of MSc dissertations. The International Conference is organized every year in early October, with the presentation of dissertations defended within the last 12 months. The conference has the implicit participation of graduates from the BIM A+ Master. In 2022, the conference takes place on the 6th and 7th of October, in an online manner, with streaming and participation through the three coursework locations of BIM A+, respectively in Guimarães (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Milan (Italy).
Watch out for Victoria Ikedec, a member of BIM Africa, as she showcases a Revit plug-in for progress monitoring of BIM design with Power BI. 📅 Check the programme and register now 👉 Visit for more details
Don’t miss out! Join us to launch the African BIM Report (ABR) 2022 and get a first look at the featured projects, experts and the 2022 survey outcomes. African BIM Report (ABR) 2022 features projects from five African countries and outlines their approaches to BIM and innovation, challenges faced, and strategies for mitigating and achieving success. Experts also shared insights on processes for advancing construction. The survey outcomes identified major and minor shifts and how the African construction industry has fared regarding BIM since the ABR 2020. Panellists at the launch include Dr Abdul-Majeed Mahamadu (University College London – ABR 2022 Coordinator), Dr Henry Abanda (Associate Professor, Oxford Brookes University), Shahenda Shokry (Head of Digital Transformation, Orascom Construction), Mondher Kacem (Engineering Manager, AMA Group), Dr Deena El Mahdy (Assistant Professor, The British University in Egypt), and Lobna Bouanani El Idrissi (Business Development Manager, Continuum BIM). REGISTER NOW!
The Big 5 Construct Kenya will connect local and international exhibitors with 8,000 high-profile buyers and decision-makers from Kenya. Supporting Kenya’s Vision 2030 plans to place industry at the heart of economic growth. In line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 to reduce poverty and unemployment, The Big 5 Construct Kenya Construction Project Market Report produced by ABiQ, the event’s Knowledge Partner, highlights consumer spending and public infrastructure development as the key drivers of economic growth. Over 8,000 public and private stakeholders will gather at The Big 5 Construct Kenya from 9–11 November 2022. The event will drive forward these objectives while learning from industry experts and exploring innovative products and solutions to tackle a rapidly evolving business landscape. Organized by dmg events, which has a long track record of success under The Big 5 portfolio of events, the fifth edition of The Big 5 Construct Kenya will take place at the Sarit Expo Centre in Nairobi. It has already attracted big names in the exhibitor line-up, including Gold Sponsor Peglar (Aalberts Integrated Piping Systems), Wavin, C.G.M, Geoplast and Bauer. In addition, the exhibition floor will host several international pavilions spanning Italy, United Arab Emirates, Turkiye, Germany and more. “With Kenya’s construction and infrastructure market expected to reach USD 6.9 billion by 2027 and exciting development projects such as Konza Techno City and Northlands City underway, The Big 5 Construct Kenya aims to provide the market with a unique platform to accelerate growth. Industry professionals can benefit from networking opportunities with public sector officials, who play a critical role in developing the industry, as well as source innovative products from over 150 leading industry brands,” says Ben Greenish, Senior Vice President, dmg events. In addition to being inspired by industry trendsetters on the exhibition floor, visitors can upskill and earn their annual CPD points by attending a wide range of interactive and collaborative talks sessions led by industry experts across four key themes: Technology, Project Management, Architecture & Design, and Sustainability. “The Big 5 Construct Kenya is a must-attend event for building and construction industry professionals who are looking for innovative products and services from local and international heavyweights. More than just an exhibition, it offers an unparalleled opportunity to support industry development through education and collaboration across the construction value chain”, concludes Greenish. The Big 5 Construct Kenya is free to attend for all industry professionals and will be open daily from 10:00 – 18:00, from 9-11 November 2022. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3N5cuDw #Big5ConstructKenya
The BIMe Initiative Excellence Seminar 2022 is taking place over two days on 15 and 16 November 2022. This virtual event attracts a large international audience of AEC industry professionals and academics. For many years BIMe Initiative has been at the forefront of game-changing research, propelling the acceleration of the digitalization of the built environment. BIMe Initiative will be sharing some of the incredible and pioneering research findings, together with the release of the newly updated BIM Dictionary. Session One of the seminar features six esteemed international guests sharing their unique experiences. Speakers include Carolina Soto Ogueta , Executive Director Planbim_Corfo, Chile, Prof John Messner , Director, Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program Penn State University, USA, Martin Lafleur, Directeur general, Groupe BIM du Québec, Canada, Moses Itanola, Executive Director BIM Africa, Nigeria, Dr Sanphawat Jatupatwarangkul, Head of Standards at Thai BIM Association and Asia BIM Collaboration Group Committee, Thailand, and Tiina Perttula, Chair buildingSMART International and InfraBIM at Ramboll, Finland. The seminar brings together a collective of international AEC industry professionals to discuss new digital ways of working to accelerate the pace of digital change across the global built environment. The event is held virtually and free to attend, spanning two days with talks from industry experts in South America, the Middle East, Australasia and Europe. This BIMe Initiative Excellence Seminar 2022 is for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to learn, connect and take away valuable insight into transformational change from world leaders and future-thinkers. 📅 Check the programme and register now 👉 Visit for more details
How can construction professionals improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their BIM process? During this pre-BAS 2023 #BIMTalk, Kehinde Ayobade will share ways in which various Building Information Modeling (BIM) softwares can be enhanced through automation, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), custom plug-ins, and databases. Automation involves using software to automate repetitive tasks, such as data entry and model updates. APIs allow BIM software to communicate and share data with other software programs. Custom plug-ins are software add-ons that can be used to extend the capabilities of BIM software. Databases are used to store and organize BIM data and can be used to improve data management and collaboration within project teams. Kehinde is a BIM Developer, Structural Engineer, and the Founder of KS Digital Innovations. Under his start-up, He recently launched a free custom Revit plug-in that helps BIM-savvy professionals automate multiple and unnecessary redundant tasks. During this pre-BAS 2023 #BIMTalk, Kehinde will highlight a number of trending BIM software and tools currently deployed by various professions in the AEC industry and how project tasks, workflows, design processes and methods can be enhanced through automation, customizing APIs and developing plug-ins. He will touch down with definite insight on how each software can be customized, the available API documentation and references on the web, relevant programming languages to learn, resources on how to kickstart the journey to BIM development, and a quick showcase of how a sample custom plug-in can be built over a selected BIM tool. He will also briefly discuss how databases can be deployed with tools like MySQL to store, manage and manipulate BIM model data for better information management and BIM model quality assurance. This #BIMTalk session is a part of the virtual learning session preceding the BIM Africa Summit (BAS) 2023, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, on the 18th and 19th of May, 2023. The BIM Africa#BIMTalk is a periodic learning-based virtual program.
The Building, Construction, and Machinery Exhibition (Buildmacex) is an international exhibition and conference platform dedicated to transforming the West African building and construction industry. It is organised to drive and support the acceleration of changes in all aspects of architectural design, building, and construction in West Africa through the application of technologies. BUILDMACEX Nigeria brings together global experts in the Building, Construction and Machinery industry to offer innovative solutions tailored to your needs. The three (3) day event- exhibition, conference, and B2B- is now in its 8th edition, and it will showcase a comprehensive range of technology and innovations as they impact the building and construction industry in West Africa. Register to attend