Advances in building information modelling (BIM) In East Africa

The Importance of Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM modeling is a game-changing tool for engineers, architects, designers and builders to all work to the same planning reference points and therefore work to a common mindset when buildings are being designed and developed. Right now, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the most efficient method for designers and builders to determine how a building is planned, executed and will perform in its environment.

East Africa’s Adoption of BIM

Over the last few years, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has increasingly become a part of the construction industry on a global level. Regions that are still in their infrastrucural development phases, like East Africa, are understandably behind the UK, Australia, the US and Europe when it comes to adopting BIM as a new norm for planning construction projects. That said, 3D Building Information Modelling techniques are slowly gaining traction in Kenya, but with a lot more education and awareness still needed for the East African construction industry needed before BIM takes a solid foothold.

Some industry experts believe that it will be a while before the BIM agenda will be set by the governments in the East African region, possibly because they have more immediate infrastructural priorities on their hands. Even though that may be the case, East Africa is poised for a real boom in its construction activities, so it is likely that a more widespread adoption of building information modelling tools will be guided by the industry itself.

The Kenyan Government’s newly-launched initiative, National Construction Week (NCW) takes place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Kenya between 2 – 4 November.  Also being unveiled alongside NCW is the official building construction exhibition, The Big 5 Construct East Africa, which is the only exhibition endorsed by the Kenyan Government. This exhibition provides a very important case study and workshop on BIM – ‘Impossible to Ignore: An Introduction to BIM and its Applications.’ Education is a crucial part of this construction industry expo and theEast African market will be welcoming contact from industry players who can offer solutions.

The Construction Industry Expo Role in Educating the Market on BIM Benefits

As so much international experience and expertise is being applied to the region’s infrastructure and building, private developers, especially those from regions where building Information modelling is now becoming standard practice in construction, are setting the BIM agenda. Why? Because of the cost savings, environmental benefits, project efficiencies and cohesion to enable the architects, engineers, designers and builders to work together.

East Africa is now just a short step away from harnessing the benefits of BIM implementation and there is a lot of scope for building Information modellingusage to take off quickly. Register to attend The Big 5 Construct East Africa construction industry expo and participate in the the region’s development. You will also see the latest in global technologies, materials and governments in the East African region, possibly because they have more immediate infrastructural priorities on their hands. Even though that may be the case, East Africa is poised for a real boom in its construction activities, so it is likely that a more widespread adoption of building information modelling tools will be guided by the industry itself.