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 efficient ways of digital working, then only by joining forces, we can drive transformation processes such as BIM in our industry.
The BIM Institute of South Africa plays the vital role of raising awareness of BIM programmes and requirements, and ensuring that a consistent message is delivered to the professionals and supply chain and allowing feedback route to the Construction Industry as a whole. Continuous and sustained improvements are only achievable if we focus our efforts together on all supporting the same message and embracing technologies to improve industry sustainability, thereby spotlighting and challenging any corruption or poor quality in existing structures and working practices
With many local design and construction organizations already embarking on improved software technologies, it makes perfect sense for an industry to now support these improvements and helping us develop the blueprints of the standards and requirements of the “Building Information Modelling” initiative for South Africa.
We can all agree that improved processes are vital if the industry is to satisfy all its investors and reap the benefits of achieving key ROI – even if we are rated at junk status. Its during challenging times such as these that our industry leaders and institutions need to come together and understand the valuable efforts that the BIM Institute has already developed in partnership with other early adopter countries like the United Kingdom and Canada, where they have transformed themselves in recent years using the same technologies. The BIM Institute has successfully united with many software solution providers, institutions and certain universities who have committed themselves to also driving forward the modernisation of our built environment.
The BIM Institute also challenges the asset owners and facility managers to commit themselves to change, so that working together, we can create modern smart cities giving us the opportunity to bring back our foreign investors while also showing the world that together we are also ready to face future challenges using the digital technology already used to build many other smart cities.
With 8000 visitors already registered online for next weeks African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo, the Digital Construction hall will be a key focus area for visitors to learn more from exhibitors on “Advancing technologies in construction.”
This year’s event includes 35 software exhibitors, drone technology exhibition area, virtual and augmented reality demos, a smart buildings village and a two day panel discussion, free to the public to listen to six institutes discussing BIM strategies for South Africa.With loads of prizes up for grabs including prizes for Archicad design software.
This year the Digital Knowledge Lounge will see the largest BIM players in the industry come together under one roof for two days to discuss BIM rollout strategies for South Africa’s both private and public sector.