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.
Witnessing the participation of many exhibitors from Countries across the globe and many insightful workshops, The Big 5 Construct Nigeria ended on Thursday, 29th September 2022. With about 8,000 visitors, the event is one of the largest construction exhibitions in Nigeria. (more…)
In April 2020, with Covid19 keeping us confined to our homes, a conversation between two BIM Communities, one based in Johannesburg, South Africa and the other in Lagos, Nigeria, took place. With the plethora of online BIM events that erupted, a question was asked. Where was Africa? Why was her voice not included? And so a seed was sown which led to the birth of BIMHarambee.Africa. A conference by Africans, for Africa to showcase and promote her own people – their skills, their knowledge, their passion, their commitment to seeing BIM take its rightful place in her development. In the words of the poet June Jordan, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” Welcome to BIMHarambee.Africa – a proudly African endeavour which seeks to bring all BIM practitioners – novice, expert, master – together to pool our individual drops into an overflow which Raises the BIM Tide across Africa. We will hear from these passionate individuals as they share their knowledge with you. And we hope you will lend them your curiosity, your time, your open hearts and ears. We will engage with each other, we will learn together, make friends and form new networks and alliances. BIMHarambee.Africa will sow the seed for future collaborations and advance BIM adoption in Africa. BIMHarambee.Africa is not an online conference. It is a groundswell, a clarion call. Thank you for joining us. REGISTER NOW!
This year’s event from 18 to 22 October focuses on BIM in 2030 and its role in Smart Cities. Our presentations cover an introduction to Smart Cities, how to harness big data analytics and how to reduce rework through planning. We also tackle the role of 6D BIM, look at how BIM, GIS and digital twins feed into city information modelling and the new 3D of data-driven design. We also have case studies that give insight on 10 years of BIM experience in Morocco and how BIM and GIS integrated in a 250sq km modelling project. And then we have 2 learning sessions that explore BIM workflows for a medium size project and a French session on how Navisworks can enable savings on time and money. Our 3 live Panel Discussions tackle the role of BIM in Smart Cities, how we can get existing buildings smart city ready and, most importantly, ask how ready we are for BIM in Africa by 2030. It’s an opportunity to see what our African brothers and sisters in BIM are doing, to gain knowledge and be inspired. And to participate in the conversations that are shaping BIM’s role in Africa. REGISTER NOW!
BIM Africa recognizes the talents and efforts of leading industry professionals and organizations in the construction sector going above and beyond to deploy innovative solutions and outstanding achievements towards Africa’s Development. Join us to unveil the winners of the BIM Africa Innovation Awards 2021. Come learn of exciting deployments and achievements in the African built environment. Register online for free entry #BIMAfricaAwards2021
The Big 5 Construct Kenya 2021 is bringing the construction community together again to restart business, and we will be there! We are pleased to join the 4th edition of The Big 5 Construct Kenya as Supporting Association. You too are invited to experience 3 days of business networking, live product showcases and knowledge sharing. See you then! The Big 5 Construct Kenya is taking place from 24 – 26 November 2021 at Sarit Expo Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. Supported by National Construction Authority (NCA), the exhibition is Kenya’s connection to the world of construction and the largest construction exhibition in Kenya. Don’t miss out! Here’s the chance to be part of Kenya’s construction innovation. Register online for free entry #Big5Kenya
The drive towards Sustainable Building Design and High Performance in buildings is significantly growing. Learn about how Building Information Modelling (BIM) is relevant for designing high-performance buildings. The drive towards Sustainable Building Design and High Performance in buildings is significantly growing. This is down to a number of key factors that have a huge impact on the building and construction sectors; such as concerns over climate change and energy independence. During this #BIMTalk session, Omar Selim will uniquely focus on passive design, efficient building services systems, advanced building simulation techniques and occupants health and comfort combined with the theories and practice of BIM in design and construction. Omar has over 15 years of experience in BIM management across Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. He is the founder of BIMArabia and general manager of BIMArabia Research. Omar has wide experience working with large scale firms in the GCC. He was honoured at the Autodesk Digital transformation summit by the Egyptian government, for spreading and supporting the BIM culture, and community development regarding the digital transformation of the construction sector. With a solid knowledge of the full life cycle of projects from the design stage up to completion and handing over, Omar boldly assures that the experience gained over the past years both on the professional and personal levels; qualifies him to present and share knowledge. He has worked on Low, Medium, High Rise Buildings, and master plan projects development and construction through his experience on a wide range of projects. He has over time developed a solid experience in Leadership and creative problem-solving in various situations. The BIM Africa#BIMTalk (January Edition) is a periodic learning-based virtual program. Join us on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 3 pm GMT. Register to attend the event
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