The year commenced with ambitious intentions to expand our audience reach by promoting language diversity and hosting #BIMTalk sessions in French, Arabic, and English.
Mid-year, the saturation of online activities caused audience fatigue influencing the decision to temporarily suspend the #BIMTalk series and concentrate on physical learning mediums. Yet, we successfully hosted three #BIMTalk sessions. We immensely appreciate the #BIMTalk 2022 Facilitators who shared their knowledge to improve our community.
With the understanding of the effect of geographic exclusion on accessibility to learning and knowledge acquisition, #BIMTalk is a periodic learning-based virtual program dedicated to exploring various areas of knowledge on BIM and allowing maximum access to different individuals spread across Africa. Leveraging the potential of digital technologies, industry experts are invited to present to our community and members across Africa to enable continuous knowledge improvement.
The January BIMTalk was delivered by Omar Selim, sharing knowledge on BIM in Sustainable High-Performance Building Designs. During the session, he uniquely focused 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.
In February, we hosted an Ask-Me-Anything Panel focused on BIM in Africa. The panel was moderated by Nelly Wambua and composed of the BIM Africa leadership team, Kamal Ben Addou Idrissi, Dr Zulfikar Adamu, and Moses Itanola. The session entertained questions on the state of BIM across the continent, current engagements and activities, constraints, and the industry’s prospects in adopting BIM.
As part of our commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) for 2022, the #BIMTalk session for March hosted an all-women panel on Twitter Spaces. The panel focused on BIM across the African Built Industry and shared their experiences with BIM deployments across the continent and approaches to improving the industry. Panellists include Rania Abdel Fattah, Victoria Ikede, Janine Strachan and Cheima Ayachi.
We appreciate all our facilitators and speakers during our virtual events and BIMTalks all through the year! We look forward to more physical engagements in the new year, 2023, particularly the various learning sessions at the BIM Africa Summit 2023 on May 18th & 19th in Marrakech, Morocco.