Collabra Cadabra


How collaborative is your project? While searching for collaborative solutions available locally  for the South African built environment, the BIM Institute met up with Jaco Barnard, from Agile Business Technology, in Stellenbosch to understand more about Viewpoint for Projects™ platform. This solution is a suite of applications that can be configured to overcome the industry […]

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Part 2 – Captains of BIM in South Africa


BIM Champion is a buzzword that is increasingly heard amongst the company’s in South Africa and my research indicates that this may be because more companies are starting to engage with BIM projects. But who are the BIM Champions and why are they needed? A BIM Champion is the person who has the technical skills, theoretical knowledge and the […]

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Captains of BIM in South Africa


A recent article in this month’s Concrete Trends magazine captured the insights of five captains of BIM in our industry. Although ten interviews were conducted with various industry champions, the magazine was limited to publish only five of the ten, in no particular order. We can all agree that there are far more than just […]

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BIM is a Boom for Junk Status


Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies are, at their core all about collaboration and transparency, something our very own ANC government completely lacks. The adoption of any BIM mandate through our national government is not something our built environment will being embracing anytime soon. If we as a country want to succeed and unlock new, more […]

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Putting the BOOM BAM into BIM


Article by: By Kelly-Ann Prinsloo (The Civil Engineering Contractor April 2017 publication) With recent advances in technology on offer for built environment professionals, The Civil Engineering Contractor spoke to Vaughan Harris, executive director at the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute, to ask if building information modelling enables engineers, architects, and quantity surveyors to work on […]

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Eye on the Maine chance


BIM has great benefits for early stage designs. Visualising a project in 3D is not a new concept in architecture, but software allows us to analyse our buildings during design stages to give clients the most effective buildings. BIM allows clients to get involved in the project’s decision making and communicates the design intent, not […]

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In the swim with BIM


The BIM Institute proudly hosted its first BIM BAM BOOM event in Durban last month, which gave the team the opportunity to scout the local construction scene. Several major private developments are breaking ground in North of Durban, which continue to change the Umdloti and Umhlanga shorelines. The Pebble Beach Resort stood out to the […]

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KZN sets the pace for BIM


By Jenni McCann Last week (22 and 23 February) – at the KZN Construction Expo – the BIM Institute hosted a two day BIM BAM BOOM Workshop, highlighting the current BIM processes in South Africa and which organisations are leading the charge by adopting the international BIM framework of standards. It is interesting to attend […]

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BIM Institute gets a ‘thumbs up’ to list accredited companies


If you not already feeling “bim bamboozled” now is a good time to start. The BIM Institute reported great feedback from its attendance at 12 events last year in addition to the independent workshops it held in 2016. Knowledge sharing, networking and consulting were the main highlight responses. By the end of 2016 many of […]

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How to succeed in implementing a BIM process in 2017


Many will agree that South Africa’s local industry’s traditional conservatism is holding us back from implementing new and improved digital construction technologies. Case studies and logic can also support this statement, but there are also many local companies out there that have started investing in certain disruptive technologies and are enjoying a visible change in […]

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